Daily Archives: October 31, 2009

Gemini’s Horrorscope

Variant coverDetective Comics #858
“Go, 1”
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: J.H. Williams III
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Todd Klein
“The Question: Pipeline – Chapter One, Part Five”
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Cully Hamner
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Cover artists: J.H. Williams III/Adam Hughes (variant)
Editor: Michael Siglain
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

Given the level of the talent that’s contributed to this latest stint on Detective, it’s been a memorable run on the title thus far, but this latest issue stands out as the best yet, at least as far as the main Batwoman feature is concerned. The plot of the first Batwoman story arc was surprising conventional in tone, featuring what turned out to be a standard hero-versus-crazed villain story. And when one reads a comic book illustrated by J.H. Williams II, you don’t expect to find that art paired with something conventional. Rucka’s latest script is far superior to those that came before, and Williams demonstrates once again the skills that have made him one of the great modern masters of the medium. This issue is also noteworthy in that it features the conclusion of the first arc of the Question backup feature. With that piece, Rucka offers up a predictable though satisfying ending. Like the main feature, it’s the art that steals the show.

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Quick Critiques – Oct. 31, 2009

Hunter’s Fortune #1 (Boom! Studios)
by Andrew Cosby, Caleb Munroe & Matt Cossin

I had no idea what this comic book was about before I sat down to read it, but I was surprised to find a fun premise for adventure that’s full of personality. Hunter’s Fortune is something like Brewster’s Millions crossed with Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring a down-on-his-luck slacker who will inherit millions from a long lost uncle as long as he fulfills a quest as set out in the will. Writers Cosby and Munroe aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel here, but they offer up some solid entertainment. Like many other Boom! mini-series, this reads a bit like a movie pitch, which is OK, because it works as comics storytelling as well. Of course, the fact that cover artist Rebecca Wrigley’s depiction of the series protagonist looks just like actor John (The Office) Krasinski reinforces that big-screen impression.

Matt Cossin’s art is a perfect match to the main characters and the script. He brings such energy to the visuals that one can’t help but get caught up in the fun and goofiness of the story. Admittedly, he’s got a tendency to vamp up almost every female character, but that’s sort of expected with this kind of wish-fulfillment story. I mean, since all of Hunter’s dreams are coming true, it only makes sense that he’d end up surrounded by hot women. Mind you, it’s easier to accept since the smartest, most confident character in the story, Jessica Lockhart, is among them, and she doesn’t get naked or anything. 8/10

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