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Weekly Comic Reviews - 25 Nov 2015

Weekly Comic Reviews - 25 Nov 2015

Ratings out of 5 stars. Comics courtesy of Absolute Comics (Plaza Singapura) except for DKIII: The Master Race

DKIII: The Master Race Book One

Story: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello

Art: Andy Kubert and Klaus Jason

DC Comics

The comic to review this week. DKIII is highly anticipated and you have read all the hype about it. The original Dark Knight Returns was a classic and seminal series in all sense of the word. Together with Alan Moore, Frank Miller was the god of mainstream superhero comics. Everything he touched turned to gold – Daredevil Born Again, Batman Year One, Give Me Liberty, Hardboiled. Until they did not. Bad trips like Robocop, DKII, All-Star Batman and Robin, Holy Terror declare Miller to be a spent force. Throughout the 90s, fans kept faith with series like Sin City and The 300, which show Miller to be an innovative stylist in his use of blacks and colours (in collaboration with then-wife, Lynn Varley). Will DKIII be a return to form?

Book One is a mixed bag. It’s more Wonder Woman, Superman, their love child and the Atom in the mini-comic drawn by Miller. This reads more like a Superman comic and the shrunken City of Kandor seems like a major plot development. There are pages of Bats punching cops and getting punched up in return. Casey (Robin) is Batman now and Book One ends with her declaring Bruce Wayne is dead. You need to read DKII to follow the story. Art wise, Andy Kubert’s Batman reminds me of Matt Wagner’s.

I’m still curious enough to return for this next month. Hopefully, they can keep to the schedule.

(3.5 stars)

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #2

Story: Frank J Barbiere

Art: Brent Schoonover

Marvel Comics

More SHIELD comics to cash in on the TV series, which is advertised in these very pages. Dum Dum Dugan is the lead in this series. He is an advanced LMD (Life-Model Decoy) and is heading the Howling Commandos, a faction of SHIELD that handles the paranormal. Think X-Files meets WWII antics. Or a poor man’s version of BPRD. Dracula is revealed to be a possible villain and Sphinx, an old Nova villain from 1977, appears at the end. Disposable.

(2 stars)

Justice League 3001 #6

Story: Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis

Art: Colleen Doran

DC Comics

The sequel to Justice League 3000, which was part of the New 52. In the 31st Century, when people need heroes, Project Camden having kept the genetic code of the Justice League, had recreated the heroes to less than desirable effects. They are not quite there and are prone to quibbling. Sounds like the Justice League International series in the 1980s? Well, it is the same writing team of Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis. Superman’s head got blown up in this issue. That should tell you whether to pick this up or not. Or even to CGC it since this will be a super key issue.

Art by Colleen Doran and it is always nice to see her turn in a mainstream gig every once a while.

(3 stars)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2

Story: Ryan North

Art: Erica Henderson

Marvel Comics

More squirrel fun as the girl and her talking squirrel gets lost in time and no one in the present reality remembers her except for her bestie. Isn’t that what happen in Secret War? Doctor Doom returns from Battleworld to be the villain here. Buy this for your niece and nephew.

(3 stars)

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