Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rant Reviews--2 Mentally Unstable Heroes, Venom, Supreme Power, and Green Lantern Corps Kills Time

In this reviews batch I've got Moon Knight #3 and Irredeemable #27 for heroes who either aren't quite "all there" or are just completely psychotic,Venom #4, the re-launched Supreme Power #2, and  Green Lantern Corps #61 accomplishing nothing in particular.
Moon Knight #3
This issue is pretty much all dialogue, but Bendis can write good dialogue and Alex Maleev is a great artist regardless of what you have him illustrate, so its all good. Plus, this issue doesn't have the weird element of Moon Knight dressing up like other heroes that I found a bit off-putting in issue #2. A little bit of action would have been welcome, but this was good.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Irredeemable #27
The end of the issue sets up some interesting future conflicts, and this issue explores more of the interesting dichotomy of the Plutonian's arch-nemesis also thinking of the Plutonian as his, "One true love," which is intriguing and creepy because it is a robot and the idea of a robot feeling love is just eerie. More good action, some cool plot developments, what's not to enjoy?
4 out of 5 stars.

Venom #4
Tony Moore returns to illustrate which results in just a great-looking issue, and Rick Remender's slightly off-kilter writing style results in a super-hero comic slightly different than what one would normally expect from a yarn about the character Venom being used as a military weapon. It's kind of darkly funny with an almost self-aware tone running through it with a hint of absurdity, yet also being serious enough to also work as a regular action comic. It's good stuff.
4 out of 5 stars.

Supreme Power #2
The whole thing with Hyperion being found again is a bit coincidental, and the comic itself acknowledges it, but I like the political bits, and the action is pretty good too. This series has been doing a good job bringing back Supreme Power from the dead ever since Howard Chaykin smacked it upside the noggin with a shovel and buried it in the backyard, and that is to the credit of Kyle Higgin's writing skill, but I worry whether having just two more issues will give him enough time to satisfactorily wrap up this story.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Green Lantern Corps #61
We barely get any time exploring John Stewart's feelings about killing a planet or the aftermath of all the big fighting the Green Lanterns did in the event that just wrapped up before this comic. Instead, we get a little lip-service to it and then the story flies off into Stewart training an amateur to be a better lantern before the comic suddenly remembers how Stewart feels all bad about killing Mogo for a dramatic last page of it looking like he's going to cry. This was dull and could have been a story from anytime about John Stewart training a newbie if you cut out the first few pages and the last. Not very good.
2 out of 5 stars.

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