Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Subscription Reviews - Superman, Green Lantern, Supergirl

Title: Superman #708
Writer: Chris Robinson
Penciller: Eddy barrows
Colorist: Rod Reis
Letterer: John J. Hill
Cover: John Cassidy & David Baron

My Thoughts
Ok, so this issue was quite interesting.  First, it sheds some light to this whole Wonder Woman mystery – there’s not really a whole lot of realizations that occur but we do learn that we, the readers, aren’t the only ones who are perplexed by Wonder Woman’s current state.

I enjoyed the second half of this issue more than the first.  The overdone “inspiration” Superman has on the future was played out enough with the Legion, now we have an entire squad named after the Man of Steel.  I wasn’t completely turned off by it; it’s always fun to see what realities and futuristic worlds a writer can come up with, but it’s overdone and I’d like to see something else.

The second half was really exciting in how Superman comes to terms with how needed he is on Earth despite how much everyone seems to hate him right now.  Seeing Wonder Woman and Superman work together, becoming an inspiration for her was a fantastic twist as they fought against the tidal wave in the city.  But each page was flooded (no pun intended) with visually striking art that I would love to be able to recreate.

Rating: 8 out of 10
Title: Green Lantern #62
Writer: Geoff johns
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Colorist: Randy mayor
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, & Randy Mayor

My Thoughts
Doug Mahnke is, as I’m sure everyone reading would agree, is a fabulous artist; this issue is no exception to his already established excellence.  I think Mahnke has been playing his best “A” game ever since Blackest Night began.  And what artist wouldn’t?  But props definitely need to go to Randy Mayor for the different array of colors as they piled on top of the violets, reds, and greens.  Artistically, this issue is perfect.

But the story is nothing to be belittled because it doesn’t quite keep up with the artistry. Geoff Johns really hits us hard with some strikingly effective prose.  I’ve always known about Krona, but never actually understood what his role is in the Green Lantern mythos.  While I still don’t really understand his beginnings, I have a better handle on why this blue mini-me puts so much fear into the rest of the Lantern corps.  This issue is enjoyable and worth the new DC motto price tag, “Drawing the line at $2.99.”

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Title: Supergirl #61
Writer: James Peaty
Penciller: Bernard Chang
Colorist: Blond
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Amy Reeder & Guy Major

My Thoughts
This issue was an interesting approach to what technology is doing to people today.  Not only can cell phones make calls, they also have apps they can bring people together in a party of social networking harmony.  BUT…Peaty puts a twist on things by putting this technology in the hands of a new evil villain who has yet to be named and solidified into the Supergirl lineup of villains.  But I’m definitely interested in how things turn out.

Bernard Chang still remains as one of my favorite artists.  I love the approach he takes at making every character with the cleanest of lines with the most elegant figures.  But Chang has a fantastic partner in crime in Blond as he (or she, I can’t figure out of Blond is a guy or girl) colors every panel with his (or her) very unique and talented style.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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