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Monday, October 11, 2004

Single-Panel Reviews 10/11/04

Y the Last Man #27
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Pencils by Pia Guerra; Inked by Jose Marzan Jr.
Vertigo $2.95

Y just keeps plugging long. It’s a hardy title and this issue finds more of the same. Yorick is a clumsy oaf, always making mischief. 355 is serious, uncompromising and kicking butt. Hero is as messed up as ever and getting closer, within days of finding her brother.

This issue felts like a big fat tease to me. It left me wishing that the next issue was already in my pull box waiting for me. Usually the feeling of wanting more would be a good thing, but not this time. While the ending was exciting, the issue itself was very boring. Only one thing happened and that could be explained in a few pages. This certainly wasn’t the strongest effort from Vaughan, but everyone is allowed one bland issue especially since the previous 26 were spectacular. It’s a good issue compared to other comic books, but not good compared to past issues of Y.
Bottom Line: B-

Jubilee #2
Written by Robert Kirkman; Art by Derec Donovan
Marvel $2.99

I liked the first issue of this Marvel Age title and I’m a big fan of the old Generation X title. Jubilee has always been one of my favorite X-Women. Her spunky attitude is not common in the X world. Kirkman captures Jubilee’s fun rebellious personality here, but that’s about all we get. She doesn’t use her powers. She doesn’t get a date. She doesn’t do much of anything. I was looking forward to finding out more about Aunt Hope, but we only see her twice. This issue was a big letdown after a decent start.
Bottom Line: C

Catwoman: When in Rome #1
Written by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale; Letters by Richard Starkings; Colors by Dave Stewart
DC $3.50

I don’t read many DC titles that aren’t Vertigo and I’ve been trying to change that. This six part miniseries was a great place to start. The cover calls the book “a Catwoman murder mystery” and the writing and art fit the theme. The whole book has a film noir feel to it. When not dress as Catwoman, Selina Kyle looks voluptuous and stylish, like a starlet from the 1940s.

The book starts with Catwoman and the Riddler going off to Rome on a working vacation. They argue along the way adding some laughable moments to the issue. Their interaction is sharp and Loeb and Sale do a great job on the script. This 6-part story has started off strong.
Bottom Line: A-

Ultimate Spider-Man #66
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils by Mark Bagley; Inked by Scott Hanna
Marvel $2.25

This was appropriately title “Even we don’t believe this.” It couldn’t be closer to the truth. I actually thought that I had missed a few issues of the book. Somehow Spiderman and Wolverine wake up in each other’s bodies and in each other’s homes. The issue is a lot like the movie Freaky Friday or those other switched places movies from the 1980s. Considering where we last saw Peter Parker, mourning the loss of Gwen Stacy, it is strange to see Bendis jump to such a light hearted story that doesn’t fit with the last issues. The issue is very funny, but it doesn’t fit where the storyline was going in issue 65.
Bottom Line: B-


  • At 11:13 PM, October 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm going to disagree with your B- takes on Y and Ult. Spidey. You're not alone, though, most online reviewers were less than thrilled with both. But I felt it was great to switch gears for the mourning Peter Parker. Sure, it's a funny situation, but he's not finding it so. This gimmick was a great way to lighten up, but not have the character disrespect his recent loss. Of course, I never was really attached to the victim, so I am probably more ready to move on than most readers.

    And Y was bland? Check out that last page! Okay, you already mentioned that. There was enough in the rest of the book to keep me going, lots of set-ups for the rest of the story arc. Also, the flashback was a nice touch as I enjoyed that particular backstory. Very interesting take on the marriage proposal and what it does to the gender roles. I had never heard that before. It also makes sense from what I hear about married life. :)


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