The Batman Adventures #1? Check. Hard Case #1? Check. Uncanny X-Men #316? Check. All ready for this edition of The Spinrack: Retro Reviews.
The Batman Adventures #1 (1992)
Penguin is moving up the social ladder, but something sinister is behind his rise in fame and wealth. Kelley Puckett understands what makes the cast tick, but the characters themselves fail to grab the reader. While the plot makes sense, the actual execution is a tad dull. With the help of Rick Burchett and Rick Taylor, Ty Templeton captures the look of the Batman animated series. It has little charm and serves to match the tone of the show, but it does a nice job of telling the story.
5.5* out of 10*
Hardcase #1 (1993)
After a horrific battle with an Alien reject, Tom Hawke gives up being a superhero and becomes an actor. James Hudnall's script has potential, but it's bogged down by excess material. There are overly-dramatic lines and "mature" scenes that don't mesh with the rest of the script. This could've been a good comic under a different writer. Jim Callahan and Norm Breyfogle's art is mediocre. Paul Mounts provided this issue's colors and it's not that great. I can see some similarities between his work here and his present work, though.
5.4* out 10*
Uncanny X-Men #316 (1994)
Some bizarre happenings are going on at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and Banshee's going to find out who or what is behind them. While some parts of the script struggles in parts, Scott Lobdell's script is fun. It's nothing to write home about, but it moves at a nice pace. Joe Madureira's pencils are definitely flawed, but they're nice to looks at. Terry Austin, Dan Green and Steve Buccellato round out the art team and they do a nice job of complimenting Madureira's pencils.
6* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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