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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday's Reviews

Well! This was a very very interesting week. A fairly good week to boot.

Let us begin with Birds of Prey #14.

I wanted to like this, I really did. The story has Zinda, aka Lady Blackhawk teaming up with the original Phantom Lady, aka Sandra Knight. Black Canary is there as well, more or less filling in for her mother, and the rest of the birds are in mufti. They visit a Gotham City Veteran's Hospital Charity Auction, and give some comfort to some old soldiers. Kate Spencer shows up, as well she should. There is a flashback to a time post World War II, where Zinda isn't time-lost, and Phantom Lady is hawt, and the original Black Canary are flying into Argentina, to find some old Nazi Doctor, and wind up being attacked by some incredibly blond Hitler youth.

Then we are back in the present, and first old Phantom Lady and then Zinda end up being captured, then Dinah goes looking for them, and guess what? All those blond young boys are now crabby old men...but still Nazis. It's not a bad story, per se...but god the art is just dreadful, which rather surprised me. It's by Billy Tucci and Adriana Melo, and I remember Adriana Melo's artwork from the exquisitly beautiful work she did with Kyle Rayner, back during the Sinestro Corps War...so I'm blaming all of this mess on Billy Tucci. The art just took me right out of the story, with the sway backs, thrusting bosoms, giant lips and so on and so forth. And would it be too much to ask, to have Sandra Knight drawn as an OLD LADY??? She looks like she's twenty, except with gray hair. Please. I don't care how fabulous your underwear is, you're not going to look like this when you're seventy or so.

I really really hope this improves.

Booster Gold #46.

Booster is having one helluva day. He's still fighting Doomsday, who is not under the alternate universe's Captain Shinypant's control anymore, and naturally, Booster is getting his ass kicked. Fortunately for him, Alexandria shows up, the girl that he met last issue, and she has this Rogue-like ability to touch someone and absorb their powers. I'm not quite sure why touching Booster would allow her to use HIS powers, since they are actually mechanical in origin, but what the hey. Booster does his best to fight, Doomsday isn't quite up to his usual standards of mayhem, and even puts the control helmet back onto the slightly befuddled villain, thus giving the evil Captain Shinypants control again. Too bad for Booster that Captain Shinypants is a real douche.

This was modestly fun, I always enjoy Booster, and he's just having one heck of a time here.

Green Lantern #67

Wow! I did not see that coming. Well, I saw some of it coming, but more on that anon.

Green Lantern Corps #61

This is during the aftermath of Green Lantern, but it is ok to read it, it doesn't give anything away other than the fact that John survives. Practically all of the Lanterns who were chosen during Mogo's last little hissy fit, are giving up their tings, realizing that they aren't really worthy of them. I find this a little hard to believe, but let's go with it. One young woman however, who was a cop on her planet feels that she actually deserves a shot. She goes and asks some advice from John, which is apparently a brave move on her part, since everyone else is giving him the coldest of cold shoulders. Really, John this habit you have of blowing up perfectly nice planets has Got To Stop!

The go off to her new sector, and have to contront a problem between two completely different cultures, who have been forced to live together, and naturally the brash rookie uses violence right off the bat, which leads to an escalation of the carnage, and John has to step in, and resolve things diplomatically. It ends with the Rookie in awe of his John Stewartliness.

I'm glad that John is back to being a Green Lantern again, and still even has his Honor Guard status, since Compassion certainly wasn't doing much for him. This is basically as much of a filler as the Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors book was...perfectly adequate, and a nice enough story, but not quite up to the "Omigosh" ness of Green Lantern.

Journey Into Mystery #625.

I haven't been reading the whole "Fear Itself" storyline over at Marvel. I keep getting confused, and thinking that it sounds like it should be about Sinestro or something. However, I HAVE been picking up JIM, because it features the adventures of Baby Loki, and man oh MAN, I just love me some Baby Loki. He's up to some of his old tricks of course, but there is a youthful...nay even innocent...zest to all of his shenanigans. He's also lacking the malice that used to be behind his dealings, so it is a lot of fun to watch him deal with Hela, Mephisto AND the tongue of the Serpent, not to mention the Helwolf, and manage to stay one step ahead of all of them. This is really really a good book.

Have fun with YOUR books!


At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kid Loki is finally a [i]trickster[/i], something that was lacking from his former "we'll make him the evil god 'cause Asgard doesn't really have one" incarnation. And I'm a sucker for tricksters too.

-- Jack of Spades

At 1:10 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Exactly! Trickster Gods are always so...interesting.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous lordofthewaters said...

"I don't care how fabulous your underwear is, you're not going to look like this when you're seventy or so."

True, unless your name is Sophia Loren...

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

I think Alexs' powers are supposed to be like Amazos'? When Amazo is fighting he takes on natural and unnatural powers too.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger ShellyS said...

I felt the same way about BoP. If I didn't have to look at the art, I would've enjoyed it more. Everyone looked ugly and it was hard to tell Zinda and Dinah apart when they weren't in costume.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I agree that Sophia Loren is a goddess, but even SHE had a few lines on her face, and a few sags here and there. It adds character. We don't ALL need to look as though we are forever 23.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grey hair on a toned 36-24-36 body IS old age in comics!


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