Recent Comic Reviews 9/26/07

(well, semi-recent anyway) Flash 231: So the old Flash is back, and writer Mark Waid is at the helm again. I'm a big fan of the Flash; I'm not necessarily a big fan of Flash comics. Waid is touted as the writer for Flash, but he was never my favorite, as he made it more of a family-oriented, everyone-has-super-speed kind of book. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't really what I wanted to see. With this re-introduction of Wally West as the Flash, we get another family-oriented tale as Wally and his wife suddenly have grown children (their ages are unclear---10ish?). It's not bad per se, it's just not what I want to read in the Flash. Likewise, there's nothing wrong with the hard-edge, soft-centers artwork by Acuna, but I don't really care for it. I may pick this up in the trade, but for now, I think I'll pass.

Apocalypse Nerd 5 In the aftermath of the nuking of Seattle, the few remaining pockets of hope begin to fail. Unfortunately, as this book becomes darker, Bagge's artwork feels less and less appropriate. Maybe it's unfair to slap a "comedic" label on an artist, but Bagge's largely done it to himself. I'm not certain why he chose this particular topic, but this book is too bleak and taking far too long to come out (once every 6 months?) to get very excited about. The real treat lies in the short backup stories about the Founding Fathers. May I suggest that this subject be Bagge's next project?

Welcome to Tranquility 10 Zombies invade Tranquility. I don't really get the whole zombie craze, but Simone (w) has developed her cast of characters well enough that the premise is not off-putting. While far from my favorite, this title continues to have enough nuggets of entertainment to keep it on the monthly order form. 

Fables 65 Consistently good.

Booster Gold 2 I love the idea of time travel. But most time travel stories involving time travel are either completely ludicrous/illogical or pretty formulaic. Booster Gold is the latter as the title follows the well-worn path of Time Tunnel or Quantum Leap or Sliders (i.e., "I've got to go back in time and correct/prevent a specific event"). Still, as it takes place in the DC Universe, it has lots of potential for revisiting happier times and maybe even for cleaning up some of the broader inconsistencies of the DCU. This issue featured Bosoter using a clever ruse for defeating Sinestro that didn't involve fisticuffs (well, actually it did, but they weren't the ultimate solution). So far, not bad.

Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special A wonderfully cute and unnecessary diversion as the entire DCU celebrates the wedding of a couple who really never needed to settle down. Personally, I could have done without the fight scenes (but really, what superhero wedding is complete without the bad guys crashing it?), but there are enough Easter eggs and great characterization that make it downright fun. Amanda Conner (a) does a great job in showing emotion and pulling off slapstick humor. Unfortunately, the last few pages completely undermine the entire thing as they destroy the good mood of the book and are largely tacked on to set up the new ongoing GA/BC series.

Ex Machina 30 Another competent showing by Vaughn (w) and Harris (a), but this title seems to be treading water (and becoming pretty formulaic). That's not exactly a criticism as I do enjoy it, but it just seems like the book should be heading somewhere.

Jack of Fables 14 An odd issue as we learn that Jack is not really Jack. This book feels like it's back on track after a few months of stinkers. The Brian Bolland covers are a welcome treat as well.

Shadowpact 17 Well it looks like Willingham (w) has turned over the writing chores to Sturges. Frankly, Willingham is the only reason that I picked up this book, as the characters are still not really much of a team and are not really all that compelling on their own. Nevertheless, this issue certainly felt like a typical Shadowpact story (indeed, I suspect that Willingham and Sturges work fairly closely on all their titles), so maybe I'll stick around. 

Justice Society of America 9 Man, I am so sick of these Alex Ross single character covers! This has been going on for over a year on this book. Enough already. The interior is in pretty good shape, although I can't say the storyline is particularly interesting to me. The JSA is about to confront the characters from Kingdom Come, a series that I really didn't think was all that great. Still, Johns (w) turns in a good story (especially with so many supporting characters); and Eaglesham's artwork, although a little clunky, still manages to have a retro feel to it that is just perfect for a superhero team that's been around since the Fifties.