Friday, January 30, 2015

Off-Topic: Comic Book Reviews For 1-28-2015

This story has been a bit of a mess for me. Part of the problem is, I think, that the JLD takes on figures that are too world-threatening all the time. I need some more down to earth storytelling. I wish DC would come out with a DEADMAN comic that is more along the lines of the classic comic book. But I digress. This issue did have some bright spots, especially centering around Swamp Thing. There were some interesting thematic elements, including some reflections on God, time and the creation of the world. The art was spectacular, too. It raised the overall book, but the story remains something of a mess.
Storyline: 3 Stars
Dialogue: 3.5 Stars
Pacing: 2.5 Stars
Art: 4.5 Stars
Overall: 3.5 Stars

This comic book included a true comic book story, alongside a kind of review of everything Multiversity is about and all that is really going on. It was somewhat enlightening, and certainly entertaining. The main storylines, which dealt with the uber-story from MULTIVERSITY #1, were very engrossing and simply brilliant. I loved, loved, loved this book. I loved the story of the comic book section, and I loved the examination of the entire MULTIVERSITY event that peppered the book. The art throught out was variegated and just blew my mind. On every level, this book works. It remains, as so many of the books of this series have been, enigmatic in the extreme.
Storyline: 4.5 Stars
Dialogue: 5 Stars
Pacing: 3.5 Stars
Art: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars

Marvel's SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8 (Spider-Verse Crossover)
This was one of the best Spider-Verse books I've read and that is saying something, as there have been some real gems in this crossover. Here, Miguel O'Hara and Lady Spider from the Steampunk Universe work together to build a super-weapon against the Inheritors and in the meantime fend off some of Lady Spider's very interesting enemies. The art was fantastic, the storytelling was tight and excellent, and I just loved the interaction between the two heroes. This is everything that has made this crossover fun and interesting, and then some. Buy this comic book.
Storyline: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4.5 Stars
Pacing: 4 Stars
Art: 4.5 Stars
Overall: 4.5 Stars

Marvel's SPIDER-WOMAN #3 (Spider-Verse Crossover)
While not as good as the 2099 book (see above), this book also captured much of what has made the Spider-Verse a fun ride. I loved the internal monologue of Jessica Drew throughout, she's a rather interesting character that is well-developed here. There is some humorous dialogue, though some of it covers ground we've seen in other comic books (that referenced the events of this book). The art is strong, too. I so enjoyed the book, especially the ending.
Storyline: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4 Stars
Pacing: 4 Stars
Art: 4.5 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars

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