Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Weekly Rankings For 10/01/08
This week I only had two purchases so I picked up two from last week that I had been pondering: Daredevil #111 and the Wolverine Annual #2. For no real reason I added them in here.
Here are this week’s comics ranked prior to reading them:
4. Wolverine Annual #2
3. Daredevil #111
2. Cable #7
1. Batman #680
Here are the rankings after the first read through with a mini-review:
4. Batman #680
Morrison, Daniel & Florea
Let me be clear: I love the arc, but not this particular issue. I found this issue to be all over the place and not in a good way. Basically, Batman unravels with all his personalities while the Black Glove pushes the Joker on him to break his will. The story has it’s moments but this issue leaves more questions and doesn’t advance the story very far in the twenty four pages it’s given. Some of the actions of the characters seemed so far out of whack I found the issue to be puzzling. Was this a dream of Bruce’s? Take the Joker’s dialogue for example. It was too calculating. When has the Jokes ever sounded this smart and used this much irony and cleverness? Add in that everyone seems to know Bruce Wayne is Batman and this issue was an entertaining, but frustrating head-scratcher. I think I would have preferred a double sized finale.
Swierczynski & Deodato
Wolverine fights a giant coyote who possesses a unique power: it destroys his enemies’ hearing, thus throwing off their equilibrium. Wolverine steps up to the plate to beat the monster, but he finds it is something not too unlike himself. The story is interesting, but is obviously a one-shot throwaway. I happened to like it, but if you have a tight budget you can skip this one.
Brubaker, Mann, Gaudiano & Hollingsworth
It’s been a long time since I have read a single of Daredevil. Lady Bullseye stalks some heroes while Matt gets himself into some trouble with his personal life. It’s interesting to see Matt weaken himself unwittingly while an enemy observes and waits. It’s a good first issue to new arc. I liked it and wasn’t at all lost despite not having been following this series in quite a while.
1. Cable #7
Swierczynski & Olivetti
A really good issue with a bit of an expanded cast. First of all, the kid is toddler now. Cable has aged and looks like Santa on steroids. He’s married now and lives in some weird settlement that appears to be in a wasteland, but guarded from the waste. Bishop, meanwhile, gets busted in the present and finds himself getting interrogated by Emma. It’s a solid issue. The artwork seems to be a better fit when it isn’t featuring blown up buildings, as is the case in this issue. I am enjoying this series more when there are more characters than just Cable and Bishop.