Sunday, March 11, 2007
Quick Take Reviews for March 11
Captain America #25- The infamous "death" of Cap. I love Steve Epting's art and it has been a great deal of what has kept me picking up this title. It also doesn't hurt that Ed Brubaker is a dream as a scripter, and I have enjoyed his take on Captain America. It is a shame that the powers that be decided to kill Cap and to do it in a bit of a rush. This book was gorgeous, but it felt like it came in with a whimper rather then a bang, no pun intended. Maybe I am still a bit pissed that the book was spoiled for me so I didn't get the full effect. Grade: C+.
Mighty Avengers #1: For months this book has been hyped like the second coming so I was prepared to be blown away. Well, unfortunately it was just alright when it comes right down to it. Brian Michael Bendis is a longtime favorite writer of mine and Frank Cho is a favorite artist of mine from the Liberty Meadows days, but they just don't mesh that well. To top it off, the all new team isn't that diverse or interesting, other then Ares, who seems to be a longshot for best new Avenger ever. Mighty Avengers has pretty packaging but I don't foresee greatness in the long haul unless there is a bit of a collaborative change or an early team roster shake up. Grade: C.
Justice League of America #6: Is it done yet? This has had to be the longest drug out piece of mediocrity I have read in a long time. I am so disapointed that I just can't hide it. I was expecting greatness from Brad Meltzer after enjoying his ride in Identity Crisis and his run on Green Arrow. I am also a fan of his novels, which makes my dissatisfaction that more sour. This storyline never connected for me and the art never gelled. I couldn't tell Kathy from Black Canary half the time unless I looked at their outfits. When a title is rebooted to cater to a new creative team it needs to have something special. This just didn't catch on for me. I am crossing my fingers for a much stronger second tale, otherwise I am done collecting JLA after a 30 plus year run. Grade: D.
Fantastic Four #543: Yep, I picked it back up. Post Civil War, I had heard that Sue and Reed were going to try to work their problems out, so I decided to try and forgive. I was also thrilled there was a new writer on board. I am going to come clean and say that I think Dwayne McDuffie and Mike McKone are an incredible creative team. With gorgeous inks by Any Lanning and Cam Smith, the first feature story looked so beautiful that my eyes felt like it was Christmas. McDuffie really impressed me with his scripting and I am happy to have him on the title.
There were two back up stories that were also quite excellent. Stan Lee, Nick Dragotta, and Mike Allred collaborated on a funny, quirky tale featuring, well, Stan Lee. The third story by Paul Pope was perfection. I loved it, and would like to see Pope do more work like this in the future.
After hating Fantastic Four for the better part of a year, I am most humbly coming out to say that I am back for the duration. It will all balance on how the "new" team works out, and I am cautiously optimistic. Grade: A.
That is it for this week. I was a bit harsh, but I just can't help it. It is the way I feel.
Have a wonderful evening and don't forget that we have officially "sprang ahead".