Quick Reviews / Pull List

(I promise this came out better the first time I wrote it.  Trying to re-write from memory in the final 15 minutes of your work day is a royal pain.)

Ugh.  I don’t think I’ve read a comic in about two weeks now.  A combination of work and Christmas shopping has left me passed out on my train commutes, half-drooling onto my shoulder, but I finally managed to stay awake long enough over the past two days to read the following.

Heroes for Hire Page 1

Hello, hero. Are you for hire?

Heroes for Hire #1:  Wow.  Impressive.  I almost didn’t give this one a go.  I’d read the last incarnation of Heroes for Hire which took place during Marvel’s Civil War and really enjoyed it, but the pitch for this one felt weak.  I recall when my co-worker, Dario, read the solicitation in Previews one Saturday and dared me to guess the lineup.  “Who do you think is on the cover?” he said.  I wound up getting four out of the five characters right (Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Elektra … Punisher eluded me), and that kind of predictability killed my interest a little.  When the issue came out (last week?  Two weeks ago?), both Comic Shop Dario and Comic Shop Mark urged me to read it.  And I have to say, I’m glad they did.  The writing on this is stellar, and the opening cast is great.  I love the new, unique manner in which Misty Knight is employed—can’t you just hear this smooth, velvety voice saying “Hello, Hero.  This is Control.  Are you for hire tonight?”  Add artwork that keeps up with the script, and you’ve got an entertaining, engaging read, with an ending that should leave you ready for the next issue.

Batwoman #0:  I’ve haven’t kept up with Kate Kane despite her recent surge in popularity.  I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t get into the character beyond a couple of issues of Detective Comics.  Considering I love the Bat verse and Greg Rucka’s writing, you’d think I’d have been all over that, but I guess there wasn’t enough time in the day, and something had to give.  At any rate, no—I’m not a Kate Kane follower … but I might have to re-think my position after this issue of Batwoman.  J.H. Williams pulls double duty here as both writer and artist, and he does so with a certain level of panache.  The artwork is breath-taking, dynamic, the way each frame moves into the next, each panel transitioning seamlessly to and from the one before, it’s hypnotic, it’s lovely.  It makes me write run-on sentences.  Against the context of the story—Bruce Wayne spying on Kate and Batwoman alike in order to prove his theory that they are one in the same—I’m somewhat enamored of this.

Superior #2:  Better than the first issue; still incredibly uninspired.  The only thing that makes this book worth picking up is Leinil Yu’s outstanding pencils.  It’s a shame they’re wasted on this.  Don’t pay attention to what the front cover says—this is not “the most important comic book since 1938.”  Sorry, Millar, but even your tongue-in-cheek is lost on me.

Daken: Dark Wolverine & X-23 #3:  Dark Wolverine felt rushed to me this month, and I remain unconvinced that Mystique can be taken down and fooled so easily.  Meanwhile, X-23 was a little deeper, and Conrad’s art seems to get better with each issue.  Overall, still reading both of these and still enjoying them.

That said, it’s time for this week’s PULL LIST!  Here’s mine—what’s on YOURS?

Batgirl The Greatest Stories Ever Told TPB
Birds of Prey #7
Amazing Spider-Man #650
Strange Tales II #3
Uncanny X-Force #3

 

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5 responses

  1. My list is dead short right now,

    Green Hornet Strikes
    Peter Parker v2
    Ultimate Spiderman v2

    The landscape is barren right now :(
    DC what has happened to your titles?

    12/18/2010 at 6:44 PM

    • Was that latest issue of Ultimate Spider-Man the one with Black Cat’s re-emergence? Was it any good? I wanted to make a mental note to pick that up.

      12/20/2010 at 3:43 PM

      • I have not read Ulti in about 2 issues. Holidays have killed me. I have it sitting on my nightstand, and I just have not gotten to it. I know she is on the cover of the newest Jan issue so she must have a pretty prominent story arc. I have been utterly thrilled with the quality of the post Ultimatum Spiderman story progression. Him playing the part of a fast food worker and superhero is such a great combination. Talk about menial to superior importance in a moment.

        12/23/2010 at 12:34 AM

  2. Gordon Dupuis

    I thought the artsy panel work on Batwoman #0 detracted form the story. “Understanding comics” has a quick warning about this kind of thing. Picures and words need to work together as equals and compliment each other. They don’t in Batwoman.

    12/18/2010 at 6:47 PM

    • I agree with you as far as this sort of thing easily taking away from the story, but I didn’t feel like that happened here. When I read it, it felt like a great supplement to the storytelling. Different strokes I guess, but I do have a soft spot growing for J.H. Williams.

      12/20/2010 at 3:45 PM

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