My Two Cents: New Creative Teams for Batman, Detective Comics, and Batman and Robin

15 07 2010

Art by Tony Daniel

 

Recently DC Comics has been heavy on new Bat-News and three announcements caught my interest. Tony Daniel is confirmed as the new writer and artist on BatmanScott Snyder named as the new writer of Detective Comics, and Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are taking over the creative reins of Batman and Robin

The Batman and Robin announcement has me giddy with excitement. I LOVED Pete and Patrick’s run on Green Lantern Corps. Unfortunately we have to wait till November for their run, but I have a feeling it will be worth the wait. I haven’t bought an issue of Batman and Robin on the day it was released since issue#3. Pete Tomasi has had a good amount of experience in the Bat-Universe, so I’m confident in his abilities on writing chores. Patrick’s art is always a treat to look at, so I’m have no worries here. 

Unfortunately Tony Daniel has once again taking over as the writer and artist on Batman. I was not happy with his previous run on Batman and was certainly not impressed with Battle for the Cowl. So this is one thing I won’t be  buying. Sorry, but I won’t be doing any clever reviews for it 😦 Maybe I’ll read it in the store… I am not a fan of Daniel’s art. It’s very inconsistent and his use of shadows is too much and very lazy, since he doesn’t have to draw any features if he just adds a bunch of shadows.  See this picture to see what I mean: 

This is one of the most lazy drawings I've ever seen...

 

 Yeah… that’s what Mr. Daniel is capable of… 

Anyway, Scott Snyder is going to be the new writer Detective Comics. I have a good feeling about this because I like his stories in American Vampire. I’m actually really excited about this because his stories tend to spook me. No word on who the artist is yet as far as I know, but hopefully it will be a good one. That’s all I really all I have to say about this. Scott begins his run in November. 

Well 2 out of 3 isn’t too bad DC. I look forward to buying Detective Comics and Batman and Robin in November. I also look forward to avoiding Tony Daniel’s Batman. Good times 🙂

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My Two Cents: Kick-Ass 2 and David Finch’s Batman

13 07 2010

Art by David Finch

 Once again articles on Bleedingcool.com has inspired me to offer my opinions on the topics of what to expect from Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and David Finch’s upcoming Batman mini-series.

Evidently David Finch will have a new Batman mini-series called Batman: The Dark Knight. I myself am a fan of David Finch’s art so I am somewhat excited for this. The part that I’m worried about is that he is writing the mini as well. Now I have not read a comic that Finch has both written and drawn, so I have no idea what to expect. That’s what’s worrying me a little. After reading Batman: Odyssey by Neal Adams my faith and expectations of books that are written and drawn by the same person went downward. But then I had to remember all the awesome series that were both written and drawn by the same person (i.e. Monkeyman and O’Brien, Liberty Meadows, Battle Chasers…). I may check it out when it is released. This book is scheduled to be released November 2010.

I’m sure you guys know how I feel about Mark Millar right now. I am a big fan of his older work, such as Superman: Red Son, Ultimate X-Men, The Ultimates, and Wanted. But then came along Civil War, Kick-Ass, War Heroes, and Nemesis. Oh and Old Man Logan. His newer stories have  seriously disappointed me and now I want the old Mark Millar back. Just like Old Man Logan is getting a sequel, so is Kick-Ass. Watch Nemesis get a sequel. Anyway I read what Mark Millar has said about what Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall is going to be like… and I was amazed at how much he referenced movies and how much his story is going to be like such-and-such movie. He said that Red Mist is going to be a bit of Heath Ledger’s Joker and other movie villains he’s enjoyed. Really Mr. Millar? Can’t you come up with something new and original??? It wasn’t enough to rip off The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger’s Joker in Nemesis? He also makes a reference about how Hit-Girl is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven. I could go on, but quite frankly I don’t want to.

I now pose the question: How is this guy still getting work when it’s CRYSTAL CLEAR all he does now is steal from movies?

Answer: Fanboiz gotta have dey Mark Millar awesomeness crap!





My Two Cents: Old Man Logan 2, Ultimate Thor, and the end of Brand New Day

11 07 2010

All of the following topics I’m about to ramble about were found at Bleedingcool.com. The links to these articles can be found if you click here, here, and here.

Old Man Logan. What can you say about it? Well, it was a top-selling book by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven and was also nominated for an Eisner award. It must be good right? I read it several months ago and was disappointed. Actually saying it was a disappointment is me being nice. I could go through everything that I didn’t like about the story (which was pretty much the whole thing), but that would take too long and frankly I’m sick of talking about Old Man Logan.

So now I’m sure you can imagine what I felt when Joe Quesada (Marvel’s Editor-In-Cheif for those who don’t know) pretty much gave Millar the green light to write Old Man Logan 2. All that Old Man Logan consisted of was never-ending mindless violence, misogyny, lazy story-telling and editing, boring art, and a story you can read in the time it takes to walk your dog. This is why the industry hasn’t jumped forward much. Let’s face it. The countless movies haven’t done much to increase the books sales by a huge amount, or at least for a lasting amount of time. I don’t want every comic book to be something that I could’ve written with a 12-year old kid or something that reads like a daydream somebody had. If you like this kind of stuff then by all means continue to enjoy it. I will never belittle anyone just because they liked something I didn’t like. In fact I know some people who liked Old Man Logan.

Let us move on to more happier topics:

Evidently at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Carlos Pacheco will be announcing a project for the Ultimate Marvel line that’s scheduled to come out in October. That book is Ultimate Thor. I have never met a Jonathan Hickman book I haven’t liked (i.e. Nightly News, Red Mass for Mars, Shield, Fantastic Four, and Secret Warriors). I am excited for this, but if it’s $3.99 for 22 pages of art chances are I won’t buy it and will wait for it at a used bookstore. Hopefully Carlos Pacheco can draw the art on par with the art in Avengers Forever.

Just one queston to throw out there: Where is Red Mass for Mars#4 Mr. Hickman?

Onto the final topic:

After 101 issues after One More Day, Brand New Day will be ending. I thought BND ended when the logo for it came off of the Amazing Spider-Man issues, but whatever. It will also end it’s 3+ times a month schedule and it has been reported that Dan Slott will take over as the main writer of the book, which I would approve of in a heartbeat. I’m hoping that with this new beginning of the Spider-Man universe will restore the character to the one that I grew up with and love. Dan Slott has my faith and trust to do just so.

Feel free to contribute to the discusion by leaving a comment! I look forward to them! Hopefully next time I’ll have something to talk about other than Marvel 🙂