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My life and comics #1 [Jul. 19th, 2006|06:32 pm]
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On a day when the cost of moving cross-country was already an acknowledged burden, I tossed ten bucks down for three comics without hesitating. It's a good sized week for new releases, but only a handful had really garnered my curiosity. Although none of my choices were bad, and some fine uses of the medium appeared in all four, only one merited the price on the cover.
JLA #0 was a last-minute grab, and lived up to its number. Practically nothing happened, as the book reminisced on the past (and future) defining moments in the friendship of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Most were surprisingly powerful scenes, and the wide array of artists made the book a testament to the history of comic art. However, once I'd realized there would be no actual story progression, the endless nostalgia felt a bit trite. Yes, you made me think about how great the bonds between the "big three" are. Hope those three bucks are resting warm in your pocket...
52 week 11 suffered from quite the opposite. Quite a bit happened, although it was mostly centered around my least favorite of the books revolving lead characters. Frankly, this series is starting to get a little too expensive for its plodding pace.
Pacing isn't a problem for Ultimate X-Men, today seeing issue #72. Kirkman is great at juggling the various plotlines, even stopping to pick up those left by his predecessors. This book has never fired as strongly as it did with Mark Millar, but Kirkman is certainly holding the staus quo of Bendis and Vaughn.
Civil War #3 has Millar on writing duties, and it fires stronger than UXM ever did. It's hard to believe we're only on issue three, since so much has already happened. Thanks for that goes to the various tie-ins, which are almost all as good and necessary as the core book. In fact, Civil War itself shows very little of the action, here exemplified when newspaper headlines help tell the story. What it does show, however, is always the most important event of the book. The last page reveal? Well, let's just say I've never read the 616 version of this character in the whole three years I've been reading comics.

Final thought:
For a blind prisoner, Matt Murdock sure does get around a lot.
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Reviews? [Jun. 28th, 2006|05:27 pm]
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New Avengers #21:
First and foremost, this is the worst art the book has seen since it's inception. I know nothing about Howard Chaykin, except he is an amateur, and his bloated, boorish version of Cap is a disgrace to the shield. Speaking of the shield, anyone else notice it sitting halfway across a room in one panel, only to be at easy reach a few panels later? Chaykin's lack of basic skill has rubbed off on Bendis as well, as the scribe is telling a story low on action and high on unnecessary dialogue. It's not even unnecessary dialogue that's fun to read. It's just bad. But I admit Chaykin's art has likely sullied the entire experience for me.
I really like Captain America, but this issue didn't really feel like him. It's also disappointing that this is the second issue of New Avengers to only feature one Avenger. If I wanted to read a solo story about Captain America or Iron Man there are books I can buy for that. You might have heard of them, they're called CAPTAIN AMERICA and IRON MAN.
This needs to get better. This needs a new artist. This needs to either do one of those or be removed from my pull list.

Daredevil #86:
On the other side of the spectrum, this keeps getting better and better. Great payoff after a few months of set-up, and excellent use of every major character you'd expect to see, and maybe one or two you wouldn't. The story, as well as Lark's delightful dark art, continue to make this the comic to show your non-comic reading friends. It transcends the genre. Mark my words: Brubaker will be the next writer to hold Bendis-like power at Marvel.

Civil War: Frontline #2:
This book is better than Civil War. It's not as flashy, and it doesn't tell the war's central story (although it could be argued that it does) but it's a much-better written and plotted book. Millar's Civil War is somewhat scattered and over-stretched, while this uses its "embedded reporters" concept to really keep us tied to the important events.
The second story, following Speedball's continuing fall from grace (and freedom) is also offering surprising twists. However, it also revealed another 'boo-boo' in Marvel's organization of this whole story-concept. Why does Speedball have to register when he no longer has super-powers? The story does explain the reasoning, but like last month's "They HAVE to register with the government, but they SHOULD also come out in public" quick-fix, it rings a bit hollow...
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FIRST POST! [Jun. 17th, 2006|05:59 pm]
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