Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Quick Comic Reviews

Batman/Danger Girl
by Andy Hartnell, Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan
This comic provides everything its title suggests, i.e. Abby Chase and the Danger Girl crew running around Gotham City for some MacGuffin-esque reason while running into Bruce Wayne, Batman, The Joker, Catwoman, etc. It's no deep-meaning work of art, but c-mon: it's Batman/Danger Girl for crying out loud! I've noticed over the past few years that Yu's art has become more and more stylized and that trend continues here, though he still maintains his excellent ability to present an action scene with aplomb. IT all makes for a fun, light-hearted read.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

Youngblood: Imperial #1
by Robert Kirkman & Marat Mychaels
In this issue, poor Doc Rocket is suffering from severe back trauma which causes her to bend over unnatually as she races against time to find a chiropractor to fix her ailments before she is sidelined for good. Okay, that's not actually the plot, just what is suggested by that horrible pose on Rob Liefeld's cover. In fact, Doc Rocket barely appears in this comics at all, just showing up in the crowd shots on a couple of splash panels. The real plot of this book is, um, oh heck, I have no idea. It's all just seems to be pointless fight scenes and random posing. This comic is so poorly written and illustrated that I wonder if the creators are purposely parodying early 90s Image comics. Alas, probably not.
Rating: 1.5 (of 5)

B.P.R.D.: The Dead #2
by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, & Guy Davis
While Abe Sapien confronts his mysterious past in an old New England house, the rest of the B.P.R.D. crew moves into their new headquarters and tries to adjust to their new boss and surroundings. Not a lot actually happens here, but what does occur is tension-filled and moody and so nicely drawn that the slow pace of the plot doesn't bother me much at all. I continue to be along for the ride.
Rating: 3 (of 5)


Jog said...

Regarding "Youngblood Imperial"... to be totally honest the presence of the evil UK comics writer superteam on the final page made me wonder too if the whole thing wasn't supposed to be a big pisstake... but then, Millar's "Youngblood Bloodsport" is doing the same thing better (and even it didn't do it very well).

Gordon said...

You know what's really sad...

at one point, Alan Moore had plans for Youngblood. Plans that were smart and fun before the then-company went under, or Liefeld did something goofy.

Ah, we can dream, can't we...