Jan 29 Comic Week in Review

Pablo Gunner uses the little intelligence he has to muster up some written comic book reviews of the titles that he thinks his fellow nerds would want to know about most and the books that didn’t quite make it onto the Comicast. Check out these reviews of INHUMANITY #2, DAMIAN SON OF BATMAN #4, SERENITY LEAVES ON THE WIND #1.
(W) Zack Whedon (A) Georges Jeanty, Karl Story (CA) Laura Martin, Daniel Dos Santos
I love Firefly so I had to check this out. Considering that its Dark Horse I didn’t expect the best but I still thought it would be good. It more or less met my expectations. The writing was well done, the characterizations seemed pretty spot-on, the story was interesting. It was a slight deviation from the show but not much. Its pretty tough doing the art for characters from a show or film. This is mostly due to the fact that people exact all of the characters to look exactly like their real life counterparts. Its very challenging to do precise, realistic art. That being said at times every character looked exactly like the actors but not all the time. Overall the art was rather inconsistent. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as good as it was at some parts. If you’re a fan of the show and these issues aren’t a problem for you then it’s definitely worth checking. As for me I probably won’t continue reading because I have high standards for art especially when translating live action to comics.
Verdict: weak BUY
(W/A/CA) Andy Kubert
This series started and ended exactly how I expected, mediocre. Everything about this title screams ‘90s from dialogue, story, dialogue, art style, color scheme, look, costume and character design all the way down to the actual texture of the book. Even the pages are the same kind of material they used in ‘90s comics. The same things that were wrong with ‘90s comics are the same things that are wrong with this book. What it all comes down to is that that it’s cheesy, stupid, and juvenile. I feel like this book might only appeal to young teenaged boys. I won’t deny that I actually appreciate Andy Kubert’s art in this book. Its good but its not the ‘90s anymore and this character was introduced in 2006 so show some growth and challenge yourself with an updated and new style Andy Kubert. What happens in this is that Damian has fully took on the mantle of Batman but unfortunately he sucks at it. He’s constantly getting his ass kicked. This is suppose to be the most brutal and badass Robin there ever was. The only semblance of the Damian in this is the douchey, murderous, shithead that he started off as which makes no sense that he’s still the same character he started off when he’s about ten years older. Anyway, Damian fights off all these goons while a new Joker has a gun to the head of his father that is still recovering from the wounds he inflicted upon him. In the end Damian decides to give up the whole no killing thing to save Bruce. Then the real Joker shows up and shoots the mortally wounded fake Joker in the head. After that Damian shows up back in the Batcave talking to Alfred the talking cat about how he still has people to go after to avenge Dick including the newly returned Joker. The ending was a huge disappointment as was the entire series. This could not be more of a PASS for me. Don’t bother wasting your time on it either. Literally any other book with Damian in it is better than this but if you’re looking for specifics I suggest Grant Morrison’s Batman & Robin run as well as Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason’s.
Verdict: PASS
(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Nick Bradshaw
If you can’t tell from the cover this issue is all about the Inhuman Queen, Medusa, whereas #1 followed the now deceased Karnak. After the fall of the Inhuman city of Attilan and the terrigenesis wave she finds herself as a leader of her new people without a kingdom. This issues proves that even without an actual thrown that she has to lead the Inhumans into a new generation. A big part of that is saving them, protecting them, and serving them and she’s just getting started. You can tell she has a long and hard road ahead of her but if anyone can do it she can. At one moment even Gorgon, one of the longtime Inhuman royal member, says that she is a woman he can take orders from and follow after she takes charge of a questionable and intense situation. The characterization, dialogue, and story telling were superb in this issue. The art was fantastic as well but it just didn’t seem to fit the extremely serious and tense them of this book. Personally I couldn’t completely get into the book because of that though others may not find it as much of an issue especially considering the high quality of the art and writing.
Verdict: weak BUY

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