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Update4/26/10: Review & rating in bold below; Pick of the Week is in red.
3.5/5 (pass): I’m not sure where this story is going again, and the inclusion of this new young character, while interesting, seems like a diversion from the previous story lines.
4/5 (Pull): I love listening to “director’s commentaries” for films, and this book is exactly that for the run of Blackest night. An interesting, behind the scenes read for fans.
5/5 (Pull): I’m already a huge fan of Wonder Woman and Zatanna, so this book caught me right away. I won’t ruin the twist, but this book illustrates how comic books can shed new light on old story lines and give new depth to characters and established story arcs. Easily on my list of favorite issues.
4/5 (Pull): If you thought you were getting away from multiple books for Brightest Day, you’re wrong. Right when you least expect it, Johns previews the location of three seperate but connected characters and books. Sinestro, Carol, and Hal are entertaining enough, butAtrocitus… and Guy in a cryptic plan? Fabulous. Definately worth the read.
2/5 (Pass): The only reason I gave this 2/5 was 1. because Marvel made an attempt to spotlight a potentially kick-ass female Asgardian, and 2. because of the art. The story was pointless, the writing was repetitive and in no way made any effort to engage familiar readers on any new level, or new readers at all. I had such high hopes for this book, and I think it could have launched something new and intereseting. One shots test the waters, and this one seems like it was an afterthought or a last minute project. Too bad.
3.5/5 (Pull if you like adaptation): I have been enjoying the ancillary tales in Oz that focus on the land, inhabitants, and basically focusing on everything except the original cast as core characters. It’s fun, witty, and unique.
This is another good week in comics as far as I’m concerned. Sif #1 drops today, and though it’s only a one shot, I’m going to enjoy seeing Sif take on the title role of an issue. It may be just me, but I’d love to see the Asgardian women developed more fully in their own story arcs. A girl can hope, right? This week’s Brave and the Bold # 33 features Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna, and I’m thrilled. It’s no secret that I love Wonder Woman, but Zatanna has fast become a rising fav of mine, and I’m anxious for her solo series to start. Of course there’s more to do with Blackest Night and Brightest Day, and while Brightest Day #0 was good, I’m not sure where they’re going from here, except that Mera has leapfrogged to my front runners for kick-ass female characters, and Aquaman is back… I see threads of evil and I’m just a little giddy about that. The Marvelous Land of Oz caught my attention a few weeks ago, and I’m still feeling that one out. I’m trying to decide how I feel about all these classic adaptations and whether they have merit. The last issue was fun and interesting (and even a little dark, but incredibly witty), so I’m going to see out the rest of the run before I make judgement.
You can watch my Pull List each week over at ifanboy.com, and make your own if you’re so inclined. Of all the sites dedicated to comics, I have found this one to be the best for creating your lists, keeping track of what you’re collecting, finding new interests, and giving star ratings quickly. Good times! So check them out. I’ll also be posting my lists on Wednesdays, and I’m aiming to give snippet reviews by Fridays. So be on the look out!
Anything I’m missing? Let me know! Convince me to see the light…