Professor Kyle’s New Comic Reviews 3-02-2011

Written on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Reviews 3-02-11

Warning: Spoilers below

-Batman Streets of Gotham 20
Batman Streets of Gotham 20 written by Paul Dini with art by Dustin Nguyen gives us the fifth chapter of The House of Hush. This issue offers us a look into Dr. Death’s involvement with the past and present as an asset to Hush in his current plan against Batman.

With everything going on this issue it’s surprising that 12 of the 20 pages was taken on a flashback with Dr. Death to explain why he was there. We touch on Batman and Catwoman trailing Bedbug, Tony Elliot infiltrating Wayne industries looking like Bruce, a nice flashback of Dr. Death’s first partnership with Tommy’s father and even a little perspective on the changing heroes and villains of the DCU around Gotham. It’s definitely ramping up to an ending (to make way for a Flashpoint tie in).

Nguyen’s art style comes through well especially when given moments like the panel of some of Batman’s classic villains near the end. The character’s look simple buy still convey good facial expressions and movement.

Grade C

-Secret Warriors 25
Secret Warriors 25 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Alessandro Vitti gives us more flashbacks to fill in some blanks. The appeal about this issue is that it’s continuity heavy. You really need to want a long term story for Secret Warriors, so those who like ‘One and Done’ stories may not enjoy it as much.

Hickman’s story is not too unlike last issue. We are treated into insight into the creation of the organization Leviathan and Hydra, along with possibly a new organization the Zodiac Wheel. Hickman’s best strength is to take a room full of new or unrecognized characters and still tell a compelling story. The only real weak point for me is how the last few issues have been more flashbacks than forward movement. It’s been important info, but what comes next is the real question.

This series has been back and forth on different artist. Vitti pulls things together nicely here keeping every angle clean and characters recognizable.

Grade B+

-Irredeemable 23
In Irredeemable 25, written by Mark Waid wih art by Peter Krause we see a little more about how Paradigm’s reconstruction effort is going and where Plutonian was dropped off at the end of the last issue. It looks like The Plutonian goes from one impossible situation to another. The best part of this series is really in the inevitable return he will make to earth. Meanwhile, back on earth, we see the parade of villains taking up the general amnesty get longer and more people Qubit making another decision that is bound to bite someone on the ass later.

Mark Waid has made it known from the beginning that this story isn’t just about Plutonian’s dark and terrible secrets, but that everyone faces these tense moments and makes hard, even unforgivable decisions. This issue is no exception. In the end I’m becoming a little nervous where this series may eventually end up and what the message of human/ superhuman nature may really be.

Krauses art work continues to give light to some disturbing images and reactions. I think the facial expression of fear and terror needs work in some places, but the subdues malevolence in a lot of the characters as the move the things they want into place is still impressive.

Grade B

-Secret Six 31
It’s nice to get away from tie-ins with Secret Six 31 written by Gail Simone with art by J. Calafiore. This issue touches on an arc from way back at the beginning of the series. We see more about whatever happened to the ‘Get Out of Hell Free’ card the Six snagged.Even before we never got for certain closure if it was legitimate. More importantly we get to see a side to Ragdoll that has been long left alone. The fact that he does mercilessly kill is often forgotten with all the odd comments and pet monkeys.

Simone does a wonderful job showcasing character relationships within the group, as always. From Bane smashing through a door when he hears Scandal having a nightmare to Black Alice willing to put herself in more danger than she wants to for Ragdoll because he was nice to her. The strange bond the group has is constantly tested and incredibly tense but it’s important all the same.

Calafiore’s art work does a great job capturing landscapes and scenes of horror from hell. This is really meant os more of a compliment than it might sound. The art is a perfect counterpoint to the humor written into the story. Im not sure of the jar of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Eyeballs’ was Calafiore’s or Simone’s idea, but I couldn’t hod in a snicker when I saw it.

Grade B+
– The Boys 52
The Boys 52 written by Garth Ennis with art by John McCrea with Keith Burns begins the new arc Barbarry Coast. It looks like Hughie is about to get a history lesson from former Boy Mallory about Supes involvement in WWII, originally hinted at by the Legend. Ennis has a talent for war stories, and it’s nice to see how the Boys can relate to that.

Ennis is taking us on a different history trip here, but is doing it none the less. Fresh of getting the story from the Boys first confrontation with the Seven now we have the history of Vought American trying to user Super people as soldiers. We have an idea how this will turn out from previous issues, but seeing it should be promising.

The cover kind of captures the feel for this issues with the Heroes standing from in center in a good pose with soldiers looking at the skeptical and annoyed. The art from McCrea and Burns feels a little loose for the first few pages but quickly improves once we get to the flashbacks.

Grade B

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