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November 21, 2007

Pull List Reviews for November 21, 2007

Filed under: Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 11:38 am

It’s a DC-heavy week with my morning reading, so here we go with the (incredibly positive) initial impressions. Let me know if you like this more than the analysis.

8324_400×600.jpgDetective Comics #838: The third part of “Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul” (really the fourth counting the prelude in Batman #670) continues the fast-paced martial arts thriller at a pace with previous issues. Scripter Paul Dini turns in a strong installment that doesn’t feel out of place with previous chapters, but artist Ryan Benjamin continues the bizarre clash of styles that have characterized this arc with an Image-esque scratchy style that conflicts with Tony Daniel, Freddie E. Williams II and Don Kramer in layout and tone. Not as much as our next book, though. Still, this issue gets a B

0960650001194292234image_big.jpgNew X-Men #44: The fourth part of “Messiah CompleX” satisfactorily touches on and continues a number of the ongoing plot threads, so that’s all well and fun, and Kyle and Yost have a nice script that spotlights their own characters while still feeling like a sequential part of the story. This is good. However, while I don’t normally have any issue with his art, I really have to question the use of Humberto Ramos when the first three parts were by Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan and Scot Eaton. This is going to read really badly in trade paperback when the first three parts have non-clashing artists and the same colorist and then everything looks completely different in part 4. Alternating between Tan/Eaton and Ramos/Bachalo is going to really make reading this in totality bizarre. Nevertheless, if you’ve enjoyed this story so far and are on the side of the fence that likes Ramos’s art, go for it. B

8331_400×600.jpgAction Comics #859: This is quite good, with Gary Frank providing sufficiently emotive art and Johns continuing to weave an intriguing mystery, but it’s hampered by the Classic Geoff Johns Team Fight Scene. This is where he writes a whole fight scene with hero A being hit by villain B who gets hit by hero C who gets smashed in the face by villain D who gets flattened by hero A, with an appropriately cheesy quip with each hit. Johns is an incredibly effective writer when he endeavors to step outside of his boundaries, but this formula was old back in the JLA “Crisis of Conscience” arc when it was written by playing with action figures. Other than that, it’s a fun story, and the central theme justifies it being in a mainline Superman title. B+

8338_400×600.jpgBrave and the Bold #8: This pretty much continues the book’s style and tone so far, with spot-on characterizations for all characters involved and more of the same busy-but-detailed layout work from George Perez. It’s the old-school team-up book, but probably the zenith of that entire concept. Not for everyone, but if you’ve been enjoying its aesthetic so far this issue won’t let up. B+

8339_400×600.jpgFlash #234: The kids in this book have proven to be a pretty polarizing addition, and this issue continues the level of focus and attention placed on them. In my opinion, I’d read 230 issues of Wally West as the Flash before this, and having him in a *slightly* background role to his kids is hardly an unwelcome direction, but there’s no question that the kids run this book, and you think they’re either compelling/adorable or obnoxious. Freddie E. Williams II does an excellent job with the art, and the backup with Rogers and Braithwaite is a lot of fun. Plus, Mike Wieringo memorial. A-

Quick second wave of reviews and full shipping list after the jump.

Captain America #32: My retailer forgot to put this in my pull. I just grabbed it. It’s as awesome as it always is, saying anything more would spoil. But, once again, Brubaker does not drop the ball. Butch Guice apparently comes in as inker, but frankly, I can’t tell the fucking difference. [b]A[/b]

Checkmate #20: This was a lot of fun, as a shitload of dominoes set up in the past few issues of Checkmate fall down like, well, a wall. This leads to a huge shakeup in the book’s status quo, at least for now, and possibly huge ramifications to the rest of the DCU. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that the Wall falls here in this conclusion to Fall of the Wall, but the manner is… surprising. [b]A-[/b]

Incredible Hulk #111: Or, Prologue to Incredible Hercules. As Bruce Banner leaves this book to the Prince of Power and his trusty sidekick, co-writer Jeff Parker joins in for an issue that tries to bridge World War Hulk with the book’s upcoming status quo as Incredible Herc. Additionally, this is a really fun issue on its own. Good stuff. [b]B[/b]

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Action Comics #859 Incentive Andy Kubert Variant Cover $10.00
Action Comics #859 Regular Gary Frank Cover $2.99
American Virgin Vol 3 Wet TP $12.99
Apothecarius Argentum Vol 3 TP $9.99
Army At Love #9 $2.99
Batman Confidential #11 $2.99
Batman Death In The City TP $14.99
Birds Of Prey #112 $2.99
Brave And The Bold Vol 3 #8 $2.99
Catwoman Vol 3 #73 $2.99
Checkmate Vol 2 #20 $2.99
Countdown Presents The Search For Ray Palmer Gotham By Gaslight #1 $2.99
Countdown To Final Crisis #23 $2.99
Countdown To Mystery #3 $3.99
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Ex Machina #32 $2.99
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