Friday, December 23, 2011

Comics this week

Justice League #4- As one of the main man at DC, writer Geoff Johns seems to have drips on which character to show off. As the writer of Aquaman, I guess it’s only natural that Aquaman is getting his time to show off. My problem with that (and this issue) is that nothing worthwhile happened. The issue is full of action sequence and the heavy focus on it means that the story doesn’t really move forward. Outside the last 3 pages, the rest of the issue is filled with Jim Lee’s beautiful art…and nothing else. For a pretty slow moving story already, this issue is a dead stop.

Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! #1- Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. was one of the most intriguing out there but because of delays and the New 52 relaunch, he never managed to finish the story. Probably not wanting to waste a good thing, DC is now publishing his work first with this one-shot prelude and with a mini-series next year. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier. I’m not a fan of the Batman titles post New 52 and “Leviathan Strikes” showed why. Morrison cram everything he can into the pages for an intense read and makes you wonder (again) why the hell DC revamped the Batman titles. Of course this issue isn’t prefect. For one thing it is set in the old DC world before the New 52 revamp, so Stephanie Brown is still Batgirl. Fans of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (the 10 or so of you) can weep. Also you probably need to read the Batman Inc. to fully understand the issue. Although the issue tried to get readers up to speed with a 8-page recap, it’s not really enough as characters are thrown left, right and centre at the readers. However for readers who had read Batman Inc. like me, this is one hell of an issue.

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