Friday, November 25, 2011

Comics this week

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #3- After 2 lackluster issues, this series finally kicked into gear. Picking up where #2 left off, it is the Guardians versus the 7-ring Kyle Rayner. It was a blast. I still say the series focused too much on Kyle but at least in this issue, we get to see the other Lanterns working together. The potential of this series is great and for the first time, we are seeing glimmers of it. Here’s hoping for more to come.

I, Vampire #3- Thus far, I, Vampire has been the surprise hit of the New 52 and rightfully so. Keeping up with the different POV style of the series, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov tells the story through the eyes of Professor Troughton, one of the 2 new characters introduced in this issue. He also added some backstory to Andrew and confirmed that this series happens within the DCU. The only question I have is the artwork of Andrea Sorrentino. Her style seems like a good fit for this series but her style also makes it difficult to get into the fight scenes. In the fight this issue, her Andrew just posed too much for my liking. Still, overall I would say this issue is a good read.

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #17- In many ways, the early books of “The Wheel of Time” were adventure books. The early books showed Rand, Mat and Perrin traveling around the world and showed off the deep history and mystery of the world they lived in. This issue shows the difference between books and comics. Showing off the world in a book is something of a delight as your imagination can run wild while reading the description of the world. Reading about the history and mystery of the world in a comic book is something else as there are pictures showing you the world; your imagination can’t run wild as when you are reading a book and this is why this issue (which is a travel issue) just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s not badly done, but it doesn’t have the magic the book has. It’s the medium and the difference between books and comics that is at fault here.

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