Green Lantern #2

Green Lantern #2

on October 18, 2011

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Last month our webmaster Noah Nickels reviewed Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke’s Green Lantern #1, and I basically agree with everything he had to say about this series’ debut, from the relatability of hero Hal Jordan to Mahnke’s tremendous art to its new-reader friendliness. What I want to talk about here is something Johns has done that I think is an especially clever conceit for the first story arc of a new book: he’s making its main character win the title role back. — more

Tagged: doug mahnke, geoff johns, green lantern
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Deathstroke #2

Deathstroke #2

on October 13, 2011

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We can’t really talk about the second issue of Deathstroke without a discussion of its cover. I mean, look at this thing — it’s awesome. It makes it seem like the issue inside’s going to feature Deathstroke vs. the Transformers, or maybe Deathstroke battling his way through a level from Mega Man 7. Simon Bisley (of Lobo fame) may be my favorite cover artist working at DC right now, and that’s saying a lot. This is the kind of frontpiece that would have made me beg my parents to buy me this book 20 years ago, and even now it’s got a style that convinces me to purchase a series I might have otherwise overlooked. — more

Tagged: deathstroke, joe bennett, kyle higgins, simon bisley
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Quick Hits: Reviews of Huntress #1, Animal Man #2 and more…

Huntress #1

on October 09, 2011

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Huntress #1: For those of us who sighed and shook our heads at books like Voodoo and Catwoman over the last few weeks, Huntress is a breath of fresh air. The Huntress takes a trip to Italy on the trail of gun-runners whose wares are being shipped to Gotham City, and along the way discovers that the equal-opportunity smugglers are engaging in a bit of human trafficking and sex slavery, too. — more

Tagged: animal man, huntress, red lanterns, stormwatch
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Sweet Tooth #26

Sweet Tooth #26

on October 09, 2011

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DC’s superhero titles won more than just sales last month — they also won the attention of the comics press pretty much everywhere, from mass media outlets that almost never mention the “c” word to the little guys like us. Right now, looking at the coverage, it’s too easy to forget there are other books out there deserving of our attention, but of course there’s a huge world of reading material besides The New 52, and from that world comes my favorite book this week, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt’s Sweet Tooth #26. — more

Tagged: Jeff Lemire, matt kindt, sweet tooth
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O.M.A.C. #2

OMAC #2

on October 08, 2011

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The first issue of O.M.A.C. got some negative reviewage ‘round these parts, and not surprisingly. There might be a variety of opinions on Dan Didio as an editor or co-publisher, but as a writer the consensus is decidedly negative. Well before I knew him as DC’s Editor-in-Chief, I knew him as “the guy who ruined Superboy,” as his short run that closed out that series was terrible. — more

Tagged: dan didio, keith giffen, omac, scott koblish
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Stormwatch #2

Stormwatch #2

on October 08, 2011

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One of the big reasons I tend to enjoy Grant Morrison’s comics so much is that they often embrace total balls-out weirdness. Readers have no idea what’s going to happen from panel-to-panel, page-to-page, and I find that keeps things exciting. I had a chance to meet Morrison a few years ago at the New York Comic Con and told him as much; he grinned and replied “well life’s fuckin’ weird, innit?” And he’s totally right. Real life isn’t predictable, it doesn’t follow rules of story structure, and it seldom makes sense. That’s why attempts to ground superhero stories in our reality so often fall flat for me — if our lives are crazy and nonsensical as is, how out-there do you think things would be for a flying alien demigod or a man who moves faster than light itself? The best way to make superheroes seem real is to embrace how unreal their worlds are. — more

Tagged: miguel sepulveda, paul cornell, stormwatch
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Action Comics #2

Action Comics #2

on October 06, 2011

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Man, I don’t know about this book. — more

Tagged: action comics, brent anderson, grant morrison, rags morales
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Swamp Thing #2

Swamp Thing #2

on October 06, 2011

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It took me an embarassingly long amount of time to realize that what Scott Snyder was doing with the character of Swamp Thing was in many ways the perfect opposite of Alan Moore’s famed innovations with the character. While under Moore we knew Swamp Thing as a monster who remembered being a man, in Snyder’s book he’s a man who has the recollections of a monster. In this case, of course, Alec Holland doesn’t want to go back to being the Swamp Thing. He instead wants a perfectly normal life away from the Green and away from threats to the planet. Unfortunately for Alec, it turns out that his time as the Swamp Thing hasn’t even begun.  — more

Tagged: scott snyder, swamp thing, yanick paquette
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Justice League International #2

Justice League International

on October 05, 2011

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The United Nations sanctions its own multinational team of superheroes made up of only committee-approved metahumans and led by Booster Gold, a time-traveler in desperate need of fame who’s only really in it for the notoriety it’s sure to bring. Against the UN’s will, Batman forces himself on the team to make sure it behaves appropriately. Cultural, political and interpersonal conflicts create a spastic minefield which the League must navigate if it ever hopes to perform its twin functions: save the world and produce good PR.  — more

Tagged: aaron lopresti, dan jurgens, justice league international
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The Savage Hawkman #1

Savage Hawkman

on October 05, 2011

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Guest post by: Matt Strick

The Savage Hawkman is exactly what I hoped to get from DC’s New 52 titles. I don’t know squat about Hawkman. I know that I’ve seen him somewhere, and I think there might be a race of Hawkpeople that keep getting reincarnated, but I couldn’t have told you that without being shown a picture. If you had asked me who he was on a game show I would have said he is the title character from Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. But that’s ok, right? Because the New 52 is all about giving readers an easy in to all the characters that have been around forever. And I think Tony Daniel and Philip Tan do a great job of hosting new readers. — more

Tagged: philip tan, the new 52, the savage hawkman, tony daniel
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