After a summer hiatus, Cleaning the Plate is back in action! And we start with three babes and a Peter!
I’ve been enjoying this book for a long time now. It seems the Spidey Team has been working over time to make Marvel’s most recognizable hero the book to have. The Chameleon is a fun villain when done right, and in the last issue he was done flawlessly. In the second issue of this arc, it flounders a bit. Most importantly the moment “Peter” makes love to his roommate for the second time. Come on! She didn’t notice anything?! There were a couple of other moments like that that took me out of it for a moment. On the other side of that, it was hilarious to see the life of poor Peter Parker from the eyes of an outsider. The book was fun, but not best issue of the year. My Score: B-
Bryan Miller and team reveal the important question of: Who is Batgirl, in this very first issue. More than likely the decision to bring Stephanie in was editorially mandated. If so, it had to been a hard job figuring out how Cassie as going to give it up; and it fell a bit short. The book has some potential and if you are interested in the continuing adventures of Stephanie (with some nice appearances of a now horribly used Oracle), this might be up your alley. For the average reader, there didn’t seem to be a lot here to snag new readers. My Score: C
Still riding high, this issue keeps the goodness consistent. A continuation of a much larger story that encompasses the apparent assassination of General Zod. Even if this issue wasn’t horribly action packed, more of that middle story that are needed in all major arcs, it was strong in character and it moved the plot right alone. I can’t recommend this book enough! My Score: B+
Fun for fun’s sake. That’s the best way to describe this book. It’s light, fun, and doesn’t weigh itself down to much with heavy continuity. The addition of the new Terra was a great idea as well. A character with very little past, it makes it fun for Gray and Palmiotti to play with. However, this book is special in a way that I rarely notice: the art! Amanda Conner is one of the most exciting and talented artists out there right now. Bringing her own style and blending it with a good old fashioned comic feeling; I haven’t enjoyed art in a comic so much in a long time. My Score: B+
It feels great to be back! :)