ComicCritic87's weekly comic reviews
9 issues this week, more DC filler come to an end.
ComicCritic87’s weekly comic book reviews
Week of August 24, 2011
Greetings friends and fellow comic book readers and fans, the ever continuing reviews march on. This week is a slightly smaller week, 9 issues this time. Many more DC comics come to an end as we are one week away from the new 52. A new series welcomes itself into my ranks, a Mark Millar work FINALLY returns. A fun note, last week in my comments I had Adam Beechen comment on my harsh review on Zatanna #16, I was amazed by his feedback, showing I’m still a growing comic reviewer and hopefully a journalist…..anyway, let’s begin shall we.
Comics this week
DC Comics: Batman Incorporated #8, Teen Titans #100, Wonder Woman #614, Xombi #6
Marvel Comics: FF #8, Wolverine #14
Other Comics: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #6, Kick-ass 2 #3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Top Picks of the Week
DC Comics: Batman Incorporated #8
Abridged Story: Bruce Wayne is showing off to his investors a brand new and revolutionary Internet 3.0 system that will change the world as they know it. However a group of cyber terrorists storm the system and begin to attack. They warn them not to unplug or else it will have serious repercussions. Bruce counters with software that brings in Batgirl and Batman in a digital sense that they use to combat these villains, only to learn that one of the investors is behind it. We learn this is still a small part in the huge scheme of Leviathan.
Review: BATMAN MEETS TRON!!!!! That is more or less the easiest way to sum up this issue for the first half of the Batman Incorporated saga. Grant Morrison does a great way on integrating the digital realm and the real world, blending them in a way that we rarely see, not counting the virtual simulators the X-men use for training; this is about bringing more to the average person. This is one issue that doesn’t bring us any new Bat themed character, a nice way of ending the first arc on a high note. The way Batgirl is used in this issue, acting like the primary defense force in the system, since she is obviously Oracle. Morrison promised that we will see Batman Incorporated in the new 52 at a later date, let’s hope the next half is just as good.
Artwork: The cover is really impressive, although a tad misleading. The cover features a digitized Batman looking over a Mainframe that is taking over the city with a body line drawn in it much like at a crime scene, this doesn’t take place in the story yet the digital aesthetic is still presence. The interior artwork is well done, sadly it wasn’t on par with the other issues that had in the prior issues which were AMAZING. The artwork is done by Scott Clark, which his artwork can be hit and miss depending on the story but with Batman, he does some nice touches. The Tron inspired suits of Batgirl and Batman were the best looking designs I have seen in a while.
Marvel Comics: Wolverine #14
Abridged Story: Wolverine is just about to reach the room to where the Red Hand has been holding up, they finish off the final part of their plan, killing themselves, so that Wolverine can’t get his revenge. One young boy decides to wait it out so that he can see Logan suffer with what they had planned out. Logan storms in and finds them all dead; they left a message saying that the 5 killers that they sent were_________________ (I can’t spoil)
Review: Man this issue has quite a strong and powerful ending; Aaron has taken Wolverine to the next level after this revelation. The big plan this group created against this one man I had to admit was pretty stupid, Logan can’t be defeated, his ability to adapt in any situation was stronger than what they expected, until I read this issue that all changed in a heartbeat. These villains were truly well planned out and the result deals the biggest blow to Logan in not only his ego, but they attacked the one place that can’t heal…….. his heart.
Artwork: The cover is very symbolic, the cover features Wolverine, in costume, on his knees groveling at what he has done, with 5 skulls under him. The interior artwork is still very effective in this arc of the story. The artist, Renato Guedes, does some very impressive facial work, giving us a lot in detail and emotion, every wrinkle is showcased here.
Other Comics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Abridged Story: Three of the brothers and master Splinter attack a cat villain known as old Hob. They are victorious but are sadden by the departure of one of the brothers. We get a backstory of where the turtles came from as well as Master Splinter. April is involved as she is part of a lab group working on genetics lead by a familiar villain. The lone brother finds a young Casey Jones being beaten by his father; the lone turtle busts in and prepares to give Casey dads a taste of his own medicine.
