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Old 08-01-2005, 05:46 AM   #1
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EA's Weekly Comic Book Reviews - Week 22

Welcome to week twenty-two of Evil Avatar’s Weekly Comic Book Reviews.

The Evil Avatar’s Comic Book Review Weekly giveaway for week twenty-two is Giant Size Spider-Woman #1 courtesy of BCBcomics. The deadline for entry submissions for week twenty-two is Sunday, August 7th. The selection of the random winner for the August books will occur on Sunday August 28th.

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The list of books that are going to be given away for the month of August are:

· Giant Size Spider-Woman #1

If you’re tired of missing out on your regular or new comics then you’re in need of a reliable comic book subscription provider. Evil Avatar’s Comic Book Review Weekly giveaway provider, BCBcomics offers comic book subscriptions with many fringe benefits including no hidden costs, 20% off of cover price, all issues are bagged and boarded PLUS free* shipping for orders over $14.99 and cheap* shipping for orders under $14.99 (*see BCBcomics’ website for the details).

Remember, these are NOT spoiler-free reviews.

The books that have been reviewed are Giant Size Spider-Woman #1, JLA:Classified #10 and Y: The Last Man - Ring of Truth TPB.

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Old 08-01-2005, 05:46 AM   #2
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Week Twenty-two:

Giant Size Spider-Woman #1(One shot)

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Choices
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Rick Mays
Inks: Jason Martin
Colors: Rob Schwager
Letters: Dave Sharpe

Story: Dark Destiny
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Pencils: Sal Buscema
Inks: Jim Mooney
Colors: Janice Cohen
Letters: Irv Watanabe

Story: A Future Uncertain!
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Inks: Tony DeZuniga
Colors: Glynis Wein
Letters: Joe Rosen

"Who Am I?" & "Criminal At Large!"
Writer: Chris Claremont
Pencils: Steve Leialoha
Inks: Too numerous to list
Colors: Too numerous to list
Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Cover artist: Andrea DiVito
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Price: $4.99 US/$7.00 CAN



This marks the second Marvel Giant Size comic to come out this year, the first was a Giant Size X-Men that was released last month. The Giant Size comics are a means to get readers re-familiarized with the past of these characters while adding a new short story to sweeten the pot. Unlike the Giant Size X-Men, which reprinted stories that could be found in other anthologies at a better bang for your buck, this Giant Size really shines by reproducing some rarely reprinted stories. Spider-Woman apparently is a cult-fan favorite character like Moon Knight or Power Man and Iron Fist, especially with Brian Michael Bendis who brought these characters back into the sunlight in both the main and Ultimate Marvel Universes.

The reprint stories retell her origin while illustrating her powers that never quite worked when she really needed them. Jessica Drew’s, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, life before being an agent of a S.H.I.E.L.D and a New Avenger was that of a private eye who barely made ends meet. The new short story by Bendis with artwork by Rick Mays bridges the gap between her new role in the New Avengers and her past. Bendis’ characterization and dialogue is decent and it generally fits with what her persona was like in the reprints this issue contains. Mays’ artwork is snappy and flows very well in the short action packed script that Bendis created.

Bottom Line:
The price tag is right for the amount and quality of the reprint stories if Spider-Woman is your thing.

8/10


JLA:Classified #10 (An ongoing series)

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Butch Guice
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Phil Balsman
Cover artist: Michael Stribling
Editor: Mike Carlin
Price: $2.99 US/$4.00 CAN



This issue marks the first part in a six-issue story arc written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Butch Guice. An item of note is that this story seems to be taken out of the context of the various DC storylines that are occurring. This issue takes a laborious pace in setting up the three storylines, the first being Lois Lane and Clark Kent investigating a pattern of suicides occurring at LexCorp with LexCorp employees. Meanwhile, Batman tracks the trail of an assassin who’s using an incinerating weapon that’s tied in with a corporation that’s developing weapons of mass destruction. Finally, the issue ends with the destruction of the university on Paradise Island with a similar weapon used by the assassin Batman is tracking, but on a much larger scale.

Ellis characterization is a mixed bag on this issue, he’s got Batman down perfectly but Lane and Kent is a bit off. The atmosphere and dialogue is definitely Ellis as is the sloth like pacing the issue maintains throughout. Guice’s artwork is excellent and moody when needed, which mirrors some of his previous work on DC’s Resurrection Man. The only complain which isn’t Guice’s fault is the overuse of the large splash pages and wasted panels showing a whole lot of nothing.

Bottom Line:
If you enjoy JLA or related stories this one may interest you, but not a whole lot happen in this issue. Otherwise, save your money for Justice from Jim Krueger and Alex Ross that's due in August.

6/10


Y: The Last Man -Ring of Truth (TPB)

Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencils: Pia Guerra
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
Colors: Zylonol
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Will Dennis
Price: $14.99 US/$19.99 CAN



This is the fifth trade paperback (TPB) released in the Y: The Last Man series and it’s the largest to date, covering #24-31 of the regularly published series. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, you can get the lowdown as well as the first issue in PDF format at DC Comics / Vertigo’s Y: The Last Man website.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have created an extremely interesting storyline as well as very likeable and easily accessible cast of characters. The snappy dialogue that Vaughan has created is reminiscent of Garth Ennis’ work on Preacher and the various writers for the Angel television series. Guerra’s artwork is rich and realistic and allows the audience to become completely immersed in this world.

