11/11/09 and 11/18/09 Reviews

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I mentioned it in a comment on another post, but just so everyone knows: I’m going to be a little less active between now and near Christmas as I get ready for finals. I won’t be disappearing, but my posts will be a little shorter, as you’re about to see, and there may be some gaps between my visits, as you’ve seen the past week. But my diminished role should just allow Goki and Lia to get extra attention for the reviews they’re about to post very soon. šŸ˜‰

Without further ado, reviewed these weeks:

11/11/09

Batman #693

Batman and Robin #6

Booster Gold #26

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1 (of 6)

Dark X-Men #1

Fables #90

Green Lantern Corps #42

Red Robin #6

Strange #1 (of 4)

11/18/09

Black Knight #1 (one-shot)

Dark Avengers #11

Flash: Rebirth #5 (of 6)

Incredible Hulk #604

Nov. 11 Reviews

Green Lantern Corps #42

RATING: 5/5

Let’s be clear: this issue has the biggest development of Blackest Night since the dead started rising. Huge and beautifully tragic issue. It’s not without its flaws — the Kyle/Soranik interaction felt very forced and perhaps too easy. And while I usually don’t give perfect ratings to flawed issues, the way this book ended was just so big and goosebump-raising that I couldn’t resist.

Red Robin #6

RATING:4.5/5

New penciller Marcus To gives this book the one thing it was lacking through the first five issues: great art. With the escalation between the League of Assassins and the Council of Spiders ramping up, this book is moving from good to great.

Fables #90

RATING: 4.5/5

“Witches” has seen Bufkin, the flying monkey, move from occasional comic relief to center stage badass. Got to love it. Next month: the conclusion. Very impressive how this book hasn’t dropped at all since the change in direction after “War and Pieces.”

Booster Gold #26

RATING: 4/5

This rating might be slightly too high, but nevertheless, this was a very good issue showing the emotional impact Ted Kord’s death has had on Booster.Ā I’ll definitely be there for the conclusion next issue, and who knows, I might be pulled into this book long-term.

Batman #693

RATING: 4/5

The major weakness of Tony Daniel’s first issue — the dialogue — was much better here. The Huntress had a nice guest role, and Daniel continues to develop the Bat-villains very well.

Batman and Robin #6

RATING: 3.5/5

The conclusion to “Revenge of the Red Hood”Ā didn’t have quite the impact it was going for. Tan’s art, usually very good with just a couple flaws, was actually pretty all-around bad, looking very rushed. The story was quite good, but not all I’d hoped for.

Dark X-Men #1

RATING: 3.5/5

Not just a ton happens in this issue, but what does was more than enough to pique my interest. Mystique is being written interestingly, though I don’t know yet how I feel about the rest of the team. Leonard Kirk’s art was OK but had its problems; he was better on JSA.Ā But the ending was just extremely exciting for me.

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1 (of 6)

RATING: 3/5

A lot of table-setting in the first issue of this mini, but a lot to like. The art was only so-so, but the characters are immediately likable, and I think this will be a very enjoyable miniseries.

Strange #1 (of 4)

RATING: 2/5

I was certainly expecting more out of one of my favorite writers, Mark Waid, in the first issue of this mini. There didn’t seem to be much point to it, and I’m undecided on whether I’ll keep reading for the remainder of the mini.

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Nov. 18 Reviews

Dark Avengers #11

RATING: 4/5

The consistently inconsistent Brian Michael Bendis was on the upswing of his yo-yo for this issue featuring a favorite villain of mine, the Molecule Man. I didn’t really care for Bendis’ efforts to develop Victoria Hand into anything more than a minor background character, but everything else was quite good. It’s gotten kind of rare to see Bendis write someone so in character, but he pulled it off with Molecule Man, even giving a new application of his power that I’d never seen or thought of before (but still felt appropriate).

Black Knight #1 (of 1)

RATING: 3/5

This one-shot reunites the great Spider-Girl team of Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, and I thought it would be bringing back Dane Whitman, the heroic Black Knight, one of my favorite heroes who has spent most of the past decade in limbo. Instead, it was about the “untold origin” of theĀ original Black Knight, a villain who died I believe back in the early 1970s. It was pretty good, though not amazing. I really don’t get the point of the one-shot, unless it was a test to see if there was enough interest for a new series. I’d be on board.

Flash: Rebirth #5 (of 6)

RATING: 2.5/5

Looooong wait for this issue, and I can’t say it lived up to expectations. The art was good, but I didn’t care for the plot developments. The “revelation” with Zoom was so impractical and unnecessary. I hope the conclusion is better, when it comes out in … March?

Incredible Hulk #604

RATING: 2.5/5

I bought this issue because the solit made me think a certain dead character might be coming back, but I was wrong. It was nothing more than OK, and I don’t care for the state of certain situations in the title. I tried it for two issues, and I think that’ll be it for me.

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2 Responses to “11/11/09 and 11/18/09 Reviews”

  1. gokitalo Says:

    I accidentally spoiled the ending for Green Lantern Corps #42 and my soul cried blubbery man tears. I was actually going to write up a post about what happened, but someone did such a better job than I could’ve:
    http://secondprinting.blogspot.com/2009/11/kyle-rayner-adult.html

    Kudos to Bendis for doing a good job with Molecule Man. And I agree with you about Batman and Robin. I thought the story was good, but I have no clue what happened to Phillip Tan’s art. To think he started off his run so well!

    I got Booster Gold as well, although I haven’t read it yet. I didn’t get Dark X-Men, but I did see the ending. I’m reserving judgment on that: I mean, it’s yet another example of the X-Men “reverting” to the ’90s (Apocalypse’s and Stryfe’s resurrection, Magneto pulling a reverse “Fatal Attractions,” etc.), but I think this particular development could be handled very well.

    Sad to hear Flash: Rebirth and Strange didn’t quite make the grade. I’m not too surprised about Rebirth, but I was hoping Strange would be fun, at least. I might still check it out… although I did go to the store today and forgot about it, so that doesn’t quite bode well :b

  2. gokitalo Says:

    Read Booster Gold. Pretty good issue; possibly one of the best issues in a while. It has a few gaffes (I think Blue Beetle and Barbara Gordon mutually decided they preferred being just friends), but nothing major. I really like the way Dan Jurgens writes Black Lantern Blue Beetle. I think I’d take this Black Beetle over the other one any day!

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