Sunday, April 29, 2007
Quick Take Reviews for April 29
Justice Society of America #5: I am finding myself very drawn into this current storyline which pairs the JSA with the latest incarnation of the Justice League. The “seven soldiers” concept has been recreated for modern times and it really reminds me of the original telling. As an old broad, I remember reading the original storyline back in the first series of Justice League of America and thinking it can never be topped. It looks like Johns and Meltzer are trying to prove us wrong. I did miss Dale Eaglesham’s art though. Grade: A.
Fantastic Four #545: I love Duane McDuffie’s scripting. I am also happy to see Paul Pelletier on this title. I have been a fan of his art for quite some time. After really actively disliking the last run on this title, it is a relief to see a fresh start. Hopefully this “Reconstruction” story arc will bring the team back to its roots and get Sue and Reed a balance in their marriage. At this point I am very hopeful. Grade: B+.
Outsiders Annual #1: Where the hell was this book six months ago? I dropped the book because it was so confusing and after reading this I am pretty sure this would have kept me picking it up instead of being so angry. The annual fills in all the gaps that made the book impossible to follow. With capable art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens, this book flowed as well as any Outsiders issue I have seen in the last two years. After reading this, I am pissed. It should have been out a LONG time ago. For the book: Grade: B. For the timing: D-.
Silent War #4 (of 6): Wow. David Hine and Frazer Irving are really shaking up the Inhuman’s world. Blackbolt finally shows a little emotion and its consequences are brutal. The fragile inner structure of the royal family comes undone with ferocity. I have got to see how this ends! Grade: B.
Devi #10: My first question upon reading this issue was to wonder where the original art team had gone. The pencils here were rough and looked unfinished. I also felt disappointed with the flow of the series as a whole. It seems that ever since the Devi has awakened, the book has diverged into so many directions that it has lost its focus. As much as I love the concept and want to see where this book is going, this last issue left me less then optimistic. Grade: C-.