dovka comic overview week :: 11-01-07
Two Covers of the Week ::
Cover by Jo Chen
Runaways, even though I resigned to collect the series in trade, has constantly been a fantastic book from Brian K. Vaughan (who also kicks ass with Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Dr. Strange: Oath. Amongst other things) which is now a shame as he is leaving the book hopefully Joss Whedon can continue the good work. One constantly good thing about the book is the covers from Jo Chen (and it's great that she is continuing on with Joss). I just love the composition on this piece how Jo uses the loop on the staff to completely draw your eye to make eye contact with Nico. Honestly, it grabs you from the other side of the shop not to mention how flawless the pencil and colour work is. Great cover.
Cover by J. G. Jones
I've got a feeling that up to the end of this run this comic will make regular appearances here because the covers are constantly amazing by J. G. Jones. We have here Lobo, after weeks and weeks of pacifism finally breaking loose and beating the holy crap out of Lady Styx's zombie army. It's just a kick-ass Lobo cover which really does feel like a good 90's Lobo cover. Here we see the moment just before impact which according to J. G. Jones is from Frazetta. One of the things he would always say about cover drawing is "never show the moment of impact, say of a sword or axe cleaving a body. Rather, depicts the moment just before or the moment just after the action. This lets the mind's eye fill in the moment of impact." and we see this in action here, just before the arm swings down onto the zombie warriors. The red of Lobo's eyes set off by the smallest bit of blood running out of Lobo's mouth makes it so eye catching too.
Two Comics of the Week
Justice Society of America #2
Written by: Geoff Johns
Artist by: Dale Eaglesham and Ruy Jose
I've said some unfavourable things about Geoff Johns since Infinite Crisis. I think Green Lantern is committing all the sins that previous Hal Jordan series have done showing none of the personal flair that Geoff has shown in the Flash before, I think he is writing a Superman in Action Comics that is so out of touch to what Superman should be in comics, I think Teen Titans has been long winded and ultimately dull. Causing accusations of overwork and burnt out. Apparently he was just saving it all for JSA because this title already is showing the flair, the history, the love for the JSA and for comics in general that made the previous volume of it so popular and one of the best on goings. This added to the wonderful pencils of Dale Eaglesham (I've been a fan since his Green Lantern stuff and he is so much improved that he was then too) just makes this title a must have for comic book fans. It's a shame Alex Ross has resigned himself to drawing "character on black background" for every cover - Dale's alternative covers are so much better.
This issues continues on to introduce the death of the newest Mr. America, an introduction to I'm sure who will be a new Commander Steel (the grandson of the original and the cousin of the JL Detroit Steel), continues on to Wildcat talking to his newly discovered son, a quite stunning return of Hawkman, Maxine gets shown how a superhero gets a costume, a discovered plot killing off Golden Age bloodlines, and a shocking and continuity-woven revelation of the newest and craziest Starman. Which all makes one hell of a good issue.
I love Grant having a son, I love how similar but yet completely different the two are. Grant is always portrayed as the most hardest man on the planet but yet time and time again it is awesome to see times like this when cracks appear and the old man shows he is human after all. I'm hoping Commander Steel doesn't fall into the same trap of "I feel pain in my Steel bones" which made the others such fodder for death but I do trust Geoff not to string out the character to that point. I'm not the biggest fan of Hawkman ever - except under Geoff's pen so I'm happy he is in this book and his entrance was just awesome.
Then the last page "all blown to Kingdom Come" this crazy Starman seem to be the grown up Starman from the Kingdom Come universe - who is the original Thom Kallor from the Legion of Super Heroes. Now explaining why Dawnstar was shown in last issue's previews. Incredibly interesting and just want to read more.
Of course this all drawn by Dale is making the plot figularily pop off the page.
Writers: Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Grant Morrison
Break Downs: Keith Giffen
Artist by: Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
You know if I had started posting these on dovka before the last few weeks then 52 wouldn't be in the top comics every week, but my God at the moment as they are finishing the third part of this story heading into the final part of the series they have really, really risen to the task and 52 has just been awesome. I'm really hoping they can maintain this gear until the end now because if they do it will be maintaining a best comic position in many lists and reviews.
This issue focused on three of the stories this week. Opening is the seemingly culmination of the space opera. Lobo takes Starfire and Animal Man to see Lady Styx and to collect his "bounty". After she insults his manhood and his religion Lobo cuts loose and does what he does best and attacks everything in sight. This has actually been a great story for Lobo - someone I have to say never cared for (even though Lobo vs. The Mask is great fun) but this has given Lobo drive and characterisation that I have never seen from the Main Man. I have to say the Space Opera story has been very strong all the way through 52 where as other stories may have drifted off course. Lady Styx then takes a ride into a Suneater on the Head of Necron (we know this isn't the last of her though because she is showing up in Mystery in Space) I enjoyed Buddy clutching a tattered picture of his family during the fight too really showing his character. This battle all culminates in Buddy "Animal-Man" Baker getting hit by a Necro-Toxin dart and collapses in Starfire's arms. I think his death was written very well - first telling Starfire that she doesn't need to tell his family he loves then - they know. Then telling her that the universe is cheering them all on - that they do love him (Buddy breaking the fourth wall all the way to the end) then he dies asking Starfire to make sure he doesn't come back as a zombie. Though I can't help thinking this isn't the end for Buddy - it would be a waste of a very unique character (the family man side and his powers) and he's far too loved by fans and creators alike. Despite the fact that Buddy has died before - even in his origin he died when he met the yellow aliens.
The other stories is Montoya decides to take "Charlie" Question to Nanda Parbat to try and cure his cancer. Then we meet up with Supernova and Rip Hunter. Who have been hiding out in Kandor. Rip is trying to build a weapon to combat Skeets… who we see at the end is hovering right outside Kandor. I just know that Supernova is Booster Gold now - he faked his own death after learning of Skeet's evilness from Rip Hunters lab (all the way back in week 6) and went undercover to help Rip combat him. But I'll guess we'll see on Wednesday.
Jamal Igle has been one of my favourite artist on 52 and his artwork looks beautiful throughout the issue. Same with the two page backup of the origin of Power Girl drawn by Adam Hughes is wonderful perfect to look at.