Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quick Shots: 3-in-1 Comic Book Review

Brave and the Bold #15

Creative Team
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Scott Kolins
Colorist: Rob Schwager

Issue Rating
Story: 9/10
Art: 6/10
Overall: 7.5/10
Issue Developments
With the help of Nightwing and Hawkman, Deadman is able to rescue Green Arrow and defeat Siva Anuttara and his Ghost Assassins at Narda Parbat.

Unlike the last issue, which was nothing more than average, this issue was a well told team. This was a tight and fast paced issue that nicely wraps up this two-part story.

And don't let the title fool you because while this is a team up between Nightwing and Hawkman the real star of this issue is Nightwing. Mark Waid really had a great handle of what makes Nightwing a great character. From Nightwing lie to the JLA, JSA, Titans, and Outsiders at the to get them away from harm to him grabbing Hawkman's anti-gravaty device all showed how competent he can really be when written correctly. It seems that many writers forget that Nightwing is only slightly behind to Batman when it terms of overall skill. I am glad that Waid highlights this and the fact Nightwing is the most trusted leader and strategist in the DC Universe.

I also liked the relationship that Deadman and Nightwing share in this issue since they both come from circus backgrounds. And Deadman punching out Green Arrow in this issue was histerical.

Scott Kolins artwork was nothing spectacular but got the job done. Kolins is a good artist but his art is just not my style.

Overall: This is a must have issue for Nightwing fans and a nice way for Waid to end his run on Brave and the Bold.

Robin #175
Creative Team
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Joe Bennett
Inker: Jack Jadson
Colorist: Guy Major

Issue Rating
Story: 8/10
Art: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Issue Developments
Robin continues to go over Bruce's black casebook to find clues of were Bruce may be and if Bruce has become crazy with his mission as Batman. With some help from Spoiler and training that he received from Nightwing during their year long trip (read "52" for more info) Robin tries to find Batman with some of his contacts (Sgt. Harper from GPD and Penguin). Robin tells Spoiler he is doing all to not only find Bruce but take him down if he has to.

Typically I do not like tie-in issue, especially when they happen in an ongoing title, Robin #175 was actually a good read. Outside of Civil War: Confessions and the recent Final Crisis: Requiem tie-ins usually only a way for comic companies to make a quick buck and don't really add anything to an ongoing storyline. While Robin #175 wasn't anything spectacular I found that it actually added a bit of depth to Morrison's somewhat complex, if not convaluted, Batman RIP.

What is interesting of this issue is how far Tim is willing to go to find Bruce and find out if Bruce has actually crazy. It has become obvious that Tim does not trust Bruce anymore and feels that he is on his own. I think that Spoiler is correct when she said that Tim is acting out of character but by giving some pages of the black casebook to Sgt Harper and bribing Penguin shows how desperate Tim is to find Bruce and that what Bruce is going through is deeper than we thought.

Also anytime a writer can have Dick and Tim together in an issue is a win in my book. I have always thought that Dick and Tim work much better as a team than Bruce and Tim because they have a brotherly bond even before they were both adopted by Bruce. So it was nice to see Fabian knows how close these two are and are able joke around with one another and that Dick is a big brother to Tim willing to always give him advice

Joe Bennett did good had some nice artwork in this issue. While there wasn't anything spectacular Bennett art was consitent.

Overall: This isn't an issue you have to get if your readin Batman RIP but it does add some depth to the role Tim is playing in that storyline.

Uncanny X-men #500
Creative Team
Writers: Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction
Artists: Greg Land and Terry Dodson
Inkers: Jay Leisten and Rachel Dodson
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Issue Rating
Story: 5/10
Art: 5/10
Overall: 5/10

Issue Development
With the X-men now relocating to San Francisco we see them set up their new base and showing the mayor, Angel's new girlfriend, around there nearly completed base. That night the X-men go to a party were the people dress up as one of the X-men from various incarnations when they are attacked by Magneto and his controlled Sentinal. After a big brawl the X-men find out that Magneto does not have his powers back but is using some sort of suit to make people think he has his powers back. Right when the X-men defeat Magneto he makes his escape with the X-men wondering were he is. The next day Scott decides its time to gather all the mutants together by sending a psychic message to all mutants were the new X-base is located.

In a side story we see Pixie and a friend coming out of a Dazzler concert when they are about to be attacked by some gangsters with bats.
I was very disappointed with this issue and found that there really wasn't anything special in this issue especially with this being the 500 issue of Uncanny X-men. This was nothing more than set up for what Brubaker and Fraction future stories.
While Brubaker and Fraction were able to find the right voices for each character in the X-men I thought all the characters were a bit to relax for everything that has happend especially coming of the events of Messiah Complex. Also I would think that Scott would have more common sense than to invite all the mutants to come live at there base like they've done many times before. The X-men have been stabbed in the back enough times that I would think Scoot would act more cautionsly than how he did here.
The battle with Magneto was came out of nowhere and felt to forced. I know that the X-writers have been slowly building up to the return of Magneto but the way Brubaker and Fraction didn't make much sense since it seems that he has return to his "homosuperior" outlook even though he does not have his powers. It is hard for me to believe that Magneto was able to build a suit that was strong enough to take on the whole X-men team. I also found it annoying that Storm used a thunderbolt on Magneto again when they have proven to be useless against him. I would think Storm would use some sort of other attack that would be more affective.
Also I really could care less for Pixie since we only had three pages to see her character. But that does not mean I don't hate her but I just have not been exposed to the character to know were Brubaker and Fraction are taking her character.
Now while I am a fan of Greg Land and Terry Dodson as individual artist I just don't think that there artwork is to different and they do not transition well with one another.
Overall: This issue was nothing more than set up for Brubaker and Fraction's run and I would not recommend getting this issue unless you are an X-men fan.