Monday, October 17, 2011

DCnU Capsule Reviews, Week 6

After writing reviews for every single of DC's new #1 issues, I'm slowing down. But here are capsule reviews of last week's books:

Batgirl #2: There's a still a lot going on, but it feels less crowded that the first issue, with most of the heavy exposition out of the way. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Batwoman #2: Everything here was great, from the opening fight scene to the involvement of Chase, who is turning out to be an excellent antogonist/catalyst. At some point I'll probably run out of superlatives to describe this title, but not yet. Rating: 4 (of 5).

Batman and Robin #2: Who is that guy that Bruce confronts at the end? Are we supposed to know and/or care about him? I definitely sense some Tim Sale sneaking into Gleason's art in places (in a good way). Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Deathstroke #2: Normally I'd be a bit miffed if a comic only took three minutes to read; but in this case, it's brevity is pretty much the comic's only redeeming feature. Rating: 1.5 (of 5).

Demon Knights #2: The Kights fight an attack from the air. And robot dragons. And dinosaurs. What more do you want? Rating: 3 (of 5).

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #2: Even more awesome than the first issue, and Ponticelli is drawing the heck out of this. I don't care where this is going, I'm totally on board for the ride. Rating: 4 (of 5).

Green Lantern #2: Sinestro may be a fascist ass, but he does have a point about the way that Jordan uses the ring. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Grifter #2: For a comic with so much action, not a lot actually happened. Good thing that Cafu can draw fairly cinematic action scenes. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Legion Lost #2: We get a bit of the backstory as to how these Legionnaires came to be stranded in our time. Still decent, but I don't see how this will be stretched out for more than eight issues or so... Rating: 3 (of 5).

Mister Terrific #2: Well there goes my Eath-2 theory. Still not digging on Gugliotta's art, but I will admit that the 2-page spread in the 9th dimension looked pretty cool. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Resurrection Man #2: An all-around improvement on the first issue, and a very interesting cliffhanger. Rating: 3 (of 5).

The Shade #1: Good thing I decided to not worry about what is and isn't in the new DCU continuity, because otherwise this would give me a headache. Would ordinarily seem to be too much sex and violence, but Cully Hamner manages to keep everything under control. Rating: 3.5 (of 5).

Suicide Squad #2: Plenty of beheadings and people getting shot in the head; must be a DC book. This is a slight improvement on the first issue, but really there almost no way is could have been worse. (I"ll probably regret saying that...) Rating: 2 (of 5).

Superboy #2: Lost a bit of the charm of the first issue, but not yet a lost cause. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Ratings compared to the first issues: 2 improved; 10 stayed the same; 1 was worse; 1 was new.

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