Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 08/24/05
week we look through the upcoming releases to offer our two
cents as to what's hot and what's not. You can agree with
us or not, but spend your money wisely.
brought to you by Brian's Books of Santa
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artist: Alex Maleev
This time we
mean it. A classic run is coming to a close. True to form,
Bendis and Maleev build it to a slow boil.
After a brief
but powerful detour into the supernatural with "Decalogue,"
Bendis returns to the realistic crime drama that brought
him to fame in the first place. Violence happens around
the main players, but that's not his focus. Instead, this
is about the lives of Bendis' cast, and the consequences
of the violence that has surrounded them from the beginning.
Tense and uneasy,
Ben Urich is believably a writer ready to get out of the
game. For two pages, he unloads his life to the reader as
he prepares to enter Leavenworth Prison. Not for his crimes,
but to visit.
teams have as strong a grip on silence as Bendis and Maleev.
The third page radiates shock from Urich without saying
a thing; even if you aren't shocked by what he sees, the
tone is just perfect. Then the book shifts over to Daredevil
stopping a heist.
that heist is the only action this issue, and it serves
Bendis' overall purpose quite well, the book just tears
This feels like
the grim and gritty Daredevil movie we will never get to
see. Maleev keeps the physical impossibilities of the superhero
to a minimum, and Bendis writes accordingly. For 21 pages
or so, this feels real.
run wild in the streets. No demons try to tempt Matt Murdock,
except as always his inner ones. Instead, it's just consequences
to things set in motion years ago.
As Bendis promised,
he's also honoring a time-honored tradition in comics. If
this arc plays out as I think it will, the new creative
team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark will have one heck
of a challenge getting Daredevil out of trouble.
For them it's
a challenge. For us, it's just good comics.
Four #530: Oh, I still miss Mark Waid, grateful for
having made me care about the Fantastic Four for the first
time since I was a kid. But J. Michael Straczynski has kept
me hooked, at least until such time as he reveals that Franklin
is actually Namor's child from when he slipped Sue an Atlantean
roofie. While this issue doesn't exactly turn the FF's origin
on its ear, it does add a richness to it that doesn't
actually sully the work done before. See? He can
#1: When I say this is an ugly book, I mean that as
a compliment. Jack Cross does ugly things. Some might say
he does necessary things. Warren Ellis might say just buy
this book because it's doing something different, and even
if you don't agree with what's going on, it's at least trying
to say something.
Hellblazer #211: There's one panel in this issue that
so perfectly encapsulates John Constantine that I want to
have it turned into a beautiful sculpture that I can raise
up in glory. Then smash down on the head of whoever cast
#2: Truly the most fun story I read this week, catering
to old-time fanboys while keeping new readers interested.
It's the second part of a story that will have a heck of
a lot to do with the upcoming Crisis, and if I were
you, I'd walk into Brian's Books or, if you're in L.A.,
Earth-2 Comics and ask for Grant Morrison's Animal Man
trades and the JSA arc where they faced Per Degaton.
Geoff Johns has been planting seeds for a while, and as
he did in Green Lantern: Rebirth, he's masterfully
tightening up continuity loopholes.
#2 This is unabashedly stupid. BUT...it doesn't pretend
to be anything more than a toy tie-in to get the kids interested,
and it brings back a magnificent Marvel guest-star that
actually made his (its?) debut in the pages of Marvel's
Godzilla: King of the Monsters. For pulling such
a geek move, I'd say give it a look.
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