Quick Hits: Reviews of Batman #702 and more…

Batman #702

Batman #702: Grant Morrison wraps up the second of two issues detailing the “interlude” between his “Batman R.I.P” storyline and the events of “Final Crisis.” It’s good to see Morrison working with Tony Daniel again, who provided some of my favorite artwork for Morrison’s previous run on Batman, but this two-issue arc didn’t really shed anymore light on what happened to Bruce Wayne leading up to the Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series that’s currently underway. Morrison has surprised me before, so maybe once that series wraps up this arc of Batman will seem more meaningful, but right now I’m feeling a little underwhelmed by this issue and it’s resolution… but Daniels art is definitely a keeper. His style continues to grow and evolve and this is some of his best work yet. C

Astonishing X-Men #35: Again this week I’m a little let down by a writer I expect more from. Warren Ellis has floored me previously with his work on The Authority and Planetary, but his two arcs on Astonishing X-Men, and the already underway Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, has left me flat. This final issue of the current arc, and apparently the series in general, lacked any emotional resolution and featured a villain that had been built up so well in previous issued only to completely come off as uninspired when he and his motivations are finally revealed here. C-

Avengers #4: I’m not totally sure what exactly is going on in this initial story from Brian Michael Bendis and artist John Romita Jr., but holy crap is it fun. The modus operandi of this series so far seems to be twists, twists and more twists, and we certainly get several of them in this issue. Romita’s art really shines in this issue as we get a glimpse into the dystopian future, tripod attacks, a 19th century gang fight and, um, an exploding dinosaur?! I’m not sure where this storyline will be going from here on out, and that’s all the fun. A

Captain America #609: Ed Brubaker continues to run James “Bucky” Barnes through the ringer in his role as Captain America. More solid art from Butch Guice, more revelations about the plans of Baron Zemo and a little help from Steve “Super Soldier” Rogers, the Black Widow and the Falcon. This series has been at the top of the game since Ed Brubaker took over and this issue is no exception. A

Secret Warriors #19: I’ll keep this one really brief, this issues offers an interesting look at the motivations and past of Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos but offers very little to the dense plot of espionage, intrigue and double-dealing that Jonathon Hickman has spent so long building up. The three-issue arc that gets wrapped up here almost feels like filler in the larger storyline, but we shall see… B-

X-Factor #208: More fun from Peter David and that other team of super-powered mutants… no, not X-Force, and no, not the New Mutants but the criminally overlooked X-Factor. Freed from the shackles of X-Men related crossovers David gets down to telling a genuinely fun story that features the return of Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair to the team that Peter David has revitalized over and over again. A-

tags: avengers, batman, captain america, grant morrison, quick hits, secret warriors, x-factor, x-men

  • scott d

    have you heard anything about the morrison documentary?

  • http://andrewstamm.com Spaceman Spiff

    I’ve only seen the trailer for it, which looked pretty cool… here’s a link to it if you haven’t checked it out yet;

    http://blip.tv/file/2940222

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