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Project 500: Crisis of Infinite Reviewers. 0

Welcome ComicVine to the first installment of Project 500 .  Project 500 came as an idea from reviewer Silkcuts as a Jam session style review where a few users come together to write a review.  The issue before you in review is Crisis on Infinite Earths #1; it can be read free at the DC Site ( here ), so you can take a moment now to read the issue before reading the review. To make this review more reader friendly the key few para...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This issue should of had William Gravel in it. 0

The 52 has stolen Grant Morrison's Batman from me, but worst of all it has now stolen John Constantine.  I've been a long time Constantine reader and I am universally considered a Constantine expert, so if you are a reader to the 52 and I offend you, then settle down and try to understand why I think this issue was a horrible representation of John Constantine, since I've read more of him and have known him longer.  If you are a reader who gives me a negative response, then you better have not p...

2 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Still dreaming? Unplug me from the Dream machine now, please. 0

I absolutely loved the Inception movie and I had to read the comic since it is part of the universe.  Even if its a prequel it is still part of the story. The narration of the comic is not bad.  It is standard main character lead narration box teamed with cinematic style panel work.  As for the art, I felt it was too weak.  The problem with books like this as movie tie-ins and stuff like that, budget is the concern and virtual no namers create the art for less then many seasoned pros, so the ar...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Now Tony can truly say "I am Iron Man" 0

Why Warren Ellis is so loved is because of his foresight into the future.  Besides being a gifted writer, he can acknowledge the sign of the times and write modern dystopias into out familiar worlds.  Warren Ellis does this in Iron Man, he redefines the armored avenger into a cyberpunk criminal catcher.    We are living in an age where technology is changing quickly and Warren Ellis knows this when he redefined Iron Man.  Ellis takes the concept of Iron Man as a suit to save Tony's live and pul...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Red Sonja the RED STORM. 0

Red Sonja is one of the most iconic classic Public Domain Characters and like Conan there is that comic book history as well as a cult to follow it.  Red Sonja never got as popular as Conan, it could be the patriotically society we live in in which males have to overshadow women, but I enjoyed Red Sonja as much as Conan.  The Savage warrior who can over come any challengers.    With Dynamite's launch of Red Sonja they make sure they "borrow" appropriate Marvel talent in Michael Avon Oeming (Thor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If Tarzan was a Hot Blond Chick 0

*Clap Clap Clap*  Thank you Frank Cho for selling women to us and this new installment of the female Tarzan which is Jungle Girl.    The 0 issue is a 25 cent primer to the world of Jungle Girl.  Th pacing is a very cinematic in where the pictures lead the story and the words are short where it does not jerk the reading.  However since this is a primer story it only really establishes the primal lifestyle of Jungle Girl and in the 8 pages we see hunting and that is about it.  As sexy as women can...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Alan Grant is the Shadow of the Bat. 0

This is a comic bringing me back to my youth.  I was a trouble child questioning why the mind works the way it does and I guess that is one of the charms the Batman books have on me, the best ones I felt are psychological and this comic was one of the first to pervert my mind to think of the id and ego conflict.   This comic as well is introduction to Zsasz and to this date I believe an underused character.  In his first ever appearance we don't even completely see him, he is presented in myster...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Buying your way with stolen money. 0

Just to let know you can read this free on Comixology in their free section.  OH the Nostalgia. Batman is important to my generation because of the success of the two Tim Burton movies and the animated series.  This comic was a comic that help shape my understanding of comics.  Local Toronto artist Ty Templeton provided a very clear visual narrative with his page layouts and writer Kelly Puckett delivered a dialogue that made me want to broaden my vocabulary with Penguin's gentle lessons.  Rerea...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The End of the Long Halloween 0

It has been a fun ride for the last 13 months rereading The Long Halloween in its original release style of each month read the corresponding issue.  From Labor Day to Punishment, the series ends nicely, with Punishment starting off where Labor Day left off.  We see Alberto Falcone is seen taking credit of being Holiday and Two-Face is now on the loose.  The issue as well upholds the concept of Holiday themes, with this issue being a treat that it has basically all the main villains in one issu...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

JLD #2 and they already are reaching with the Constantine fans. 0

To upkeep the concept of untangle things, Peter Milligan titles this issue "Dark Matter" and dark matter is matter that neither emits or scatters light and other types of radiation.  Symbolically the enchantress is now dark matter.  This comic read after number one felt light this and the first issue should of been a thick issue if 40 pages for it to be a cleaner read.  The use of Tarot cards is a lot less in this issue and that was part of the problem I had with it.  Another problem I had with ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Miles behind us seems Tony Moore's art. 0

