Published On: Mon, Jul 21st, 2003

Reviews: ‘Batman Legends’ Mark Waid on ‘FF’ and Geoff Johns fails

Some comic book reviews for this week.

Batman LEgends of the Dark Knigt 169 DC ComicsBatman: Legends of the Dark Knight #169: Tony Harris brings his dark style over to the caped crusader after his work on Starman. Tom Peyer writes a great story about hatred. The gift, or curse if you prefer, of mind control is newly presented here.

Frank Sharp, a man with a misshapen face, retreats from loving, supporting parents to use his “powers” to quench his thirst for wealth. Peyer attacks the irritating and expanding fabric of society – excusing oneself of responsibilities while hiding behind the handicaps of abnormality. Frank blames everyone but himself for his problems.

Harris brings realism to Batman while presenting the twisted Frank Sharp. A great mood captures the dark, foreboding universe of Gotham, which has been absent from this title.

Fantastic Four “Unthinkable” storyline: Mark Waid amazes as usual. Doctor Doom is “Fantastic” and Reed is “Doomed” – I think a creator finally got it. Everyone knows how smart Reed Richards is and he is often the boring 60’s father figure, but Waid adds the obvious element – he’s also an egomaniac. Something he’ll have to overcome to defeat Doom and his magical powers.

This is a darker Four with great visuals and some ‘fantastic” splash pages. (I can’t resist.) Some of the family tensions hit close to home and seeing Doom outside of his “armor” was awesome. Waid rejuvenates Dr. Doom with his attack on Richards and the Four, the Richard’s children and the impact on Mr. Fantastic. I always felt as though Dr. Doom is underutilized in the Marvel Universe, but Waid gives me hope – hopefully Marvel will agree (he’s Fantastic – I’ll stop now.)

Some stuff to AVOID: CrossGen’s Lady Death: A Medieval Tale #6, I was never a fan of the busty horror chick and this didn’t change my mind. Heroes Anonymous #1 is a new humor comic from Bongo, well I thought so, but this deviants into a serious story of responsibility which is subpar at best.

Lastly is Geoff Johns’ Possessed #1, which is a spin on “The Exorcist” with a younger, ass-kicking priest. It just missed it’s target for me – its not scary, in fact, everyone treats possession in a very normal fashion. There is no real chaos or fear, a big let down for me as Johns usually delivers.

Fantastic Four 67 Doctor Doom Unthinkable prologue

Originally posted, tranferred from Crazedfanboy.com




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