Sunday, 2 October 2011

Comic Mini-Reviews September 2011

Hello! Well, DC's universe relaunch is all over now, and while we couldn't get all 52 issues (not enough money), we did get a few - including Justice League, Batgirl, Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash and many more. We've also got a copy of #3 of the new Punisher series - but was it any good?

These are the comics we bought last month ranked from best to worst:

The Great Ones:

1. Aquaman #1

Aquaman #1 is awesome. It's gives you action from the start, makes some pretty funny references to some misconceptions about Aquaman that made him the joke of the superhero world, and also it sets up a quite a creepy enemy for next issue. I can't recommend Aquaman enough...


2. Justice League #1
Justice League #1 is great for anyone first dipping their toe into the DC pool - and is also great for those who have always read DC! The art is great, the writing's good and while there may not be too much in the way of story - remember that this issue and probably the next couple are more about the Justice League forming than anything else. A great read nonetheless.


3. Batgirl #1

Batgirl is another brilliant one. The action is great with a cool fight scene mid-way, but the writing is great too exploring not only Batgirl but her alter-ego Barbara Gordon. The main villain of this issue looks like an interesting character and I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops. I also enjoyed seeing that Batgirl isn't fearless. After being paralysed for a few years she is scared of being shot at, and that makes her an interesting character, and one I intend to follow.


 4. The Punisher #3

This year's Punisher series has been great, and this issue is no exception. There's a gripping fight between The Punisher and the Vulture that blends well with a fast-paced climax. The art is still just as impressive as it was at the beginning, and so is the writing - Brilliant.


5. The Flash

The Flash is a book blessed by a great art style that suits the character perfectly. It has good writing, and a plot that looks to be a very interesting story, even if it verges on nonsensical right now. I recommend The Flash and hope to continue with it next month.


The OK Ones:

6. Batwing #1

Batwing is a decent book that suffers from occasionally bad writing, and a lack of recognition. But these could just be growing pains. Batwing only came into exsistence recently and it has to be hard to build a new character from the ground up. On the plus side the art is great, and the story looks to be quite good - it's worth a chance as this one has potential.


7. Batwoman #1

Batwoman is a promising book with good art, but unfortunately the story is a little too supernatural at times - and there's one important splash page which is difficult to understand which is annoying as it is quite significant. Apart from this though, the story has a lot of potential, and I'm tempted to go back to this book next month.


8. Green Arrow #1

Green Arrow is a good book with a story that looks okay, but its art style makes it difficult to take seriously. This is a shame as the writing is really good. The art isn't exactly bad but it just isn't as good as the likes of Justice League and Aquaman. It doesn't stop this book from being good, but it taints the experience. I'm interested to see where the story goes, but I'm not sure whether it'll make the cut next month.


9. Catwoman

Catwoman has potential to be great, but there seems to be an absence of a strong story in this first issue. There is some good action, and there are parts that hint at an interesting story, but they don't show much in this issue. This is worth a go, but I'm not sure if it's one I can continue with.


The Bad Ones:

10. Supergirl #1

Supergirl is very disappointing. It's great for those who are unfamiliar with DC as it starts at the very beginning of Supergirl's life on Earth. But the majority of this issue is Supergirl fighting with a bunch of robots for not much of a reason. This could have been explained a bit better. Also, while the art is okay, the environments are...well, there's not many - especially during the fight scenes. The writing is okay, but not great and it makes Supergirl an overall boring experience.


11. OMAC

OMAC is just stupid. First you're at Cadmus Industries offices, then OMAC appears with no explanation why he's there, what he's looking for or anything else for that matter. Maybe this is part of OMAC's character, but for a new DC reader this was terrible. The art is ok, but the writing is poor and so is the story - a complete and utter mess.


Those are the mini reviews for this month, be sure to come back next month and feel free to comment below!


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