Friday, February 20, 2015

Off-Topic: Comic Book Reviews For 2-18-2015

The most recent offering of the Multiversity storyline is one of the best. This is an alternate-universe Superman storyline, in the same vein as RED SON. But rather than having Supes land in communist Russia, he lands in Nazi-controlled Germany, and helps the German army conquer the world. A small band of American superhero freedom fighters gains some unlikely, indeed disturbing help, in fighting against the supernazi regime. What, a, book. For so long DC has had some of its best storylines within elseworlds alternative universes. Grant Morrison has given us a chance to see that aspect of the DC model in action over and over again, and here it is at its best. The art was devastating, the storyline was not complete original but took enough of an original turn to feel like it was, and the dialogue was riveting. The only negative, and it is a small one, is that the pacing is a bit off, the whole book feels a little rushed. But that is to be expected. It detracts so little, and the rest of the book is so fantastic, that it is hardly worth mentioning.
Storyline: 4.5 Stars
Dialogue: 5 Stars
Pacing: 3.5 Stars
Art: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars

The Titans face down a new threat at STAR labs, under the direction of Manchester Black. And while the storyline isn't exactly original, the overall execution of this book is, and has been, tops. I am so glad they rebooted this series. We are dealing with tight, controlled storytelling that involves real character development. I especially liked the team work between Beast and Raven. All in all, a good book.
Storyline: 3.5 Stars
Dialogue: 4 Stars
Pacing: 3.5 Stars
Art: 4 Stars
Overall: 3.5 Stars

Marvel's SPIDER-WOMAN #4
Spider-Woman helps her loomworld counterpart clean up the world that the Inheritors ruled for so long. This is really a SPIDER-VERSE aftermath book. I liked some more exploration of the main character, but the pacing of the whole book was really off. The art is solid and the dialogue good, but the storyline was weird and the pacing really through it off a bit for me. I won't be collecting Spider-Woman from here on in. I will be looking at Spider-Gwen when it comes out.
Storyline: 3 Stars
Dialogue: 3.5 Stars
Pacing: 3 Stars
Art: 3.5 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars

The final confrontation with the Amazo virus involves bravery, strenght and skill. The final solution to the problem was a bit simplistic, but the overall effect of this book is dynamite. I loved, loved, loved the team ups of Superman and Lex, and especially of Captain Cold and Wonder Woman. Cold steals the show here. The art in this book is, as it has been, simply amazing. The pacing of the book was a bit off, but everything else more or less makes up for it. A great book.
Storyline: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4.5 Stars
Pacing: 3 Stars
Art: 4.5 Stars
Overall: 4.5 Stars

I must have missed the last issue of this book, and that made reading this issue a little strange. But there was some great backstory about Rocket's first meeting with Groot and the relationship between the two characters. The storyline was good but not graet, the art is not my favorite, the pacing is pretty good, but the dialogue kicks ass. The overall effect is a book that is also good, but not great.
Storyline: 3.5 Stars
Dialogue: 4 Stars
Pacing: 3.5 Stars
Art: 3 Stars
Overall: 3.5 Stars

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