1 Comment | Posted: July 31st, 2008 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: black summer, DMZ, fantastic four, gillen, newuniversal, paul cornell, super friends, warren ellis
Black Summer #7
My, how time has flown on this title. Matty Roth’s recent brattiness could certainly be seen has having some kind of analogue to the more enthusiastic Obama supporters, and the way he’s crossing any number of ethical lines provides for great story fodder. It feels like Wood’s definitely very aware of what he’s doing with the character, and Riccardo Burchielli makes this title one of the most dynamic-looking Vertigo titles in a long, long time.
Fantastic Four: True Story #1
After hearing the good buzz Paul Cornell has received with his MI-13 related books, I thought I’d check this out, without knowing the premise. While “The Fantastic Four travel into the realm of fiction” sounds like an awfully good time, I was left pretty cold by the entire thing. The dialogue (particularly Sue’s, who was the focus of the issue) is clumsy when it’s not being a bit too-cute and even if I like the idea of Of Mice And Men
being Ben Grimm’s favorite book, I don’t think I’ll bother with further issues. However, Horacio Domingues’s art is very, very attractive, reminding me a bit of Seth Fisher mixed in with a bit of Linda Medley, and I am certainly going to look out for his work in the future.
Justice League Unlimited #46
I’m going to miss this tie-in comic that was frequently better than it needed to be. The last issue sees John Stewart leading a group of recent Green Lantern recruits (including G’nort)(!!!) against the weaponeers of Qward, who are working with Sinestro to break the universe. So, yeah, that was a lot of fun thanks to Matt Wayne and Carlo Barberi, even if it didn’t feel quite like a JLU comic, instead coming off like a test for an in-universe Green Lantern
While it’s generally a good idea to pick up these CBLDF books, this one’s a really solid reader value for $4. The Boys
, Darwyn Cooke telling the story of a cursed book, a short Criminal
story, and some Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier? Everything else here is gravy. Tasty, tasty gravy.
As I posted on my Twitter feed while reading it, I may have to use my hate rays to murder Kieron Gillen in his sleep. His script is tight and blackly funny in the same way that Ellroy frequently is and while it builds nicely on what Ellis has laid down before, I think this stands up as a nice little slice of a differently paranoid time. I was glad to see that Greg Scott and Kody Chamberlain worked on this – they’ve both done some nice work for BOOM! and I was hoping they’d get a wide audience soon.
Super Friends #5
So, Gorilla Grodd turned every human on the planet into some form of ape or monkey and the Super Friends have to undo the damage he’s done without punching or anything like that because this is a kid’s comic
, goddammit. Put in my box by Mike, who knows how I feel about simians, this was one of the better surprises I’ve had from DC in some time. It didn’t feel dumbed down, just a bit “safer” than the usual titles and the restrictions on the creators means that they have to be a bit more creative. While this isn’t going to replace JLU
in my pull, I’d not be adverse to reading any further issues.