Time for a new format as I don’t really like writing long-ass reviews. Enjoy:
Title: Annihilation: Conquest- Prologue
Writer: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Artist: Mike Perkins
Abnett, Lanning, and Perkins introduces the readers to a new, post-Annihilation universe with new threats.
Story-wise, the issue was pretty good. It wasn’t amazing but it did a nice job of setting things up and introducing the characters and the setting. art-wise, Perkins can do no wrong and he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. I really can’t wait for Annihilation: Conquest to start as the characters involved and the main villains are very interesting.
Title: Incredible Hulk #107
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Gary Frank
Amadeus Cho recruits Hercules, Angel, and Namora as the Hulk returns to Earth.
Usually, I don’t care if I get spoiled before I read an issue. Not in this case as this issue rocked but because I read spoilers before reading the issue, it had effected my enjoyment. In any case, Incredible Hulk #107 continues to make World War Hulk kick as much ass as Hulk did on Hercules’ butt in this issue (which is a lot).
Title: The Spirit #7
Writers: Walter Simonson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kyle Baker
Artist: Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, Jordi Bernet, and Kyle Baker
Regular writer/ artist Darwyn Cooke takes a break and lets some other professionals tell some stories.
Harder Than Diamonds, the first story, was standard Spirit stuff while the second, Synchronicity, was classic and as good as any by Cooke or Spirit creator Will Eisner. However, Hard Cell was really, really bad with nothing good about it all. There’s been some speculation that Baker may have been making a joke about the Spirit movie coming by Frank Miller however, until I see otherwise, that was one really bad story. Do yourself a favour and pick up this issue but read it end to front.
Title: Hellblazer #233
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Leonardo Manco
Publisher: Vertigo/ DC
In this issue, John Constantine confronts an old personal demon of his.
This is easily one of the best titles out there. It’s a book that has classic Constantine like Jamie Delano’s and Mike Carey’s runs and goodness from Diggle (despite his recent flops such as Batman Confidential) and Manco continues to do great work. It can’t get any better.
Title: The Highwaymen #1
Writer: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman
Artist: Lee Garbett
Publisher: Wildstorm/ DC
Two former “special” delivery men have a new job to take care off.
This is standard, basic action movie stuff. This is the equivant to any buddy action film like Tango & Cash or the Lethal Weapon movies. If that’s your thing, than by all accounts, you’ll love this however I felt it was a bit lacking. With that said, Garbett definitely has a future in this business as his art was like something by Frank Quitely but less ugly. I highly recommend this for fans of action flims.
Title: Mythos: Spider-Man
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Paolo Rivera
Spider-Man’s origins are told.
Reading Mythos: Spider-Man, I’m reminded why Jenkins is so good at writing Spidey, he understands that the only thing that seperates Spidey from the reader is Spidey’s powers. Spider-Man’s story is perfect and intelligent in it’s own simplicity and Jenkins covers it very well.
Art-wise, Rivera does as good of a job on arts as Jenkins did writing. His art is very detailed and changes to fit the stories such as the girls from the school looking like a drawing by Bruce Timm and how Uncle Ben looks more like a photograph than a painting.
I just noticed that the Masterbating Bear from Late Night with Conan O’Brien makes an appearance. Tha’s funny.
Posted originally: 2007-06-27 00:43:13