Friday, August 20, 2004

Quick Reviews

Demo #9
by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan
This is, I feel, the weakest entry in Demo so far. What we have here is the story of a couple breaking up, interspersed with flashbacks of their relationship. The problem is that these two people were totally unsuited for each other, and most of what we see in the flashbacks are the two of them treating each other like crap. They are a completely unattractive couple relationship-wise, and thus I have no sympathy for the situation of their break-up. On the plus side, Cloonan's art is getting stronger with each issue, although it could only benefit were she to pay more attention to backgrounds.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)

Supreme Power #12
by J. Michael Straczynski, Gary Frank & Jon Sibal
I never quite know how to read stories that are laid out this way: should I read a page at a time, or follow each story as it goes? Thankfully the four stories are rather distinct, so it was easy to read just the top story all the way through, then the second story, etc. After 12 issues, Straczynski seems to finally have all the major players on the board; we are in Supreme Power in much the same place as we were after the first season of Babylon 5. Which should make the ensuing 36 issues quite the ride.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

Daredevil #63 (443)
by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev
Bendis has a reputation of being a 'talky' writer, with lots and lots of talking heads. And while it's to some extent true, I don't think that he gets enough credit for the action sequences. This issue of Daredevil serves as a great example. While there are certainly plenty of talking heads (the long monologue by Black Widow going overboard), one cannot overlook the opening action sequence, which is exciting and crackles. Maleev's art helps enormously, as the brutality of both the sniper fire and the close-range combat is expertly illustrated.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

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