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Detective Comics #805
Detective Comics #805
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by David Lapham, Kimo Temperance , Art by Ramon Bachs, Nathan Massengill, Zach Howard
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: In the opening story, Batman fights a bunch of clay-like assassins wearing masks. Then he continues attempting to save Cassie Welles from Mr. Freeze. Meanwhile, Detective Ivers discovers his partner isnít everything he thought he was.

In the backup, Batman battles a new Clayface, this one a barely sentient lump of clay that ends up invading the Batcave.

Good Stuff: I suppose the idea of some type of pod people taking over various and sundry people in Gotham is interesting. Also, the Clayface backup is very cute

Not so Good Stuff: Dreary. Just dreary. One gets to the point where the story is so relentlessly grim that you arenít sure why you are bothering to read it. Also, it seems to me that Ramon Bachsí pencils are a little inconsistentóthere are scenes where the same character is drawn with seemingly different facial structures each time around, and his lines are so detailed that the characters seem to run together at times.

I give this book 4/10.


Green Lantern: Rebirth #5(of 6)
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Geoff Johns , Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Prentis Rollins, Mick Gray
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Hal and Kyle fight off Sinestro, then go after Parallax with the other Lanterns, but Batman stops them.

Good Stuff: Iím not a fan of Hal Jordan. Really, Iím not. However, I have to say that he looks really good here.

Itís a good story. I liked the way the story also helps to elevate Kyleís status.

Not so Good Stuff: There were a couple of panels I didnít like, not so much from a storytelling aspect as in I just didnít like the way certain things were drawn, but it was good.

I give this book 9/10.

Green Lantern: Rebirth #5(of 6)

Incredible Hulk #80
Incredible Hulk #80
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Peter David , Art by Lee Weeks, Tom Palmer
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: The Hulk fights Wolverine, while the other castaways seem to be running afoul of something. Suddenly, the Hulk transforms to Banner after Kang the Conqueror shows up and tells both of them that itís just some weird mind game. Wolverine skewers Banner, who comes to in a padded cell. He meets Doc Samson, who tells him that heís been dreaming for quite a long time now.

Good Stuff: Iím not sure where any of this is headedóI only read the early parts of Davidís initial run on Incredible Hulk--but itís very interesting. The fight between Hulk and Wolverine was fun, especially for those people that feel that Wolverine has become a little too powerful over the years. Also, Iím betting the entire plot behind this story will pull everything in place quite well.

Not so Good Stuff: Iím still not sure of the purpose of the flashbacks, and for the moment I feel they are dragging down the story.

I give this book 8/10.


Justice League Unlimited #8
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Adam Beechen , Art by Carlo Barberi, Walden Wong
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: After finding a bomb in the ventilation shafts of the Watchtower, the Question investigates who might have planted it there.

Good Stuff: Justice League Unlimited stumbled out of the gate, but has been picking up speed for a while now. Itís become one of the comics I look most forward to reading regularly. This issue did not disappoint.

One of the things that I have enjoyed about this title is itís willingness to focus on Justice League members who are not the big seven, and this issueís focus on the Question is mostly spot on. I easily buy into his reasons and suspicions, and I enjoy watching his investigation as wellósomething we donít get to see so much anymore in superhero comics. Also, the characterizations of the villains were well done too, particularly Luthorís assertion that if he wanted to plot against the League, heíd make certain they knew it was him.

Not so Good Stuff: Overall I thought it was a pretty good issue.

I give this book 9/10.

Justice League Unlimited #8

Spider-Girl #85
Spider-Girl #85
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Tom DeFalco , Art by Pat Olliffe, Sal Buscema, Scott Koblish, Ron Frenz, Al Williamson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: After breaking out of prison, Funny Face heads to police headquarters to get his puppet. He takes Peter Parker hostage, and itís up to Spider-Girl to save the day. Meanwhile, she wonít tell anyone about Normieís decision to keep the symbiote, and Chris is acting like a jerk at school, and Normie decides to take his role as head of the Osborn Corporation.

Good Stuff: This isóas usualójust some good old-fashioned fun. Spider-Girl is an excellent comic book in general, and specifically for younger female readers.

One of the things I like about this title is that things arenít easy for May Parker, but they arenít horrible either. I think itís great that she does have two parents, that thereís been no need to darken her world by killing either of them, that she has friends, and that the comic can deal with real issues without becoming preachy or treacly in doing so. Itís also very accessibleóyou can pretty much jump in whenever and get a decent idea of what is going on.

In terms of this particular issue (great cover, by the way), I really enjoyed watching Peter watch his daughter fight and realize that she didnít need help, as well as the fight itself, which was a lot of fun.

Not so Good Stuff: No particular complaints here. Just a good fun comic.

I give this book 10/10.


Ultimate Fantastic Four #17
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Warren Ellis , Art by Adam Kubert, Scott Hanna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: Ben discovers he isnít affected by the acidic air in the Negative Zone and proceeds to rip a new hole in Nihil. Meanwhile, Reed is able to make his own adjustments. The four escape the negative zone, pursued by Nihilís forces.

Good Stuff: Oh yeah, now this was fun. Anyone who likes the Thing will love this issue, as Ben pretty much plows through an entire army as he and Reed fight their way back to the ship. Particularly funny was Reedís explanation of the plasma weapon. Also, the art did a good job of conveying the idea of a threat and a chase. Nice job.

Not so Good Stuff: This is still padded out too much. It should have been maybe four issues instead of six.

I give this book 9/10.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #17


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