The GeeksverseFebruary First Issue Review Blowout Part 2

February First Issue Review Blowout Part 2
Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by

The perils of work trips, the reading piles up. Here’s part 2, the next four first issues.

JLA-1-coverJustice League Of America #1
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: David Finch

Boring first issue. This is not how you create a hook to get people into a new team book. It read like a roll call. Boring. No excitement. No energy. Not even Finch’s pencils could lend excitment to this.

Also, the New 52 is a new continuity, there shouldn’t be issues already. No mention of Katana being in the Birds of Prey? I don’t remember her being called one of the world’s greatest assassins in BoP. She also didn’t act like she does in this issue. She never called the sword by her husband’s name. I shouldn’t be surprised though, the New 52 has been one big continuity error.

They’re obviously trying to set up some larger story here, but it just doesn’t work. The pacing is off big time as well. Trevor just happens to leave in the middle of the conversation with Waller to go recruit Catwoman? I have zero interest in this team.

Even Stargirl, who is one of my favorites at DC.

I normally like Finch’s art, and it’s decent here, but he doesn’t get a chance to shine because of the boring story.

2 out of 5

Secret-Avengers-1Secret Avengers #1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Penciled by: Luke Ross

I like the concept of the Secret Avengers, a team that works behind the scene and is proactive in dealing with threats before they become threats or picking up the leftovers. I liked Ed Brubaker’s concept and one that Rick Remender ran with. The new version, working with SHIELD, makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is this whole thing about memory implants.

1- It’s overly complicated for the sake of being complicated. There’s no practical purpose. So there are missions that are too sensitive? Then don’t use the heroes that would speak up against those. There are plenty of middle-of-the-road heroes to use, as well as the Secret Warriors team and the rest of Fury’s catepillars.

2- I suspect by issue 10 or so, the heroes will find out and the direction will change. It’s got a very limited shelf life.

The issue was good except for the implant parts. And Coulson was out of character from the few times he’s appeared.

But I do like that they gave a chain of command and finally explained why Maria Hill keeps getting addressed as Director when Daisy Johnson is the Director of SHIELD. But what doesn’t make sense is why Johnson is “secret” and Hill is acting director.

Overly complicated, which is a trademark of Spencers.

3 out of 5

Snapshot_1Snapshot #1
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Andy Diggle
Penciled by: Jock


That’s about all I can say about this first issue. The set up is kind of odd. And what is the story? I’m curious to see just what is going on. Why the dead guy came to get the phone and then wound up dead, why the killer wants Jake to kill him. I’m curious but that’s it, just curious.

It’s not because I thought it was great and want to read more. I’m just mildy curious. If the second issue is saved for me, like I asked the first issue to be, then I’ll read it. If it’s not saved, I’ll probably just pass it by.

There are some odd scenes with Jock’s work, which overall is nice. It took me a bit before realized that Jake had to be looking out a window and seeing the gun before he runs out the store. But it was hard to follow. Overall Jock’s work is nice, good linework, good layouts, fits a noir-wannabe-style book perfectly.

I usually like Diggle’s work, but this was unimpressive.

2 out of 5

Powers_Bureau-300x455Powers: Bureau #1
Published by: Marvel Comics/Icon
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Michael Avon Oeming

It’s been awhile since I read Powers. I remember I used to like Powers. Was one of my favorite books back when it was at Image and just started up. But like I said, it’s been awhile. I figured a new #1, a new direction, that would be the perfect time to check it out and see if could get into it again.

I’m having a hard time remembering why I liked it to begin with.

Really hard time.

Not the best work by Bendis, or Oeming. It seems like Oeming might be spreading himself too thin. He’s got Mice Templar at Image, his own Victories at Dark Horse and the occasional Takio. That’s alot for one artist to handle. And it looks like Powers gets to bear the blunt of it. The art wasn’t good, at least it wasn’t up to Oeming’s normal standards.

The story? Not that good. There’s a decent enough recap that brings you up to speed, and a flashback interspaced throughout the story to show how Pilgrim got to the FBI, but overall it just doesn’t work. Too many flashbacks. It opens up in the present and then goes back three days and we read the story as it starts to catch up to the present, but it never quite gets there. And around all that is the flashback to a year ago, showing how Pilgrim got to the FBI, and that one moves forward in time a couple months at a time.

Overly complicated.

2 out of 5

Four more books to go from the stack and hopefully they end up good because this group failed pretty miserably.

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