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Quick Hits: Reviews of Action Comics #902, Fables #106 and more… | Comic Reviews | Nerdy Nothings

Quick Hits: Reviews of Action Comics #902, Fables #106 and more…

Action Comics #902

Action Comics #902: Despite my love of writer Paul Cornell, I can’t bring myself to get into this 4-issue Doomsday arc now residing in Action. Doomsday’s a villain that absolutely didn’t need to be brought back, and the recent news about Action‘s reset just means that the four issues between #900 and #1 aren’t going to mean a damn thing. Despite some great superheroic beats (which rewrite moments from both Richard Donner’s Superman and Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns for the better), nothing happens in this story that’s especially compelling. I will say I’m enjoying the art from Top Cow’s Kenneth Rocafort a lot more than I thought I would; there’s something very appealing about the way he instills emotion in his characters’ faces. But Doomsday is a lame antagonist in 2011, and all the story beats seem to have been mandated from editors. How many books are going to end with a splash page that reveals another army of Doomsday clones, anyway? C-
Review by Rebel Rikki

Batman: Gates of Gotham #2: The second installment of this 5-issue miniseries spends a little more time looking backwards into the history of Gotham City, a turn I find very welcome. We learn a little more about the construction of the so-called “Gates of Gotham,” established by the three prominent families of Wayne, Eliot and Cobblepot, while in the present Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and their allies investigate acts of terror designed to tarnish those families. The action’s a little lighter than in the first issue, which has its positives and negatives. On the down side, when artist Trevor McCarthy’s not drawing battle scenes, his art doesn’t pop like it otherwise might (though I really do love his design for the Penguin). On the positive, this book’s really wordy; it takes a long time to get through (relatively speaking) and feels very dense, much like a pulp mystery novel. This book’s given me a lot of goodwill for writers Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins, and I look forward to seeing what each will do in the coming DC relaunch. B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Fables #106: Bill Willingham, if anything, has certainly become adept at playing with his readers’ expectations. I’ve read every issue of Fables there is, and I should certainly realize this at this point in time, nonetheless I was still surprised at how deftly Willingham was able to wrap up two seperate—seemingly unconnected—plot threads with one masterful stroke. Sure it turns out that all of the buildup for the Fables ‘superhero team’ was something of a red herring, but it was certainly an enjoyable one. With one major adversary now out of the picture one can only guess at which direction this series will take now. I’ll go on the record and say I’ve learned my lesson about trying to make predictions for this series, so I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride… one thing is for certain, Mark Buckingham continues to be the perfect artist for this series. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Secret Avengers #14: Usually, one-shot issues during major crossovers are throwaway books treading water until the series can pick itself up with whatever new status quo’s being established. Writer Nick Spencer has so far used those issues of Secret Avengers to tell really great spotlight stories focusing on members of the team that seldom get the spotlight. Last issue’s Beast tale was among my favorite issues of the whole book; this installment, which focuses on the Asgardian Valkyrie, doesn’t work quite as well for me but it’s still very good. Here Spencer crafts twin stories that follow Valkyrie into battle twice — once as a young, unproven warrior in Asgard and later as an Avenger, escorting members of the U.S. military into war against Sin. Spencer’s used his scripts to get at the emotional core of these characters, which I appreciate; as good as Ed Brubaker’s run on the title was, it was basically Captain America’s show; I’m glad Spencer is cognizant of the other awesome members of his team. Warren Ellis will soon be taking the reigns of this title, relegating Spencer’s run to that of a fill-in, and that’s too bad; his work, especially Secret Avengers #12.1 and #13, has me wanting to read more from him post-haste. B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Wolverine #11: I think I’m getting Wolverine fatigue—yeah, probably several years after everyone else—but after Jason Aaron’s last storyline here we are exploring Logan’s past again as he takes on bloody revenge against the Red Right Hand, the shadowy group of individuals who sent his soul to hell and had his body possessed by demons. Can I just say that I’m sick to hell of Logan’s past? We all know he’s been screwed over from here to eternity and yes, he’s done some very bad things to very bad people. This just all seems trite at this point, how can we move this character forward if we’re constantly looking over his shoulder at the past? Yawn. This series showed some promise, but I’m starting to wonder how long it’ll stay on my radar. C-
Review by Spaceman Spiff

tags: action comics, batman, fables, gates of gotham, secret avengers, wolverine

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