Sunday, March 18, 2007
Quick Take Reviews for March 18
Pfeifer and the team of artists on the book did a nice job of leading into the next storyline. God knows it is a task I wouldn’t have wished on my worst enemy, but they really brought it. I also kept wondering to myself where DC had been hiding Geraldo Borjes and Jean Diaz. Their art on the book was spare but satisfying.
Next time DC thinks about hiring some “hot shot” bigwig, they need to stop for a moment and read this issue. A committed team of professionals put together a vital book for a series when the initial writer failed miserably. The premise here was so simple, but so meaningful. It is the kind of story I didn’t realize I was craving. Wonder Woman was back in her element, fighting for the helpless and giving them a second chance at a strength they didn’t know existed.
The only downside is that I have no idea how the last story arc ended. Fortunately, after reading this issue, I really don’t care. Let’s have Pfeifer come back on the book after Jodi Picoult finishes her run. Between his fine work on Catwoman and his excellent story here, I am a believer. Grade: A.
Fables #58: I loved this issue! I have wanted to know more about Bigby Wolf and his back story, and this issue gave me a chance to put some pieces together. It also gave a great look at Snow White and Bigby’s cubs. The art by Mike Allred meshed well with Bill Willingham’s storytelling. I would love to see the two pair up on a mini-series of some kind that would tell more Fables tales. This is a wonderful book that continues to please. Grade: A.
Stormwatch PHD #5: The back-story of how the original team came back to life. I was prepared to be annoyed, but the story really worked. It also added a layer to mystery to the new tale being told. I was thrown off a bit by a guest artist, but Matthew Smith did admirably. Christos Gage and series regular Doug Mahnke have a magic that really works for me, so I am interested to see that team back together next issue. Stormwatch PHD is THE Wildstorm book to read for me, and it continues to suck me in with great story telling. Grade: B.
New X-Men #36: Along with X-Factor, this book is the best of the X-titles out there today. It has been compelling to read a book that doesn’t appear to have a net. No character is safe, as the last year has shown. These young mutants live in the moment, with no real guarantee of a long life. The result is recklessness and a bravery that is breath taking to behold. I can’t wait to see what happens next issue, as the creative team is sure to up the ante. This book is genius. Grade: A-.
Lone Ranger #5: Another book I love. Crafted with care by Bret Matthews, Sergio Cariello, and Dean White, Lone Ranger is as gorgeous to read as it is to look at. The color palette is devastating in its appeal, and the danger of the story being told is credible. I have especially enjoyed the portrayal of Tonto as the fearless man who leads rather then blindly follows. This book is the Western I have always wanted to read in comic book form. It is my favorite Dynamite Entertainment book, and that is saying a lot. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Lone Ranger, please do. It has my highest recommendation. Grade: A.