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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns, et al.

Bringing back a character so well loved as Hal Jordan was always going to be difficult, especially to appease the old guard and bringing in new readers at the same time, but Geoff Johns managers to convey character and bring all comers up to speed.

A sharp retooling for one of DC’s flagship characters and a great primer for Superhero comics and how they can be done in generall.

The Sandman – Sandman S. by Neil Gaiman, et al.

Bringing the saga of the endless to a close, Gaiman’s finale is poignant and bittersweet. Covering some surprisingly humane perspectives from the characters we’ve come to understand as forces beyond comprehension.


Ultimate Spider-Man – Ultimate Spider-Man (Paperback) 1 by Bill Jemas, et al.

Ultimate Spider-man is a swift and sharp re-imagining of the Spiderman mythos, largely aimed at teen readers in it’s inception, and drawing back old, hem, mature comic book fans who’s interest has sparked again with the new movie franchise.

By starting over Bendis has been able to modernize Peter and the world around him in a stylish ‘dialogue of references’ you get in many American drama’s. Mark Bagely’s artwork is vibrant and clear, with a touch of mange to it.

For spidey fans who want to start over before the wedding, the last hunt, the clones, and the carnage, I can’t think of a better beginning.


Hitman by Garth Ennis, et al.

Bringing many elements that typify Ennis style (shock, cynicism and a deep irreverence for any established authority) into a light hearted romp though the underside of the DC Universe, Hitman is an enjoyable read with a deeply charismatic protagonist.

John McCrea’s artwork is suitably dark and eccentric and his take on batman alone should be worth the price of admission alone for many readers.


Incredible Hulk: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones, et al.

On the run, a man alone with his rage, Bruce Banner seems to finally come to an understanding with the monster within, until it all unravels around him.

Bruce Jones brings an earthy sensibility to the hulk, who is rarely on panel and more of a force because of it. Jones also brings in a great deal of enemies against whom banner can vent his rage, a cloudy version of x-files with a meaner bent, this collection is a dark reflection on the character of the Hulk.

In a word Smashing!


Kingdom Come by Mark Waid, et al.

With Lavish artwork and sharp characterizations, this story arc is often in the top ten of comic books to come out in recent years.

Taking the unsteady and uncertain framework for a future as depicted in the likes of ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Waid expands upon it to critique the affect of super powers on a truly global, neigh, Galactic scale.

This book also marked a real coming of Age for Alex Ross who’s painting here conveys real presence and strength within his cast and allows for a realistic anatomy, to marry with the absurd in such a way it’s hard to remove your eyes from the page.

up, uP AND AWAY!

Transmetropolitan – Transmetropolitan S. by Darick Robertson, et al.

Searing, satirical, and sarcastic, the story of Spider’s Gonzo infused odyssey against the American political and corporate structure is gripping from page to page.

Robertson’s art enthuses Warren Ellis’s humor with a level of detail to rival George Perez and you eyes will feel like its feasting on each panel, unlike many of the low background ‘image’s you get in new comics

a must read

 

 

Daredevil by Kevin Smith, et al.

A great stylish form of art work from Quesada accompanied with a great line of dialogue that typifies the Kevin Smithsonian institute of writing, this book is a fantastic (re)introduction to one of Marvel’s most hardboiled heroes.

Also emotional sense of closure from the threads left with frank Miller’s work ‘Born again’ and an emphasize on the theatrical aspects of the character rarely covered in later works.

must read, nuff said


 

Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer

A hard boiled crime story in a world that has encountered numerous cosmic threats, but never faced such simple human villainy. Meltzer writes character that conveys more (in compliment with the sharp iconic style of Morales and Bair) humanity within our heroes in a single panel than some could do with an entire chapter. A must read for any fan who wants to reacquaint themselves with their childhood idols, as we have grown up, so have they!

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