Pull List Review: 11/2/11 Comics

Action Comics #3: Wow, the Gene Ha Krypton art in this issue is just fantastic and the color work for the same sequence is pretty darned nice, too. So, Clark is dreaming this sequence–just how good of a memory do Kryptonians have, or is it just Superman’s memory that’s so good? I’m glad to see a more Silver Ageish Krypton back in continuity. For all the love that I have for Byrne’s Superman post-Crisis, his take on Krypton wasn’t something I cared for all that much. I liked the Atom tech reference when Brainiac (I presume) announces “commence dwarf star lensing”. I didn’t care for the fact that Jor-El appears to have Krypto (?) by his side, but I did like that a homeless woman tells Clark that he has a white dog “ghost” watching over him and what that could mean exactly (hmm… ;)). In fact Morrison throws out these little bits of story and then leaves you dangling, wanting more, such as when Clark’s landlady finds Superman’s cape in Clark’s duffel bag and asks him about his being from outer space, but we don’t get to see what happens next! I’m starting to really not like the anti-alien sentiment in this new DCU. We see it here, in Superman, Supergirl, Voodoo, et al. It makes sense, sure, but I just don’t like it. Finally, that one panel of Clark on the floor, clutching a picture of the Kents, apologizing for failing in his mission while his tunic is in the trash–this would be tugging on heart strings material if it weren’t such a quick cut to and from the moment. I could go on and on about this series….

Hawk & Dove #3: When is supporting a book based solely on your love of a character too much? Because this comic is not good, yet I won’t stop buying it because I love Dove so much. (If I were in the DCU I would totally stalk Dove. And Donna Troy. And Steph Brown.) And that bit where she stabs Condor? Seems totally out of character for her, unless she knew something going in to that action that hasn’t been revealed to us. In fact, that is the one thing about Dove that I am really missing: she was previously depicted as a think first superhero, but she’s taking a back seat to Hawk’s aggressiveness in this title so far. If I were a paranoid stalker, er fan, I’d think that Sterling Gates has an issue with my white-haired beauty. :)

JLI #3: How appropriate that Andre Briggs states that the “‘JLI’ will stand for Justice League Inconsequential”, and that’s how I’m feeling about this title right now. It feels like DC was trying to recapture lightning and it just isn’t happening. It’s not a bad superhero comic, but it’s just not good enough.

Mystic #4: Ahh, the conclusion. Just like the other two CrossGen limited series I got, this one just kind of fizzles instead of zapping me. I never bought that Genevieve was the resistance leader that she’s depicted as, and the High Priest’s rejection of Giselle last issue was forced. I wanted to know more about this world and how the two friends fit in it, but I mostly got a teen drama set in a fantasy world. I still love the Lopez/Lopez/Fairbairn art, though.

Red Lanterns #3: Hmm, I see that Bleez is written very differently in this title now than she is in Green Lantern: New Guardians; so, is her appearance in GL: NG supposed to take place before the events of this issue? I hate to sound negative about this title every time, but right now, Ed Benes’s cheesecake art is the only thing keeping me on this title. Ok, that and the hope that Peter Milligan will pull a blood soaked rabbit out his hat and wow my socks off.

Stormwatch #3: I feel like I’m being taken on a wild ride with this book, but it’s not quite gelling for me. I like a lot of parts, but the whole thing isn’t working yet. But since I’m enjoying the hell out of Demon Knights, and the Lex Luthor story in Action Comics was so good, I’m giving Paul Cornell the benefit on this title for now. I do hope though that Adam gets booted from the series–he annoys the hell out of me (which is why I won’t get my wish…). And I know this totally fanboyish of me, but I want to see Superman and Batman throw down with Apollo and Midnighter as written independently by Geoff Johns and Paul Cornell.

I also read:

  • Animal Man #3: I’m starting to think that Travis Foreman only wants to draw grotesque creatures–the art is really starting to turn me off.
  • Detective Comics #3: I just heard someone say that this was the Batman book to get–I don’t see it; the art is nice enough though.
  • Swamp Thing #3: Still good, I just wish the plot would move a little faster, and by that I mean for Holland to take up the mantle of the Swamp Thing, you know, since that is the title and all.
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