Sunday, October 14, 2007
Quick Take Reviews for October 14
The rest of the books I got came with a wide range of emotions. Here is the skinny.
Wonder Girl #2 (of 6): I am really vibing on J. Torres’ scripting. He has a good feel for Cassie, and has done his research. The exchanges between Hercules and Cassie were very well done. The art grew on me as I read the issue, and I think Sanford Greene and Nathan Massengill have a unique style. I can’t wait to see more. Grade: B.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24: This storyline has no soul or heart. It feels so contrived that it leaves me cold. “One More Day” may have good intentions, but it just isn’t working for me. I also wish Joe Quesada would have put someone else on art chores. Grade: D.
Stormwatch PHD #12: The final issue of a series I really enjoyed. It figures. Christos Gage did an excellent job fleshing out the characters in this book and I am sorely disappointed to see this end. Ably assisted by Andy Smith on pencils, this was a book I always looked forward to. I am really bummed. Grade: A.
The Punisher Max #51: Holy Crap. This book rules! I love the fact that Barracuda has become such a fitting villain for Frank. Writer Garth Ennis has given the Punisher the fight of his life, and has never let him off the hook easy. I doubt Frank would want it any other way. How he gets out of this one is beyond me though. Artist Goran Parlov brings the darkness and it works well. This book is one of my “must reads” every month. Grade: A.
First Born #2 (of 3): Though very late, First Born is a book I have been eagerly awaiting as it is supposed to redefine the Top Cow universe as we know it. Because of my lack of interest in the Darkness video game, I have mostly been unaware of Jackie Estacado’s place herein for quite sometime. It was great to see him back in action. Yes, I am a sucker for the Top Cow characters. Seeing them done well is always a bit of a high for me. I have to subtract points for severe lateness and am reserving a high grade for the finale. Grade: C.
Black Adam #3 (of 6): This is the kind of book that pushes the envelope in all the right ways. Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke have given Black Adam the horror edge that he has always so desperately needed. It works well here. I am completely hooked on this title for the quality work and fresh feel it brings to the DC Universe. It hasn’t taken away from continuity nor done a character reboot to work. It uses what is available and brings an edge to a villain that has always had to play it a bit safe. Grade: A.
Spider-Man Red Sonja #3 (of 5): Mike Oeming has done a nice job of bringing Red Sonja to the readers in his Dynamite Entertainment reboot. Artist Mel Rubi comes along with him to tell the tale of Spider-Man’s team up with the She-Devil with a Sword. Interestingly, I keep thinking back to the old school team up and seeing similarities. It is part flattery and part homage, I think, so I am going to treat it that way. All in all, this book is a fun read that takes my mind off what is happening in current continuity with Peter and Mary Jane. Grade: B-.