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Recent Comic Book Reviews: Silver Surfer, She-Hulk, Green Hornet, Justice League, Batman '66

Silver Surfer #5:

I really was somewhat nervous when Issue 4 of Silver Surfer ended with our hero somewhat earthbound. But I shouldn't have been. It's not a matter of Galactus' barrier being put in place, it's just that every life on the planet is in danger and only one person can actually save them.

I appreciated the call back of Hulk and Doctor Strange, the Surfer's former colleagues on the Defenders as was appropriate for such a big threat.

More importantly, Slott made Dawn's continuing roll in the series plausible as we see how the same type of love that makes it hard for Dawn to leave, makes it hard for them to hold her there. Overall, this was a great issue in a wonderful book. Forward to greater adventures ahead.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.0

She-Hulk #3:

Every Marvel hero worth their salt has to battle Doctor Doom every once in a while. It's safe to say that this particular battle is certainly unusual one. Doom's heir Kristoff wants asylum because he fears becoming Doom's heir and puppet. However, Kristoff has been in the country more than a year and for him to have any prayer of getting asylum, Jennifer Walters has to get him to court, but she has to go through Doom's efficient robots to do it.

Overall, I'd rate this comic 3.5 stars. The first flash page was a bit unsettling though somewhat justified by later parts of the story. The story was humorous but not near as funny as the prior issues.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

Indestructible Hulk #20

This issue wrapped up the Inhumanity saga and the 20-issue Indestructible Hulk series with a change of character for Banner. It was similar in some way that experienced by Matt Murdoch in the final issue of Daredevil Volume 3, though not quite as well-realized. The Inhumanity storyline showed the ugliness in Bruce Banner who's frustration with his life as the Hulk wasn't that his having to focus on running away as the Hulk or on curing the Hulk cost the world the advances he could discover but rather that fate had left him second rate. This issue sees him confront the issue, but his realization is short-lived as our attention demanded by the close which sets up the next series.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

Green Hornet #4:

The theme of Waid's Green Hornet in the first three issues has been the ability of power to corrupt. Issue 3 showed how corrupt the Hornet could get and how blind power made Britt Reid. In this issue, the fall begins and it is a stunning occurrence. We don't see who the man who pulls the strings is but we see that he is diabolically clever and Reid isn't prepared for what he's about to go through. I should say the book does it earns 15+ rating with violence that's a bit more extreme than your typical comic book. The book left me very curious what Issue 5 would hold.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Justice League Unlimited #34:

General Zod from the Phantom Zone by Mr. Mxyzptlik and it's up to the Justice League to save Superman. This issue illustrates what every bad issue of JLU did in the most extreme.

The story had lazy continuity with Superman having claimed never having met Zod, despite the fact this occurred in Superman: The Animated Series. It might be too much to expect the writers for JLU to know every comic story published for the DC Animated Universe, but someone editing this should've known the TV shows. They don't and it shows here.

The story is very slow getting going which leads to a very rushed conclusion. This horrific pacing is added to by the fact that Mr. Mxyzptlik is acting totally out of character by spring Zod. In fact, he's only in the story as a plot device.

This is a lazy and boring story that fails to entertain.

Rating: 1.25 out of 5.0

Batman and Robin Adventures #18:

This story finds Joker depressed as all of his criminal efforts seem in vain. However, Harley is determined to cheer him up the only way she knows how: killing Batman.

In many ways, this story seems like a lighter version of Paul Dini's classic, Mad Love. However, this particular story takes a couple different turns. The relationship between Joker and Harley remains center stage and Templeton's writing really captures its disturbing yet hilarious nature. The end is a nice touch too.

Rating: 3.75 out of 4.0

Batman '66 #43:

This issue wasn't quite as good as what came before. Batman and Robin have to talk their way out of the death trap and really there's far too much standing around talking in this issue. Also, I'm very share of writing "whack whack whack" into the Penguin's dialogue as it doesn't quite seem right for a comic book, particularly when he does it so much. The book has some good moments and while the Penguin's actions were predictable, it was still fun to read. Overall, the Widow saves this story though it's not quite as fun as the one that came before it.

Rating 3.0 out of 5.0
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Published on September 28, 2014 18:14 Tags: batman-66, batman-and-robin, green-hornet, hulk, justice-league, she-hulk, silver-surfer

Book Review: Essential Savage She-Hulk Volume 1

Essential Savage She-Hulk, Vol. 1 Essential Savage She-Hulk, Vol. 1 by Stan Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects Issues 1-25 of the Savage She-Hulk. It's argued that the book is truly not "essential." In one way, there's a good argument to be had because these stories aren't "essential" in the way that early Spider-man, Avengers, or Fantastic Four stories are. These are not necessary to understanding anything.

But there's also a case to be made on the other side. Issue 1 is written Stan Lee and She-Hulk was the last hero to be created by Stan Lee for Marvel back in 1979. In addition, during the 1980s, She-Hulk would replace Ben Grimm on the Fantastic Four and then join the Avengers, so her start is important.

I'd also disagree that this is typical comic book fare. Certainly, there's an element of that, but when I compare this to the Spider-woman book that a couple years before, this stands out as far different. For one thing, after Lee and John Bouscema created the original story, She-Hulk had one writer and one penciler for the remainder of the book which is rare. David Anthony Kraft took She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters on a journey as a character that was fascinating. At the beginning of the book, her life is actually pretty good, but then her cousin Bruce Banner gives her a transfusion of his gamma-irradiated blood and her professional and personal life go downhill forcing her to confront issues in her life. Instead, Jennifer submerges herself in the She-hulk identity. It's a fascinating twenty-four issue character arc. At the same time, there's a very strong plot arc that runs through the last half of the book parallel to her character story with some plots (such as her Dad's scheming girlfriend) playing out over most of the book. It's impressive structure you don't see in most comics. Keeping all these character and plot threads working together is very hard but Kraft does a great job pulling it off and making this book seem unlike a collection of disjointed comics and more like a single saga.

Another thing that's striking about this book is how few guest appearances there are. Guest appearances by big players in the Marvel universe were a popular wait to boost numbers. Yet, this book features a scant few: Iron Man, Man-Thing, Man-Wolf, and Michael Morbious are the biggest names you'll find. You won't fin d a ton of citations to other books unlike other series which seemed to be a dumping ground for cast off heroes and villains. Kraft really seemed to want this book to be about She-Hulk and really focus on that charactater.

She-hulk faces her own villains, and her own demons too, wrapping up in a super double sized Issue 25 that resoles both character and plot arcs.

Sometimes the book delves into melodrama and there are some cheesy moments, but this was a well-crafted unified series that makes for some wonderful reading as we get to see the woman who would become one of Marvel's most lasting 1980s innovations.

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Published on March 31, 2015 22:33 Tags: she-hulk

Book Review: She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1

She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 by Dan Slott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book collects the entire twelve-issue 2004 series and the first five issues of the 2005 series.

This book really feels like something I should like: It's going for a light fun feel, it's got She-hulk in it and the art is decent, but I found myself mostly non-plussed. However, most of the storylines are pedestrian and the only guest character that is better than so-so is Andy the Mad Thinker's who writes on a slate. It's not bad, there are some interesting Sci Fi ideas, but nothing that really grabs me. Jokes are hit and miss, and She-hulk isn't particularly likable.

Overall, it just didn't connect for me and seemed like a bit of a missed opportunity.

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Published on October 26, 2019 23:32 Tags: dan-slott, she-hulk

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