Animal Man #3/Swamp Thing #3

Animal Man Swamp Thing

on November 03, 2011

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I really like the guy who owns my local comic shop, but almost any time the subject of Animal Man comes up he feels compelled to tell me that he doesn’t like the rebooted title; instead, he feels like it’s the same book he read 20 years ago. Not only do I find this odd because I’ve told him multiple times that it’s my favorite book of the New 52 (is he trying to talk himself out of a sale?), but I also think that assertion’s quantifiably incorrect. From the very first page of Animal Man #1, I felt as though I was looking at a type of book I’d never seen before. If any comic embodies the spirit of bold new direction championed by DC’s reboot, it’s this one. — more

Tagged: animal man, Jeff Lemire, scott snyder, swamp thing, travel foreman, victor ibanez, yanick paquette
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Action Comics #3

Action Comics #3

on November 02, 2011

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Most readers are probably familiar with a scene from the iconic 1953 film The Wild One in which leading character and troublemaker Johnny (Marlon Brando) is asked what he’s rebelling against. “What have you got?” comes the shocking reply. That’s all I could think about during the moment in Action Comics #3 when a group of cops ransack Clark Kent’s apartment and get nothing but lip from the young reporter. — more

Tagged: action comics, gene ha, grant morrison, rags morales
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Quick Hits: Reviews of Green Lantern: New Guardians #2, Daredevil #5 and more…

New Guardians #2

on October 30, 2011

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Green Lantern: New Guardians #2: Last issue’s pacing problems start to fade as Kyle Rayner fends off a group of angry Lanterns in search of their stolen rings. This second outing’s a pretty solid improvement on the first, but I still don’t feel this series is exactly where it needs to be — we don’t really have any sense of most of the team that (presumably) will unite here; right now this book just reads like Kyle Rayner vs. the World, which is something we’ve seen before. — more

Tagged: daredevil, green lantern new guardians, secret avengers, star trek
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All-Star Western #2

All-Star Western #2

on October 30, 2011

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One of my favorite books of the New 52′s still going strong in its second issue. All-Star Western transplants DC’s classic frontier hero Jonah Hex to the urban environment of Gotham City, where he’s pared up with psychiatrist Amadeus Arkham to investigate a string of brutal murders. Hex and Arkham quickly find, though, that corruption in Gotham runs deeper than either suspected. — more

Tagged: all-star western, jimmy palmiotti, jordi bernet, justin gray, moritat
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Justice League Dark #2

Justice League Dark #2

on October 26, 2011

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In my review of Justice League Dark #1 last month, I remarked that the book seemed to stumble a bit when it tried to incorporate characters from the mainstream DCU into its shadowy proceedings. It’s no surprise, then, that writer Peter Milligan finds more success when he concentrates on the darker elements named in the comic’s title. Justice League Dark #2 mostly leaves the world of DC’s brightly colored superheroes behind to probe some dismal depths, and in doing so it solidifies my opinion that this is a book worth reading. — more

Tagged: justice league dark, mikel janin, peter milligan
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Quick Hits: Reviews of Supergirl #2, Batman #2 and more…

Supergirl #2

on October 23, 2011

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Supergirl #2: Supergirl #2 is the terrible step-sibling of Justice League #2, a novel book where superheroes actually talk out their differences. Here they fight, and fight, and fight, and fight, and just when you think maybe some sanity has come to the book, they fight again! Does anyone (outside writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson) actually think this is interesting?

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Tagged: batman, legion of superheroes, star trek, supergirl, transformers
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Wonder Woman #2

Wonder Woman #2

on October 19, 2011

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Obviously the grades we assign to comics and other media on this site are essentially meaningless, but still, I somewhat find myself wishing I’d given the first issue of Wonder Woman an A- instead of an A. No doubt the debut is an excellent, exciting comic, but in my opinion this book tops it, adding a couple great new dimensions to the world being built by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. In the New 52, after all, anything goes, and the direction this series seems to be taking has me very excited. — more

Tagged: brian azzarello, cliff chiang, wonder woman
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Justice League #2

Justice League #2

on October 19, 2011

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There are a lot of places where Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League #2 could have gone very wrong. To tell you the truth, looking at the cover I was dreading this issue — not because it’s not really well drawn (it is) but because these superhero slugfests tend not to sit right with me. Why do our heroes always have to beat the crap out of each other before they can team up? That’s a genre trope I wouldn’t mind leaving in the pre-reboot universe. — more

Tagged: geoff johns, jim lee, justice league
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Quick Hits: Reviews of Batwoman #2, Ducktales #5 and more…

Batwoman #2

on October 18, 2011

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Batwoman #2: While our title heroine continues to track down a superpowered killer who’s been abducting children, a tenacious government agent known as Chase hunts Batwoman herself. There’s not much I can say about this book that I didn’t cover in my first review, so I’ll just hit the major points. Batwoman is a fantastically written story (by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman) that blends elements of supernatural horror, police procedural and traditional superhero stories. Of course the art by Williams is fantastic and basically unmatched in monthly comics; he doesn’t draw pages so much as he creates compositions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the many two-page spreads that populate the issue, where his unorthodox layouts and beautiful figures really shine. — more

Tagged: batwoman, ducktales, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., resurrection man, unwritten
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Demon Knights #2

Demon Knights #2

on October 18, 2011

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In my review of Demon Knights #1 last month, I made one simple request: that Vandal Savage, the immortal, ferocious and proud conqueror of the DC Universe, didn’t turn into Gimli from The Lord of the Rings. Sadly, that was not to be. — more

Tagged: demon knights, diogenes neves, paul cornell
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