The first thing I need to comment on so it is addressed is this book is a great example of why creator owned books should have a strong stable and one where the creative team doesn't change too much.  The art change from Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn throws off the visual tones and narration of the book.  The character designs are so different it takes extra time to reestablish who is who and that hurts the book, may be why Simon Peg in the afterwords tells us "go back to the beginning, take...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A tomb of great Peter Milligan stories to digest 0

I cannot believe it took 16 years for this to reprinted.  Shame on you Vertigo for not keeping more of Peter Milligan's work in print.   Eaters (Ormston art)  The Eaters from Peter Milligan is not an easy read.  It will challenge your sanity and belief system if you allow it.  Society tells us that eating human flesh is wrong.  But in movies like Alive (1993), eating human flesh is acceptable to survive.  I don't know if Peter Milligan was inspired by the movie Alive and it is not t...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Peter Milligan shows us we are all the same "Skin" deep 0

It saddens me when great comics are out of print and no one has more out of print great comics then Peter Milligan, which is sad for the medium. since Milligan is one of the best in comics.  Skin is possibly his most controversial work to date ant it was released in 1992, even after being banned and refused my many publisher until Tundra published it.  Skin is controversial because of the premise, the story is about a a young thalidomide skinhead in 1970s London, and his attempts to deal with h...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Lets rob a bank like in the Westerns? 0

Spaghetti Western is a concept comic that tries to pay homage to the Spaghetti Western genre.  The style of the comic is long and cinematic where each page is the panel instead of each page having panels. The sepia look really helps with the feel this comic is aiming.  In a modern setting with two people who want to live a Spaghetti Western literally go and try to rob a bank and that is the basic plot.  Do I feel this comic up hold the feel of the Spaghetti Western, I would say yes and that is w...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Grime and Time = good story Vol.1 0

What makes Walking Dead good is Robert Kirkman's love for the universe.  He is weaving a strong character driven story, dealing with Zombies, but is really about the people.  The drive of survival allows Kirkman to explore concepts taboo in our society, but might be essential in a world of the Walking Dead.  Such as Guns, how much do we really need them?  Such as living arrangements, is it wrong two hotties live with an old man?   Another strong thing about the Walking Dead is the narrative is v...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

This was an Unexpected enjoy. 0

Anthology books are not for the average North American reader, I do not mean this in insult it is fact.  The change in art continuity, the range of story genre and the at times changing themes make the stories too short for readers use to the forever soap operas of the standard Superhero universes.  For those type of readers, I already recommend passing on this, for a true Vertigo reader who knows good stories should be finite, anthologies are refreshing because sequential arts are pure without ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A crooked Mirror of our time told my Morello. 0

Who would of guessed Tom Morello would join the ranks of celebrity comic book writers.  The one advantage he has over someone like Tyrese Gibson is that Morello's political side has actual values that can be weighed.  The sub-political undertones might be the turn off for some people.  The world is set in a familiar, yet unfamiliar earth.  People show their classical side of slavery and cast systems in this future where civilization had to take steps back.    The political side of this book is ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Little and Large filter of vision. 0

It is nice to see the Roots of "Comics" healthy with writers like Tony Millionaire, his Sock Monkey Sequential art stories are funny and good spirited, exactly what "Comics" were about when they first got popular.  The major difference with this and a classic comic, is that Millionaire understands the power of Sequential art and has a dual narrative, one story told on the left with a small plain panel in Black and white and then a bigger panel, in color and details on the left.     I love the ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Horror Magazine of the month. The Living Trench Coat Ep. 2 0

Peter Milligan's writing maintains its solid narrative.  I really enjoyed this issues "horror" magazine angle with Halloween around the corner.  There is something about Hellblazer in October that is like Pumpkin Pie and Thanksgiving, it really completes the experience.  This issue is part of an arc, but the issues' narrative is strong enough for it to be an enjoyable read as a halloween treat and would really recommend it as a pick up for someone who wants a horror tale, because this horror tal...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Is it wrong I've collected a few store variants of ASM 666? 0

I am a sucker for novelty, what can I say?  I currently have three variants of this comic, two store variants and the FanExpo cover.  Finally getting to reading it is what took me a while and I really have no defense except, it is a Spider-man review from me, late or not be glad this won't be a hate review.  There is one thing about Spider-man that will forever be my love hate with the character and it is its level or writing.  Spider-man is a character that reminds me of the childish roots "Com...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Debt of Death means nothing if Wolverine is cashing it. 0

