December 29, 2007

Substantz Reviewz

Catwoman #74 : Crime Pays part 3

Writer: Wil Pfeifer
Artist: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez

Ohh, Catwoman's life is all topsy turvy, speaking of recons. Selina no longer has her baby Helena, due to her feeling the stresses of motherhood and costume fighting, giving her up for adoption. I don't like this at all but I'll get to that later. Anywho, Selina finds herself staring down the barrel of a pistol in a bar after being led into a trap by Calculator, and a rookie villain called "The Thief" name is......BWAHAHAHAHA -ahem- She beats his cronies and, escapes. After returning to an abandoned factory and thinking about her former life...(drum roll) And becomes a anti-hero..or villian! She tracks Calculator down and questions him about "The Thief". Calculator reveals how Thief set her up, trying to fill the void by lack of Gotham criminals (all in Salvation Run). Catwoman gets the info she wants and goes after him. She's cut off by Captain Boomerang Jr., Deadshot and,some guy glowing green I'm not familar with. They knock her out and transports her (with more villians) to Hell Planet (Deadshot's there too, HA!)

It's an ok issue with a wrapped up conculsion/intro to a crossover. I've read Salvation Run and while I won't cover it here, it showcases the thinking (plus paranoia) of the DC villians and, it's funny. Pfeifer does a good job for the issue. Lopez's pencils are always okay and once again Hughes' cover is so-so

Story: 2.5/5
Art: 2.5./5
Cover: 3/5

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Exiles #100 : Home Is Where The Heart Is

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: Tom Grummet
Inker: Scott Hanna
Well after the events of the Exiles/New Excalbr crossover Die By The Sword ended. This issue is a series finale for the original Exiles. It a recaps issue in which Claremont OOC's the original exiles (TJ, Blink, Thunderbird) leaving the team. Why is New Exiles starting? So Claremont can write his favorite characters. Anna Raven and Mystiq are still foreign to me even after reading the crossover. Cat Pryde is enoying herself and adds the youth factor to the group. Their really isn't much to this issue just a lead in for New Exiles. The cover is...I don't know WHAT the cover is trying to show
Story: 1.5/5
Art: 2.5/5
Cover: 2/5

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Amazing Spider-Man #545 : One More Day part 4
Writer: J. Micheal Straczysnki & Joe Quesada
Artist: Joe Quesada
Inker: Danny Miki

Well, here it is the conclusion of One More Day and with obivous bias, this was horrible, it starts off from SSM #24 with Peter and MJ contenplating Mephisto's offer to save Aunt May's life. She should have stayed dead since ASM #400, her death worked, gave her the proper sendoff and made Peter move on. Peter and MJ deliberate when said-devil pops in, claiming time's up for May. MJ says she wants Peter's ID secret and offers Mephisto something. Mephisto showcases the lady in red and Peter and MJ potenial child (now erased) Then continuity is F******. Peter wakes up in his Aunt old home and heads off to party..on his bike. He runs into Flash & co. while seeing MJ, who is pissed at him for some reason. The party is for...-drum roll- HARRY OBSBORN! While he introduces Peter to his gal pals, MJ leaves the party. Then everyone raises their glasses for a BRAND NEW DAY!
Oh boy......................................

Yeah, I hated it. Horrible in every sense of the world. For someone who re-read Peter's life during the 70's and 80's this doesn't do anything except making me feel it's 1970 agian.Some of the best SM stories happened because of said. This doesn't jus affec SM Universe, if affects the WHOLE Marvel universe. Try Giant Sized Avengers to see the change: Peter acting like the teen self. MJ acted so out of character. Everyone knows MJ isn't irretating, selfish and whatever else Quesada tries to put on her.Quesada wasn't bad no by a long shot, it was very good. But that doesn't make up for killing 20+ years of comic Needless to say this is LAST issue I'm reading of ASM until they fix this. BND my ass!

Story: 2.5/5
Art: 3/5
Cover: 4.5/5