Comic Book Reviews – Josh’s Haul 6/19/2013

Animal Man #21
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Steve Pugh & Francis Portela

Animal Man is a book I started reading at the beginning of the new 52 out of curiosity. It has turned into a must read every single month. Lemire has done a great job on this story since the end of rot world. We see buddy still dealing with the death of his son, and you really get more of a sense of the pain he feels. We also see Maxine really grow more as a character. I was not the biggest fan of her in rot world but after this issue I have a ton of new respect for her character. I am glad we got to see Buddy in costume, and Maxine’s costume was fantastic.

The artwork in this issue was really well done, I always enjoy when we get to go into the “red” because you never know what you are going to see. The plot might be moving a bit slower then it did with rot world but I am okay with this and allowing our character to deal with the aftermath of that while still moving the next story forward. This is a “horror” series and it does a good job with that, but this issue was a bit more comical to an extent. There was a lot of “Twitter” like feeds in the issue talking about Buddy and the up coming awards show for the movie. I thought this was awesome and it was fun to read a lot of the the public has to say about it. It gives you a real sense of what a lot of “famous” people probably deal with.

Overall, I like the direction this book is headed and Maxine seems to really be headed for an interesting story!

Review Score: 6 (out of 7)

Green Lantern New Guardians #21

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Bradley Walker & Andrew Hennessy

This might be the best issue we have gotten so far from the post Geoff Johns Green Lantern Universe. First off, the art is this issue was perfect. Since Green Lantern 20, I feel like the art just hasn’t been that beautiful iconic Green Lantern art with the awesome colors, but New Guardians #21 looks fantastic. Kyle’s mask looks great, the space sharks are awesome, and the colors pop.

This issue we get to see Kyle have more personality then he has had in several issues plus we get to see more the these new guardians. The revel at the end I will admit I did not see coming, but it would have been nice to maybe take another issue to explore what this was before the reveal happened. One other issue I have is we have seen Kyle as the white lantern for several issues now I would like this explained a bit more as in what kind of powers he has and what he can do.

Overall, the art was beautiful and this was the best story since Green Lantern #20, could use a few other details explained but fun none the less.

Review Score: 5 (out of 7)

Superior Spider-Man #12

Writer: Dan Slott
Cover Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli

This story continues to get more and more interesting regarding the prison and the feelings that J. Jonah Jameson feels. I still will say that I miss Peter and the more and more I see Otto here the more you see him as he true villain self. The conversation between “Otto” and Jameson and how they should deal with the situation was handled very well and made you realize that this is something Peter would never do.

The art was excellent in this issue as well, I feel like the art this week in more of the haul were really well done! This is making for an interesting story and everything seems to be getting out of Otto’s control at the end of the issue. I think it would be interesting to see him fail which leads to him really questioning his choices and that break down could somehow allow Peter to reappear. I like this storyline but I would also like Peter to come back and see him struggle to put his life back together after Otto destroying it.

Overall, this seems the be the strongest story so far in the Superior Spider-Man, with some questionable choices and interesting dialogue.

Review Score: 5 (out of 7)

Josh Raj

Financial Analyst by day, DC Superhero by night! Fan of all things DC (Batman and Green Lantern). You can find me on Twitter: @joshraj9

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