I'm beginning to notice that Lemire doesn't really have much of a style or voice in his superhero work, it's something that seems to come through moreI'm beginning to notice that Lemire doesn't really have much of a style or voice in his superhero work, it's something that seems to come through more in his creator owned graphic novels, but that doesn't mean he can't write some good super hero comics!
Lemire and Sorrentino came onto the book around the same time the Arrow TV show was growing in popularity (I've still not watched it), so there are obvious parallels between the visual style and some of the story beats here. Most notably how his outfit looks a little bit more like the TV show than the classic comic outfit and the inclusion of Diggle in the third act of the book.
But the only other Green Arrow comic I've read up to now is Year One by Diggle and Jock, and this works as a kind-of-sequel in that 'New 52' soft rebooty way were they pick and chose bits of canon they want to keep. The island is referenced to and is even in the book, and Oliver's time on the island is a main part of the back story here.
It's a pretty good book and visually pretty, though I do think Sorrentino can get a little boring after a while if he's never given more of a variety of characters to work with.
I can't compare with other Green Arrow books, but I think this stands on its own well. ...more
A brilliant follow up to Snyder and Capullos Death of the Family arc. The Joker is back (again) but this time he's not fooling around. He turns the JuA brilliant follow up to Snyder and Capullos Death of the Family arc. The Joker is back (again) but this time he's not fooling around. He turns the Justice League and the city on Batman and it seems like it could finally be it for The Dark Knight.
It opens with Batman vs The Justice League and because he's Batman - he's prepared for this. He has a contingency for all the League members and, as you'd expect, he gets he's butt kicked around a little by Superman. Snyder and Capullo don't spend much time on this. I think it's about 2 issues of the whole arc, because it's not a Batman v Justice League story, it's a Batman/Joker story. They could have easily gotten lost and spent too much time on Batman taking on the League, but they don't, and the story really moves along.
Then after the reveal that it is actually the Joker behind everything, Batman goes about trying to stop him. Given that Death of the Family didn't come out that long before this and was a pretty big and good arc, there was a danger that Endgame could have been a bit 'samey', but it's not. Rather than target all his allies again, The Joker is going straight for Batman. And how Batman overcomes it all and the ending is pretty cool.
I wouldn't say it's as good as Death of the Family, but it's another strong arc from the Snyder and Capullo team. And seeing Capullo draw the justice league is pretty cool....more
Better than I expected. I put off buying this because it looked like it was made up of issues they couldn't be bothered to put in the other volumes. BBetter than I expected. I put off buying this because it looked like it was made up of issues they couldn't be bothered to put in the other volumes. But it flowed better than I thought it would. There's a good collection of artists in here, and the supporting character Harper (who Snyder and DC are slowly pushing) gets some panel time.
I thought it'd be a throw away volume, but it's not. It's what happens between the big stories (although I don't get why the 0 issue is in here and not the first volume of the Zero Year arc)...more
It's a high end 3 star rating. The only Batman book I read each month is the main one by Snyder and Capullo, so whenever they do the big storylines liIt's a high end 3 star rating. The only Batman book I read each month is the main one by Snyder and Capullo, so whenever they do the big storylines like Death of the Family and Court of Owls, they don't feel much like events to me. But DC usually tie most of the bat-family titles into the storyline, therefore making the event-ish. The return of Joker after a year, and being what was at the time his New 52 debut, is a story worthy of being an event and it's worth tying the family books into it. Especially when that story is largely about The Joker going after the family to get at batman (hence the title: death of the family).
But because there's different titles by different creators in here, it's kind of a mix bag of good and bad. Most of it is good and the bits that stand out are the Robin and Nightwing parts.
But then others bring it down. The opening, taken from Detective Comics, is rather dull. And the Catwoman tie-in doesn't make much sense in both writing snd art.
They've also tried to combine the red hood and teen titans together here, which doesn't eventually work, but it starts off being a little confusing.
But the book is worth reading if you've been enjoying the Snyder run. There's also not much reprinted here from the Batman volume 3 collection (unlike the Joker Endgame hardcover which is mostly made up of Batman volume 7)...more
I read this in singles when it was first published a few years ago, but it's only re-reading it now in a collected format that I appreciate how good iI read this in singles when it was first published a few years ago, but it's only re-reading it now in a collected format that I appreciate how good it is. I mean, I really liked it when it first came out, but when you read it in close to one sitting - it's a fantastic Joker story.
After being gone for a year, The Joker is back and this time he's after the whole Batman family. It works as a good story of Batman with allies because they're the main targets but also as Batman as the loner because he wants to go after The Joker himself because with The Joker it's always personal.
Greg Capullo does a great job of making the Joker looking menacing with the face attached to his face and there's some art by Jock in here which is also good.
