The Supremely Enjoyable and Delayed Weekly Reviews for 11/12/08

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Yours truly bought 5 excellent comics this week, two of which came from weeks previous, and wouldn’t you know it, they topped the rankings. What are they? Hell, if that awesome cliffhanger doesn’t grab anyone, I don’t know what will.

5. Booster Gold #14: Rick Remender, Pat Olliffe. “Night of One Million Starros” conclusion is here, and despite wanting to cut down on titles, I can’t say goodbye to Booster Gold, Skeets and company, even with the new filler team. This was a fun two part arc, and a satisfying conclusion that added some unfortunate things in our favorite superheroes future. Olliffe’s art is on par with Dan Jurgens. Even so, fun romps can’t compete with the other 4 sweet titles reviewed this week.

4. Wolverine #69: Mark Millar, Steve McNiven. I figured Old Man Logan’s latest installment would top the rankings, so this is a big letdown, even if it is a function of the competition. McNiven’s art is worthy of awards and grandeur, and might be the epitome of consistency in comicdom. Millar still wields a great story here, but this issue seems like more of a filler for what’s to come in issue #70, where we learn Wolverine’s secret and why he’s as peaceful as a priest. There’s some fun mole people here and some evil Spider-Woman action, and the enjoyable Wolvy-Hawkeye buddy action adventure will almost surely be even better next month.

3. Batman: Cacophony #1: Kevin Smith, Walter Flanagan. There was no way I’d miss this, and I’m really glad to see Smith back in comics. He’s had a big fall so far (what with Zach and Miri Make a Porno hitting theatres a few weeks back), and this might end up being better than his film offering. With him, is longtime friend and the guy who got Smith INTO comics, Walt Flanagan (YES, THE Walt Flanagan). I couldn’t believe it was him. His art is fairly simple, but turns up a notch with Batman, Joker and Onomatopoeia stepping in. We get a great scene between Joker/Deadshot/Onomatopoeia to set up the series, with a little Batman/Gordon action at the end. I loved the introduction of Onomatopoeia in Smith’s Green Arrow, so I was hyped to see the follow up. I’d be even more psyched if Ollie made an appearance, but something tells me this is all Bats. Next issue should be even better.

And now, the two issues from weeks past, in a tie for the best of the week:

1. Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns: Geoff Johns, Shane Davis. My longstanding neutrality to Green Lantern is officially over. This issue, which grabbed me by the awesome and mildly horrifying Shane Davis cover, finally tempted me to buy it this week, and I’m glad I did. First off: Shane Davis, who I’m unfamiliar with, is fucking great here. He draws Atrocitus beautifully, and the red lanterns transformation is a thing to behold. Most impressive to me, was my ability to follow this story. I’ve literally never read an issue of Green Lantern and only know the various GL’s through Justice League or JLI for Gardner, but I still loved this issue. The stuff with Hal Jordan was particularly great, and that ending just made me want to know everything that Johns has done with GL. My wallet hates me.

1. Marvel 1985 #6: Mark Millar, Tommy Lee Edwards. This issue was lost at my shop for two weeks, but it was worth the wait. Edwards’ art is at its sketchy best, even if the proportions and faces seemed rush at times, but experiencing his art for the first time was one of the things I’ll take away from this mini the most. The first few issues of this were incredible, some of the best things out, and while the 4th and 5th installments were a bit of a letdown (I think this couldve been told in 4 or 5 issues tops), this finale was satisfactory, sad, but still beautiful in a completely 1980s way. We get the secret behind Clyde Wyncham and the Wyncham house, and Toby learns a few things. Great stuff Mr. Millar.

Fucktastic Writers of the Week: Geoff Johns for GL, Millar for 1985 and Wolverine.

Fucktastic Artists of the Week: Shane Davis for GL and Steve McNiven for Wolverine, but Tommy Lee Edwards gets recognition for the completion of 1985. Lots of good art this week after such a lackluster one last week.

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2 Responses to “The Supremely Enjoyable and Delayed Weekly Reviews for 11/12/08”

  1. Gokitalo Says:

    Batman: Cacophony is the one I’m looking forward to the most; I also loved Onomatopoeia’s debut in Green Arrow and am frankly glad he’s been left pretty much untouched since then. No need for Kevin Smith to write around or contradict what others have done!

    I agree Marvel 1985 #4 and 5 were kind of underwhelming, so I’m glad to hear things pick up in #6. This series as a whole kind of makes me want to check out more Marvel 80s stuff now; there was great stuff coming out back then.

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    Good point. I like how he’s basically Smith’s character, despite all the potential he has, no one’s used him.

    Yeah it definitely makes me want to get into some 80s Marvel. Times were simpler and more wonderful back then. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the conclusion. I thought it was a fitting end to a great mini.

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