Monday, July 23, 2012

Comic review roundup

UPDATE: Wow, per the comments, the art in New Avengers #39 is ripped off from other comics:

Justice Society of America #10, 13, 6, 22 and JSA Kingdom Come Superman: Random numbers, I know. But JSA comics were on sale and I figured I'd sample them by choosing the ones where Alex Ross was credited as the co-writer and illustrator. The listing (like many Comixology listings) was quite misleading however, as for most of these Ross contributed little art, and most of that was reused from the original Kingdom Come series. As to the writing, I was extremely unimpressed. An entirely predictable one-issue story stretched out across a multi-issue arc. And like Brian Michael Bendis's Avengers comics, there's just too many D-list characters flickering in and out of the story.

Also, is that this guy's thing? He disrobes before punching things?

At least issue #22 has a few new paintings by Ross, imagining the far off future for Superman:

So issue #22 might be worth 99 cents, but I definitely wouldn't recommend the rest. It's a shame and surprising, Ross's Justice League series Justice was really tremendous. I highly recommend buying a hard copy of that series (currently 43% off at Amazon) to appreciate Ross's art.

Speaking of Bendis, I took advantage of an Avengers sale awhile back to buy a few issues written by him and featuring artists I like. The art in New Avengers #39 by David Mack and Jose Villarubia really elevates some forgettable storytelling:

I mean, this issue didn't make me any more interested in finding out what happens next to Echo, the main character, but I am interested now in going back and giving another try to Mack's run on Daredevil. (I disliked the one collection I tried years ago.)

On the other hand, even quality pencils by Stuart Immonen and some beautiful colors by Dave McCaig can't salvage issues #61 and #62.

There's so little story in Bendis's Avengers comics that you don't even have to read the dialog to follow what's going on.

Finally, a comic that I tried for the writing - - American Vampire #1, featuring two related stories about a vampire written by Stephen King and Scott Snyder. Here, the art's competent, but basically stays in the background to serve a compelling page turner. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more.