Sunday, April 22, 2007
Quick Take Reviews for April 22
Manhunter #30: I LOVE the first page of this book. The expression on Ramsey’s face is priceless. Thanks to Javier Pina and Robin Riggs for that. If I didn’t know that Gail Simone was taking over Wonder Woman, I would push for Marc Andreyko and these artists to take over her title. It is all good and well though, for Manhunter will be back and hopefully with the same creative team, but knowing that the book is gone for awhile makes me sad. This has consistently been one of the best titles out there. Grade: A.
Nightwing Annual #2: I loved everything about this book. It is my gold star for the past couple of months. Marc Andreyko solidifies his place in my top writer’s list while penciller Joe Bennett and inker Jack Jadson blow me away with A-list art. The double page spread portraying the last moments of Infinite Crisis is unreal. I can only sit and gush about this fantastic piece of work that was a value at $3.99. Grade: A+++.
Justice League of America #8: This storyline is ten levels of improvement over the first one in my mind. Like writer Brad Meltzer, I am a huge fan of the classic JLA/JSA crossovers, so to see him add classic elements featuring the current team was a blast. My biggest question here is who is Shane Davis and how have I missed his art in the past? I really loved his art here and actually preferred his style to regular artist Ed Benes. I am cautiously optimistic that this story arc is going to kick major butt. Grade: B.
Birds of Prey #105: Another book I am really enjoying. I love the Secret Six and really appreciate that there is a crossover here. I also have to say that I am a big fan of Nicola Scott’s work. Scott and inker Doug Hazlewood mesh well, and I adored her rendition of Catman. Dead sexy. I am mourning Gail Simone leaving the book but am also enjoying the ride of this story. Grade: A-.
X-Factor #18: This title is my favorite X-book hands down. Peter David has infused the book with warmth and character, making it a book that I anticipate with great joy every month. The X-Cell storyline is a unique, and I like the fact that I have no idea where it is going. If you haven’t tried this book, you are missing something special. Grade: A.
Mighty Avengers #2: I kept reading the dialogue of this book and thinking to myself “Frank Cho had to have written this”. His fingerprints were all over the naughty, fast-paced dialogue, leaving me to wonder where Bendis was. Maybe they have melded like Iron Man’s armor and Ultron? I continue to be on the fence about this book, because I love the guys doing the creating, but it is hard for me to get past the nearly naked Ultron. How come they never make the dudes that naked? Come on, Frank- equal time for the ladies. Grade: C-.