This is a high point for Snyder and Capullo and a really good Joker story....more
So last year I read volume 1 of New 52 Aquaman. And I thought it was pretty good. I also said I'd read volume 2 if Comixology ever had it on sale.
WellSo last year I read volume 1 of New 52 Aquaman. And I thought it was pretty good. I also said I'd read volume 2 if Comixology ever had it on sale.
Well, guess what? Comixology have it on sale! And like volume 1, volume 2 was also pretty good!
I liked volume 2 a bit more than volume 1, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 3. It's a very visual book and Geoff Johns lets Ivan Reis's art do a lot of the work. Which is cool because Reis's art looks good.
There's also some mythology building here with The Others, who are a superhero team Aquaman used to hang out with before he made better friends and started hanging with The Justice League.
At it's heart though, this is a revenge story. Black Mantra wants revenge of Aquaman for killing his Father, while Aquaman also blames Black Mantra for his fathers death. So classic superheroes with dead parents issues.
I'm also going to probably check out the rest of Geoff Johns Aquaman. Because I quite like it....more
I was pretty prepared to not like this, because of the whole putting Superman and Wonder Woman together for publicity. They first got together over inI was pretty prepared to not like this, because of the whole putting Superman and Wonder Woman together for publicity. They first got together over in Geoff Johns Justice League (I think it was the end of the second arc) and it seemed to come out of nowhere. There was no tension or flirtation between the two in the previous issues of Justice League, which made the coupling seem even more forced.
I also love the current Wonder Woman ongoing, so extra titles with her in just make that book harder to figure out timeline and continuity wise.
But this was pretty good. I think a lot of it is down to it looking amazing. Tony Daniel is a great clear and clean artist. His storytelling is easy to follow and his stuff always looks great. It's also decently written by Soule, who never seems to ponder too much on the two expressing their feelings towards each other, and instead has them going out and hitting stuff.
I think the type of relationship they're trying to push for these two is that they're together more out of respect for each other and because there's few other people they're on a level field with. With Lois and Superman, you could see the passion a little more. This is more Han Solo/Princess Leia in the "I love you/I know".
And then Batman is all "if you two spat, the planet will blow up", which was kinda funny.
Yeah, okay, I guess it was pretty good. I won't be making fun of Aquaman anymore (not that I did that much anyway). This volume really wants me to reaYeah, okay, I guess it was pretty good. I won't be making fun of Aquaman anymore (not that I did that much anyway). This volume really wants me to read volume 2 though, in how it ends and it pretty much just setting up for the next arc, but I don't really want to. I've now read how Geoff Johns has established Aquaman for the New 52 and it's pretty cool, but I still don't care enough about the character to want to read more. Well, not until comiXology have volume 2 on sale, anyway....more
I don't get the negativity some people give this book. Sure, it is a simple 'take everything from the hero to make his life even harder', something thI don't get the negativity some people give this book. Sure, it is a simple 'take everything from the hero to make his life even harder', something that is done all the time in comics, but it's really well executed.
A new villain named Komodo has emerged to make Olivier's life hell. He's tied into his past (Olivier's Dad and The Island are referenced a bit). He's a decent New 52 villain, and is much better than Count Vertigo who is introduced towards the end of the volume.
Sorrentino's art helps give this book a great visual style. It's similar to Jock, and at times goes into a multi-panel mode that's got shades of Aja to it.
But DC and their numbering though. You gotta love them for it. If this had been a Marvel book, it would have relaunched with a new number 1 when Lemire took over. Instead, this fresh new TV inspired take on the character is volume 4. I'm not reading the previous 3 volumes, DC. I'm not THAT interested in Green Arrow....more
When they first announced that Superman and Wonder Woman would become a couple in Justice League, I was surprised. Surprised because it came out of noWhen they first announced that Superman and Wonder Woman would become a couple in Justice League, I was surprised. Surprised because it came out of nowhere. It seemed more like a publicity stunt than anything else. There was no build up to it. No spark or tension. In Justice League, they were too busy fighting each other or fighting Darksied to have time for relationships with each other.
And then they announced a new ongoing series for Superman and Wonder Woman, to explore the relationship between the two characters and have some fun team up stories along the way. And since the solo Wonder Woman series is as good as it is, I thought I'd give another title with her in a shot.
It's a promising first issue. I've never been much of a fan of Tony Daniel, but here he does some majestic flying shots which look pretty, along with some exciting fight scenes. Nothing overly amazing, but it's nice to look at.
But from this series, I need Charles Soule to make me believe why these two are together. If each story is going to be dates getting interrupted by a villain, it's going to get boring. But at the same time, there does need to be action. I'll stick around for a while and give this title a shot....more