Friday, December 30, 2011

DCnU Capsule Reviews, Week 16

This is it, my final set of capsule reviews for the DCnU titles!

All Star Western #4: Hex just can't seem to get out of Gotham; I hope he does soon and we can go back to the one-off westerns that used to be prevalent in his solo title. Moritat does some nice layouts in the underground sequences. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Aquaman #4: I would've hoped for something a bit more interesting for the final confrontation than Big Fight™. The Lovecraftian monster designs by Reis continue to be interesting. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Batman: The Dark Knight #4: This title is just moving along too slowly. And why exactly is Deathstroke here anyway? Rating: 2 (of 5).

Blackhawks #4: I have to admit I'm a bit interested to see where the plto goes next, but not so interested that I'll bother seeking it out. Rating: 2 (of 5).

The Flash #4: Second only to Batwoman in the interesting art area of the New 52. And I like how they kept the suspense of last issue's cliffhanger going well into the issue by focusing on the backstory of the villains. Rating: 3.5 (of 5).

The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men #4: Totally flailing to find a direction. This title needs to straighten up right quick. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Green Lantern: New Guardians #4: The big two-page cliffhanger is the most interesting thing to happen in this title so far. But it doesn't make up for the preceding seventy-eight pages. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

I, Vampire #4: Was this mostly a flashback? It's hard to tell. Despite that, the art by Sorrentino continues to be nice to look at, and Fialkov does a good job with guest star John Contantine. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Justice League Dark #4: Kind of a mess as it jumps around. And yeah, we could do without the beheading (this is a 'T' title?) Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Legion: Secret Origin #3: Still unnecessary, but a good read. And at least Levitz isn't completely just retreading old stories. Rating: 3 (of 5).

The Savage Hawkman #4: What the @#$%! is going on in this book. A complete failure. Of all of the DCnU titles so far, this may be the worst. Rating: 1 (of 5).

Superman #4: Wow, that new Superman outfit just does not work. Bring back the denim! Rating: 3 (of 5).

Teen Titans #4: Booth's art is very detailed, even if his figures are a bit funny and his angles are weird (and he can't seem to follow script directions... Actually it appears to be a sneaky cameo of one of my all-time favorite characters!) I like the repartee between Red Robin and Kid Flash. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Voodoo #4: Tries to explain a few things. But that scene with the computer jockey? Lazy and stupid. Rating: 2 (of 5).

Ratings compared to the third issues: 3 improved; 8 stayed the same; 3 were worse. 

And that's it! I'll have a New 52 wrap-up sometime in the next week or so.

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