DC Comic Reviews for June 27th Releases

“He’s not the man you think he is.”

DC Comic Reviews – June 27th

As this is my first week of reviews, I’ll lay out a few things. I am just one guy, and I don’t read every book that comes out. I pick up a few Marvel Books, but I mostly read DC, Valiant, and some random titles from other publishers. I’ll be posting reviews for each in separate threads for easier readability.

I’ll be looking at 4 things when I do my reviews: Story, Characters (and development), Art, and Accessibility. By ‘accessibility’ I am looking at the book from a new reader perspective. Is the book a good jumping on point? Should a new reader pick up the issue before? Et cetera.

With that being said, let’s get on with it.

DC New 52

ALL STAR WESTERN #10 (JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI: WRITERS, MORITAT: ARTIST)

For those unfamiliar with the series, our hero (or perhaps anti-hero) of the book is Jonah Hex. He’s a former Confederate Soldier turned Bounty Hunter with a mean visage. He’s a fearsome, take no shit, kind of guy. Jonah has been running around with Dr. Amadeus Arkham. A man who is almost the polar opposite of Mr. Hex.

Issue #10 is the first part in a brand new story arc, so if you are a new reader, join the wagon train now. The opening scenes serve as a recap of the cliffhanger we were left with in issue #9.

In past stories we’ve met women that have been acquainted with Jonah Hex in more way than one. This is the first time we get introduced to a lady that certainly has a special connection with him. Tallulah, was trained by Hex, and she’s got a violent side that keeps Dr. Arkham on the edge of his seat, which brings out genuine laughter from Hex. She definitely has some kind of hold over Hex, and it will be interesting to see how the writers develop this relationship or reveal what brought these too so close together in the past.

This issue is also coming in hot off the heals of the “Court of Owls” story line inBatman. Getting a further glimpse into the fledgling Owl mythos has me intrigued and cursing the end of the issue.

The bonus “BatLash” story was an alright one, but nothing memorable. If I read the book again, I’ll probably skip it next time.

Overall 8/10 The introduction of Tallulah and more Court of Owls sold this for me.

AQUAMAN #10 (GEOFF JOHNS: WRITER, IVAN REIS: PENCILS)

If you haven’t been reading Aquaman, you need to start. Geoff Johns has managed to turn Aquaman into a bad ass, and one of my most anticipated books each month. This month’s story was a continuation of the current storyline focused on Aquaman’s time with The Others and his history with Black Manta.

The tone for the storyline is a darker one than one would probably expect from an adventure with Aquaman. Johns is doing a nice job setting up the dark history between our hero and Manta. The two are locked in “a circle of vengeance” over the death of their father’s, and it is looking like Shin may be at the root of it all, or at least involved in someway.

Reis’s art has been fantastic. The expressions on the characters’ faces really helps to convincingly convey the powerful emotions that are in play. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, and if Arthur will take any steps down a darker path or if Mera will step in to block him.

Overall 9/10 Great action, art, and emotion are setting this storyline up for an exciting finish.

BATMAN INC. #2 (GRANT MORRISON: WRITER, CHRIS BURNHAM: ARTIST)

I love the idea of Batman Incorporated. Batmen all over the world fighting crime.

Issue #2 gave us some insight into the history and relationship between Talia al Ghul and her father Ra’s al Ghul. It was an interesting read and fits into what Morrison has been building up throughout this series and the pre-New 52 Batman Inc. series.

After reading issue #1, I went back to read the original run. So far the current series has been less confusing than the previous one. I hope that the series will progress smoothly and any continuity issues are sorted out. It seems that Morrison is disregarding some of the new 52 continuity. Ultimately, this is not welcoming to any new readers, and personally I find it a little off putting.

Overall 7/10 A good look at the history of the al Ghul’s. Great Art. Morrison’s disregard of continuity is concerning.

THE FLASH #10 (FRANCIS MANAPUL & BRIAN BUCCELLATO: WRITERS, MARCUS TO: PENCILS)

This issue was more a one shot issue focusing on the Flash following Patty Spivot to Guatemala in her pursuit of a murder suspect. If you are a new reader though, the events from the past few issues are recapped briefly. This might be a good time to jump on board.

While investigating, Patty gets captured by the Weather Wizard. The Flash makes rather quick work of the rogue that ultimately doesn’t present much of a challenge to him. Although, the real conflict of this issue is man versus himself. Our hero wants to tell the woman he loves about his crime fighting life, but ultimately decides he can’t. It’s burden alone to carry. Despite being a common superhero cliche, it serves as a good reminder of the internal conflict all heroes inevitably will have to face.

The always fantastic art we’ve gotten in The Flash is continued in this issue by Marcus To. I’ve been a fan of the art of this series so far, and I’m glad to see it will continue to be a great looking book for a while longer.

Overall 7/10 A decent story showing the internal conflicts all heroes inevitably face.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 (GEOFF JOHNS: WRITER, JIM LEE: PENCILS)

Issue #10 is the second part of the current story arc, so if you’re a new reader, you might want to pick up the last issue to get caught up.

Johns continues to show that the Justice League is new, and although the heroes have worked with each other for a while, they still don’t trust or know each other 100%. Aquaman points out that this is their weakness, and one that Graves is going to exploit.

The dynamic and interaction among all the league heroes makes for interesting and slightly humorous dialog. While there isn’t much action, we are still left entertained.

We still don’t know exactly why Graves blames the Justice League for the death of his family, but hopefully Johns gives us a good twist in the coming issues.

Overall 8/10 We get some good interaction between the league members, as well more development in the Shazam side story in the back of the issue.