By: Derek Ng
3/9/16 C.C.P. Reviews:
Action Comics #50 – $4.99
Detective Comics #50 – $4.99
Spider-Man/Deadpool #3 – $3.99
Action Comics #50
Writers: Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder | Artists: Aaron Kuder, David Messina, Javi Fernandez, Bruno Redondo, Vicente Cifuentes
It’s not often that comics can make it to fifty issues these days because companies have found out that issue “#1” sells better than issue “#XX”. That being said, many congrats to DC Comics for making it to issue fifty on a large number of their series. Action Comics #50 marks the return of Superman’s powers. Now that sounds awesome and exciting, but unfortunately it was very anti-climactic. This whole “Superman loses his powers” arc has gone on for so long that the plot became uninteresting and tedious to read. And when Clark gets his powers back, it’s so random and quick that it seems like writers Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder just wanted to return to status-quo as quickly as possible. When Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder first started their “Truth” arc in issue #41, a de-powered Superman was relatable and a joy to read, as Clark’s character grows from his new weaknesses. But along the way to issue #50, the plot and character development became lost in the various story cross-overs and Clark’s desperate desire to return to his former glory. Vandal Savage has just become your average world-conquering, corrupt, villain who is justifying everything “for the sake of his children”. There is a lot of artistic talent packed into this issue. The transitions from different artists are very smooth because they imitate Aaron Kuder’s style, and Kuder planned the layout of the issue. While it is great to see Kuder draw Clark with a cape, I just want to put this arc behind us. Since Action Comics #50 isn’t even the end of the story arc, it’s just worth a look before you decide to buy.
Detective Comics #50
Writers: Peter Tomasi | Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
The biggest disappointment with Gordon taking over the Batman mantle is that he hasn’t been given the chance to prove he deserves the mantle. Gordon hasn’t been able to take down his own A-list villain (see Mr. Bloom in the main Batman title) or a previous Batman rogue. When Dick Grayson became Batman, he proved numerous times that he deserved the mantle and could protect the city. The Black Mirror was one of the best Batman stories ever written and really proved that Dick Grayson had the ability to protect Gotham and fantastic Batman plots didn’t have to involve Bruce. It’s a shame that Gordon never got that opportunity. He has proven that he’s a detective to the Justice League, but to the reader, he was yet to prove that he’s “Batman”. Detective Comics #50 is about Gordon hunting down a serial killer. If he wasn’t wearing the Batman costume, this plot wouldn’t change. There’s really no need for him to be Batman. This reads like an issue of Gotham Central than a Batman-centric comic. There’s nothing wrong with the plot…I just expected more. Maybe that’s the point of having Jim Gordon as Batman. While Jim Gordon will consistently prove he’s a great cop and commissioner, there can only be one “true” Batman. Maybe DC wanted to show that only Bruce could be Batman. But I always thought that the Batman’s appeal was that he was a normal person who stood among the Justice League. I guess Detective Comics fell flat for me because I wanted so much more. It’s an issue that’s worth a look before you buy.
Writers: Joe Kelly | Artists: Ed McGuinness
If you want the best Spider-Man book or Deadpool book on the stands, look no further than Spider-Man/Deadpool. Joe Kelly knows how to write Deadpool and having him team up with Spider-man has, even after three issues, continued to bring delight and joy to any reader of this series. Issue 3 has Deadpool trying to prove to Spider-Man that he’s trustworthy and he’s the teammate Spider-Man deserves. This involves glowing recommendations from the Deadpool Corps and eventually Deadpool’s own daughter. It’s like when you want to impress an employer with your recommendations and you put only your family members down (because you can totally do that right?). This comic is exactly what it should be: entertaining and light-hearted. And Ed McGuinness continues to impress with the art. McGuinness, who is very well known for drawing stronger characters like the Hulk, has captured John Romita Sr’s art style. His lines are clean and bold. I’m pleasantly surprised and don’t even get me started on the art when the action picks up. Spider-Man/Deadpool comes highly recommended.
Panel of the Week:
“He’s Deadpool! He’s an idiot!”
There are many more comics released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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