The Spinrack: Retro Reviews returns! A trio of comic reviews including an issue of Ultimate X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch!
Captain Planet and the Planeteers #3 (1991)
Ma-Ti gets picked on for having the power of Heart, but learns that it's not such a bad power after all. Oh, and a group of terrorists threaten to launch a missile filled with toxic waste at Washington DC. Barry Dutter and Jim Salicrup didn't deliver a nice script. I get that this is intended to be a "kid-friendly", but it just doesn't work. One of the Planeteers actually wonders how they'll be able to get past a fence, so that they can sneak into a building full of terrorists. That would a bit understandable, if they didn't have powerful rings. Ma-Ti, are you going to call upon animals to help stop the terrorists?
"Maybe I should call on my animal friends to help! But..."
"...that would not be fair to the animals - - to place their lives in jeopardy! That would make me no better than those who use animals for testing and for warfare!"
What do the animals think about this?
"We have heard your plea, young one. And there is no need to ask."
"We are eager to assist you. Anyone who threatens the Earth is an enemy of ours."
"Let's go kick some tail!"
Pat Broderick's art is bland and does nothing except tell the story in a passive manner. Oh, and Captain Planet tells kids how to be cool with the environment.
3.5* out of 10*
Titans #1 (1999)
The original Titans reunite and they get some other people to join their team! Devin Grayson's writing is mediocre, at best. There are some things that just didn't gel (Ex: Arsenal's treatment of Tempest). On the art side of things, Mark Buckingham is an artistic beast. His work is lively and expressive. Wade von Grawbadger and Gregory Wright back him up and their work boosts the art. It's worth noting that the comic comes with two covers. Instead of having a huge cover on the front and back of the comic, DC decided to have one on the front cover followed by an ad and the other cover after that. Oi.
5* out of 10*
Ultimate X-Men #41 (2004)
In this issue by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch, a kid finds out that he's a mutant; but not the kind of mutant that can be around people. Despite the fact that the entire comic is a relatively short read, Bendis delivers with his handling of the main character and the events that surround him. For the most part, David Finch does a nice job of complimenting Bendis' script. The only problem that I have with it is that there are few static panels. Art Thibert's inks work well with Finch's pencils and I enjoyed Frank D'Armata's color work.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX