Greg Pak and John Romita, Jr. World War Hulk 2. This is OK. It has a simplicity I can respect. I am getting it because of Romita, Jr. He is good, but he looks a little rushed on things like faces. Also I think he is stuck with some bad designs -- Hulk's buddies look annoying. Also I do not really know who the Sentry is. I wish the guy they were all counting on was someone I knew better. The final page (a splash page) was great.
Brad Meltzer and Gene Ha's Justice League of America 11. This is an odd duck. A formally experimental high concept JLA issue: Red Arrow and Mari trapped in a tiny space at the bottom of a building that has been crushed and dumped in the river; Gene Ha communicates the claustrophobia in his panel design and page layout, and a bit where you have to rotate the book. Meltzer clearly did some research on coal miners being trapped. I don't really need this kind of dreary, realistic thing from a superhero book. I don't really like it. But I will give them points for trying something different in such a high profile action packed big-splash-color team book. Here at Geoff Klock's Blog you get points for trying.
Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson's The Order #1. It is a great concept -- government superheroes can be fired and replaced at any time; media savvy reigns. The anti-decadence thing in the book makes it an interesting companion to Millar's Authority. Kitson is great, especially with cute girls with red hair. And next issue promises a bear in a jet pack. A BEAR IN A JET PACK. I wish this as yet unnamed creature would go head to head with Gorilla Grodd in a five part epic not unlike World War Hulk.
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