Sunday, January 31, 2010

Green Lantern Corps: Emerald Eclipse (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

The Green Lantern Corps series has been just as awesome as the parent title recently! Peter Tomasi works hand-in-hand with Geoff Johns to present some of DC Comic's finest work to date with this latest volume: Emerald Eclipse.

This volume is all over the place. While The Guardians are in Sector 2828 with other members of the G.L. Corps (see: Green Lantern Agent Orange), Kyle Rayner & Guy Gardner are on OA dealing with the recent "law" that members of the Corps cannot marry or have relationships. Raynor also is planning a mural to the Corps members who have passed. A secret relationship is revealed between Kyle & Soranik.

Green Lantern: Agent Orange (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

The Green Lantern franchise continues to be the best that DC Comics has to offer. Geoff Johns is a genius, as all his previous volumes prove. Agent Orange follows more revelations that the Guardians of the Universe have been trying to hide for eons! When The Controllers try and harness their own version of a ring power source they come upon Larfreeze, guardian of the orange light of avarice! Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Universe are putting Hal Jordan through the wringer over wearing the Blue Lantern's ring (which he cannot get off until he hopes for something with sincerity).

Batman: Wrath (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Sucked.

This collection from the Batman Confidential series left me greatly disappointed. The story follows the Wrath; both the original and the "second", as they try to destroy Batman. The original Wrath; born out of the similar tragedy as Bruce Wayne, is the anti-Batman. Of course The Batman outwits his evil "twin", but his protege; the second Wrath, comes back years later to finish the job his mentor couldn't.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

300 (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Awesome!

The movie based on Frank Miller's graphic Novel and the actual historical story is one of the best action films ever made...period! Starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas, who leads his 300 Spartan Warriors to battle on the Greek Coast against the massive Persian army. The film's special effects are spectacular, gory, and almost constant. How they found that many bodybuilders who could act is beyond

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Batman: The Cat and The Bat (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

Batman: The Cat and The Bat is the third volume of the Batman Confidential series. This volume stars Batwoman and Catwoman. Batwoman; looking for Commissioner Gordon's coded notebook, realizes it's been stolen. She follows the thief to learn that it is Catwoman! After a great "catfight" (some of it with very little attire!), the two vigilantes realize that someone else wants it as well.

Green Arrow & Black Canary by Judd Winick (Review)

Citizen's Grade: O.K.

The relaunch of Green Arrow as Green Arrow & Black Canary had me somewhat worried. I was suspicious that their marriage would wreck the great storytelling of Green Arrow as the "shoot from hip", liberal "man's man". I was afraid he may become the conservative, play it safe husband-type. I WAS WRONG!, and I'm happy to say it. Judd Winick's work on GA & BC was collected in three volumes: The Wedding Album, Family Matters, & A League of Their Own.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Green Lantern: Brother's Keeper (Review)

Citizen's Grade: O.K.

GL: Brother's Keeper is a volume from the previous Green Lantern series, starring Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. Written by Judd Winick, art by tells a very needed tale of discrimination against homosexuals. There are other side stories going on in the volume as well, but the focus is on Kyle's assistant Terry Berg who is savagely attacked and put into a coma because of his sexuality.

Kyle; both as a person and as a superhero, has to deal with the gambit of emotions (from sadness to anger) trying to deal with the attack and why it happened. Written with the thought of Matthew Shepherd on his mind, Judd Winick tells a great story that hopefully got everyone who read it thinking.

I recommend this to anyone who reads.....not because it's the best graphic novel, but because (as Winick often does in his writing) it transcends comics into real-life issues.