Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hey, hey, new comic day!! 11.11.2009

So, here I am trying to get back on schedule with this here blog...

This week is pretty heavy for DC, but no Marvel books. I'll call it a "medium" week, if for nothing else than the fact that all but one of the books is in the $2.99 price point.

Here we go...

Batman #693

Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea
Cover by Tony Daniel

Here's my problem with Tony Daniel. He's a solid, workmanlike, not particularly interesting writer. When so many writers working on the Bat-books are pushing boundaries and taking chances, he feels a bit...stuck in the mud. When Morrison is over in Batman and Robin writing AMAZING stuff, well....

Batman and Robin #6

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion
Cover by Frank Quitely
Variant cover by Philip Tan

Speaking of which. This book is so good, so much fun. I love Morrison's work on Dick and Damian, and their evolving partnership. It's so different from the way Bruce worked with any of the Robins. It's really the best example of how this "Batman Reborn" arc can really be fun. Morrison has thrown off all the details, resetting with Dick Grayson's personality, but left the core values of Batman intact. It's allowed him to play liberally with that Silver Age (that Morrison loves so much), lighter Batman personality, and not violate all the work that has been done on making Bruce Wayne so iconic.

Batman/Doc Savage Special #1

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Phil Noto
Sketchbook material and variant cover by Rags Morales
Cover by JG Jones

Ah, DC takes another stab at the pulp heroes. I love Dac Savage and The Shadow, and I'll always take a shot at new incarnations of them. Azzarello is hit-or-miss for me, but I have a gut feeling he's the right guy for this. We shall see.

Red Robin #6

Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Marcus To
Cover by Marcus To and Ray McCarthy

This is already at issue #6? Holy Cow. I have to say, this series kicked into overdrive last issue. Tim teaming with Ra's Al Guhl against some sort of odd South American Spider-Assassin guild? This book is kicking butt, but I fear most people already jumped off the boat.

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