Ouch. Expensive week for me this week. Lots of good stuff, though!
BATMAN #617: Wow. I was floored by this issue, and in a good way. I take back a lot of the bad things I said about Loeb's writing - he explained away a lot of my complaints about this storyline with this issue. The ending was a shocker, and I'm iffy on how good it is, but I'm now willing to wait and see how this all plays out before getting upset about that last reveal. I gave this issue 4.5 out of 5 - you can read why, and more of my comments over in the talkback thread.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY #2 (Of 3): It was nice to see more of the Bat in this issue, since #1 only had a breif appearance. But overall, it really felt like the writing and art declined in this issue. Some of the dialogue was just plain bad - Batman often sounded like a bad b_movie character ("Look, Lady!" to Wonder Woman, and "Why I oughtta" - I was expecting him to finish with a "Bang, zoom, to the moon, Diana!" ala The Honeymooners). The first issue had art reminscent of something from a Frank Miller book - this one didn't. It just seemed off. $6.95 was too much to pay for this book, but unfortunately, since I've read the first two issues, I'll probably dish out the $6.95 for the final issue. I'll give this one 2.5 out of 5.
BEWARE THE CREEPER #4 (Of 5): Another great issue. Creeper's antics get larger and more dangerous, resulting a true tradgedy, and the set-up for the final issue is a whopper. Great writing by Jason Hall, and wonderful art by Cliif Chiang. Don't know why more people here aren't reading this. I give this one 5 out of 5. More comments over in the talkback thread.
BORN #2 (Of 4): Part 2 of Punisher's "origin". We get to see more of Frank in action as he deals with enemy snipers and his own men out of control in the jungles of Vietnam. Typical Ennis stuff here, but typical Ennis stuff is always a guilty pleasure to read. Not sure anything in this issue has really given us any unique insight to the character that we didn't already know, but I can't complain too much. I'll give this one 3.5 out of 5.
CATWOMAN #21: Catwoman goes to Keystone City and must help Captain Cold pull off a caper in exchange for some information. A fun read - mostly Catwoman in action. Its interesting to see her side-by-side with a character like Captain Cold, and I like seeing that she's still willing to commit crimes to get what she wants. I'll give this one 4 out of 5. Head over to the talkback thread for more comments (I'm feeling lonely there).
CSI - CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION: THICKER THAN BLOOD: I don't think this show translates well to comic format. Its difficult to get a good artist that can capture the actors' likenesses, and you lose a lot when you go from the moving images of TV (with subtle glances between characters) and the flat medium of the comic page. This one-shot was ok, but nothing spectacular. Some of the dialogue was cheesey, but the story was decent. The art could have been better. I'll give this one 3 out of 5.
EMPIRE #0 & #1 (Of 6): Wow! I'm loving this mini-series! The premise: a supervillian tries to take over the world, and succeeds. Now the question is: what does he do with it? Surrounded by people he can't trust, tiring of the responsibilities, and trying to shield a daughter who isn't aware that her father is the "bad guy", we're given a fascinating story with unique characters and really no boundaries on what the characters can do. Sometimes incredibly violent, and with some sexually explicit scenes, this book is definitely for "mature" readers. Issue #0 reprints the original two issues that were published under another company, and issue #1 picks up where those left off. I really, really hope this gets made into a regualr series to further explore the world Waid has created, or at least gets a number of mini-series in the future. I give this one 5 out of 5.
GI JOE FRONTLINE #10: The conclusion to the Zanya "origin" story. We see Zanya's first talk with her father Zartan, some more of her troubled past, and how she finally gets accepted into the Dreadnoks. An ok issue, but it really felt sort of unnecessary to make this a separate story in and of itself - I knew most of this already from what's been revealed in previous issues, and I didn't need to see it all spelled out. I'll give this one 2.5 out of 5.
HELLBLAZER #186: John takes a walk in the Dream World in the hopes of meeting up with the ghosts of Aboriginals to get some info about the Shadow Dog. Of course, things never go as planned, and John has to deal with an unexpected situation. An ok issue, but nothing jaw-dropping or terribly exciting. I'll give it 3 out of 5.
MARVEL MUST HAVES: ULTIMATES #1-3
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VOL 2 #5: Everyone's after the confused Man-At-Arms - who wil he believe: Skeletor or He-man? Or neither?? Not a whole lot new happens in this issue. It almost felt unnecessary, though I understand why the writers did this - they need to get the characters to a certain point, story-wise. Unfortuantely, it wasn't all that interesting. Hopefully the next issue will keep me more entertained. I'll give this one 3.5 out of 5.
RED #1: The new director of the CIA decides ex-CIA agent Paul Moses knows too much and should be executed, and send a team after him. But Moses is more than they prepared for, and things get messy. Warren Ellis writes an interesting start here, and I'm looking forward to just what Moses is going to do now that an attempt on his life has been made. I'll give this one 4 out of 5.
SILVER SURFER #1: Hmmm. Not sure what I think of this one. I like the art, and the story appears to be an interesting new way to approach Silver Surfer. But, it sure as heck moved slowly. I'm willing to give it a few more issues before I make a judgement call on this one. I wish they had kept the original cover, but I do like the image on the cover the issue shipped with.
THOR: VIKINGS #1: I've never been a fan of the character Thor. But, come on, this has got zombie Vikings, and its written by Ennis. How could I not try it out?? And I'm glad I did - its brutal, gorey, violent, harsh, and creepy. This isn't Shakespeare, but its not meant to be. Another "guilty pleasure" issue. I'll be back for the second issue without a doubt. 4 out of 5.
TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 2 #4 (Of 6)
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE OFFICIAL GUIDE #4 (Of 8)
VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE #3
WIZARD COMICS MAGAZINE #0: Two exclusive comics are included in this Wizard Magazine relaunch - a prologue to the upcoming Ultimate Six storyline, and an original Batman story from Loeb and Lee. I had to pick this up for those alone.