Sunday, September 05, 2004

Quick Reviews

Hawkman; Astro City Special; The 3 Geeks Swimsuit

Hawkman #31
by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ryan Sook & Mick Gray
Never have so many good creators been put on a title that they're unsuited for. Gray & Palmiotti have written some good comics before, notably 21 Down, and Ryan Sook is a talented stylized artist as well. But super-heroes really aren't Gray & Palmiotti's forte, and Sook belongs on a book like The Spectre or a gothic horror title. So while the story is okay, it feels a bit inadequate. It doesn't help that "Fate's Warning" was stretched out at least an issue too long, and ends with a long stretch of exposition. The Atom shows up next issue, so I'll stick around for that, but my days with Hawkman may be numbered.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)

Astro City Special #1
by Kurt Busiek & Brent E. Anderson
This look at the last mission of a retired super-hero has its moments, but it won't go down as one of the great Astro City stories either. Anderson turns in a couple of great two-page spreads--a benefit of the longer page count--and the flashback splash pages are effective as well. But the action bits are disorienting and hard to follow, although given the story I suppose that might have been intentional from Busiek & Anderson. So, a good tale from Astro City, but we've come to expect better.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

The 3 Geeks 48 Page Super-Sized Swimsuit Spectacular!
by Rich Koslowski with Adam Wallenta & Craig Boldman
Four stories (and a few short bonus features and pin-ups) make fun of the concept of comic-book swimsuit issues and the fanboys who drool over them. (A sentiment sure to be appreciated by TangognaT and John.) The first story manages to be a bit clever, but the rest are merely obvious.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)


Jon Silpayamanant said...

Haha! That's great! When was that published?

Dave Carter said...

Fairly recently--with the last month or two.

Jon Silpayamanant said...

hah! That's just TOO hilarious! And almost too coincidental...almost...