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B.P.R.D.: Vampire #1 (of 5) — Writer: Mike Mignola; Art: Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon This sequel to B.P.R.D.: 1947 offers the return of the Brazilian twin brothers Ba and Moon (their last work was the magic-realist Vertigo mini-series Daytripper), and between their evocative art and Mignola’s well-staged, every-word-counts writing, this is one good-looking, creepy horror book. You really don’t need to know any more than that, so you? Young Avengers #3 — Writer: Kieron Gillen; Art: Jamie McKelvie with Mike Norton Another great writer/artist team (everybody’s read their two Phonogram series, right? The second one, especially? The one I … Continue reading
Age of Ultron #2 ( of 8 ) — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils: Brian Hitch; Inks: Paul Neary Uncanny X-Men #3 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils: Chris Bachalo; Inks: Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey and Victor Olazara First, for a story set in an Ultron-destroyed New York, Age Of is a very pretty book — all the little bits of rubble are lovingly drawn, while the desperate human refugees look unfailingly handsome; even a reveal of Black Widow’s injured face looks oddly attractive: this is what happens when you get Bryan Hitch to draw your comic. When you get … Continue reading
Batman Incorporated #8 — Writer: Grant Morrison; Art: Chris Burnham and Jason Masters If it seems a trifle unfair to be reviewing a book you can’t buy (since it’s sold out, thanks to DC’s publicity machine and national media exposure), don’t despair — there’ll be a second printing soon. I’ll assume that no spoilers are needed for the plot development, since the cover itself tells the tale — although it has to be pointed out that Morrison’s Batman: R.I.P. story did not actually kill Bruce Wayne, and that, when he was “killed,” weeks later in Final Crisis, that death didn’t … Continue reading
Green Lantern #17 — Writer: Geoff Johns; Art: Dan Jurgens, Phil Jimenez and Doug Mahnke Green Lantern Corps #17 — Writer: Peter Tomasi; Pencils: Fernando Pasarin; Inks: Scott Hanna Green Lantern: New Guardians #17 — Writer: Tony Bedard; Art: Aaron Kuder These are the first three parts of Johns’s final GL serial; he; and all the other creative teams, are leaving after that, so one expects that a number of threads involving the now-evil Guardians, the various colored rings, Black Hand and all manner of other subplots will get wrapped up. The “First Lantern,” the bad guy driving the plot, … Continue reading
Young Romance #1 (of 1) — Creators: Ann Nocenti and Emanuela Lupacchino (Catwoman/Batman); Cecil Castellucci and Inaki Miranda (Aquaman/Mera); Ray Fawkes and Julius Gopez (Batgirl/Random Guy); Peter Milligan and Simon Bisley (Apollo/Midnighter); Kyle Higgins and Sanford Greene (Nightwing/Ursa Minor); Andy Diggle and Robson Rocha (Superman/Wonder Woman) DC exhibits rare good timing, with a 48-page Valentine’s Day special the week before the event. If your significant other is a DC fan, this $7.99 package would be a decent present: the leadoff Catwoman/Batman story is good, while there’s welcome diversity in the Apollo/Midnighter tale (and the best art); the Superman/Wonder Woman story … Continue reading