Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Comic Book Reviews 7/29/2009

Not a bad run this week with decent issues all around, but nothing really stood out as fantastic. Only two quick reviews right now since I’m in a time crunch getting things ready for Chicago ComicCon, but hopefully I’ll have some time for more around mid-week.

What happened? Batwoman continues to be very well illustrated, Kilowog gets yelled at…a lot, Stargirl gets creeped out, Wonder Woman and Black Canary play dress up, Steel gets his alloy ass handed to him and Streaky the Super Cat takes down a jumbo jet. Click below for reviews :

Wonder Woman #34
Story by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti

Wow…Rise of the Olympians is finally over. Seems like that story was going on for years, didn’t it? Here we have our first issue with the “post-fallout-with-Zeus-no-longer-an-Amazon” Wonder Woman. She teams up with Black Canary to infiltrate a meta human fighting ring (the Justice League Unlimited episode “Grudge Match” comes to mind) and there is some wonderful interaction between the two. My only small nitpick is that Black Canary’s personality is a bit over the top but it’s a minor concern.

Funny moments abound as they choose undercover costumes and Black Canary refers to Wonder Woman’s chest as “the second most famous bosom” in the superhero community. Who is the first you ask? Power Girl of course, whose chest Black Canary refers to as “a national treasure”.

As I was discussing with the manager at my local comic shop, I keep thinking that I need to drop Wonder Woman and then an issue like this comes out. It’s not that the issues are bad, they just drag on a bit sometimes. Great job by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti.

Justice Society of America #29
Story by Bill Willingham & Matt Sturges
Art by Jesus Merino

“A New Era Begins For The JSA” says the banner across the top of the cover this month. Bill Willingham (Fables) and Matthew Sturges (Final Crisis Aftermath : Run!) take over writing duties from comic superstar Geoff Johns. The art is handled very well by Jesus Merino (Superman) as we are reintroduced to the JSA team as well as some new members.

The issue reads like Issue #1 of a new series and contains some of the first issue standards : new team members who have awkward meetings (All American Kid & King Chimera), some humor (Stargirl realizing that Obsidian sees everything in the JSA brownstone) and then all hell breaks loose.

JSA had honestly become quite unwieldy (as some big team books have a tendency to do) by the end of Johns’ long run as writer. There seemed to be new members every month and the roster grew too big for the book. This issue gives the team a fresh start with the new creative team and ends with a major metahuman brawl and one hell of a cliffhanger. I’m staying on board with JSA at least for the foreseeable future.

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