Thursday, August 27, 2009

Comics Roundup for 8/26

Let the comics love fest begin!

Green Lantern #45 - I'm not even going to try and explain what happens in this issue, but let's just say that it's pretty epic. Is it possible to read Blackest Night without reading Green Lantern? Probably, but I don't know why you'd want to. Everything gets ratcheted up a notch, as the Star Sapphires (Violet "Love" Lanterns) fight the Sinestro Corps (Yellow "Fear" Lanterns), Green Lanterns (Willpower) versus Red Lanterns (Hate), Agent Orange (Avarice) battles the Blue Lanterns (Hope) and the Black Lanterns (Death) go after them all. And when is the Indigo Tribe getting involved? Crazy, wonderful, beautiful, fun stuff.

The New Avengers #56 - Even though this is one of my favorite titles, I often have a problem with the fact that a single issue sometimes doesn't cover enough story. I have that problem with this issue, even though Stuart Immonen's art is pretty darned cool, and it ends on a pretty exciting note. Still, I think that more could have happened here. Plus, the title characters didn't get to do enough.

Batman and Robin #3 - Grant Morrison ramps up the weirdness factor, but there's also some nice character bits in there as Dick Grayson starts to own the role of Batman a bit more. I'm not sure that this is the best I've seen from Frank Quitely though. Maybe they need a fill-in artist or two for a couple issues.

Hulk #14 - More stuff with the Red Hulk, but now it seems to be dropping some hints as to just who he must be. It was interesting to see that he's pals with Leonard Sampson and General Ross. What's up with that? Also, Ian Churchill's art is a fine replacement for Ed McGuiness, and this continues to be a fun read.

The Flash: Rebirth#4 - I'm enjoying this, but I don't think that this series will make me as excited for The Flash as Green Lantern: Rebirth got me for Hal Jordan. The one thing that I liked is that it really shows the Reverse Flash to be a pretty dastardly villain, and it gets to the heart of who Barry Allen is as a person - a regular guy who got lucky with an accident. I'll definitely see this series through, and I'll probably get at least the first issue of the inevitable new series. Beyond that? I'm not so sure.

Fantastic Four #570 - Well, I gave the first issue of the new creative team a try, but I think that I'll leave it at that. The story was fine, but the art is sort of wooden. I've been reading FF consistently since Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's run, but I've never been as huge of a fan of them as I am of Spider-Man, Batman, etcetera. I suppose if I hear good things later on about this run, I can always pick up the trade paperback.

Gotham City Sirens #3
- What's going on with this series? A new writer on the third issue? I've never been a big Scott Lobdell fan, but this issue was decent enough. As cool as what Paul Dini was doing? Not really though. If Dini's not coming back, then I don't think that I will either.

Star Wars: Legacy #39 - I'm glad I didn't stop reading this one, as this issue has been one of the best ones yet. I like the fact that Luke Skywalker serves the "ghost Obi Wan" to Cade Skywalker while taking that role a few steps further. Cade's definitely an interesting character with a more complex conflict than we've seen in any of the other Skywalkers. Basically, he doesn't want to have anything to do with either the Jedi or the Sith, but he's too damned powerful for them to leave him alone. This is easily the Star Wars series that I've stuck with the longest, and it looks like I'll be sticking around.


Ben said...

Surprised to hear art in FF was not to your liking, Dale Eaglesham was awesome in JSA, and I think he did the first Secret Six series. Great stuff.

Lance Christian Johnson said...

Yeah, I don't know. There's just something kind of wooden about his characters. It's not awful, but it just doesn't do much for me.