User Reviews Get Someone Else to Rake Leaves

We do our best to cover all the comics we can on the podcast, but there are gaps, and opposing opinions.  Here are some.

 



USPUNX stuck with Air #3, where I jumped ship. According to this review, I MADE THE RIGHT CALL! 

Story: 1 / Art: 3

When I first saw a preview of this book in the back of all the Vertigo books a few months ago I was immediately interested. The story seemed fresh, the characters interesting, and I have always been a fan of fantasy stories set in the real world, like Fables. While the first issue was great the series has nose dived since then. Issue 2 was pretty boring and this one has convinced me to drop the book altogether.

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hakaider is quite pleased with Grant Morrison’s Doctor Who #1. If I knew anything about Doctor Who, I would totally say something clever here. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

While I’m pretty sure that these are collections of Morrison’s work on Doctor Who from back in the 80s, you’d never be able to tell if you’re a hardcore Doctor Who fan. That’s the only possible downside to the book. If you’re only a fan of new Who, this book is going to play with your head a little bit because it takes the original characters and just runs with them.

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Mart writes one hell of an impassioned plea to appreciate the quality of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1, by James Robinson. Hope you didn’t miss it. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

I was wary, as I began this book. I’ve seen too many comics in which Jimmy is presented as a clod, but here Robinson gives us the best Jimmy in years, one true to Olsen at his best. He’s a young man not entirely sure he’s worthy of playing with the big boys at The Daily Planet but once he smells a story, his instincts take over and he’s like a dog with a bone in his pursuit of truth. The narration rings true, with Jimmy coming across as a smart, likable fella well deserving of his own book, or at least the occasional special. The dialogue’s snappy too, with a scene between Jimmy and the mayor of Warpath a real sizzler.

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ultimatehoratio
comes to a stunning personal truth in his review of Uncanny X-Men #503. It’s all about acceptance. 

Story: 3 / Art: 4

The art in this issue is good. Actually, it’s damn good. I can’t see anything at all wrong with it. The Greg Land hate seems to have taken on a life of its own and its come to the point where I roll my eyes whenever someone even brings it up. While there is merit to the criticisms, its way overblown. Greg Land is a good comic artist, occasional porno face or not.

 


 

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Comments

  1. I still don’t like Land — tracing issues aside, his faces look so plasticky and expressionless that they interfere with the story.  But I admit that issue of Uncanny was pretty, for the most part.  And I like the colors, so that’s something.

    And I might actually pick up that Jimmy Olsen book, as I’m considering getting on board the Superman books for the crossover — and that one sounds cool.

  2. Too much smiling in Land’s books….it’s like Ned Flanders is drawing the comics now…

  3. I agree wholeheartedly with Mart’s impressions of the Jimmy Olsen Special.  It was damn good.  And his review was damn good as well.

  4. @TNC– I highly doubt Ned Flanders would be lightboxing porn…

  5. @Tork: That’s true…..

    Well they have the attitude of Ned Flanders, especially with all of those creepy smiles…

    ‘One of us! One of us!’

  6. To me, Greg Land’s characters look like they tried that lipstick/hairspray combo from the first Batman movie.

  7. SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN was really good.  It felt a lot like old James Robinson.