This week, since I’m so late with these, a full six-course meal for your review/spoiler enjoyment!
Reign in Hell 1 — by all rights, this should’ve wowed me; a writer I like, a penciller I love, and characters I REALLY love…but blah; I know this is heresy, but I’ve NEVER been a Sienkiewicz fan, especally as an inker over mismatched, more cartoony pencillers like Derenick…the look of this book turned me off, and Giffen’s script didn’t help; it was reminiscent the 4 Horsemen mini…a good simple plot fouled up by too much meaningless exposition; coolest bits were the last page of the primary story (where certain hellish creatures, inclusing the Creeper, Demon, etc. are “rectuited) and the back-up featuring Dr. Occult and the Dibnys; and if that was the Yellow Peri on the last page (and I think it was), then whoo-hoo! A Chappy’s obscure fave!; on the whole though, unsatisfying
Catwoman 81 — another fun if “light” issue of IMO one of DC’s most consistent and underrated books; Selina robs a painting of herself and a cop car just for kicks, takes a job from Calculator to steal (unbeknownst to her) a Hitler original painting and runs afoul of Ubermensch (from Kelly’s JLA run), beats him, “beats Calculator, and is confronted by an unhapppy Bat; fun plot and dialogue, and gorgeous art as usual; crisp
Green Lantern 33 — now THIS is more like it; some quick action in the beginning against Hector hammond, some nice character work with Hal & Sinestro in the middle, and finally a confrontation with Atrocitus at the end, and the usual gorgeous art from Reis (the 2-page spread of the manhunters is most impressive); rich & hearty
Trinity 9 — one of the better efforts in a book I was already loving; WW and Bats get a bit more of the focus, we meet a new villain named Swashbuckler (who I like at first blush, but am deathly afraid will be annoyingly cheesy in larger doses), Nightwing gets punk’d (but not entirely punked, so I can live with it), some good action, some good supporting characterization, and a bit more mystery; refreshing
JSA Annual 1 — fantastic; we see PG make a big splash and receive a hero’s welcome, yet just when we think she’s gone baack home, we meet another PG who shows us our Kara may not be from the Earth-2 universe after all; we also get a great Huntress tale (it’s almost Helena Wayne’s story more than Kara’s), typical fun Johns writing, and Jerry Ordway proving why you never hear the terms “young masters”…the art throughout is just fantastic; exquisite
Teen Titans 61 — i feared cheesiness, but McKeever proved that the Blue & Red is absolutely a fitting successor to the Blue & Gold; Beetle and Kid Devil (who also gets a name and costume change) tackle Shockwave on their own, cut each other mercilessly, and form a time-honored comic book trope: the adversarial best-friendship (see Blue & Gold, Torch & Thing, etc etc); good fill-in art by Rodriguez, and cover-to-cover fun from McKeever; a perfect meal’s end
Posted originally: 2008-07-30 22:16:17