Yes, I got the tags correct, as this is a new group of superheroes outside of the DC universe--although many are very, let's say, familiar. Simone attempts to create a town wherein she mixes old school superheroes (often literally old) with those of contemporary mentality and have stories of mystery and excitement. However, the series was canceled and all the plot she was slowly going to build up was either throw at us or thrown out in a single trade's worth. What might have been an interesting take on superheroes and generational gaps quickly became a mess filled with unanswered questions and pointlessness. Sad.
I completely understand how this project got green lit: a bunch of criminals, including some sexy ones, often with rivalries against one another, do America's dirty works internationally (they're just a bunch of villains surely America can't control them), while internal power struggles take place over who has to control of this illegal agency. The problem is the writing is pretty poor. Forget that the fat and tough mastermind, Waller, has become Halley Berry (I guess they were planning a movie from the start) and that Vic Sage is not in the slightest Vic Sage (who in a different time and place was The Question), but the plots are not well thought out or executed and the characters superficial at best or don't ring true at worse. There are a couple of Suicide Squad titles and I don't know where this one falls in chronology, but I suspect it was quickly replaced by the Adam Glass version.
Hickman tends to come up with something really cool and then make me think he forgot to develop it. This story is about humanity fighting a war across time itself against an unknown adversary. Pretty cool, huh? So how come the story is little more than a clever idea devoid of the details and development that would lead it to actually being more than just a clever idea? Then again, maybe it is me, as I never feel time travel is written in any way that I can accept as potentially believable.
I admit I'm disappointed. Batgirl is one of my favorite superheroes, so I was happy to see her return with the all-new all-stupid 52, despite being incredibly disappointed that DC comics went back on their promise to keep Oracle (the crippled version of the genius library and superhero formally known as Batgirl). I was also pleased that this Batgirl does not seem as sexualized as the women in Simone's Birds of Prey comic title. The problem was, quite frankly, the story was not particularly interesting. There are really two villains in it, neither of which I've heard of before and do not believe I will hear of again because they were that boring, and while there is attempt to have Barbara Gordon deal with such issues as relationships (with family, friends, and potential of interest) and being back in the game after so long, I found the writing to be lackluster. Since I usually enjoy Simone's writing I am willing to give this series another look.
Nicky and Jess are two con artists who meet again after three years apart (due to Nicky fearing that being in a relationship with Jess will make him soft). So now the question is will Jess disrupt Nicky's con or--oh, whatever, it's a movie that thrives on twists and not knowing who is telling the truth. It's fine if you have nothing else to do and I wanted to see who was going to play Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (it's Margot Robbie AKA Jess and she is amazing looking (I guess she can act too)).
This is a pretty well-done origin story of how the beautiful, genius, daughter of police Commissioner Gordon goes from being a librarian to being the vigilante Batgirl. It is a little slow at points, and I wasn't thrilled with the villains Killer Moth and Firefly (I'm not saying they did a bad job with these two, just I didn't care that much for them), but the overall effect is quite nice and I'm very impressed that this is the first time I've ever seen a non-sexualized Batgirl (at least compared to every other version I've seen (thank you, Marcos Martin))--and let me tell you she still kicks ass! You don't have to run out right now and read this, but it should be on your to do list. As a librarian, I was a little annoyed that they danced around the issue that a library science degree is necessary for librarians and completely involves information retrieval and evaluation (for some reason the authors seem to feel they had to make her library, as per tradition, but didn't seem to understand what a library degree entails).
I know I said I was going to stop reading this comic about two people from (literally) different worlds that have been at war for generations, yet find each other, fall in love, have a kid, and proceed to be on the run for years from their respective governments who want to kill them. But the comic was in the library, and there are so few words on every page that it would be almost more time-consuming to not read it. Blissfully, some of the problems I've had in the last collection are done (I'm no longer thinking about having an affair, and you're no longer a drug addict, hooray, that was easy) and now they have to deal with new problems such as kidnapping, terrorists/ freedom fighters, and various other not at all subtle metaphors for our time, along with gratuitous sex and nudity. I can't say I enjoyed this comic, it is a pale shadow of its first incarnation, but like I said, it is almost more time-consuming to not read it.
