Saturday, September 11, 2004

Quick Reviews

Ultimate X-Men; JSA; The Pulse; Powers

Ultimate X-Men #51
by Brian K. Vaughan, Andy Kubert, Danny Miki & John Dell
Vaughan continues to move the plot along, pausing for some character moments (at this point, hasn't Storm snogged just about every guy on the team?), and Kubert of course draws some great action sequences. The Von Struckers' plans for economic dominance is an interesting approach, but then why do they have to go to the huge cliché of kidnapping Rogue to convince her to join them? This is good, solid, straight down the middle super-hero comics, although we know that Vaughan is capable of more.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

JSA #65
by Geoff Johns, Don Kramer & Keith Champagne
What a find Don Kramer was--he came out of nowhere to do the Dr. Fate mini and then thankfully moved on to the main JSA title. I must admit, I was totally geeked by the one-panel appearance of Per Degaton, one of my all-time favorite time-traveling villains. True, there's a lot of backstory involved that may leave newer readers scratching their heads, but frankly I'm glad that there's still room in the marketplace for a continuity-heavy title like this for long-time fans such as myself.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

The Pulse #5
by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley & Scott Hanna
Had this arc not ended in the way that it inevitably does, I would have been disappointed. It's about time, don't you think? The series started a bit slow, but like a good thriller picked up speed and we get slam-bam action that doesn't seem the least bit gratuitous. And Bendis's take on J. Jonah Jameson as a hard-nosed newspaper man is just about spot-on perfect. The Pulse just might be the best book that Bendis is currently writing.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

Powers #4
by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming
Like Morrison & Quitely, Bendis & Oeming are masters of sequential art pacing. The first scene with Deena in the basement is dripping with tension, and the scene with Waker searching the appartment is also well done. The interlude inthe supermarket was amusing, I just hope that it ties-in to the story at some point. I'd remiss if I didn't mention the colors by Peter Pantazis, who demonstrates an expert ability to do bright and shiny as well as dim & gritty.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

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