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Review: I, Vampire #1

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Cover by Jenny Frison

Solicitation Info (from Previews): For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

Bias: I’m not sure what to make of this. It seems almost like Marvel’s X-men vs. vampires from a short bit ago, only with vampires trying to protect us from the other vampires. If it’s trying to cash in on the Twilight crowd, then I’m out. But if it’s a more mature approach to vampires (ala Scott Snyder’s American Vampire), then I could see me getting behind this. I guess we’ll see…

What I liked: It was definitely a more mature take on vampires, and the concept behind it was interesting (I liked that it wasn’t a human and a vampire, but two vampires with ideological differences). The artwork was dark and moody (perfect for the story). I was confused by whether the story was currently in the present time or the past (as the story kept bouncing between the two), until I realized that the shading between the two was different (reddish hues in the past, blue-ish hues in the present).

What I disliked: I think I’m just burned out on vampire stories. This was everything I asked for, and yet…it just wasn’t enough. I think that was because all of the action happened in the past. Very little was done in the present, and I wanted to know what was happening now.

Verdict: I’m giving this one more issue.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Written by Tony Bedard, Art & Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?

Bias: I’m not a big Green Lantern fan, and the idea of the Rainbow Lanterns just seems silly to me – so given that this title focuses on that exact group, I’m hard pressed to say that I’m expecting much. Still, Tony Bedard has written some of my favorite cosmic titles in years past, so if anyone can pull it off, it would be him…

What I liked: Huh. I’m extremely surprised to say that I really enjoyed this one! I knew Tony Bedard was a great writer, but I really didn’t think he had enough to work with here to provide something I’d like. I was wrong. The artwork was masterfully done, and the plot was interesting, but what really sold it to me was the dialogue.

What I disliked: The opening sequence. It didn’t tell us it was set in the past, so I was wondering through it all if Kyle was getting a complete reboot. (Turns out, it was just to accentuate the differences in his origin story post-Flashpoint – which is fine, but a little heads up with “2 years ago” or whatever would’ve been nice…)

Verdict: I’ll probably collect this title.

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Review: Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1

Written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone, Art by Yildiray Cinar, Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!

Bias: One of the titles I’m most looking forward to this week. Gail Simone has mentioned that there will be more than two people involved in being Firestorm, and that there will be a document used by governments across the globe called “the Firestorm Protocols.” Color me intrigued – especially since I’ve always been a fan of this particular character.

What I liked: First and foremost, I liked that Ronnie and Jason don’t like each other, that we can understand why they don’t like each other, and yet, we can see both of their points of view (and like both of them ourselves.)

What I disliked: For the majority of the comic, Jason and Ronnie were still normal high school kids. While this was good for introducing the characters, it did drag a bit. The end of this issue certainly seemed to indicate that the second issue would pick up the pace a bit, and I certainly hope that’s the case.

Verdict: I’ll definitely collect this title, but I’m giving it one more issue to convince me not to wait for the trade paperbacks to come out to get more of the story in one go.

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Review: Flash #1

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Art & Cover by Francis Manapul

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!

Bias: This one is pretty iffy as well. The artwork looks beautiful, and some of the ideas look interesting, but after reading up on the Flash to see how it lead into Flashpoint, I was filled with the sense of “meh.” So we’ll see what Francis Manapul can do without Geoff Johns, but I don’t expect a lot from this.

What I liked: It did a good job of introducing the Flash for new readers without beating his weird, altered continuity over our heads. (For instance, it opens with him on a date with Patty, a co-worker at the Crime Lab – definitely a change from his previous continuity of being married to Iris)

What I disliked: There really wasn’t anything bad, per say. There was action, a decent plot hook, an interesting twist at the end…but it just felt “meh.” None of it was able to capture my interest. I would say that if you liked the Flash pre-Flashpoint, you’ll like the title post-Flashpoint. It really does feel like more of the same (not in terms of story content, but in terms of the feel of the book.)

Verdict: I’m dropping this title.

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Review: Blackhawks #1

Written by Mike Costa, Art & Cover by Ken Lashley

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think. Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

Bias: I have similar thoughts to that of Batman: The Dark Knight. What I mean is, I thought I was going to love Men of War, and as such, Blackhawks would be redundant – but I didn’t like Men of War (At. All.), so there’s the opening for Blackhawks to take it’s place. Still, some of the preview art looks more anime inspired than war comic, so I’m not sure this will be up my alley either…

What I liked: It was a fun romp of a black-ops story. Lots of action. Lots of humor. The stories behind the various nicknames, for example, were generally humorous. Honestly, it felt very much like G.I. Joe set in the DC Universe.

What I disliked: It had the level of realism of an action/adventure, which isn’t bad, but there were a few details that made me scratch my head. There was also little introduction before throwing you into the action, which made it a bit confusing to start with.

Verdict: While it was a fun story, nothing really grabbed my interest. It wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t my thing. I’m dropping this title, without malice.

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Review: Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Written by Paul Jenkins, Co-Plotted by Paul Jenkins and David Finch, Art by David Finch and Richard Friend, Cover by David Finch

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, ACTION COMICS)! As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!

Bias: I don’t know what to make of this. My original thought was that I would hate Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight (written by artists? Pass.) and love Batman. I thought Detective Comics was brilliant and Batman was okay. So where does that leave Batman: The Dark Knight? I’m really not sure, and I’m interested in finding out.

What I liked: Interestingly, it turns out this wasn’t written by David Finch – he only co-plotted the issue. It was written by Paul Jenkins, a writer who has proved himself on more than one occasion, and no less here. The artwork was beautiful and the story was interesting. It was a good, solid book.

What I disliked: More than anything, I think the failure of this book was in the editing. There were several key elements to the story that were strikingly similar to that of Batman #1 (which came out last week). To avoid spoilers, I’ll comment on those in the extended. Thankfully, it looks like where the story goes from here will definitely diverge, but these first issues were a problem.

Verdict: For the Batman books, I would rank this one third (behind Detective Comics at #1 and Batman at #2, but above Batman and Robin at #4). I’ll give it one more issue to distinguish itself.

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Review: Aquaman #1

Written by Geoff Johns, Art & Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!

Bias: I’ve always liked the idea behind Aquaman more than the execution. Having said that, this creative team might be just what the doctor ordered – a team that can make the execution as good as the concept.

What I liked: I really liked this issue. I mean, I really liked it. When Geoff Johns said he wasn’t going to flinch away from the mockery usually attributed to Aquaman outside his own title, he wasn’t kidding – and it felt…right. The story was funny, and Aquaman proved himself to the reader. The artwork was absolutely stunning, as well.

What I disliked: Without giving away too much, I felt his decision toward the end of the comic felt odd in light of the events that happened throughout the issue leading up to it. I mean, I liked where the decision would lead the story in future issues, but it didn’t feel natural, given events.

Verdict: I’m collecting this title.

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