Did you know that Bendis once did interesting and original comics? Seriously, Bendis doesn't focus on the blind vigilante, but the reporter Urich who is trying to find out what caused the mental problems to the son of the villain Leap-Frog (yes, I know!) and how DD might be involved. David Mack has some interesting art but it is very much Bill Sienkiewicz (or Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz for you purists).
The subtitle is not exactly fair, they don't so much to exchange jobs as Etienne teaches a small vineyard owner about comics while making a comic about his experience taking a stab being a wine-maker. This work is quite beautifully drawn, and can be quite interesting--that is if you like wine and know anything about French comics. I, unfortunately, don't really fall into that category, so I didn't truly appreciate the work. I do think of others might enjoy it as a welcome relief from superhero comics.
This collection (mostly written by Paul Dini) was a bit disappointing. Other than the fact that it takes three femme fatales from the Batman series: the cat burglar Catwoman, the man hating plant manipulating Poison Ivy, and the brilliant and at the same time mentally impaired Harley Quinn, and has them attempt to go on the straight and narrow while dealing with leftover problems from their criminal pass, the stories seem to be all over the place as it was more of a collection of various ideas then a thought out series. The art is very much designed to appeal to adolescent fantasies as our three heroes are clearly supermodels (and who can't be told apart aside from hair and costume) and so many of the panels put someone's ass right in our point of view. I'm glad I read the second collections first or I might not want to continue, which is a shame because there were some interesting stories, just not enough of them.
Nika Tensmith is a scientist in the year 3797 attempting to negotiate with aliens who may hold a cure to the rapidly evolving plague that is wiping out humanity. Or is of the year 1921 wherein William Pike is on an archaeological expedition in Latin America attempting to forget about his war experience? This is a rather clever and interestingly done comic that plays with the concept of space and time and is also oddly enough a romance. My problems are that I'm not a huge fan of Lemire's art (or maybe it has something to do with the somewhat muted colors) and while I found the concept quite intriguing I never really felt like the comic went anywhere, more like it was a concept struggling to be a story rather than a fully fleshed out story based on a great idea.
Apparently, this is an award-winning graphic novel. What it won and why I have no idea. The art is very clever and quite skillful, although it may be a little too cutesy for some. The plot, or what there is of one, is about a kid whose girlfriend we never meet (alive that is) has died and now he's sad. So he plays some music that a lot of people really like. There's some other characters but they're largely pointless. And then it ends. Not really sure what to do with it.
Unfortunately, I didn't care for this impressively long book about a young woman, Carla, who moves to Mexico to establish some connection to a largely non-existent part of her heritage. The problem was that with one briefly appearing exception of Carla's little brother, Rod, every single character in this story is a completely immature, moronic, loser. It's really hard to keep reading about a story filled with these idiot wannabe Marxists, writers, DJs, whatever. And it takes 150 of the 250+ pages before a plot really begins and by that time I really don't care what happens next despite how exciting and intense it should be. I also felt that Abel's early use of subtitles for the spanish didn't really work for me, just have it in english and let me know what parts are suppose to be spanish. Sorry, but if I knew anyone like any of these characters I would just ignore them, so don't make me read about them.
I saw this movie years ago, but didn't really remember it, and certainly didn't post about it. It is from the old Batman animated series, so the art style is awesome and distinct although everything looks like it's from the 50s which may turn some people off. Mass murderer and brilliant scientist, Mr. Freeze, needs to revive his ailing wife, and if that means he has to kill innocence to do so, so what? It's up to Batman and Robin to stop him. This is an enjoyable enough Batman adventure, but I do get the feeling you're supposed to forget, at least at times, that Mr. Freeze is a mass murder.
