Looking for a down to the point, action book? Then this is the book for you. Within pages Deathstroke has decapitated, maimed, and skewered more than 15 people! Wade Wilson is coming back and with a vengeance. He has been seen in the past issue as a washed up, old bounty hunter trying to redeem his status and, well, he gets the job done in this issue. A very basic beat ‘em up book, Deathstroke gives the action you would expect from it.
Though there are some great fight sequences that come from this book and artist Joe Bennet, the plot is quite dense. What more can you say about your world’s number 1 killer but that he can kill. Not sure whether I can expect something richer from this book but it is nice to see Deathstroke have his own ongoing again.
I am a little biased when it comes to this one. I love Johns’ work on Green Lantern and was particularly excited for this title in the new DCU. Sinestro is one of my favorite villains and it is exciting to see him with a green ring back on his finger.
Where my bias maybe something to be concerned about this book is actually worth the read. Hal no longer has a ring so it is interesting to see a human side to him as well as how worthless he is without one. Really, it is pathetic. But thankfully in this issue he is granted a ring with Sinestro’s full control of his access to it. An interesting twist at the end makes the next issue that much more appealing.
Mahnke is a wonderful artist and his work really shines in this book. His unique style really gets you into the head of both Sinestro and Hal. Their anger towards each other creates for interesting panels as well as plot. I can’t wait for future issues, especially with more foreign corps members because Gorgor was god damn terrifyingly beautiful.
Probably one of the most confusing stories to follow in the new 52. Though I’ve been a big fan of Abnett and Lannings work at Marvel, I can’t really say I am a huge fan of this series. I have no idea what is going on in the story or where things are supposed to go. I’m sure it is exceptionally hard to write a book about an amnesiac man with unknown powers but the lack of a status quo and concrete direction bothers me. At least there are sexy women hunting Mitch down for unknown reasons.
Though the story falls short, the art does a good job at picking up the slack. Every character is beautifully drawn. The hilarity of Darryl coming out as The Transhuman is wonderfully depicted and the esoteric sexiness of Mitch’s hunters is curiously satisfying.
The art and my curiosity keep me interested in this titles future.
Verdict: BUY (at least the collected if the story picks up in future issues)
As I expected with most of the DCNU #1s, issue 2s would recover what issue 1s failed to accomplish. Batgirl is a prime example. Though Batgirl is still very annoyingly stuck in the past in the beginning that leaves us quickly and the story really progresses. If for no other reason the compelling factor of a potention Bat-team-up in issue 3 will make you want to keep reading. The villian, Mirror, gets quite some interesting depth and we also learn how smart Babs really is.
Syaf’s detail is outstanding. He makes Batgirl move so fluidly throughout the action panels and deviously tells story through the use of eye shapes. This is something I cannot get enough of. Attention to detail is what separates mediocre artists to the pros and we definitely get this attention from Syaf.
There is a nice little teaser about Professor Stein in the book as well so keep an eye out!
I’ve been a huge fan of the Tomasi and Gleason fan since their work on Green Lantern Corps and they are giving me the same satisfaction on this run as well. This book is great. The Bruce/Damian duo is wonderful both in and out of costume. As expected there is quite a bit of father/son drama between the two as well as between Alfred and Bruce which is something that should be expected from the two and I am glad to see that being exploited. The villain is as mysterious as the alias he was given in issue 1, Nobody. The most exciting part of the entire issue is the introduction of Ace, Bruce’s great dane that we know and love from Batman Beyond.
Gleason’s work is impeccable. You can tell there is quite a bit of distance between Bruce and Damian from his art alone. The fight sequence is contains some of my favorite panels where Bruce inconspicuously observes Damian and later commends him for pulling his punches. We can tell Bruce is not the best father from Tomasi but from Gleason we get the picture that he is trying his best.
I look forward to riding this run out with Tomasi and Gleason.
I pictured Grifter to be a sci-fi book but have now been disappointed twice on that end. I am going to assume that I will start to get my sci-fi fix however it does’nt help that the covers are so misleading. It seems like Edmondson is slowly building up the what is expected from this line but he is missing a lot of opportunities. If the cover is going to show a cop with tentacles coming out of his mouth I want to see that in the interior. I don’t know where Max came from but I have to hand it to Edmondson on doing a good job at setting up his character.
The book really falls apart when it comes to the art. Cash looks like a werewolf in most panels and I can’t even begin to explain the side shots of his face. On top of that Sergeant Brooke’s head-on shot just looks malformed. I know Cafu can draw women’s faces because Gretchen never looks that bad but Brooke’s is unexplainable.
Though there are quite a few problems with this series I’m going to stick to it hoping for the best but mainly because I can’t stop myself from reading a book about a Sawyer-esque character.