Monday, June 20, 2011

Rant Reviews--Wolverine, DC Universe Looks Hideous, X-Factor Reads Well, and Batman Fights An Ex-Robin

Do you ever wonder how the hell people come up with this stuff? I mean, for this edition of Rant-Reviews we have Wolverine #10 with a guy who launches rocks from his feet, DC Universe Online Legends #10 has art that is just monstrous to accompany Superman's powers going wacky from being attacked by a tiny robotic bug. Then, in X-Factor #221 keeps going with the weird supernatural stuff but has cool action to counter-balance it and Batman and Robin #24 has Jason Todd fighting creatures with animal heads and human bodies along with the titular heroes. See what I mean? Comics are weird.

Wolverine #10
Jason Aaron has a good balance of serious and silly with this series. Wolverine is hunting down a group dedicated to his destruction, and the leader has a serious grudge against Wolvie' for killing his Poppa. In the process a man who launches rocks from his feet and a woman dressed in bondage gear appear to fight Logan. See what I mean? This mixture is entertaining too, so I'm happy.
4 out of 5 stars.

DC Universe Online Legends #10
I've said people were being too hard on this series when they called it ugly, but dear God, this is one issue with art no one could love. Hands are out of proportion, faces look oddly-drawn, and it can be hard to tell just what is happening during the action scenes. Oh, how is the story? It's good. After those early issues jumping around between the past and future we have been firmly in the past, but its cool because Lex Luthor's plan to make the world turn against Superman looks like it might actually work. Why? Because this is an alternate-Universe tale so anything goes. That, and from issue #1 we know what happens to Superman. Things don't end well for him. Still, that art is just plain bad.
3 out of 5 stars.

X-Factor #221
Rahne and Shatterstar fight demon-creatures while Layla prepares X-Factor headquarters for the nasty creatures because...well, as anyone who reads this series is aware, she, "Knows stuff." Good action, and we are clearly building to something interesting with that troll fellow calling his mysterious boss we haven't yet seen, but this issue is still pretty much just more pseudo-religious junk with demons and evil creatures that I'm not sure works in a book about mutant detectives. If they were paranormal detectives sure, but right now, I dunno. To Peter David's credit he is even making this work well enough.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Batman and Robin #24
Whoa, the art really switched from the last issue. Normally don't you keep the same person or at least a similar style for an arc? Hm, whatever. In this issue Jason Todd AKA The Red Hood fights some animal-looking people while Batman and Robin join in too. Then everyone has to team up to rescue that girl from the early issues of this series who looks like a creepy doll. To be honest, after the fun last issue this was kind of pedestrian, but I think the next issue will be sort of fun. Consider this the mid-story doldrums that occur sometimes.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

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