Monday, November 10, 2008

A Few Reviews

Because I haven't posted for a while. Real life issues, including being under the weather for a couple of days. I couldn't concentrate to read much (due to a headache), but here's what I read recently.

Superman Supergirl Maelstrom 1
I'm no fan of the New Gods, but this sounded interesting and SG was in it, so I gave it a try. And I'm trying to reserve judgment and figuring it takes place not long after Kara arrived on Earth because she's so pathetic in this, she makes her behavior/action in her own book, minus the latest issue, seem competent and mature. Nice art (by the wonderful Phil Noto) does not make up for her being tossed around like a rag doll, then pouting like she did in most of her own book so far. I'm getting rather sick of her moping. But in hopes this book has something greater in mind and because I usually like Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's work, I'm gonna get the next issue, too.

Secret Six 3
What a romp this book is. I love love love Catman. So conflicted. So complex. Almost as complicated as the storyline, if not as creepy. This is what Gail Simone excels at, writing quirky, even loony characters. The whole gang and their enemies in this are all in fine form. Gail can never be this over the top with an icon like Wonder Woman, so she can't play to what, in my opinion, is her strength, a mixed bag cast of characters of various moods and temperments. In Wonder Woman, Diana has to be normal, above it all even while interacting with the quirky folks. But in BoP and the new Atom, and moreso here, every character can be quirky. And it makes for a rich, emotional, fun reading experience.

Vixen 2
The art on this by Cafu is just so nice, it almost doesn't matter that there are words, but there are, and the story is showcasing Mari nicely. I'm really enjoying this.

Justice Society of America 20
Awesomeness. The battle of the Power Girls. Such mistrust between JSAs. The secret of Starman's costume. PG learning that you can't go home again because you already have a home only she didn't realize it until it was almost too late. There's so much goodness packed into this wonderful book.

Trinity 23
The weirdness continues. Not the best weekly series, but enjoyable.

Justice League of America 26
This is Vixen's year, I guess. She's featured, and while this issue isn't quite as good as last month's, it still is a lot better than the book has been since Meltzer left. I'm usually a sucker for alternate realities, so this alternate version of the JLA was fun.



  1. Secret Six IS delightful. They're all such a wild,conflicted bunch, and yet I simply love them. I think that you've hit the nail on the head, with Gail Simone.

    Vixen has been more interesting than I expected.

    JSA was fabulous. Although I have to say, that I think Alan is making a big mistake there, at the end. But an understandable one.

    I'm enjoying Trinity in a quiet sort of way.

    JLA has been improving hasn't it? Finally some meat on the bones, plotwise.

  2. It is odd about Gail Simone. I had high hopes for her Wonder Woman, but I'm not enjoying it nearly as much as I enjoyed her run on BoP or her Secret Six.

  3. It's really about time Vixen started receiving decent treatment. Here's hoping it lasts, at least a little!