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Red Robin #23: Review!

12 May

This comic just got really good.  Alright, alright… it was already pretty darn good, but the stakes have been upped in this issue.  There are all of these threads that are culminating into the Assassin’s tournament, and I’m in on the ride.

The comic starts off with a brief update in Tim’s civilian life and relationship with Bruce and then it hits the ground running with Tim meeting up with Lynx again.  She is clearly becoming his Catwoman, and I really enjoy how its a relationship based upon lust rather than actual feeling because it represents Tim not fully growing up yet.  He had something relatively stable with Stephanie for awhile, but now he is doing something rather unexpected for someone who is ridiculously meticulous with his planning.  Plus, I’m surprised that they didn’t chip a tooth or something at a certain point.

Basically, the comic comes around to the Assassin’s tournament by Tim recognizing something’s going on and reacting early to it.  This issue feels like a lead up, but it still leaves you relatively satisfied in terms of story.

Marcus To and Ray McCarthy’s art is highly underrated.  They are a great team.  I really enjoy that To’s characters are never overly-muscled or heavy-breasted.  In a world of superheroes – they look a little bit more realistic.  I especially enjoy their version of Dick’s Batman where he is trim like an acrobat but still highly powerful.  Plus, there is a brief bit where Dick’s freefall mirrors her freefall in the recent Detective Comics.  Completely unplanned but still interesting.

Overall, this book has great things going for it and does not cease to entertain.

Also, I was a little hesitant to DC bringing the letter pages back because such mainstream publishers usually do not print criticisms.  Instead, they wet their own pallet with positive, glowing reviews.  This is sort of happening, but there are some minute criticisms and fan-to-fan combat going on.  So, it seems like DC is trying to include in its two pages of fan letters some discussion rather than just glowing review masturbation.


Red Robin #17: Review

13 Nov

Man, Red Robin is so good.  I love me some Tim Drake.  First off, let me go into an explanation of my day picking up this comic.

I got my comic books on Thursday particularly because I don’t get out of class until 5:30 on Wednesdays, and then I hardly feel the impetus to go and get comics after a tiring day.  So, instead I went and got them on Thursday.  Originally, I planned to go see The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest before hand.  However, it was sold out.  I later realized that that was because it was Veteran’s day.  As proven by traffic BEING FUCKING CRAZY.  On top of that, some of my mental health issues were acting up.  So, it goes without saying that I was not in a particularly great mood.

Nevertheless, walking into Atomic Comics and talking to Shane and Ashley for awhile made me cheer up a bit.  Then I got Scott Pilgrim and a couple other movies.

So, I came home in an alright mood.  Planted my ass down, and then read me some Red Robin.

Spoilers Ahead.

Basically, this comic took place in two locations: China and Gotham.  IN CHINA WE FIND OUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CASSANDRA CAIN.  As in, fuck yes, my home girl is back.

And boy, does her redesign by Marcus To look badass.  She is definitely ninja assassin-ing it out.

So, the beginning of the comic was awesome, and then it sort of went mehmehmehOHMYGOSHAWESOME.  The whole plot with Lynx is great even though it constantly mentions “I don’t want her to become my Catwoman” as he proceeds to make her his personal Catwoman.  Then, Bruce calls him out for it.  And you find out that Tim is Bruce’s Right Hand Man for Batman Inc.

It was also nice to check in on some supporting characters from the previous Robin series.

Overall, the writing wavered a bit, but it remained really strong.  And, Marcus To proved once again that he’s becoming one of the most consistent, woman-friendly, respectful, creative, and reliable artists in the business.  Plus, give a hand to the inking on the issue.

Though, I found it a little strange how short Tim is in comparison to Bruce.  When, on the cover, Lynx is really small to Tim.  So, is Lynx like 5’3″ or something?  Sometimes Tim comes off as looking really old or really young for his 18 (17?) years.

Red Robin #16: Review

11 Sep

After the stunning issue from last month involving Tim Drake taking a shot for the team and getting to pretend he’s disabled, we find Tim continuing down his list of targets to Anarky.

Now, the comic did a decent job reviewing Tim’s previous history of himself versus Anarky, but I still feel like there was a lot of back history needed to fully enjoy this issue.  This may just be a case of Fabian Nicieza relying too heavily on the previous series.  Nevertheless, my sister, who I got into the Tim Drake craze, told me that she even had a few problems following the comic since she has never read the Robin series.

However, Marcus To and Ray McCarthy do a great job on art.  Once again, they seem to be really excelling as an art team.  Plus, I enjoyed the slight tweaks on Anarky’s design.

Despite the backstory, the plot of the comic still remains highly enjoyable, but, after last issue, was a little bit of a disappointment.  The art held it together, though.  I feel like this issue was a slight, unnecessary pit stop to next issue.  It felt more like a one-shot with some ties to the series than part of the overarching story.  So, we’ll see if the series gets back on track next issue.

A whole new slew of comic reevus

9 Jun

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.

Batgirl #11:

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.

Batman #700(!):

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).

Invincible #72:

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.