Friday, 24 February 2012

New Comics - 22nd February 2012

Only two books this week, both from DC. Wasting no time, here we go...

Superman #6

After feeling pretty let down by the quality of issue 5, my expectations weren't very high going into issue 6. And of course, Superman failed to deliver. Issue 6 disappointed on nearly every level, the only saving grace being Nicola Scott's fantastic artwork. It's a real shame her talent is wasted away on such a mediocre story because her pencils deserve better.

Now that this opening story arc is finally over, I can safely say I've learnt the error of my ways; never will I be purchasing anything written by George Perez ever again. I am so over Perez's antiquated style of story telling. I don't need everything spelled out for me by some news reporter. In fact, this issue made the previous five issues completely redundant because Perez spelled out absolutely everything for us. George, let the art tell some of the story for Christ's sake! I don't normally have a problem with dialogue-heavy comics, but when the script is this dry, reading soon becomes a chore. Even though the story was tied up in the end, was it interesting? No, not really, not for me. It's really sad because I love the character but awful writing like this will force me to cut this book sooner rather than later. Bring on that new creative team of Giffen and Jurgens, because Superman desperately needs a breath of fresh air.

Rating: 2/5 (it would be 1/5 if it wasn't for Scott's art)

Aquaman #6

Aquaman has, for me, been one of the best books of DC's New 52. Issue 6 takes a slight deviation from the norm and focuses on Aquaman's wife, Mera, as she steps out into the world in search of dog food. Sound a bit silly? Well yes, it is, but issue 6 was really nicely put together and provided a great deal of detail on who Mera is, where she came from and what her role might be concerning Aquaman. This is an enjoyable story and I like where Johns is going with this, building on Aquaman and his family whilst beginning to delve into their past as well.

The only problem I had with issue 6 was the art. It's only nit-picking really, because most of the time the art was fine, but you could tell these pages were not created by the talented Ivan Reis we've been accustomed to. Joe Prado, the series' regular inker, took over pencil duties for this issue and whilst his work was good most of the time, his faces and close-ups were inconsistent. One moment Mera would look graceful, the very picture of Atlantean beauty, then in a different panel her face would appear gawky and awkward. It wasn't a massive problem but when we've had five issues of Ivan Reis' Aquaman, Prado's unpredictable pencils stood out a bit. Reis is back on for issue 7, which I can't wait to get my hands on.

Rating: 3/5

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