Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Comic Book Reviews 4/8/2009 : Part 2

Green Lantern was definitely my pick of the week this week, but there was a tough tie for 2nd place, and that was between a Jason Todd heavy Battle for the Cowl, and a hilariously vicious Secret Six. World of New Krypton and Transformers Spotlight : Drift were not bad, but not great and Solomon Grundy was the lone disappointment this week. Click below for the reviews:

Battle for the Cowl #2
Story and Art by Tony Daniel

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Jason Todd. Ever since his return in the Under the Hood story by Judd Winnick (and his retconned appearance in Hush), I have been waiting for DC to find a good place for Todd to be in the grand tapestry of the DC Universe. I think we’ve found it. DC, if you are listening….LEAVE JASON TODD AS THE ANTI-DICK GRAYSON!!!!. If Dick is to become the new Batman, then Jason would be his #1 adversary. Both have the same or similar training, both go after justice, they just go about it from opposite sides of the vigilante fence.

Great fight between Tim and Jason in Todd’s version of the Batcave (which was awesome). I am also really enjoying Tony Daniel’s writing and art in this title. His take on the villains has been different and refreshing. Once again DC, please please please please find a permanent spot for Jason. He can be the Punisher of DC Comics, whatever, just keep him around and keep him interesting.

Superman : World of New Krypton #2
Story by James Robinson and Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods

This book begins interestingly enough on Oa, where the Guardians are a little concerned about the sudden appearance of not only a new planet, but one filled with Superman-level Kryptonians. Superm…umm…Kal-el, spends most of the book getting used to his new job as a military man under General Zod, going to what looks like a Kryptonian Gallery Night, and responding to hostage situations with an angry Labor Guild.

It’s a good book, and we’ll see where it leads in the near future. Robinson and Rucka work great as a writing team and I’m getting used to Pete Woods’ art.

Solomon Grundy #2
Story and Art by Scott Kolins

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the first issue and I said that I would give the second a chance. Well, I did, and I’m dropping this book. It’s not that it’s bad, but something is just not grabbing my attention. I typically like Kolins’ art but it seems a bit too chaotic for this book, and typically when Bizarro shows up….I just tune out. I can’t stand the character and I don’t think I ever will be able to. Maybe I’ll pick it up in trade later if it shows merit, but for now, it’s off the list.

Transformers Spotlight : Drift
Story by Shane McCarthy
Art by Casey Coller

If you’ve been reading All Hail Megatron, which is incredible, you’ve met Drift. Sort of a samurai warrior-esque Autobot who seemingly came out of nowhere. Well, this issue shows where he came from.

A good origin story for the character but the art left something to be desired. There needed to be some sound effects or clearer action, I’m not sure exactly what it was missing but the action lacked impact. Badass cover by Guido Guidi, though.

Secret Six #8
Story by Gail Simone
Art by Carlos Rodriguez

I was debating whether or not to keep this title after the initial arc but I’m sold now. This was the most fun issue I read this week, and every few minutes I was laughing out loud or showing my wife a line or a panel. Gail Simone has written the most twisted and hilarious double date from Deadshot trying to wear a horrific sport coat (and working in men’s wear I find this even funnier) for his date with the mysterious Jeanette, to Scandal’s strangely submissive driver, and ending with everyone trying really hard not to break their “no killing on date night” pact.

One of the more fun sequences in the book was when Scandal’s date, not knowing who they really are, brings them to a superhero themed club. Out on the floor dancing, we see dancing patrons dressed as old school Black Lightning, Robin, Anthro and Joker while a band of Power Girls plays on stage. Deadshot brutally and loudly beats a skinhead in the bathroom while Catwoman makes out with Wildcat in the corner, never moving during the violence which prompts one of my favorite lines of the issue from Deadshot : “That’s either love or a sever hearing impediment.”

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