Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rant Reviews--Gotham Gates, Agents with T.H.U.N.D.E.R., Suicide Girls, Superman Takes Action, and a Black Panther.

Today we look at Batman: Gates of Gotham #2, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8, Suicide Girls #3, Action Comics #902, and Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #520. Talk about jumping around thematically.

Batman: Gates of Gotham #2
Scott Snyder writes about the past some more before we jump into the present, and see that something is definetely up with Gotham's families getting landmarks in their honor destroyed, and a cool twist on the title of this comic is revealed. Artist Kyle Higgins also has a style that is very animated-looking and quite neat. The huge "Subway" ad-comic in the middle really ruined the momentum the actual comic had going though. I don't need to read about real-life athletes and race-car drivers fighting Gorilla Grodd thanks to the power of Subway food (really). I won't let that impact my score though.
4 out of 5 stars.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8
Not as awesome as the first arc, we see one of our characters hunting down her mother who is a super-villain. This is all well and good, but with the DC re-launch coming, this comic will be gone until October and I don't know if Nick Spencer will still get to be writing it or what with the exclusivity deal with Marvel he has that had this as an exception. This is an interesting comic focusing on the character of Collen and her parents, but I really want to read about the rest of the team some more and whatnot. Oh well, hopefully things will still be awesome come October. Anyways, this issue also has cool flash-backs about how a hero and villain could fall in love and was enjoyable. I just worry as I really hope this comic stays awesome when it is back.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Suicide Girls #3
As I said in my review of #1 and #2, I was proved wrong by my initial assumption this series would be terrible. I didn't enjoy issue #3 as much as the first two, however, because it started to get confusing with all this stuff about memory-altering and who could be a secret mole and not know it etc. In other words, it got kind of convoluted for what started as a simple comic about attractive women fighting robots and an evil cult. Actually, that isn't so simple, but you get what I mean. David Hahn and Cameron Stewart continue to illustrate everything beautifully with quite pretty drawings of nice-looking characters. This issue seemed to pile on the nudity a bit more with a lot of topless shots but still had enough of a plot and action that it didn't become the cheesecake comic that I was thinking it was going to be when I initially mocked the series before reading it. Anyways, if you like action, robots, and good-looking women you should enjoy this comic, even if the plot has started to get kind of odd, and I'm weird in that a big reason I honestly was reading it was for the plot (Steve Niles helped write it) even though a fair amount of people might just want to ogle the drawings.
3 out of 5 stars.

Action Comics #902
Superman and team fight a Doomsday who is so tough he is called a Doomslayer. Yeah. Then the ship he rides in crashes into earth but everyone makes it so it hits the ocean at a slower speed and use their powers to get rid of a tidal wave. Then more Doomsdays pop out of the ship to destroy the planet. Oh, and before this happens everyone wonders if maybe this is the one time Superman won't be able to save them. Hmmm, Paul Cornell was doing such an amazing job writing when this was about Lex Luthor, but now I'm horribly underwhelmed. I guess its just really hard to write good Superman stories.
2 out of 5 stars.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #520
David Liss wraps up this story about the Black Panther and Kraven facing off in just two issues? Wow, that is some quick story-writing. True, this does link heavily to the first arc with both characters looking for an individual who went missing, but it's still impressive how so much story was jammed into just two issues in this era of decompressed story-telling. It was also fun to see T'Challa's wife AKA Storm of the X-Men show up and offer a helping-hand. This was another fun issue if not as awesome as some of the ones that closed out the first (and most recent) arc. Next issue we get the "American Panther" that has caused so much internet discussion, so that should be quite the fun time.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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