Comic Reviews from 5-25-2011

Written on Sat, May 28, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Reviews 5-25-11

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-Action Comics #901

Superman returns to the spotlight in Action Comics #901 written by Paul Cornell with art by Kenneth Rocafort. Gone are the days of Lex Luthor and his quest for the black orbs, now Superman and all the other major super people (Superboy, Supergirl, Steele, Eradicator and Cyborg Superman) are center stage for the Reign of Doomsdays (literally). With the super team trapped on an inescapable space ship heading towards earth like a missile fighting off the original Doomsday, 3 other modified Doomsdays and something calling itself the Doomslayer. With Doomslayer ripping Eradicator in half at the end this definitely look like a job for Superman.

This is certainly a step in a different direction for Cornell. After a year following a character with loose (and thats generous for Lex Luthor) morals switching gears back to Superman feels like a jerky transition. Otherwise the characters are written well but for anyone not following the Reign of Doomsdays there is a to catch up on and suddenly introduced.

Rocafort’s art is a little rough in spots but the character movement and action is easy to track. The one moment thats confusing is that after Doomslayer rips Eradicator in half the only thing left on panel is his clothes instead of an actual body.

Grade C

-Secret Warriors #27

The series reaches its penultimate issue with Secret Warriors #27 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Alessandra Vitti. This issue spends a lot of time in the ‘gotcha moment’ fro Nick Fury. After much of this series showing evidence that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a puppet of Hydra that tables are turned with Nick Fury revealing his thought-to-be-dead brother Jake Fury was placed as an agent of Hydra with the both of them manipulating everything the entire time. This does beg the question of why so many people (including Nick Fury’s son) had to die over the course of these events but the money shot (literally) comes when Nick Fury finally puts a bullet through Baron von Strucker’s head.

Hickman’s writing holds strong on the espionage and political fronts of this issue. Most of the questions have been tied up and the series does show signs of plans from issue one. It’ll be sad to see this series go leaving a void in marvel for less hero centered action series.

Vitti’s work focuses on more talking head moments in this issue. Vitti’s got a talent for expressions and does a great job of expressing and showing what the characters are feeling.

Grade B+


-FF #4

Some of the smartest villains Reed Richards has faced are gathered in his own home in FF #4 written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Barry Kitson. This issue we see the plans of the remaining Council of Reeds begin to take shape as Reed and the super villains look for ways to counter them. Meanwhile Sue takes most of the remaining FF to new Atlantis where an assault by another dimension’s Reed Richards is taking place.

Hickman’s writing on this series continues to impress as he takes a step further using his one unique setup and events combined with some nice Fantastic Four reference like the Mole Man helping to kick off the War of the Four cities with some of his well know monsters.

Kitson’s stye of quieter panels has taken a better turn in this issue. Unlike issue three where we had multiple repeated panels to give a feel of quiet waiting he achieves a similar effect (again with Dr. Doom) in a single, slightly larger panel.

Grade B

-Secret Avengers #13

The series ties into the Marvel event Fear Itself with Secret Avengers #13 written by Nick Spencer with art by Scot Eaton. Though the title is Secret Avengers this could have just as easily been a filling for the X-Men series. The issue focuses on Beast helping to fight off the Nazi mech invasion in Washington by trying to talk a congressman who has always fought for mutant rights. There’s good and bad for this issue. GOOD We see the Lincoln Memorial stand up and start destroying nazi vehicles. BAD we have some very direct messages of the importance working government right in our faces. Depending on what you prefer you can judge that yourselves.

Spencer does a good job addressing an angle of what is going on with a country wide attack when looked at more centralized. The conflict comes with the reaction. In the real world I could see people evacuating the capital and people being afraid for the missing. But in the marvel universe it’s harder to imagine people being as panicked when there have been huge assaults by Norman Osborn in Kansas, Skrulls across the whole world, the Hulk in New York, etc in the last couple years.

Eaton’s body work is good for each look of characters. It’s nice having a super team and civilians looking like they don’t live at the gym.

Grade D+

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