Thursday, January 16, 2014

Comics this week

Astro City #8- I'm one of those fans of Astro City that believes its standalone issues are better than its multi-part arcs. Writer Kurt Busiek pull out all the stops for the first multi-part arc of this new Astro City series, calling back favorites like Samaritan, the Confessor and Winged Victory, and the issue was excellent by itself. However I just feel its just missing the energy of the earlier issues. #8 is a solid issue, just not great like the earlier issues of this series. Unfortunately for Busiek and artist Brent Anderson, that's how high the bar has been set. 

Justice League of America #11- For a series named Justice League of America, JLA has been showing nothing but Stargirl and Martian Manhunter for past 3 issues. Okay, now can writer Matt Kindt tell us why? Catwoman is part of JLA and she's not captured right? Where is she? Also, what's with the rushed and messy Denver scenes by artist Tom Derenick? Get this book back to the Crime Syndicate. If the Forever Evil event is going to bury this book, at least show us the reason the villains that will caused it.

Superman/Wonder Woman #4- When this series was announced, I had my doubts about this. This issue showed some of them. Thus far I think Superman/Wonder Woman has been a good series with writer Charles Soule and artist Tony S. Daniel delivering some great work, but #4 broke the hot streak. Writer Charles Soule decided to spilt the loving couple apart for awhile and the issue was poorer for it. Fact is, the thing that made this series worked thus far was the budding relationship between the couple but both of them are superpowers with separate responsibility and lives. Soule did the right showing that even though they are in a relationship, both Superman and Wonder Woman has their own lives to live, but why would anyone buy this series to see that when they can buy their own Superman and Wonder Woman title? We need to see them together or else it doesn't make sense for a series names Superman/Wonder Woman.

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