Detective Comics 791 (April 2004)

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With the exception of Bruce explaining to Barbara why Leslie Thompkins is important to him, Gabrych does a stellar job with the feature.

It’s Batman versus drug dealers, with a Mr. Freeze ice gun thrown in to keep it grounded in Batman-land. Otherwise, it’s just a procedural, which is a great approach. Batman investigates–sure, fights–then follows up clues and so on. Very good plotting and some great side conversations to pad things out.

Gabrych and Woods mesh rather well. Woods’s realism gets a boost from Gabrych opening the comic on Leslie and her staff, not Bruce out as Batman. When Batman does make his appearance, it’s in a great hunter fight sequence.

And then there’s the awful backup. Sadly, Nathan Fox–taking over the art–doesn’t help the bad writing. Most of the story is a bank heist and it’s visually confounding; Fox doesn’t have logical flow.

CREDITS

The Surrogate, Part One: Lost and Found; writer, Andersen Gabrych; penciller, Pete Woods; inker, Cam Smith; colorist, Jason Wright; editors, Michael Wright and Bob Schreck. The Tailor, Part Three; writer, A.J. Lieberman; artist, Nathan Fox; colorist, Giulia Brusco; editor, Matt Idelson. Letterer, Clem Robins; publisher, DC Comics.

Ultimate Spider-Man 121 (June 2008)

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Except for the panel where Immonen draws Peter with so much of a girl face I thought Mary Jane and Kitty were friends–speaking of… I think Immonen even puts Peter in a Hello Kitty t-shirt–it’s a good issue. There’s some great comedy stuff with Flash protesting (without anyone accusing) he isn’t Spider-Man, then a joyous finale for Kitty getting a good grade.

Bendis structures it in flashback. Kitty and Peter’s “take home a baby doll for a while” assignment is due and Peter messed it up. The flashbacks reveal how things all went wrong.

In other words, it’s a done-in-one from Brian Michael Bendis. I didn’t even know he could do these things, certainly not with such grace. Maybe Immonen helped a lot (I do know Bendis can do them, I’m just being hyperbolic).

Great Bugle stuff too.

It’s another good issue of Ultimate.

CREDITS

Writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Stuart Immonen; inker, Wade von Grawbadger; colorist, Justin Ponsor; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, Lauren Sankovitch, Bill Rosemann and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Six-Gun Gorilla 3 (August 2013)

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The series just keeps getting better. Spurrier brings in more of the sci-fi aspect–people born in the different dimension have the chance of mutation–while introducing a lot of backstory.

The rebels all talk to Blue, but because they want their stories sent back to Earth. Spurrier is able to cover a lot of ground with them, especially since Blue is sort of a dunce.

There’s a lot with the evil corporation talking to Blue’s ex-girlfriend, trying to figure out where the gorilla came from, checking in on their bounty hunter. It’s a packed read, with Blue romancing the girl from last issue too. Well, she more romances him.

Spurrier even has enough time to introduce another bad guy, this one a rebel general. She’s only in a scene, but she terrifies them all so much she’s a frequent topic of conversation.

Gorilla is a great book.

CREDITS

Dyin Ain’t Much Of A Livin; writer, Simon Spurrier; artist, Jeff Stokely; colorist, Andre May; letterer, Steve Wands; editor, Eric Harburn; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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