Well, I didn’t get comics for a month or so… There was a lot waiting for me.
Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up Grizzly Shark and Sea Bear, Return of Bruce Wayne #2, and my LCS still hasn’t received Tales of the TMNT #69.
Overall, I was fairly pleased with my pulls, and I even went out on a limb and bought some Marvel which was, surprisingly, really good.
So, let’s start it off with the bad and move towards the awesome:
Green Lantern #54:
It’s really unfortunate that most of these scenes in this book were sort of seen in others (mostly Brightest Day), and I’m a little tired of Green Lantern. Honestly, this book is testing my patience. It looks pretty and Doug Mahnke does his best with trying to make the Star Sapphire costume look not so slutty, but I feel like Geoff Johns is just trying to outdo himself with the next big, cosmic event. Therefore, character studies are shot down for a rather boring plot. And Lobo, seriously? I’m giving this comic three more tries. If it fails twice in those three times, then it’s out.
The best part of this comic, though, was Dex-Star (the Red Lantern Cat) kicking some ass.
I’ll begin this by mentioning that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this issue. I feel like Bryan Q. Miller is doing a knockout job developing a voice for Stephanie. Sure, Lee Garbett & Pere Perez’s pencils sort of make Stephanie’s boobs fluctuate size on a nearly frame by frame basis, but the art’s overall good. Everyone’s doing a good job. My problem is that the comic is doing things that have been done before. Sure, these are all sort of training exercises for Stephanie, but the stakes are obvious and I don’t feel like there’s any real big threat. The Calculator is nice, but that’s more so Barbara’s villain. Is Stephanie going to get any of her own.
As far as dream sequences go, this was one of the more interesting ones out of the thousands out there in comic land.
Girl Comics #2:
I feel like this comic should be longer than it is. I feel like there should be more stories in it. Hell, I’m being charged $5 goddamn dollars for it, I might as well get some more stories. Plus, what’s up with the shipping delay?
Alright, refocus on what’s actually here in the comic. Unfortunately, it was hit and miss. I enjoyed the intro again even if it felt like I was rereading the intro from before (I really liked the variation of She-Hulk’s costume). The Inhumans was kinda bleh. However, I really liked the hairdressing story because it didn’t really feel like it was shoving the issue of “hey, girls like to get their hair done!” but more so a thing that they do that shows a different aspect of their lives. I liked the art and coloring on the “Do You Ever?” story even if the script was a bit lacking. The two page spread of MJ searching for another superhero boyfriend was delightfully taking stabs at the machismo behind many male superheroes which made me pretty giddy. The Dr. Strange story was a major disappointment. I just did not understand what was going on.
So, overall, okay, but nothing major.
Alright, I had to dish out the $5 on this landmark issue. I figured it would probably not be that great, but, strangely, I found it to be pretty gosh darn good. Now, let me preface it with me walking home 3 and a half miles in the rain worrying about my comics getting wet. Then, it began pouring – like Puget Sound every day in February pouring – and I sought refuge. Enter coffee shop and a warm chai.
I opened it up, and found this time-spanning narrative not confusing but, despite being defined by time periods, timeless. Grant Morrison hit the mark on portraying that, no matter what, there will always be a need for a Batman in comics/the comic world. Naturally, Frank Quitely’s frenetic energy in his section made a major impression. It was unfortunate that he couldn’t finish the whole “Today” section. I feel like they could have simply put a “Tonight” label after the switch to slightly differentiate between the artists and acknowledge the change up.
Now, I’m not a fan of Damien becoming Batman in the future. Particularly because I think the transition would be too easy for the character… and I don’t like his batsuit. So, that part was kinda “hmm meh” for me. However, 2-Face-2 was hilarious as was the final joke.
The “And Tomorrow” section was genius showing off all the different Batmen that have come, gone, or will pass. I really like the Full masked, silver-emblazoned one.
Overall, this is a pretty good story for a Batman fan with a little bit for everyone. Sometimes, it didn’t hit the mark. When it did, though, it was lovely.
Heralds #s 1 & 2:
After reading Kelly Thompson’s review of Her-alds, I decided to give it a try. And, honestly, I am so glad I did.
Some Superheroes who just all happen to be women get together through an interesting means, and then, all of a sudden, a clones (of scientists and historical figures creating some funny moments with Einstein and later Hitler), Dinosaur, chaotic thing happens. They bond together over fighting and then come together in the second issue over Frankie Raye and how she plays in the overall importance of recent events.
The art on these issues is amazing. Some commentators (anonymous comments on other people’s reviews) have said that the art style is too indie or doesn’t differentiate between the women. I would have to counter this by stating that I am not familiar in any depth with the majority of these characters, and I could tell them apart through facial differences. Plus, I really like the slim, short-haired She-Hulk. I mean, she’s lean but with lots of muscle. Who’s to say the Gamma radiation has to make her bulky just to give her immense strength?
At times, the plot can be a little overwhelming and the dialogue quick, but another read through brings along more enjoyment. Trust me, the first read is still just as good as you’re briskly trying to read what’s next. This got me to chuckle aloud, which, as said numerous times before, is a hard thing to do. Check out the Thompson review to see some pages from the actual book to see the interior art.
Red Robin #13:
Tim Drake-Wayne. Marriage fake. Identity. New duds. Checklists. Hard Decisions. Worth it?
I know that this comic is worth it. You barely have to be knowledgeable about Tim Drake or this series to still really enjoy it, and the twist is wonderful. God, I love this comic (and the writer switch – Fabian Nicieza who’s written Tim Drake before – hardly altered anything; a nice transition).
Within the Invincible Universe, I feel like Kirkman is at his best with writing violence. I believe this also probably gives Ryan Ottley much more to play around with. Anyone noticed the similar attacks Conquest utilizes? Come on, the frames are nearly the same.
This issue completely surprised me in a good way. The melodrama’s out of the way, and now it’s just super hard hitting and awesome. I never knew breathing could be so great!
The Walking Dead #72:
God, does Kirkman know how to nail that final page for every issue. I mean, it also works really fluidly during the trades, too. Still, I just love it.
This issue focuses pretty heavy on the adjustment process with emphasis on Michonne, Andrea, and Glenn. Um, yeah… mostly my favorite characters. It’s nice to not see any zombies for a bit; although, I’m sure that will change next issue. This is just such a consistently great comic.