Archive for January, 2013

Batgirl #16 review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

In the past, Barbara Gordon could be described as “exhibiting signs of fatalism and depression.” That’s at least what her doctor told her but now, she is in perhaps worse shape than she was before.

The Joker wants to marry her, and she has no choice. However, she finally decides to fight back until her brother shows up. Barbara quickly takes them all down but is quickly knocked out with some gas by the Joker. He and James, her brother, speak about what’s next for the young girl, and then Barbara wakes up with the many of many laughs with a tray of something.

Gail Simone paints the young Gordon into a corner as her fate is really uncertain at this point. Her characterization of Barbara remains true, and Simone continues to weave the character’s past in with the present.

Ed Benes and Daniel Sampere do a great job of working to produce the art. It is always dynamic, and it looks great with their dynamic depictions of Barbara’s battle for her life.

What remains to be seen is what’s under the tray……

Links:

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/batgirl-16/

http://paperdragonink.com/?p=10141

Threshold #1 review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Threshold is definitely a unique specimen. For any other writer, it would not work but for Keith Giffen, it is no problem at all.

Giffen brings us into the story of Jediah Caula, a disgraced Green Lantern who has been placed in a planetary reality show. His task is to survive while everyone is after him because there is a bounty on his head. He gets spotted, and a young girl helps him. However, he quickly ditches her as he does not want to stick around too long. Next, Caul and Stealth end up together, and have been running possibly for the same reasons as Caula. There is an interesting play between the two, and unfortunately, one of them hasn’t been honest with the other.

And now to Larfleeze. He wants Stargrave, someone he kidnapped, to write a Book of Larfleeze because he is upset the Guardians have a book but he does not. However when he picks up that there might be another Orange Lantern, he bursts out in anger to find out whoever is causing him trouble. But when he returns, he finds he’s been robbed.

Keith Giffen does a fantastic job with this first issue. While I find Caul and Stealth interesting, I think he should focus more on Caula as he’s the more interesting character but I am interested to see how their paths intersect if they do. His writing of Larfleeze is the best part of this issue; he just nails it.

Tom Raney does a good job drawing the Caula/Caul/Stealth story. His knack for sci-fi is evident, and he keeps the pace of the story going nicely. Scott Kolins does a great job as well. His Larfleeze is as crazy as any previous incarnation, and does not let up.

This book has potential to stay, and I hope it does.

Links:

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/threshold-1/

http://paperdragonink.com/?p=10143

UDM vets program draws recognition from first lady – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

UDM vets program draws recognition from first lady – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

Pro-life group’s baby shower to benefit pregnancy center Friday – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Pro-life group’s baby shower to benefit pregnancy center Friday – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

‘Lincoln’ worthy of high Oscar praise – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

'Lincoln' worthy of high Oscar praise – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

Like country, UDM divided over ‘fiscal cliff’ – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Like country, UDM divided over 'fiscal cliff' – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

Mayor impresses in UDM visit – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Mayor impresses in UDM visit – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

Phantom Stranger #4 review

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

In the midst of trying on clothes with his wife Elena, the Phantom Stranger or Philip as he’s become known is living an ordinary life. However, when he enters into his dressing room, he is pulled into another dimension…. one home to Justice League Dark.

Constantine has dragged the Stranger back to discuss joining forces together. However, the Stranger first thinks it is Constantine joining his side in the coming Trinity War. What next transpires are bouts of angers between the two men, and the realization of the shadowy Stranger that Constantine holds something dear and near to his heart. Regardless, the Stranger departs, and returns to find his actions have consequences.

Dan DiDio and new co-writer JM DeMatteis do a great job of continuing the story and series along. DeMatteis creates longer scenes, and adds a bit more depth to them but this is still DiDio’s book. Regardless, the narrative is continuing along nicely.

Brad Anderson, Philip Tan and now Rob Hunter do excellent work. Anderson’s pencils are great but Tan and Hunter’s inks really amplify the effect it has on the reader.

In its complete finish, the book continues to be a sight to behold.

Links:

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/phantom-stranger-4/

http://paperdragonink.com/?p=10070

Detective Comics #16 review

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Things are heating up in Detective Comics. Oglivy aka Emperor Penguin is setting off incidents, made to look like they were caused by the Joker since the man who laughs has returned causing chaos within the Bat-family as of late. However, there is something more sinister coming about.

Bruce is investigating the deadly Joker-inspired League of Smiles. He is investigating a number of deaths that have been caused by this so-called group. However within the group, led by a supposed sick doctor with a clown nose, one of them is not comfortable. Rodney the Torch, the newest join-up, does not want to harm the victims at a local youth center, and admits to letting them go upon confrontation by Batman. It is really a true story of what’s happening with today’s youth falling into crime and gangs because of the need to fit it, and is really delicately written. Meanwhile, the MerryMaker awaits in the shadows…..

Writer John Layman does excellent work here. This is the best issue in his run on the series thus far, and he does a good job of making this issue fit in within the “Death of the Family” event but not making it a full-out Joker story. I love the League of Smiles especially since it makes me think of a Jokerized version of the League of Shadows (or Assassins) from the Nolan Batman films. Alongside that, I love the smaller story with Rodney the Torch, and I am left wondering who the MerryMaker is. It reminds me a lot of Morrison’s Oberon Sexton character from his first volume on Batman and Robin. The revelation is something I am definitely looking forward to.

What can I say about Jason Fabok? He has been deserving of an ongoing series since he began drawing variant covers for DC. His art has so much dynamism and uniqueness to it that it makes you appreciate the time you spend reading the comic. Alongside his designs, the way he moves to panels along are brilliant, and really bring you into the story. My favorite part is Batman on a jetpack…. that is so awesome and quite reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns and David Finch’s work on Batman: The Dark Knight. Alongside that, his skull work is quite great and reminiscent of Ivan Reis’ work on Blackest Night.

One sure thing to say about this dynamic duo is that there is more greatness to come.

Links:

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/detective-comics-16/

http://paperdragonink.com/?p=10077