Sunday, November 23, 2008

Recently published in...

Comics Buyer's Guide #1649, where I review the following:
DC Universe: Decisions #1
Simpsons Comics #145
Daredevil #111
Golly! #1
Supergirl #34

Here's one of my reviews from the issue:

DC Universe: Decisions #1
DC Comics
$2.99, color, 32 pgs., available now
Writers: Bill Willingham, Judd Winick
Artist: Rick Leonardi
Grade: 2 Stars (out of 4)

Published in time for the real world presidential debates, DC Universe: Decisions #1 (of 4) finds the Justice League up against an unknown assassin. Instead of gunning for one presidential candidate, this bipartisan bomber is aiming to kill them all, including Davis Brewster, a radical leftist who gains official support from DC’s resident bleeding-heart liberal, Oliver Queen. The bomber’s motives are unknown, but his method is particularly heinous: strapping bombs to mind-controlled innocents who have easy access to the politicians in question.

Leonardi’s pencils are hit-and-miss at best, and sometimes downright awful (why is Wonder Woman sporting that goofy grin during Superman’s assassination speech?). Green Arrow looks fairly normal, but Superman, at least in certain panels, appears as though his bones have been broken and reset by a cross-eyed hunchback in a mad scientist’s laboratory. The story fares a little better, but superstar writers Willingham (Fables) and Winick (Green Arrow and Black Canary) could’ve dug deeper into the political realm. Lois Lane does espouse her views quite pointedly, however, and that was a nice touch.

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