Friday, August 10, 2007

Weekly Comic Reviews!

I've been meaning to do one of these ever since I started the blog. So why not? This review covers only those comics I actually bought this week, so, if you were thinking of buying comics other than those... good luck I guess? Anyway without further ado:

Casanova #8 - If you buy only one comic this week, make it this one. As usual, it's a filled to bursting with off-the-wall, sexed-up sci-fi madness. As usual, at 16 pages and $2, it feels like more story than most $3 comics. This issue's the start of a new arc, and not only is it a good jumping on point, it's more coherent than issue #1 ever was. But don't worry, still crazy. It also brings in new artist Fabio Moon, which I was worried about, until I realized he kicks untold quantities of ass. Seriously, his art - and the book's new single color, blue - look fucking unbelievable. Bottom line - This is my favorite book on the shelves these days. Buy it.

Powers #25 - Basically the opposite of Casanova is Powers #25. Apparently there are 40 pages to this book, which makes it worth a dollar more. Okay, so a whopping eight of those pages are taken up by the letter column, in which Bendis doesn't actually answer any letters. That's okay. Really, we all love re-reading your Newsarama interviews and press releases Brian. The 32 pages of story we did get felt like 20 if that. It's filled with giant splashes and drawn out action scenes that almost make you feel like you're watching the story in slow motion. And honestly, did we need a two page, seventy-panel(!) spread of Walker having sex? Don't answer that. Bottom Line - The story might be going somewhere. It's not doing it quickly.

New Avengers #33 - While we're on Bendis, I've been enjoying New Avengers, almost entirely thanks to the work of Leinil Yu. I may be in the minority, but I think Yu's art makes perfect sense for this book. That said, this issue feels a lot like filler. The Avengers spend the issue sulking. Brian Vaughan's Hood is reintroduced, but not in a way that's really fun or makes sense. Note to Bendis: not only have I read enough crimelord-asserts-himself-by-killing-other-crimelord scenes to last a lifetime, but you wrote half of them. There are two pages here that really work - a marital scene between Luke and Jessica that just nails it. Bottom Line - Yes, the Avengers sure don't trust each other. Now can they do something?

Batman #667 - Grant Morrison veers off from his previous story - the unresolved and nigh-impenetrable three-Batman storyline - for a new romping mystery in a locked castle. This issue is tight, and it's fun, but it's all a little by wrote compared to Morrison's usual boundless creativity. Still, touches of strong craftsmanship, and kickin' art by J.H. Williams make this a solid buy. Bottom Line - It's good to have fun Batman books in our lives.

Punisher War Journal #10 - The Hate Monger story blows up real good, finally. It's appropriately climactic, but it's undermined by a poorly choreographed final fight scene. Olivetti's art has its strengths, but action isn't one of 'em. Some character development happens, but it's not very interesting. My guess is that Punisher will keep killing people. Bottom Line - This storyline wasn't bad, but I wouldn't recommend the trade.

Black Adam # 1 - Black Adam, if you missed the memo, is kind of a badass. Tomasi gives us a Teth Adam who's at once an appalling and compelling. The whole Justice Society plot did nothing for me, though. Bottom Line - If you liked the idea of depowered Black Adam, this ish won't disappoint.

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