Comic Maven's Archives Update 9
Here are the articles I reprinted this week:
"Exposition unfortunately abounds in this average issue with some terrible artwork and a bunch of characters that either rarely have lines or just snarl hateful comebacks."
"Even after a battle to the death with Galaxus copyright Peraxxus, the JLI can not afford to take a minor break in Justice League International #6, the epilogue to the series first story arc Signal Masters. The issue proves not to be the standard epilogue issue with a lot of twists, but the numerous conversations going on combined with out-of-no-where death threats, this issue of JLI does not feel coherent but does feel like a solid bookend to a mediocre first arc."
"Six of the "New 52" titles (52 titles re-launched recently last year by DC Comics for the benefit of new readers) will be cancelled to make room for six new series. I was very disappointed when I heard about the cancellation of two of my pull titles: Static Shock and Blackhawks."
Comic Maven's Archives Update 8
Happy day late Valentine's day everyone!
Here are the articles I added this week, including a special Valentine's day one:
"Justice League International continues to be boring in their latest installment. The storyline has progressively moved forward, but after suffering through the paper-thin plot the storyline has long overstayed it’s welcome, if it was ever welcome at all. The characters on the JLI continue to be interesting, and the artwork goes from stiff to good, but none of these elements become as great as they should be."
"We have an abrupt, but action-packed start to this vastly superior issue of Static Shock #4. After a boring third issue with villains barely piquing any reader's interest, this issue of Static introduces a slew of new and interesting villains, moves the story forward in a thrilling new direction and makes previously interesting villains all the more entertaining. There are still some problems in the action sequences and artwork, but Static Shock is back to being great, if not the fun, super-charged series it can be."
"Why did I bother holding out hope that Rob Liefeld, a man known for terrible artwork and storylines plaguing the 90s', would have any success when he took over both story and art for this title? This may be one of the most poorly written New 52 titles I have ever read, and I suffered through the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws with Starfire acting about as virginal as Pamela Anderson."
"Batgirl and Klarion make an amusing pair in this Valentine's Day issue. It's another one-shot story rather than the start of a new story arc. While the art is interesting its far from fantastic, the story is an odd mix of fun and corny. The ending is especially corny, but that's what you'd expect for Valentine's Day!"
I added my somewhat (and hopefully more so in the future) used Disqus page which I've used to comment on previous Entertainment Fuse articles that weren't just my own and hopefully I can use it to add a comment section onto this site...
Here are the articles I posted this week:
"Static's review score and my hopes for the series continue to plummet in this third installment. The previous issues were enjoyable, but this one was hard to get into. Virgil's interactions during his non-super powered life are much more interesting and easier to follow than when he is Static. The action is confusing to follow as well as the story, and the Slate Gang continue to be bland. The issue as a whole was disappointing, but had a share of good qualities that will have me coming back one more time to see if Static can keep his title going."
"As the JLI heads towards the final chapter of "The Signal Men," the story is starting to get an epic feel and the dialogue is sometimes witty, but multiple clichés, and a boring storyline make this issue the weakest yet in the Justice League International series."
Welcome to Arkham Asylum’s padded walls.
I hope you enjoy your time in these halls!
But first I’d better tell you who’s who,
So you can surely survive here too!
I changed up the "Reviews" section so you no longer have to click so much. You can just click on the review of the issue you want instead of searching the entire series - or, if you liked the old format, you can click on the hyperlinked series name to see previews of every review!
I've also been thinking about changing the "You Might Also Like" section to include whatever seems appropriate for the review it's on. It thought it should include the previous issue, the next issue and any news stories that pertain to it, since including up to five articles seems like overkill but there are hyperlinks in the articles already...
Please let me know if you like these changes! I also want to thank everyone on twitter who has been giving me positive comment about my Archive and I'd love to get more feedback about anything you'd like to see or something you think should be fixed! All constructive comments welcome! :)
Here are the articles I've added this week:
"Still giving a great presentation, writer Dan Jurgens and artist Aaron Lopresti continue to make the members of the JLI as enjoyable as they were in the last issue. While still lacking memorable action scenes, the characters are still interesting with only slight, stereotypical problems. The story is shaping up to be an interesting, but not epic sci-fi adventure and the artwork and colors are somewhat unique from the usual New 52 title."
"What do you get when you combine Eisner-nominated artist M.K. Perker (Air, Fables, The Unwritten) and award-winning writer Ken Kristensen (The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist)? An oddity known only asTodd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth and probably the second title I am looking forward to this January (the first spot goes to The End Times of Bram and Ben)."
"If Non-Humans were just a four issue mini-series than I would be extremely disappointed in this issue because there are so many characters and so many stories that can be explored. Thankfully I saw a comment posted by writer Glen Brunswick in which he says he has long term plans for Non-Humans because he can think of so much more to do with this idea. I really hope this comes into fruition because there are a lot of great stories that I can see coming out of the series. Now is this one of those great stories? With the exception of Eden's heel turn and most of Whilce Portacio's artwork, yes."
"Sparks fly in this issue of Catwoman as Selina and her new ally Spark go up against some unprecedented trouble. The relationship between Catwoman and her two main allies is the strongest part of the issue. Their exchanges are the highlight, with little else to glamour about – but that may be just enough to get your money's worth with this issue."
"Before Rob Liefeld takes over the story and artwork of Deathstroke, Kyle Higgins, Eduardo Pansica and Art Thibert give us their last Deathstroke issue together."
"After having my favorite childhood cartoon ruined for me in Batman Beyond #1, I was very skeptical of how Static Shock, one of my other favorite childhood cartoons, would fare. Unsurprisingly, it is not the best of the New 52, but is a great start to Static's story with a promising new plot, a surprising appearance from an older character and decent artwork."
"Static's back in his second issue and is just as much fun as he was in the first with even better action scenes, but a few more problems that could negatively effect how popular the title could become. If you are tired of the depressing storylines in Batman or just need a breather and a more light-hearted series, this is a great one, even if it is hard for new readers to follow."
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