Comic Book Reviews by Alex Correa
For the previous two issues I've been reviewing titles from the DC Comics almost exclusively. It isn't due to any DC bias but only because of how many revamps (or attempted revamps, in some cases) there have been within the past month. To make up for it, I've done nothing this past week but catch up on my Marvel reads. So without further ado, I bring you Marvel Comics reviews. But first, here's a review of DC Comics' Justice League. (Come on, I couldn't just ignore the follow up to the best selling issue of the year.)
Justice League #2 by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee
Remember back in the cartoon show the Super Friends where Aquaman would seem like the most useless person on the team unless they were, for whatever reason, near water or a school of fish? Well, I'm pleased to announce that there has been a change to the superhero hierarchy. As of this Justice League series, Batman has stepped into the role of team paperweight. Between getting slapped around by Superman and having Green Lantern to protect him from harm, Batman has proven only to be capable in directing conversation and staying on topic. He seems to really want to get to the core of the mystery so that his teammates - with actual super powers - can save the day while he broods on a rooftop thinking about his parents.
All kidding aside, although Batman is one of my favourite comic book characters it stands to reason that he's just not up to par with demigods like Superman, Green Lantern and the Flash. I commend Johns on not trying to downplay the fact that he's better suited to street level crime fiction. Although, it could just be that Johns is setting him up to blow away reader expectations and have Batman overcome the main adversary by his own means. Whatever the case is, the book is full of fun, vapid action that lends itself well to the summer blockbuster feel that it's trying to capture. Overall: 3.5/5 stars
Uncanny X-Men #544 by Kieron Gillen & Greg Land
There are a few unwritten rules in comic books that I've learned first hand. Number 1: nobody stays dead. Ever. They always come back in some way or another, even if it's for a short time. Phoenix, Colossus, Superman, Batman, Flash, Captain America, Bucky and even Aunt May. Rule number 2: a final issue is never final. Unless it's Hawkman or another incredibly dull character. So why put "The Final Issue" on a comic book cover? Why, sales of course! Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive of coming across something contrived or rushed. That was not the case, thankfully. The issue dealt with team members leaving to join Wolverine's version of the X-Men and Cyclops pretending not to care that he lost the popularity contest. It showcased the difference of ideologies rather than pushing some forced animosity as the superhero genre typically does when writers want to have a 15 page fight. There is a sense of closure in the sense that the team will be taken into a different path but the cynical comic reader in me just knows that the status quo will be reset in just a few years. Overall: 3/5 stars
Fear Itself #7 by Matt Fraction & Stuart Immonen
It's the final issue of this year's huge Marvel Comics event and guess what? Thor dies. (Refer back to rule number one). So already my head is shaking at how inconsequential this story has turned out to be. Several major cities have been left in shambles due to a threat that originated from Asgard's presence in the United States of America and there is no fallout from that? That aside, the action is stripped down to just super heroic poses of characters about to land a strike instead of a few panels of well thought out choreography that this series has been full of, up to this point. Very underwhelming but at least the art is pretty. Overall 1.5/5 stars
Superior #6 by Mark Millar & Leinil Yu
If the name sounds familiar that's because Mark Millar is the man who wrote the Kick-Ass and Wanted comic book series that went on to become major motion pictures. Superior follows in the same suit of self contained stories that read like it should be a movie. The concept follows the classic Faust story type in which the common man is granted his greatest desire. However, this "common man" is a child with multiple sclerosis and his great desire is to be a superhero in this real world setting. It captures the protagonist's childlike innocence very well and it never feels like a complete transformation as he retains his youthful qualities even in a grown man's body. It's similar to the brilliant Ex Machina in that they both effortlessly capture superhuman elements in a very real world setting, not once turning it into typical superhero fare, as many comics of this sort usually do. If you are debating whether to read a superhero comic or think at all that the genre isn't for you, give this series a try. Overall 5/5 stars
Hawk & Dove #2 by Sterling Gates & Rob Liefeld
Look at that cover art. How is Rob Liefeld still being published? Enter Condor, exit reader. Overall 1/5 stars
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