Granted in a TPB format many of the cliffhangers, especially in this TPB collection lose a bit of their punch as the next issue is mere pages away. However, in my personal opinion I couldn’t read this series month to month since I was introduced to this series in TPB format a single issue. In addition, the story has a lot of long-term planning/storylines that really shines when read in this format that may get lost if read monthly. This isn’t to dissuade someone from reading the series monthly. However if you are, go back and read three or four issues in a row, and you will come away with a different perspective and level of enjoyment from the series.

Bottom Line:
If you’ve enjoyed Vaughan’s previous work in Ex Machina, or the work of Warren Ellis’ or Ed Burbaker’s in Authority then this series is something you would enjoy. It’s worth every minute of your time and money, but take a look for yourself with the first issue you can download at the official Y: The Last Man website.

10/10


What else is worth reading this week…
· Runaways #6 – The mysterious benefactor is revealed and Ultron speaks the truth?

The Evil Avatar’s Comic Book Review Weekly giveaway for week twenty-two is Giant Size Spider-Woman #1 courtesy of BCBcomics. The deadline for week twenty-two entry submissions is Sunday, August 7th.

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Old 08-01-2005, 06:23 AM   #3
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I think I'll grab the JLA, I have picked them up sporadically over the past few months and have yet to be disappointed.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:31 AM   #4
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Sloth-like pacing? I have to agree that the first issue of this JLA:Classified arc is slow-moving, but I don't think that's the norm for Ellis at all. Still, I'm pretty hopeful for the arc to pick up with subsequent issues, making JLA: Classified cemented in even further as a pretty consistently strong comic.

I couldn't agree more about the Y: The Last Man trade. I've been reading the trades as they come out and this one was absolutely the best yet, if only because of the sheer size of it. And speaking of Vaughan stuff, I just read all three volumes of his "Season 1" Runaways this weekend, adored it, and really wished I had read it in time to jump on to Season 2. Oh well. I also read the first Ex Machina trade, so basically it was a Brian Vaughan fest this weekend, but this basically sold me on anything he writes in the future. So good.

Oh, worth noting, by the way -- the JLA: Classified series as a whole is taken out of continuity. It's a series that lets various high-class creative teams explore the JLA at theoretically any period in its life and tell "untold" stories. That's why this one takes place a few years back in timeline to when Luthor was still president and such.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:46 AM   #5
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Vaughn's stuff is generally great. I wish his run on Ultimate X-Men was a little better - but his unique properties really shine.

Y has done a great job of keeping the story consistently interesting for a long period of time, which is no small feat. Ring of Truth finally hinted at some answers to the larger questions looming over Yorick, which was quite satisfying. Ex Machina is also worth picking up as well because it deals with a totally different set of issues than Y.
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Yeah, his Ultimate X-Men isn't as good as his unique stuff, for sure, but it's still pretty strong. Not the best superhero writer, perhaps, but certainly one of the best writers overall in the industry right now.

Y is now over half done, so the story will have to start winding down, giving us answers, and building towards whatever the final climax is going to be. Ex Machina, on the other hand, is still pretty early in its story, so who knows what else will pop up. Really great that both of these have been optioned for films, as well, although personally I think they're both far better-suited to television. Still, it'll be interesting to see what comes of that.
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Y is over half done? Has he said somewhere how far/long the story will go? I don't keep up on any "industry talk" so I'm a little out of the loop on info like that.

I can't imagine a movie of either Y or Ex Machina either. Well...maybe Ex Machina - at least that can deal with smaller plots easier - Y is much more about a "big picture."
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Ex Machina #13 is absolutely fantastic. God bless you Mr. Vaughn. God bless you.
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Sloth-like pacing? I have to agree that the first issue of this JLA:Classified arc is slow-moving, but I don't think that's the norm for Ellis at all. Still, I'm pretty hopeful for the arc to pick up with subsequent issues, making JLA: Classified cemented in even further as a pretty consistently strong comic.
JLA: Classified series as a whole is taken out of continuity. It's a series that lets various high-class creative teams explore the JLA at theoretically any period in its life and tell "untold" stories. That's why this one takes place a few years back in timeline to when Luthor was still president and such.
Thanks for the tip on JLA:Classified. However, if you read any of Ellis' work on mainstream DC or Marvel characters/series he takes FOREVER to get the ball rolling. Check out the new Iron Man, Ultimate Nightmare or Ultimate Secret. When it's his original work, he shine and he's damn good. Just my two cents.
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Y is over half done? Has he said somewhere how far/long the story will go? I don't keep up on any "industry talk" so I'm a little out of the loop on info like that.
Y is a 60 issues long, Ex Machina is 50. He's had them both plotted out and known they'd be this long since he started them, which is probably part of why they're so damned good.

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However, if you read any of Ellis' work on mainstream DC or Marvel characters/series he takes FOREVER to get the ball rolling. Check out the new Iron Man, Ultimate Nightmare or Ultimate Secret.
Actually, having read Ultimate Nightmare and what's out of Ultimate Secret, I do pretty much agree with that. Holy shit was Ultimate Nightmare boring until the last couple issues. But the last two issues did end up being pretty stellar... still, it lended itself to trade format much more than monthly. I think if I'd gotten that in monthlies, I'd have been bored with it big time.
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