WHICH COMIC IS THE PICK OF THE WEEK? LET’S TAKE A LOOK!
SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS #21
Writers: Ryan Parrott & Sina Grace
Cover Price: $3.99
This doesn’t feel like as big of a departure as it used to.
Ryan Parrott and Sina Grace are working hard to push the narrative forward. The characters all feel loosely in line with their television origins. Moreover, Parrott and Grace are working hard to keep the feel of the show without the cheesy dialogue that was synonymous with the original show. Meanwhile, the problem of the comic is that it is currently following very well known story lines with the show. While this isn’t a case of bad writing, this feels like it’s retreading familiar ground. Because of this, this issue creates a serious case of deja vu.
Francesco Mortarino’s art keeps this story fresh. Everything has a loosely anime feel. The outer lines are not terribly thick and there is a fair amount of detail. Additionally, characters are easily recognizable and the monsters are well textured. However, there are moments where the perspective of the characters shift. I can’t tell what some characters are looking at. Meanwhile, the action is above average and has the snap you need in a physical fight.
This is not a bad comic at all. However, it doesn’t feel like it goes anywhere new until the last pages. Finally, the cliffhanger may be worth the old story… you just have to get there.
YOUNG JUSTICE #7
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Timms, Dan Hipp, David LaFuente & Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Price: $3.99
This comic transforms this series into the rollicking adventure am hoping for.
Brian Michael Bends balances wild multiversal leaping with energetic dialogue. This all reminds me of the Cross Time Caper from the early Excalibur comics. Additionally, Bendis has left behind the more mundane background of Gemworld for the universes of Captain Carrot, Kingdom Come, and Lil’ DC. Meanwhile, Teen Lantern and Ginny Hex have a few bright character moments. However both characters are still being overshadowed by the other members of the team. I hope Bendis will give each of them a chance to shine.
The art is primarily by Jon Timms. Dan Hipp, David LaFuente and Gabe Eltaeb. So many artists makes the style hard to critique. This is because the art shifts from world to world. Meanwhile, I can say that the art was appropriate for each universe and the amount of comedy Bendis was looking to add into a scene. It is worth flipping through this comic just to get a small view of DC’s wider multiverse and available styles.
Young Justice may be in its seventh issue, although it feels like the series has finally begun.
INVISIBLE WOMAN #1
Writers: Mark Waid
Artist: Mattia de Ilius
Cover Price: $3.99
This may not be my Pick of the Week, however it is still damn good.
Waid has a difficult job of adding more to the Invisible Woman without completely changing her. He has found the path to do it. Susan Richards is now a former S.H.I.E.L.D. deep cover agent. Meanwhile, this is such a brilliant way to use her abilities, it astonishes me no one has tried to do so before. Additionally, Richards is shown as capable, imaginative, and experience. The dialogue is strong and the story itself is engrossing. This is a well paced beginning.
In addition, Mattia de Ilius is firing on all cylanders. His art has a near animation-like quality. The characters are wholly expressive. Moreover, Ilius’ version of the Invisible Woman’s powers has an almost audible pop or snap to their use. On top of it all, the colors used cross this issue are very warm and inviting. I would swear these are storyboards for a new television show, not a comic book.
I am not a Fantastic Four fan. However, I am now an Invisible Woman fan. Additionally, I am a fan of Waid and Ilius. I hope they work together more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis & David F. Walker
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Cover Price: $3.99
This is how you tell an origin story!
I have gushed about Naomi before. I have even had it reviewed on our podcast. With that said, Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker completely stick the landing. These characters are very vibrant and energetic. Meanwhile, they are believable. Their reactions are within the range of relatively normal people experiencing the unbelievable. Also, the issue’s reveals and pacing are expertly laid out through the 22 pages here. Additionally, the dialogue remains strong without being overpowering.
On top of the above, Jamal Campbell is just as important to the success of this comic and this series. His artistic legs are stretched now that Naomi has her powers and she meets her first villain. The energy has a wild explosive feel from every one using it. It is a rarer talent to make energy have such a severe impact. Meanwhile, the expressive, emotional characters seen in prior issues are working overtime here. I would easily recommend Campbell’s style to new artists looking for a base style to emulate. The overall style is light on detail, though it is highly dynamic with excellent facial features.
This issue earns high marks for the story and art. However, special attention must be paid to the arc-long story of growing up and learning to take your first steps in a new world. The story works on how Naomi and her adoptive parents respond to her life changing. Supporting characters can often be lost, however Walker and Bendis keep them firmly in place and a part of the story. There’s even a pleasant surprise in Naomi’s last name, McDuffie, being a living memorial to a much loved comic creator.
Naomi is the kind of relatable, grounded character DC struggles to find. She can lead a new generation to be readers of their comics. Moreover, the issues themselves are near perfect.
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