Just a quick rundown of some things that are recent that I’ve been reading the past few weeks. Maybe you’ll find this helpful if you’re looking to buy some of these new titles.
Shadowland #1 – So now we see what’s going on with the Daredevil after he’s taken a break in the Marvel Universe. First off, he’s got a new costume which looks pretty appropriate and he’s taken of the Hand. The heroes of the Marvel Universe are starting to worry about Matt Murdock’s state of mind as well. In this issue we see Daredevil eventually square off with Bullseye and we see exactly what Murdock is now capable of. The artwork is alright but inconsistent in spots. The problem with the issue is the content seems to go way too fast. For what you pay, you feel like you just got started and it is over. But an interesting but not totally necessary issue. Decent, not a buy for me.
Daredevil #508 – A bit stronger in story than in the first issue of Shadowland and fantastic artwork. Wow, everything is so grim and moody and the artwork of Roberto De Le Torre is right on spot here. I feel that perpetual rain and feeling of something foreboding in the air. Excellent issue as things pick up a bit and we have a few plot twists involved and some questions to be answered. We all know eventually Matt Murdock will pull free of this, but part of me likes him more as this dark vigilante who is maintaining the peace with an unwavering hand. Definite Buy!
Captain America #607 – First, I can’t tell whether the inker or the penciller is being way too lazy on some pages or what. Sometimes Cap looks like he was drawn by an 8 year old and inked in by the same 8 year old. I can’t figure it out. Then some pages are very strong, so I’m not sure I get it. The story was ok as we get more involved with Baron Zemo’s master manipulations. Common fair, get tired of the Nazi stuff after awhile, but whatever. Then we also get a back-up story involving Nomad. This isn’t as strong a follow-up to the story in last issue, but it’s decent fair with good artwork and bright vivid colors. If you’re a fan of the Young Allies, this is a must. Otherwise, it is decent, but not quite there.
The Avengers #3 – At first I wasn’t sure about John Romita as the artist for the Avengers. I take it back, I’m starting to enjoy it. He’s got kind of a sketchy style without being overly detailed and it’s the kind of artwork that’s sometimes missing in comics today. Simple artwork, good crisp colors, with him and Bendis, it feels like a true Avengers comic. The last few years the Avengers have been at the low point in their history and it’s nice to see we can get back to Heroes being Heroes again. I really liked this issue for some reason. It was fun, had a fast paced story and had a lot of good moments and the artwork did a splendid job. If you like the old Avengers, I feel this is a must buy!
The Flash #4 – So far, Geoff Johns is writing a pretty good series here. This book is a bit quicker of a read then I would like. You have a sequence that should only take up 2 pages take up several and it feels like that is probably just so they can have a reveal at the end. That can be a problem now days with the main writers doing several stories every month in different titles. In a way, you can’t blame them for it. However, with the price of comics, I hate these lazy habits. So other than that little rant, a decent story, some facts (or are they?) revealed and the story continues on. Due to the several page gimmick though, we don’t feel like we got very far in the issue and that is disappointing. Buy if you’re a Flash fan, otherwise you can probably skip it.
Young Allies #1 – I’m a sucke r for the newer Nomad and her sad story of being without a world and really, without a home. Gravity is a character that really interests me and seeing just what exactly he is capable of. Firestar has always been a solid character, so a chance at a new fun team title, I figure why not. We see right away that they’re going to be dealing with those nasty Bastards of Evil. A good first arch-team to face-off with. We get an interesting new character in Toro and the now powerless Arana is back. A decent little title with great artwork! In fact, some very excellent artwork that has bright and bold colors and doesn’t feel dark and dreary. Has some very interesting scenes in it and an interesting ending that makes me want to dive into the next one and see how they handle this! Definite buy!