This comic contains two stories:  Debt of Death (The main feature starring Wolverine): Wolverine is one of Marvels best characters because so much can be told with him.  A Superhero story, with or without the X-Men for example.  But some of the best solo comics of Wolverine are not Superhero at all, but character stories.  Wolverine is a man of Honor and his Japanese stories are all about honor.    David Lapham weaves a great story of Honor.  Japan being the setting because no country handles ho...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Far from out of the woods of MGA. 0

Today lets marvel on the structure of Morning Glories. Morning Glories as a series is brilliant because of its narrative.  Six kids, six stars of the story and not one of them really shines stronger to the overall story.  Nick Spencer does this by never narrating from a characters mind and weaving a plot so tight that shared moments overlap to advance story, rather in hinder and bore the readers enjoyment.    The Morning Glories crew might be the only creative team I can think of that has recycl...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Poetic Panels of Water, J3 delivers another masterpiece. 0

Even without Greg Rucka Batwoman still runs smooth like water flowing, at times slow and steady like a creek or strong and fast like a river.  The control of the narrative has always been in J.H. Williams III or simply J3's hands.  His panel layouts are perfect space economy, like how water fills a jar, the art fills the page where it needs to flow, J3's art is really poetic. In splash pages or wide pictures, smaller panels move within the panel, leading us with our eyes.  Another neat thing J3 ...

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Grant Morrison has me "In Chains" for this comic 0

Grant Morrison understands myths and legends.  It might be his relationship with the Gods themselves, but when Grant Morrison wants to write a character, he does it as one of the best that ever did.    Grant first captivated us with JLA, then he amazed us with All-Star Superman, now with Action he is redefining Superman for a new generation.  In the first issue he defined the early limits of Superman, from what he could handle to his juggling of emotions seen in his eyes.  With issue #2 I feel n...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

This book will bring Fury indeed! 0

You would think the books that is featured in the interview section of the 52 would be better.  This comic feels forced, not just in narrative, plot and purpose, but also in its construction.  This comic is not polished, there really is no excuse for messy boarders, when photoshop can clean it up easily, which is sad that stuff like that find print, since it ruins the page a little.  The picture above is an example where there is a great juxtaposition of both Firestorms.  Both boys with opposit...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The U.N. needs this team more then the JLA 0

Technology is one of the things the new 52 is selling.  Blackhawks is the reimage of a covert group lead by a guy codenamed Blackhawk.  Factoring the genre, that will already dictate how much you will enjoy this comic.  Mike Costa is not a well know comic writer, most of his time spent writing G.I. Joe and I guess that is why this narrative was sooth, since this is a polished G.I. joe remixed story.  I don't feel Costa challenged himself  and that is why the story works, since he is writing what...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Nth Metal redefined 0

What is good about the 52 is that older convoluted characters, such as Hawkman, can now how a streamlined origin.  Hawkman like Superman needs to be streamlined and made accessible for a new audience of readers.  Character like Hawkman don't have a huge following and now the character has its chance to win over new readers.  Tony S. Daniel's narrative is clear and it creates a world accessible to new readers.  The history is summed up enough to revamp it.  The villain is reminisce of symbiotes i...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Aquaman will be making big waves 0

Geoff Johns really can make anyone care about any character he writes.  If you didn't like Aquaman before, beware this book, it might warm your heart.    The book itself is extremely accessible for new readers, Johns crafts a vary simple and effective narrative that doesn't feel that way.  He writes the book for the reader to relate, even having a rude blogger interrupting Aquaman eating, since lets face it, no one has manners anymore and everything things their blog, twitterfeed, facebook, and ...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Voodoo Magick is back on paper 0

Voodoo is back and finally she gets an ongoing series.  The last time she had the spotlight was an Alan Moore mini-series, where Moore explored his concepts of Magick and comics.  Meaning his ability to change a readers will.  That same Metatextual concept can always apply to writer who writes Voodoo, Ms. Priscilla Kitaen so seductively.   The comics takes place in a strip-joint and it is a place we all know, even if we haven't been to one.  It is a place of magick, and the performer is Voodoo p...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Teen Tians for teenagers. However I am an adult. 0

This book is what it is targeted for Teens.  If your appreciation for the medium known as comics is something along the lines of character driven stories with drama filled plot lines, then line up.  This book is not the Jersey Shore rubbish of the Red Hood and the Outlaws book, but it is still a team book that is meant for escapists.  I however feel I've grown too old to love comics like this.  I can appreciate what Scott Lobdell does with this comic and its character, but on the same coin, I do...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

