Got some comics read this afternoon, so here are my thoughts on them. I should say flat out that I'm an easy reader. I suspend my disbelief as soon as I start reading and it takes a lot of errors or poor writing to pull me out of a story. If you're looking for critical analysis, you won't find it here. What you will find is what I like and why and what I don't like and why not.
Second story in a continuing arc. Stunning cover by Adam Hughes and nice interior art by Pete Woods. The style's a bit different than the nice pulp look of Darwyn Cooke when the book rebooted, but I like it better than what we've had for a while. Given we haven't gotten the whole story yet, I can't say much for Will Pfeifer's writing. His pacing seems fine and this is obviously designed to keep up continuity with the Bat books, with Hush as the guest villain.
This is part of an intriguing story arc that steps back a bit and almost feels like a filler issue. In this case, that's fine, because the story is a nice character piece that establishes Charlie "Golden Eagle" Parker's true place in the current continuity and gives him a nice connection to Hawkman. Of course, with Hawkman currently dead, that poses problems. I haven't been impressed with the covers for a while, but the interior art by Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose is nice. Charlie as Hawkman looks impossibly muscular at the end, but that's fine by me. Fanboys get their crotch and boobs shots; we fangirls are entitled to rippling muscles. I wouldn't mind some nice butt shots, either.
I'm still loving this book. I started reading it when Hawkman came back from the dead, which brings up a minor problem for me. With DC going for tighter continuity between and among its books, having Carter currently dead in his own book and alive and active in JSA is a bit unsettling. I don't know what the timing is supposed to be. The cover here is stunning. I rarely have not loved a JSA cover. Lopez and Blanco are also maintaining the high quality I've come to expect of the interior art. These characters are drawn to look like real people. Sometimes, they look as if they could walk off the page. Very cool.
The story is also part of a continuing storyline, but with an OMAC Project tie-in plotline and a few other threads from earlier stories all vying for attention, the book has a bit of a disjointed, let's catch up with all these bits of continuity feel to it. While I love the idea of continuity across the titles, that can sometimes hurt individual stories. But since this is a developing story, as a chapter it works well enough and I trust this book to bring things to a satisfying conclusion whenever that comes. Geoff Johns is one of DC's best writers today.
I started reading this book when it rebooted after reading the entire first issue excerpt in Wizard and being blown away by the writing and art. Logan sans spandex became a very real character to me. I had never read much Marvel superhero books, but I knew who the character was. The X-Men movie is where I first came to adore Wolverine as a character and I have to admit, I see him as Hugh Jackman in my mind even now. I wasn't sure I would continue with the book once the new team took over and Logan donned the Wolverine garb again, but one of the managers at the comic book store I shop in told me to give it a try, so I continued buying it and I'm glad I did.
The art isn't as nice as previously, but it's easy enough on the eyes and certainly, easy to follow. The just-concluded 6-part story was furious and fast-paced and full of action, yet had room for the human element. The last few pages showed the toll the battle with Hydra, the dying and brainwashing, had taken on Logan. Nicely done. I'll be sticking around for more.