Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/27
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Detective Comics #1002 (DC)** – I don’t have much good to say about Tom King’s “Batman,” but right now this book might even be worse. Bard Walker’s art is nice, but Peter Tomasi’s script is so uninspired that the big “villain takes his helmet off to reveal his true identity” cliffhanger is just completely flat.If you don’t care what happens on the first 20-ish pages, you won’t care what happens on the last one, either. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass
Freedom Fighters #5 (DC)** – Thank goodness for Eddy Barrows’ art, because Robert Venditti’s scripting on this book is just lazy as stupid. Uncle Sam is back and he gets in some fights but he’s weak — and the cliffhanger is a re-introduction of a villain introduced earlier in the same issue. It’s like he’s not even trying. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass
Dial H For Hero #2 (DC/Wonder Comics)** – This book’s been fun so far, if nothing amazing. Sam Humphries has a nice handle on his principal characters, if not the premise of the “H Dial” itself, and Joe Quinones elevates the proceedings with his fluid, crisp art that he employs — successfully — to “ape” several different styles. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
Books Of Magic #7 (DV/Vertigo)** – After an uptick for a couple of issues, writer Kat Howard is just going through the motions here again, the whole installment being an extended set-up for re-introducing Titania, Queen of Faerie. Tom Fowler draws her well — hell, he draws everything well — but this was just a paper-thin issue in terms of story. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass
Thanos #1 (Marvel)– Tini Howard and a rejuvenated Ariel Olivetti tell the story of how Thanos met Gamora just in time for Avengers Endgame. Howard switches from POV to POV when writing about the Mad Titan showing doubts about his purpose to court Lady Death while his Butcher Squadron begins to suspect something is up when members of their team end up missing. She and Olivetti also set up a nice rivalry between Thanos and Magus aka Adam Warlock, whose church matches up against Thanos and his army of killers and pirates. It’s the macro-threat while it looks like the series will mainly focus on Thanos and Gamora’s relationship. Ariel Olivetti’s art is a real find in this series as he’s dropped his usual painted style for something looser, yet with the same level of detail on ships and tech. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy
Dick Tracy Forever #1 (IDW)– Writer/artist Michael Oeming is the perfect fit for comic strip hero Dick Tracy with his square jaw, Art Deco cityscapes, and pulpy dialogue.Dick Tracy Forever #1 has three stories (Plus fun activities like an old school comic), two one and dones and one serialized one. The first one is an ode to silent film, especially Chaplin, the second one pays homage to radio serials, and the third one furthers the plot, I guess. But Dick Tracy Forever isn’t a total nostalgia-fest as Oeming satirizes the law and order detective’s inability to stop systemic crime and corruption that can’t be stopped with a right hook, tommy gun, or some space age gadget. Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
War Of the Realms: Uncanny X-men #1(Marvel)- As Malekith has raised cane in the Nine Realms, with adversity at every corner. As he enters the 10th realm, he unfortunately has to deal with what’s left of the X-men. As Cyclops assemble a formidable team to battle Malekith’s army. By issue’s end, what no one saw coming is [redacted]’s entry into the story. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #1 (Marvel)– Being this is the first comic book that I read which is used to promote a theme park, I assumed it would be subpar. I was glad to be wrong, as the book unfolds with Han and Chewie setto go to a certain outpost for a job, one that Chewie already senses as trouble. Soon after they get there, their potential employer seemingly has set them up,as we find out about Han’s aversion to Sarlacs. By issue’s end, Chewie’s predilections are more than true, setting the scene for thr entrance of a character from one of the most hotly debated points of contention in the Star Wars mythology. Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).