I gotta do this week's reviews in a hurry because I am studying for my mid-terms. Sorry in advance for the lack in quality.
Action Comics #856
We need more comics that open with a little girl being pushed off a balcony:
More Bizarro awesomeness from Eric Powell, Geoff Johns and Richard Donner.
Bizarro Lois and Jimmy:
I also really liked Bizarro Lex Luthor because I picture him talking the same, sounding all dignified and smart, but with the Bizarro-style mixed-up words.
As with the last issue, the Powell art is amazing. There was so much cool stuff on this page alone:
Powell makes Superman's eye blasts look extra crazy. And that panel of Supes getting punch by four fists at once is pretty awesome. As is the one below it. Pa Kent's POV there is pretty nuts.
I can't wait to see more of the Bizarro Justice League in the next issue. The last page in this one cracked me up.
The All New Atom #16
The awesome thing about this issue is that Roger Stern was filling in for Gail Simone, and he did such a great job that I didn't even notice. It's nice to know that, if Simone ever had to abandon Ryan Choi, it's possible that someone else could write him just as well.
Ok, so this was great. Laugh-out-loud funny as usual.
The other nice thing about this issue is that, for reasons I can only attribute to perhaps an increased interest in the title since the search for Ray Palmer began, it brings the reader up to speed on everything that happened previously. But it's done throughout the comic in a way that isn't boring. I can see being confused if you picked up an issue of The Atom as to why Ryan lives with a giant, floating alien head.
Anyway, great issue. Great series.
Green Lantern Corps #16
Also, the guardians have decided that it's alright for the lanterns to get their kill on:
Our heroes waste no time. They just start laying waste to the Sinestro Corps immediately:
So the tide has turned in the epic space battle. And it's heading to Earth. Which we knew already from the last Green Lantern issue, but still...it's gonna be dope!
I really liked Sodam Yat's battle-ravaged look:
He could totally patch that suit up with his ring. He chooses not to.
Countdown Week 30
I liked this issue. I think this series might be getting better. Maybe. It still has thirty issues in which it can become awesome. Right now it's pretty good...most of the time.
There was a lot of Piper/Trickster stuff in this one, which I always appreciate. And our Ray Palmer-searchers landed on an Earth where Jason Todd is Batman and the Atom is a chick and Donna Troy is Wonder Woman and Kyle is...Kyle. I couldn't really tell them apart.
"We don't know these people, Donna, stop handing out personal information." Can anyone else tell what is wrong with that sentence?
Hehe..."Happy fun-time Batman." Oh, I really hope they find that Earth.
Countdown Presents The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1
So I guess it is possible for this crazy idea for a series to be good...you just have to get Sean McKeever to write it.
This was really enjoyable. So much better than that Wildstorm one that was out a few weeks ago. The whole comic is a really entertaining life story of the Jokester, who we met in last week's Countdown and who is now following Team Palmer around. I highly recommend.
Detective Comics #837
Not a lot of Batman in this one, but that's cool. It was a really good fill-in-the-blanks issue that explained how Harley found her way to the Amazonian women's shelter in Metropolis. Plus, Bruce Wayne hires The Riddler, who you'll recall is on the straight and narrow now and working as a private detective, to recover some stolen goods. This leads to Riddler teaming up with Harley because the thief is also at the shelter.
This was awesome.
For one thing, I love how much Batman hates Tommy:
And I love how much Tommy loves making Batman angry.
I also love a powerless Kyle having to take a guy out with a chair:
Yes, it's all very awesome and hilarious.
But here's the twist...this comic is really very touching. It basically serves as a love letter Ennis is writing for his late character, Tommy Monaghan. And the letter is narrated by Superman, who is telling the story to a reporter. And it gets do damn sad, you wouldn't believe it. This two-part series is really great. I never expected this kind of love to be put into an Ennis comic. Particularly not a JLA comic. I'm impressed.
Metal Men #3
I'm not going to pretend to always understand what's going on in this comic, but I definitely love looking at it.
I mean, I do get what's going on. There's just so much...science.
But it's a very fun read and Magnus is adorably nerdy and every single panel is stunning:
Just look at the perfection that is this page:
The lighting and shadowing in this comic is really fantastic. Look at that panel with the flashlight!
I love Magnus practicing his marriage proposal, and trying to not bring science into it.
Hands down, the best issue of Supergirl yet. She kicked so much ass and was so cool.
And at the end she totally stands up to Superman and tells him that she can live her own life and she doesn't need him playing father figure all the time. Superman surprises her by agreeing with her.
And then the Teen Titans surprise me by walking out of that barn, where I guess they have been hiding. Which is really weird. And great.
That's the end of the Bedard/Guedes run, sadly. It kinda feels like it should be the end of the series, but they are going to keep going with it. I am curious to see where they take it. The next run sounds kind of inspired by her appearances in the Brave and the Bold, at least in terms of her taking part in some inter-galactic missions which involve JLA members. We'll see...
Blah. Alright, that's all I have time for. Back to statistics.