At least Finch's art is good 1/2 the time. 0

I am from Toronto and I will admit David Finch (a local boy) let me down on this.  The plot is shallow and the art was inconstant, such as the pages when Jaina Hudson is introduced, both Bruce and her facial structures change drastically, which gets really offsetting with the changes in color of skin tone as well.  I understand shades and shadows, I just was taken out of the world with the awkward change of faces and colors.  With all the Bat books on the shelf there had to be a loser of the bun...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

DC's Male Vampirella has his own book 0

This book is a genre book, if gothic vampire stories are not your cup of tea then avoid it.  I love stories like this so I really enjoyed it.  Joshua Hale Fialkov first won my heart with his writing on a creator owned story Elk Run, when he really pins morals against each other.  With his experience with Vampirella, vampires are no strangers to him as well.  What is established in this comic is a new origin and a contemporary story of the classic vampire versus the monster inside story.  Andrew...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Selling Nostalgia to those who grew up to Captain Planet 0

The neat thing about the Green Lanterns is it dates how you got into them by who is your favorite, this is a theory you can challenge and test, but trust me it works.  Hal fans are either Darwyn Cooke old or roughly 5 years or younger as comic fans.  Older GL fans that are not Darwyn Cooke old tend to like Guy, why because lets face it Guy was cooler, his comic was not chick lit masked as a Superhero comic like the many canceled and close to canceled series Hal upheld until Ron Marz replaced him...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Print is dying it seems. 0

Making a character that is old as Superman contemporary is a hard feat and lets face it DC was failing way before the legendary lawsuit.  But with the 52 DC has found a perfect way to redefine the most iconic off all Superheroes, people can hate Superman, but any real fan of Superheroes have to respect him.  From the two Superman books I'll be honest, Grant Morrison's Action Comics was better then this one.  Partly because the new Superman is being defined.  This comic already had a disadvantage...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

There is a Hex in Gotham tonight. 0

What can I say? Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray can weave a Jonah Hex story like no other creative team.  This issue of the 52 is much like the Green Lantern and Bat books in that the universe prior to 52 is still pretty consistent, not much if any things has changed.  This issue reads like a Jonah Hex story by Jimmy and Justin, why because it is a Hex story from Jimmy and Justin.  One neat thing I like about the relaunch is that now the stories are not Jonah Hex specific, but stories that effec...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Samizdat 0

What I love about Paul Pope is how clever he is.  One of Paul Pope's long forgotten from todays reader books is The Corruptor.  The Corruptor is a self-publishing masterpiece in which Pope takes the concept of self-publishing and makes a comic about it in "spirit" both in story context and actual distribution.   Ironically the story itself is wordless.  This is symbolic to show how universal the power of Self-Publishing is.  This story takes place in Russia where "Samizdat" is forbidden.  Paul ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Flash and Splash debut. 0

I really enjoy when the artist is also writer.  Partly because the voice I think is clearer.  From Manapul's first Flash series with Geoff Johns we really saw a strong visual storytelling from Manapul and now without Johns, the story is so clear with Manapul's narrative.  We see some hand lettering blended into the art like a young Will Eisner.  We also see great panel layout, accompanied by great contrast of inking style and color choices.  This book is beautiful on the eyes.  This story ...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

"Enter freely - unafraid." when entering Madness 0

What the normal Justice League of America is to the main DCU, the Justice League Dark seems to be the spine for the "Dark" books.  The Dark books were all aces in my opinion when looking at the 52.  Most of the Dark books had Vertigo writers or characters and that is why they have a very Vertigo feel to them.  When Superheroes moved to Vertigo, the series tend to have short life since the support was not there, since most people support the mainstream.  With the 52 it seems the classic Vertigo v...

16 out of 16 found this review helpful.

No cleaver name for the Legion of Superheroes review.......Sorry. 0

The Legion of Super-Heroes are an interesting bunch before Flashpoint.  With Flashpoint the team is split with some lost and that is the adventures of Legion Lost, which came out a week before this, and this book the standard Legion book.  This book is status quo writing from one of the Legion of Superheroes iconic writers of Paul Levitz.  Levitz as a writer saddens me because I feel he was pushed out as President and publisher to make way for the newer powers that be that brought Flashpoint up...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

J.T. Krul is way out of his element. 0

This Comic was doomed from the beginning.  The "Charlton" characters, like Captain Marvel don't fit well in the DCU when you really think about it.  Captain Atom is a great example, his Alan Moore composite of Dr. Manhattan is far more popular and Iconic then Captain Atom is.  Speaking of Dr. Manhattan many will see how this comic is remnant of Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen.  From the look to demeanor fans of Watchmen will see more Manhattan then Classic Captain Atom.  I feel this change of direct...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.