Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rant-Reviews--2 Marvel Books About Mutants, 2 DC Books With Annoying Subway-Comic Ads, and Screamland

Wolverine: The Best There Is #7 is actually good, Ultimate X #5 finishes setting up the plot only to end with this issue, DC Universe Online Legends #11 had art that didn't make my eyes bleed, Batman and Robin #25 wrapped up things with the Red Hood decently enough, and Screamland #2 seemed to lack the magic of the original mini-series.

Wolverine: The Best There Is #7
Essentially an issue of nothing but dialogue, which after all the excessive gore and violent nonsense in the earlier issues is just fine. I don't get why Beast is hanging with the X-Men seeing as he quit awhile ago, but Cyclops and Emma Frost are written well, and even Dazzler gets some love. Yeah, this was actually pretty good seeing as how Charlie Huston knows how to write people speaking pretty solidly. Juan Jose Ryp continues to impress even if there wasn't much action this issue.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Ultimate X #5
Basically this wraps up what was going to be the first story-arc, putting a team together and establishing what they were going to do...and is pretty pointless seeing as how the series is ending. Unless this group carries over into Ultimate X-Men (I think Wolverine's son is as the new Wolverine at least) I don't see what the point was of any of this. Oddly enough plot elements from this seem to be getting wrapped up in the Ultimate Fallout mini-series if the covers of that are any indication. It's sad because Art Adams turned in some great-looking stuff even if it took 8-month delays at times, and Jeph Loeb actually didn't write horribly on this series. As an individual comic this is fine, but now it really serves no purpose seeing as how the how Ultimate Universe is changing again and this comic's new team is moot.

3 out of 5 stars.

DC Universe Online Legends #11
Wow, the art in this issue actually isn't terrible, and I enjoyed this even if it has one of those annoying multi-page Subway-sandwich ads in the way. Lex Luthor is doing something kind of like his Infinity Inc. in the DC series "52" whilst also discrediting Superman, and may be learning a big secret too that normally wouldn't pop up in the mainstream DC Universe but can happen in this alternate continuity. I had fun, and it helped that things actually looked good.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Batman and Robin #25
Judd Winick wraps up his tale about the Red Hood in a satisfactory way and now we have one issue of this series left before it re-boots. That's really all I've got to say about it. It looked okay and makes Jason Todd seem bearable, so plus marks on that. The stupid Subway ad got on my nerves some more, though. Do we need 8-ish pages of an ad to break up the flow of a comic?
3 out of 5 stars.

Screamland #2
The mini-series of this seemed to know it wanted to be a dark comedy and a satire of Hollywood. This second issue of the new ongoing doesn't know whether it wants to be cute and lighthearted, a dark comedy, or what. It is a satire of Hollywood at least. It just seems to jump around between being light in tone and dark kind of randomly and I really wanted to like it more than I honestly did. Compared to the first issue  this is weaker, the debut seemed to strike a better tone. I'm still excited for this series and think it is just getting its footing, but this issue was purely average.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

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