09.May.2009 Few Line Reviews—Part Two of Three!
I’ve got nine more reviews here, and figured I’d post them up as I’m not sure when I’ll finish off my pile of comics from this week (5/6/2009). I’m itching to continue feeding my Conan binge, so the weekly fare is going to have to take a backseat to some sword-swinging adventures. Also, I just got a review copy of the action novel Shatner Quake by Jeff Burk in which a series of characters played by Shatner enter our reality and try to kill the actual Shatner at ShatnerCon—could you patiently wade through other fiction with that on your bookshelf?! I think not!
Anyway, on to the FLRs…
Hulk: Broken Worlds—Book Two
While I wasn’t quite sure why the first book of Broken Worlds was being put out, taking a look at four different alternate timeline/reality Hulks was a lot of fun. However, this installment focuses on four Hulks that I just didn’t find as interesting. I’m in on the premise and would be back for more issues like this, but this one just didn’t have stories that did it for me.
Groom Lake #2
This series treads some tried and true sci-fi territory, but is really enjoyable for anyone who loves staying up late and getting freaked out by UFO sighting shows like I do. It’s aliens and government conspiracy with a side helping of humor. Good fun.
Solomon Grundy #3 (of 7)
I’m having a hard time getting into this mini. I don’t quite understand why a seven issue exploration of this villain was needed, nor do I see where it is going or what it is setting up—still, a few spreads in here are so kinetic that I wonder if it really matters.
It seems a bit weird to me that this team of Exiles was put together so quickly and are working together without much hesitation. But, I guess we all know that this book is about a bunch of random heroes thrown together from numerous realities, so why belabor it? Forget the team building exercises, let’s get to the action! That said, I’d be just lukewarm to the book if it wasn’t for Salva Espin’s art—I loved it an arc ago on Herc and I love it here!
The Mighty #4
Here’s another book that gives us a twist on classic comics trope (not another one in this series of reviews, just another one in general). This series examines the inner workings of a man and agency who work alongside and clean up the mess of an unstoppable, invulnerable super-man. The book is a good read, looks great and had an interesting twist this ish, but if you don’t have a hard-on for all things superheroes, this book won’t do you a lick of good—still, it’s written for those of us who love capes and cowls, so that works out.
Destroyer #2 (of 5)
Am I wrong or is this just an older-looking version of Kirkman’s Brit in a Green Goblin mask? It’s bloody and action packed, but I’ve seen this exact same thing from the same writer so I’m not really wowed.
Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 (of 6)
Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II are definitely an allstar team-up for me, and though I wasn’t sure what to expect from these Final Crisis followups, I liked this issue. Essentially taking a doofy baddy like the Human Flame and making him a legit villain, this series sets up a ride down Mike Miller’s creepy and brutal descent to madness—I call “shotgun.”
Not much to say here, this book is just good. It continually takes super simple concepts that comic readers want to see (like the merc with a mouth versus Bullseye in this issue) and making’em happen while keeping’em funny.
New Avengers: The Reunion #3 (of 4)
The best issue of this mini so far, delving into the Skrull infiltration of Earth (My favorite part of Secret Invasion: the spy-like and mysterious build up.) and cutting through some of the dangling threads behind Bobbi’s time in green hands was a nice change of pace from the strangely modern pop culture references worked into the duo’s banter. I just haven’t been buying that the two Avengers who’ve been dead or off-planet for years would be dropping Buffy-esque dialogue. Still, I wanted the explanation of where Bobbi was when I got into this mini and I got it this ish—always a plus.