Batman and Robin #17: The first post-Morrison issue, written by Paul Cornell, with Scott McDaniel on art. Meh. This is a shade of Morrison with the wacky villain, but there’s too much in-your-face humor for my taste. In other words, this creative team is not quite up to the legacy (can I really say that for something that’s only lasted 16 issues?) of what came before. Is that fair to say? Probably not, but how do you follow Morrison without the inevitable comparisons? Plus, I just don’t care for McDaniel’s art. I didn’t like it on Nightwing, and, if anything, it looks a little too much like Mark Bagely’s stuff. The real question here is do I read the next several issues waiting for the next creative team to show us what they got?
Batwoman #0: O. M. G. I LOVE THAT COVER! For a zero issue, this was not bad, but the constant focus on Batman trying to find out if Batwoman was Kathy Kane was monotonous, and really unnecessary, but I suppose it was a good enough way to show us what Kathy is like from an outsider’s perspective. Was the book great to look at? Yes. I expect nothing less from Mr. J. H. Williams III. I especially liked the double row design of the pages with the differing styles for each row. If Williams III can maintain the art quality, then the book won’t be a total waste, but I’m still leery about him writing, though he will have a partner to help out, so we’ll see.
Incorruptible #12: This book is so inconsistent to me. For every good issue, I get two or more what are essentially filler issues. I don’t see where this is going. What is Max supposed to be doing now that he’s turned over a new leaf? If it’s simply to be the new savior, he’s not doing much about it. And this whole racist group plotline is a waste. I really liked the idea of this book when it debuted, but I think it’s time I canceled it from my pull list.
Teen Titans #89: Damian’s a right little bastard, isn’t he? I take it back, I don’t think Nicola Scott’s artwork is all that great. It’s not bad, but it’s not stupendous as I initially thought. Or maybe it’s the inker? The art reminds me of a cleaner Jerry Ordway, and I know why I don’t like how Scott draws Wonder Girl: she looks like a cross-dresser or a female body builder on steroids. I did like the bit with the “baddie” of the issue where Raven basically calms him down and it looks like the fight is over, but ol’ Damian has to get physical with the guy and the fighting starts anew. I’m not too impressed with this new creative team and direction thus far.
Wow, I think I was pretty much negative about every issue from this week. I’ll try to be more positive in the future. I do love comics, but I get frustrated that they aren’t consistently better.