It seems like a very interesting and artistic idea. The comic focuses on one point in space and jumps around through time, from the distant past to the not so distant future. The problem is that the execution is boring as hell. I'm not even going to put a picture of this book on this review because the cover is boring also. It probably took forever to create this book and you can read it in five minutes.
In an attempt to update some old British comic characters, Gibbons tried to breath life into a tale about how a magical belt turns a boy into Thor, and how he uses that power for good. Sadly, while this seems to me to be awesome (a cross between the first Thor comic and Captain Marvel but originating earlier than either), Gibbons makes what should be a kids book far too dark, and has a horrible time with the pacing, plotting, and dialogue. There are a lot of good ideas and fun touches here (gods reenacting their wars as hoodlums, the MacBeth witches, a trio of kids), and none of it hold together well. Perhaps if it unfolded over a longer time than the handful of five issues.
This is why this comic sucks: It's filled with name dropping that means nothing unless you waste your time memorizing the first names of alternative comic artists so you can attempt to figure out who is who; there is no actual plot, just random diary entries; there are no characters, unless you count the parade of superficial hipsters that whine that they have it so good yet seem to do nothing, or Bell herself who is frighteningly unstable (and if she is so unstable how does she actual produce anything?); and there is little information here, mainly recollections of events that are tangential to other--perhaps interesting--events. Ug.
I was sadly disappointed in this comic. The art is wonderful and it seem like a decent set up: an attractive, but uninspired girl meets a shut-in, older, author with writers block and a bizarre secret. Together, they inspire each other. Seems simple enough, but it takes about half the book before the story really starts and it's all leaning to what are supposed to be shocking twists, but none of the characters are good enough to make me really care about them, or bad enough to make me want anything negative to happen to them. Some of the events come out of nowhere (sorry, it is not a twist when there's no basis for an event to take place), and the whole book reads like a pitch idea for what might be a clever movie if any of the characters were actually developed.
This world is a lot like ours, except the laws of physics are more like unenforceable suggestions. The FBP is the government agency designed to investigate and attempt to rectify problems such as quantum tornadoes, random wormholes, time shifts, and the occasional loss of gravity. Agent Adam Hardy is a real ladies man (although I'm uncertain why or how) and is looking for his long lost father; unfortunately for him, so is a criminal multinational corporation. There's more to this story, of course, it took the entire first trade just to set up the world and the main character and introduce the sassy, sexy, sociopathic, female sidekick, but I'm unfortunately not really into it. Maybe in part because of the art by Robbi Rodriguez, whose work is just too elongated and faces too indistinct for me, or maybe, as I said, the fact that it took forever to set up our main story line.
I liked this comic better when it was an episode of The Killing or done by Ed Brubaker; okay, that's not fair, but it does seem very much like a desperate attempt to create a TV pilot done in the style of Brubaker. I'm sure a ton of people will love this comic, but I am not one of them and here's why: this story is about a woman named Dex, who by her own account is a complete and utter loser; she drinks too much, gambles foolishly, can't get into a relationship (doesn't even know her sexual orientation (but that's really just Rucka trying to be sexy)), flirts shamelessly with anyone she wants something from, and does not seem to be particularly good at her job, which is being a private investigator. We are supposed to like her though because of two things: she takes cares of her mentally disabled little brother (although not particularly well as throughout the story there's ample opportunity for the bad guys to use him as a bargaining chip (why they don't is simply beyond me)), and because she is sassy (although I don't think it's sassy so much as absolute stupidity when you mouth off to people who just attempted to murder you and obviously would have no problem trying again or at the very least raping and/or maiming you). The plot itself is that Dex (who lives in the world of The Killing) has to find a missing girl--the subtitle gives some basic information on that, but makes it seem like a joke, which is another problem I have with the comic as it wants to be dark and serious but obviously thinks everything is a joke. You want to write a crime comic? Fine, and I'm happy for it, but have it make sense.