Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…
This week I finally picked up my three weeks worth of books. Looking at the ridiculous stack, I’ve decided to only talk about books that haven’t usually made the cut for GT review. I’m forcing myself to talk about books which I regularly don’t have much/ anything to say.
I’m not really an art guy. I appreciate styles, and I understand the mechanics of storytelling through art. I just prefer to buy books for the written story. This is the one book I buy because of the art. Layouts and character design here are phenomenal. The down side is that this art slows the story. The average page has four wide-screen panels. You can’t quickly tell a story that way.
On the positive side, these pages give Texas the character it’s only received in the western movies of Howard Hawks, Sergio Leone, and Sam Peckinpah. It’s an enormous and vast emptiness. You could ride forever and not meet anyone in the panels of this book. The other thing that keeps me coming back is the relationship between Tonto and the Lone Ranger. It’s a more interesting and complex partnership than the relationship portrayed on television or radio.
You know what’s great about a Robinson written issue of Superman in which Superman does not appear? Nothing. Nada. Waste of time and money. Sadly, I’m beginning to feel this way about all books in this Robinson Renaissance. I loved this man’s writing in the ’90’s and early years of the decade, but something seems to have died inside of him. It’s like writing the screenplay to Leauge of Extraordinary Gentlemen kill off everything good about him.
Well, maybe not everything. Jim Harper-clone is a good character with the Science Police finally coming into its own. It’s just that the benefits do not outweight the crap (Mon-El) we deal with in a Supermanless Superman title.
Justice Society of America #33 is showing some of Willingham’s quality writing. I’m enjoying Jay Garrick as the narrator. For me he’s always been the most accessible and everyman character on the team…maybe in the whole DCU. Willingham uses this voice well. It’ll be nice to see where things head now that the schism has happened and we don’t have to deal with the tension building. We’re also getting some clues as to why the attacks and who wants Obsidian so badly. It’s getting better all the time.
FF #573 took what could have been a generic buddy story on the road, and it turned it into something a little sad and interesting. Nu World takes a page from Seti-Alpha 5 without the revenge seeking/ stranding Kirk in the center of a planet thing.
X-Men Forever reached a whopping 12 books in less than a year. It’s still solid. The directions some of the characters have taken feel more natural than 616 continuity. Where has this Chris Claremont been hiding? Did he, in fact, steal James Robinson’s mojo?
Jonah Hex #50 was Darwyn Cooke goodness. It takes a page from the Lone Ranger. Check Chris Sims’ review on the ISB if you don’t believe me.