Review: Now……this is how you properly do a great remake and reboot to this well-known series and franchise. Gone is the space and extra-dimensional villains and sidekicks, no more bright happy go lucky colors, this is dark, grim, and gritty bare bones crime fighting turtles. The story does a great job balancing the present situation with the brothers fighting against a foe their master has ties to and the past showcasing where they came from. Now we don’t get a whole lot of backstory with the past, we get a glimpse of April, Baxter, and a mention of Krang (in this he is a General in the Army, but that’s all we get, even another hint of a battle suit). What helps this new launch out immensely is the return of one of the founding creators of the TMNT, Kevin Eastman, he knows these grim and gritty versions of the characters the best and while we grew up on the cartoon, I loved the 90s movie that kept it true to the comics. There are some great and fun subtle nods to the characters and franchise which are a welcome addition without being too forced.
Artwork: I gained the cover of the Michelangelo; my comic shop had Raphael and Donatello too but no Leonardo. The interior artwork is tried and true to the original, the dark and gritty look they presented is still here. This time around the artwork is done by Dan Duncan, who upon the powers of Google, appears to have done a few comics and this art style fits well with the grim and gritty look. The turtles don the same colors of masks, red, making the only way to know who is who is by weapon. The human characters are drawn really well also, they aren’t the main focus but they are nicely done.
Weakest of the Week: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #6
Abridged Story: Godzilla still continues to rampage across America. The president unveils his plan to combat the threat, MECHAGODZILLA. We also follow the soldier and the young girl on the run trying to keep away from the giant monsters coming out of the woodwork. The United States build Mechagodzilla in Detroit and send him out to battle. It and Godzilla begin to attack and fight one another, until MG goes haywire and attacks Atlanta.
Review: I was under the hope and impression that the mainstream series of Godzilla would pick up some steam, remove the annoying satires of the human characters and have it just ALL Godzilla and his attacks on the world along with the fellow Giant Monsters. Instead the series is still in love with this idea of focusing more on the humans with the annoying satire and poking fun of OUR world rather than being its own and embracing it AKA the Michael Bay approach. Also the amount of time seems a bit off. The attacks Godzilla made take place over a month, yet no time lapse is given, add on ANOTHER month where MG was being built, that’s two months and he did barely any damage, let alone any of the other monsters who seem to have gone quiet. The battle was pretty much the only good part of the issue, wishing that it extended just a bit longer and properly explain why and how MG goes haywire. I’m still hoping that this has a payoff that makes this entire premise some level of sense.
Artwork: The cover is somewhat inventive, it’s a giant footprint of MG’s with a giant and blatant MADE IN DETROIT on its sole, which in theory would be pointless and too much effort in doing. The interior artwork is still more of the same, its dull and uninspired, trying to go for a style that doesn’t really fit this series at all. The designs of Godzilla and MG are nicely done and we do see another Monster added, Kumonga.
FF #8: The villains and FF unite to battle the evil Reeds. They begin their attack against the 4 cities. Dr. Doom reaches one of the Reeds but gets ambushed. I enjoy this series, it’s a great first arc that has expanded greatly and continues to make me see where it’s going. The artwork is still solid and the characters are nicely designed. B-
Kick-ass 2 #3: The Justice Forever team is successful in the first wave of crime fighting. They add in new members as they go along. Dave’s dad confronts his son about the suit but Dave runs away. The base gets attacked by Red Mist and one of the members is brutally killed. Mindy sees this and gets pissed. Millar continues to stroke his ego and still manages to keep me focused on reading it. It’s been a long wait and the payoff was worth it. JRJR’s artwork does fit really well here. B+
Teen Titans #100: The entire group of titans battles Superboy prime and his Legion of Doom. They successfully defeat him and place him in the one place that can hold him. The team recovers and all goes back to normal. I loved this ending; they went out with a bang and a great one at that. The artwork is great and the covers at the end are GREAT (minus Mr. Leifeld’s). B+
Wonder Woman #614: Diana Fights and defeats Nemesis, she returns to her original timeline and embraces the unknown. Quite a trip we have been on, highs and lows, this went out better than Superman. The artwork is still nice and good. B-
Xombi #6: The team goes on the offensive against Finch and his bandage wrapped nuns with swords with the power on a phase of the moon. David Kim uses the pearl of Wisdom to help defeat Finch and return the floating skull castle back to normal. He goes back to living his regular mundane life. Such a fitting conclusion to sadly short series, I cannot recommend this one enough, the story and art are fantastic and creative. A-
Well that’s it for this week; hope you all get a chance to give these a read. Next week begins the new 52 with Justice League and the end of Flashpoint. It will be a much smaller week than expected, stay tuned. ComicCritic87 out…..peace
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