232 – Morning Doodle 3

There’s nothing to say about this.

I did, however, pick up a stack of comics, and felt like giving some encapsulated reviews of the ones I’ve read, most of which are from the The New DC 52.

First things first, Justice League. Joe Grunenwald and I reviewed the first issue as a special bonus episode of League Night. Check out the full review there, but I will say it was one of the most humorless, cliche-filled disappointments ever published, with stagnant bland art and nothing to be interested in.

I also read, Hannibal Tabu style, Detective Comics. Over at my other podcast, Gutter Trash, I recently declared Evil Ernie: War of the Dead to be the worst comic I’d ever read. Detective Comics # 1 came close to dethroning it. It’s a horrible mess of eye-gouging art, sub-intelligent writing and dialogue, unclear storytelling, and every terrible mish-mash of the “dark, twisted loner” Batman that I’ve come to despise, with a terrible “shock” ending that really demonstrates how low-common denominator this book is.

I never had any intention of reading those books, and may possibly be biased against them from the jump.

So, onto books I actually wanted to read:

Demon Knights: The weakest of the stack I bought, so far. The art is mediocre, and I do like Paul Cornell’s work. It reminded me of a medieval version of his work on Captain Britian and the MI:13, and sadly just made me wish that book was still around, instead of really wanting to pick up #2 of D.K. I like the characters involved in this book, but there was something lackluster about the entire package, and the art turned me off.

Resurrection Man: The second weakest book I’ve read yet. The art is fine, if inconsistent, and I love the central concept of the character. It’s a book I missed out on in it’s initial run, and this first issue made me want to track down the previous series. Unfortunately I don’t have much interest in picking up a second issue of this series. But I might be willing to give this a few more based on Abnett & Lanning’s track record.

Swamp Thing: I really dug this. While I felt Superman’s appearance seemed out of place, I like the atmosphere of the story, and the art was fantastic. Being a long-time Swamp Thing fan, I was worried about the sort-of backtracking on Alan Moore’s story, but Scott Snyder pulled it off well, and I’ll definitely be on for issue 2.

Batman and Robin: This one is weird, because other than Bruce Wayne being back as Batman, it simply felt like a continuation of the previous Batman and Robin series, which is fine. There was nothing wrong with it before, there’s nothing wrong with it now.

O.M.A.C.: This is one I was really looking forward to. Keith Giffen channeling Kirby, and it was fantastic. It was a bombastic, action packed first issue with a ton of setup and delivery. My favorite book, so far.

Action Comics: A really strongly written issue, some inconsistent, but good art. I’m pretty much on board with this book no matter what, so in many ways, the opposite of Detective and JL.

And finally

Ultimate Spider-Man: It’s a pretty light issue, but there are enough seeds planted to keep me coming back. Bendis has a knack for writing comics in where not much happens, but I’m never mad about it. So far, Mile Morales seems to not be just Brown Peter Parker, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

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    • Jim Purcell on September 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    You didn’t care for Demon Knights and Resurrection Man? Huh. Those two were probably my break out favorites (and Men of War) of the titles so far. Legion Lost was probably my biggest disappointment, as while it had some pretty great artwork, I thought the story did a bad job of setting up the situation, establishing the cast, and providing a bombastic fight scene.
    Fortunately, previews for Legion of Super-Heroes tomorrow look very promising, and aim to remove the bad taste from my mouth.
    Current DCnU reading list looks like: Action Comics, Men of War, Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Resurrection Man, Legion of Super-Heroes, and OMAC (digital only). Hopefully I won’t be adding any more too it. Though All-Star Western is very tempting.

    • Jim Purcell on September 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Opps, forgot Stormwatch as well. Of which the first issue was interesting, but nothing mind blowing. I never cared for Wildstorm or the Authority, but I trust in Cornell (‘sup, Captain Britain & MI13 loving buddy?) so I’m giving it a chance.
    Second issues are where I’m going to be making my cut decisions.

  1. I’ve still got a chunk of books I haven’t read yet, but I skipped out on the Legion books. I think my expectations for Demon Knights and Resurrection Man might have been too high. I’ll probably review the others here as I read them.

    • Bruce on September 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I too miss Captain Britian and the MI:13!

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