Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 10/12/04
again, we take a look at some of the books coming out this
week, paying careful attention to one that deserves your
attention and your hard-earned shekels...
brought to you by Brian's Books of Santa
writer: Dan Slott
artists: Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa
being the second part of a storyline, Dan Slott has made
this issue an easy point to jump aboard, and a great illustration
of why this book has been so much fun. However, don't be
fooled by the cover; despite my great hopes, neither Howard
the Duck nor Captain Amazing appear inside.
The better news
is that cover also belies the quality of characterization
within. Though She-Hulk has been a consistently amusing
book, it is not at the expense of the story. No matter what
happens, the stakes are high for Jennifer Walters and her
green-skinned alter ego. Or should it be vice versa?
In what should
be a coup for her legal career, Jennifer has been chosen
to become one of the "magistrati," agents of the Living
Tribunal, traveling the galaxy to settle disputes with a
dose of cosmic justice. Though her Earthly law firm wants
her as Jennifer, the Magistrati want her as She-Hulk, for
reasons that become annoyingly apparent to her.
Though she tries
a few cases that don't require physical action, she really
needed to be recruited to face down the "cosmic deity with
no gaiety," Champion. One of the Elders of the Marvel Universe,
Champion lives to fight - specifically box - and has accidentally
conquered a world where everything is settled by "might
Adam Warlock and his companions have tried to defeat the
Elder, to no avail. In fact, Warlock's efforts lead to his
own death - again. Slott quietly makes fun of all these
characters' conventions without stooping to exaggeration.
Even though it ends up being funny, it doesn't violate any
Part of what
makes this book so fun, however, has consistently been Bobillo's
pencils. He took a couple of issues off, and it just wasn't
as light for some reason. Like Eduardo Risso over on 100
Bullets, Bobillo indulges in true cartooning, wasting
no line work. Everything is exactly as complex or simple
as it needs to be, and his emotional through lines shine.
Matched with inker Sosa, the art stands out with a unique
look. It's neither regular American in its look nor desperately
manga-esque. Schachat has said it here; heck, Bendis has
said it here. This book should be doing a lot better than
it is. Check it out now before it fades away.
Comics #820: Chuck Austen delivers a new Silver Banshee,
and again, as the title promises, lots of action. On this
book alone, either Austen really feels compelled to do his
absolute best or accepts his limitations and finally is
just writing to his strengths. Either way, it's turned out
to be not so much compelling as just flat out fun. It's
not the deepest interpretation of Superman you've ever read,
but it's not nearly as boring as others out there.
Greatest Hits #2: Almost as chilling as the first issue,
this continues picking apart the origins and motivations
of the world's greatest assassin. The only thing I don't
quite buy is how, with one of his flashbacks here, he could
be largely anonymous. There's a baseball game incident that
sports fans would never forget.
Machina #5: More politics mixed with superheroism, Brian
K. Vaughn wraps up his first arc in a satisfying manner.
The story has managed to offer intriguing commentary on
all kinds of aspects of metropolitan life, all serving as
the backdrop for a serial killer story - one in which the
title character actually can not use his powers to
solve. If you're waiting for the trade, well, then you'd
darned well better be sure to buy it.
# 30: A brand-new storyline begins this issue, with
Fabletown holding its elections. And if you thought the
real world elections were ugly…
Knights Spider-Man #7: The series has been a little
hit and miss, despite consistently great artwork. But with
this issue, Mark Millar has potentially redefined Venom
in a way that should finally clear up his sales-driven moral
ambivalency, and made him even more of a threat to Spider-Man,
if you can believe it. Don't believe me; check out the comic.
#98: Smack dab in the middle of a huge cross-over, Devin
Grayson manages to keep her eyes on her main plotline. This
book will end with #100, and the writer is taking pains
to make sure you understand why. Quite by accident, I'm
suddenly very interested and concerned for Dick Grayson's
fate, even if the rest of "War Games" largely leaves me
True Brit It's a hardcover priced at $24.95. That might
be daunting to you, but know ye this: John Cleese wrote
it. For Monty Python fans alone, this is a must-have.
The guy wouldn't write a comic book if he didn't have a
story worth telling.
Earth and Let Nothing Grow There Again:
or 4: I don't even care what number it is; it's gone
on TOO LONG.
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