This week’s release is a break for me. For the past month or so, I have been buying, reading, and reviewing ten to thirteen comics a week. This takes a toll on the wallet, especially if you are like me and don’t have a real job. So I breathed a sigh of relief when I only pulled two new comics this week. Enough with the introduction and on to the review.

To kick things off for us we have
Batman #690

Writer: Judd Winick
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Rob Hunter and Jack Purcell
Colors: Pete Pantazis

Starting with the cover it is your basic falling down fighting pose. There is no real background to it, and the proportions on Batman look off for some reason and are an eyesore. Not a horrible cover but just bland.

The story of the comic is basically Two Face’s plan to take down the New Batman is entering the next stage. Meanwhile, the Penquin has sent Clayface and Lyle Blanco to take Batman off his trail. The story isn’t bad and sets up future storylines with Dick as Batman. I have enjoyed this arc so far, but it is the weakest story arc out of all of the Batfamily titles.

The writing is decent, at best. The interaction between Dick and Alfred is top notch, but everything else is just run of the mill. The narration from Dick is irritating, the banter between Dick and the villains is non-existent (though this could be because he is the gosh darn Batman), Two Face’s motives, while crazy, don’t match his usual ticks (Things relating to the number 2), and the lack of any real detective work from Dick.

Sadly, the writing isn’t the worst part about this comic. The worst part is the art, specifically the coloring. The colors are murky, too “shiny” (where there are highlights on parts of the face there shouldn’t be), too flat (Don’t ask how that is possible with the too shiny as I am bewildered by this), and the friggin’ sky is blood red. It looks like Final Crisis is about to happen but no, it is just a random bloody looking sky. Unless this was explained last issue, it doesn’t make sense.

Bottom line: DON’T BUY. This series is easily the weakest of the Batfamily titles, and the art is hideous. I recommend Batman and Robin, Batgirl, or Detective comics in its place. All of them have far superior art and writing.

And to finish up this week we have :

Justice League: Cry for Justice #3

Writer: James Robinson
Art & Cover: Mauro Cascioli

The cover is just…wow.  I love it. From the drool on Prometheus’s chin to the red glowing eye on Supergirl everything is amazing. You ever hear the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well that phrase applies to this whole series.

For starters, the story doesn’t make any real sense. A brief plot synopsis: The informal JUSTICE! league meet up in the city and interrogate Prometheus. Meanwhile, the Blue man and Golden Ape–this is a mythological world, anything can happen, I guess–fly to confront the killer of their friends. We also learn Prometheus is stealing all this science– that is the actual phrase used–to do something bad to the future, or something. That is the comic series in a nutshell, and there are four more issues to go. It feels like a bad Silver Age comic, but instead of being short and in twelve pages we get seven issues devoted to this mess.

The writing is out of character most of the time, or at least it appears to be for most of the cast. This book’s cast makes the Justice League Detroit look like A-list heroes, and given this obscurity of the characters I am not entirely sure if they are in character or not. Hal Jordan is written like a jerk and much like that of Sinestro by permitting TORTURE! You know one of the things that Hal is against. The only character that seems to be written correctly is the Green Arrow, but he still has his moments of stupidity, such as being on this team. The absolute worst part of the writing is the overuse of the word, JUSTICE!. The first issue was full of it, the second issue had next to none, but this one we are greeted to the phrase on the first page. At least we get the word Vengeance thrown around to break up the monotony of JUSTICE!

The art is great. I don’t have much to say about it other than it is beautiful, and it’s a shame such lazy writing is coupled with it.

Bottom line: DON’T BUY. The art is not enough to save this book from horrendous plotting and writing. Buy Kingdom Come if you want amazing art with a decent story. There is one interesting thing in this book. It actually references New Krypton, and I applaud that.

That does it for this week. Check the site out tomorrow when we will have a new feature done by the site’s new Partner. Thanks for reading and have a good day.