Thursday, March 31, 2011

Some art again...Neat!

Before jumping into comics, we'll start with a quick comic I did for one of Andrew's poems.

Also, I've got a Shadow book cover due soon and those Ragged Rider pages aren't going to finish themselves in time for April 15, so I sense a cornucopia of artwork coming soon.

Now that I've finally put some artwork on here again, read a lot of comics this week (yesterday).
My Pull List:
Amazing Spider-Man #657 - 4/5 - It was enjoyable and seeing some Johnny/Peter stuff that I missed from not reading Spider-Man or Fantastic Four in a long, long time wasn't bad. Although, I am excited to get into some actual Future Foundation stuff and back to some superheroes stories. I'm sure if I had followed Hickman's run on the Fantastic Four I'd appreciate these types of issues more. It wasn't bad, just not what I'm looking for. I'm sure it's real sweet for those who find this a nice send off for Johnny Storm. It certainly didn't blow me away like the last arc that got me into the series.

Deadpool Team-Up #883 - 3/5 - I was interested in seeing what Skottie Young could do as a writer. I jumped back and forth between a three and a four and just decided it wasn't anything more than average. I chuckled every now and then but it wasn't the funniest thing I've read. He also made a huge error by not having Dr. Doom refer to himself in the third person. Other than that it was what it was. I feel like I keep saying that but it was a really mediocre issue. I do love me some Skottie Young, though. Although, I can kind of see why he's an illustrator with, what I think is, only one writer credit. I wonder what someone else could have done with a Galactus storyline.

Detective Comics #875 - 5/5 - I loved this and if you're not reading Detective Comics (or at the very least this arc which started up as a secondary story in the previous arc) then you're doing yourself a disservice. After I read it I went to my notes for this post and all I put down was "Real sweet." That's exactly what it was. The story is focusing on Jim Gordon and it's just outstanding. The parallel story between a criminal that got away and Gordon's son, James was incredibly tense. At the end there was so much energy and revelation.

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - 2/5 - To be honest, this was kind of pushed on me. IDW did a marketing stunt that if a comic shop bought 500 issues they could get their store being crushed by Godzilla. Lo and behold, the Laughing Ogre did just that. And the cover isn't even one of the best (not one of the worst, there were some that were just broken up logos, but not one of the best either). Anyways, I don't really know what I was expecting, but with Eric Powell co-writing it I guess I thought I was getting into something more. It was a lot of money shots and "Look! It's Godzilla! How cool is that!?" Not even considering picking up anymore. Maybe Godzilla fans will see something more in it, but as someone who thinks Godzilla's cool and all, I wasn't feeling it.

Jimmy Olsen - 4/5 - I didn't read this when it was coming out earlier but I was really interested in this one shot. Then I started it and I was really hoping for some Golden Age, fun Jimmy Olsen. What I got was modern, okay Jimmy Olsen. It started out slow for me but later on I found myself enjoying it much more. I still don't know if it's worth a four, but I can't justify giving it a three. Since I don't do halves, it's at a four, although the six dollar price tag that I wouldn't spend again if I knew what I was getting into, is a tad high for me. I could just be giving it a hard time after wanting some more Golden Age ridiculousness after the recent Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode.

In Other News:
Mystery Society - 4/5 - Fiona Staples does a wonderful job illustrating this book. Her characters have so much emotion and energy that jumps off the page. Her designs and colors just have so much going for them, too. This book is filled with fun jokes, likable characters, and two energetic story lines happening side by side. Because of this, I almost feel as though the book could have been dragged out further than a five issue mini-series. Although if more stories came out I'd definitely grab them. It's just too much fun. My only complaint would be that it just seems crammed. Things were resolved but I still wanted more. I wanted to get to know some of the characters before jumping right in to them participating in the story.

The Unwritten Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity - 4/5 - I started this series awhile back and wasn't really feeling it. Andrew raved about it so I thought about giving it another try and with a Borders near me having a liquidation sale, I couldn't turn it down for five bucks. I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it was me being tired or having to strain to read the words, but the fifth issue came off quite weak. Apparently it holds huge significance to what's happening in the current story line, but it wasn't working for me. I am really interested in picking up Volume 2 and continuing the story. Nothing in this volume really jumped out as really sweet, but it was a continuous "above-average." I feel like I may get into it more the further I read.

And The Winner:

Detective Comics #875 by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla. I can't say enough that this was really one of the better comics I've read in awhile. I enjoyed the little secondary stories in the back of the last arc but when I got to this arc it really hit me right. I always enjoy reading about the secondary characters, like Jim Gordon, in Gotham and this brings a lot out of the character. Batman shows up for a quick bit at the end to help bring the conclusion of the issue. Like I said, if you're not reading this series, you should be.

Remember, more artwork soon. And I'm not just saying that this time since things actually have to start getting done. Also, hopefully next week I figure out what to do with these comic reviews. I need to learn how to write.

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