Comic Reviews: 8/21/06

Some semi-recent floppies I've read: Green Arrow#65 Green Arrow continues to salvage the destroyed Star City as both mayor and vigilante. I'm enjoying this title's allusions to New Orleans, especially as most media have all but forgotten what happened (although I'm sure we're in for a meaningless week-long "One Year Ago" specials any day now...but I digress). Like Ex Machina, I think this title would be more interesting without the superheroics. I get a much bigger kick out of the putative lefty Oliver Queen throwing around his political weight than I do seeing him shoot trick arrows. Nevertheless, this title continues to hold my interest, even though I keep expecting it to tank at any second.

Firestorm #28 Professor Stein is finally a part of the Firestorm matrix once more. The inner-head discussions between he and Jason are well done. And while the villain of the month continues to be a bit bland, it seems like Moore is finally on track with the story he wanted to tell before Infinite Crisis derailed him for six months. And there's a surprise guest from the earlier Firestorm series who will hopefully become a regular cast member once again. No, not Ronnie.

She-Hulk #10 So all may not be as it seems between the recently married She-Hulk and John Jameson. But they are too busy tracking down naughty reluctant heroes as part of a Civil War tie-in to notice. What's great about this particular tie-in is that a confrontation between She-Hulk and HellCat is resolved in a quite civil way. Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about in the rest of the Marvel Universe. Which sorta seems to be Slott's point. This title continues to be fun while the rest of the Marvel line has it's head up it's ass.

Shadowpact #4 It seems a bit early in the life of a team book to have a solo issue. But this spotlight on Blue Devil was quite heartwarming. On his way to a team meeting, Devil (I know, I know BD was here first...) is waylaid by demons, monsters, and his overly friendly neighbors. And his solution to the problem is quite clever. Just one of the many reasons that I usually enjoy Willingham's stories. And while he continues to deny me his artwork, Scott and Faucher do an excellent job of it in his stead. Hopefully, they are here for the duration.

Deadman #1 The last Bruce Jones story I read was an 8 volume (40-issue) Hulk tale that was a complete mess that lost it's plot and point about 1/2 way through. So I was pretty reluctant to give him another shot. Deadman is a Vertigo-inspired version of the cult DC hero of the same name. I'm not sure that the two versions have anything in common besides the name, which leads me to wonder why this needed to be hyped as the "new Deadman series." Wouldn't a different title have made this it's own book? (I know, I know...sales). This issue finds Brandon in the middle of a plane crash. And as we hop in and out of various points in his life, it becomes clear that he's at the very end of it. It's a pretty good read all told; and the artwork by Watkiss works well for such a dark and remorseful tale. But this is just the opening shot, and it remains to be seen if Jones can turn it into an actual story. For now, I'll be back for the second act.