A light week. A very light week. So light, in fact, that I present to you reviews
of everything that I could afford to buy:
Ghost Rider #4 (of 5) (Marvel Comics, $2.99) Devin Grayson and Trent
Kanuiga have crafted a really well-run book here. It's a new look at an old
hero this issue, something that, once presented, struck me as really obvious,
a plot that could have been explored years ago. Yet, until now, no one thought
to do it… Plus, Ghost Rider smiles!
I could easily see Kanuiga being a huge star somewhere down the road. His pencils
are absolutely great in this issue. Grayson, too, contributes a lot, especially
in the dialogue area. Worth a look. (8 out of 10)
Superman: The Man of Steel #118 (DC Comics, $2.25) Easily the most disappointing
issue of this book in quite some time, which says a lot; the Superman franchise
as a whole has been absolutely great for so long that issues like this really
stick out. The plot involves the Linear Men abducted Superman to put him on
trial for stopping Imperiex, which is a logical extension of events of Our Worlds
at War. Unfortunately, the story is weak and underdeveloped.
It's possible that my loathing of the Linear Men is a contributing factor to
my dislike of this book, true. After all, the art is really good, and the dialogue
is not terrible. However, the story feels like a stalling maneuver, waiting
for the next interesting thing to happen. (5 out of 10)
Unquantified, shameless mark rant of the week: Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #7
(Marvel Comics, $2.25) Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Bendis, updated Punisher and
the coolest Daredevil since Frank Miller left the character behind. Buy it.
(10 out of 10)