Sunday, October 23, 2011

DCnU Capsule Reviews, Week 7

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:

Batman #2: Easily the best of the Batman solo titles out of the new 52. Also, it's nice to see some pages in a Batman comic bathed in sunlight, so Kudos to colorist Glapion for nicely rounding out the art team. Rating: 3.5 (of 5).

Birds of Prey #2: Not exactly sure why this title rubs me the wrong way; probably has something to do with characters whose names I recognize but aren't acting like the characters I'm used to. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Blue Beetle #2: The unnecessary retelling of the origin continues. It's still fine, but I want it to move on faster than it is going. Rating: 3 (of 5). 

Captain Atom #2: Young Justice #9 also featured Capt. Atom this week, and was a much better story than this. Some pretty art from Williams though. Rating: 2 (of 5).

Catwoman #2: So at the end they kill off the only interesting character in the book. This is worse than exploitative garbage. It is that, but it is also just bad. Rating: 1.5 (of 5).

DC Universe Presents #2: Part two of the Deadman story continues with the philosophical but isn't quite as dense as the first issue as it adds in some action as well. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Green Lantern Corps #2: This level of graphic violence and dismemberment is simply not appropriate for a Green Lantern comic. Rating: 2 (of 5).

Justice League #2: I like the repartee between Green Lantern and Flash. Plenty of action, though it is mostly heroes fighting each other; that chestnut gets old. Rating: 3 (of 5).

Legion of Super-Heroes #2: The story continues to barrel ahead at full steam. I'm sure that new readers are lost, but I'm not one so I don't care. Bring on the crazy large cast! Rating: 3 (of 5).

Nightwing #2: Dick's weakness for redheads gets him into trouble again. Better than the first issue, both art and story-wise. If only the villain were more interesting... Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Red Hood and the Outlaws #2: Mostly lacking the offensiveness of the first issue, but fails to make me care about the happenings at all. Rating: 2 (of 5).

Supergirl #2: A slightly longer read than the first issue, but still way too much fisticuffs. Good to see that Superman is asking the same questions about Kara's power levels as the rest of us. Rating: 2.5 (of 5).

Wonder Woman #2: Such a dark approach shouldn't work for Wonder Woman, but Azzarello and Chiang make it work, even with a dark and mysterious Paradise Island. Rating: 3.5 (of 5).

Ratings compared to the first issues: 3 improved; 8 stayed the same; 2 were worse.

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