writer: Judd Winick
artists: Dale Eaglesham and Rodney Ramos
nothing else besides Cartoon Network viewer identification,
John Stewart returns to glory as Green Lantern. Actually,
it's been building for a long time, and definitely something
that had been in Winick's mind from the get-go.
Eaglesham and Ramos remember that Stewart has an architectural
background, and we may be lucky enough to see artists take
advantage of it. Already, John's ring constructs have a unique
look without being just power blasts. The only drawback to
the art is an inconsistency of style; at times the team looks
like they're aping the work of Ron Wilson and M.D. Bright,
both good artists, but an unnecessary swipe.
involves him taking on refugee smugglers, making it hard to
fault Kyle for needing to take some time in space. While that
issue seems a bit facile (especially after Kyle running into
the same hatred and disregard for life on an alien world early
in Winick's run), whatever excuse brings new energy to the
Green Lantern book works for me.
it's an old energy, and it's welcome. While we may not have
a full-strength corps left, there are still plenty of GLs
running around this book, and it should shift focus every
now and then. With the imminent cancellation of The Spectre,
maybe even Hal will come back as Dead Lantern.
writers: David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns
artists: Leonard Kirk and Keith Champagne
does the cover promise a classic slugfest, Goyer and Johns
manage to make it make sense in a heroic way. For a change,
two superheroes meet, get to know each other, like
each other and then still have to beat the snot out of each
speaking of Mr. Terrific was usually cause for derision. But
the writers have put the original, Terry Sloane, front and
center here, and proven that the character has a lot of life
in it. (Okay, the costume is still a little goofy.)
Last issue, when the future villain Borax was cited as facing
Sloane, it seemed out of place. It really works, though; it's
nice to see a hero legitimately outwit his enemy.
there are other members of the JSA appearing here, but really,
they all take a backseat. And that's just fine for now.
writer: Devin Grayson
artists: Rick Leonardi and Jesse Delperdang
wake of writer Grayson's first arc, Bludhaven has a major
house-cleaning in the police department. Certainly it's an
event the city sorely needed. Grayson takes the opportunity
to examine the Bat-family's relationship to the law, pointing
out the differences between Batman's and Nightwing's attitude.
It doesn't entirely work.
you see, thinks that now that Dick has exposed the corruption
within the department, he should quit. Never mind that Dick
has also done a pretty good job fighting crime while in a
regular, legal uniform. Never mind also that he might gain
new and valuable insight to the mind of those Batman still
illustrate the split between the two, a new vigilante shows
up in Bludhaven, a latina version of The Tarantula. Utterly
puzzled by which of his supporting cast it could be, Dick
tries to discourage her. (And oh, how intimately Leonardi
and Delperdang depict that discouragement.)
split second, Barbara appears jealous. And then Dick offers
a solution to The Tarantula which makes only a little sense.
The writer's idea here needs to take a few issues to develop,
but it feels rushed, even in a giant-sized issue.
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Steve Dillon
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Cam Kennedy
writes comical, over-the-top violence like Garth Ennis. So
when he turns serious, you'd best pay attention.
week, Ennis demanded attention in two books, from two different
publishers. Both tackle a similar theme, and both work extremely
well in their own ways.
Castle got involved in what is often euphemized as "The Irish
Troubles." Such trouble doesn't have an easy solution; how
do you solve hate? Ennis may have given it a slightly simplistic
answer, but by using The Punisher, it makes us question the
very joy we've taken out of his run on the book.
is still above and beyond the average comic, and in another
situation might have been funny. But the situation is real.
And though we can get a chill from it, The Punisher dare not.
He has to walk away not recognizing the similarity between
the troubles and his own approach to his life. Yes, he kills
mobsters. That's what he does. But he could have had a life.
not to think about it.
latest War Story installment, he teams with Kennedy
to show a dark side of World War II. What few people want
to accept about war is that while everybody seems to
be against it, there are a few people who rather like it.
Unfortunately, they tend to take a lot of good people down
with them. And if you're surprised that Ennis condemns those
who love war, you've missed the overall point of his work.
easy to lose that point amidst the carnage, but in Ennis'
best work, a clear morality lurks beneath. These two books
are among his best, and when held up with Daredevil/Bullseye,
form a trilogy of truly thought-provoking comics. Imagine
that, even with costumes on.