Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Comic shop comics: June 27
Now there are, of course, 19 more pages in this comic book, but they are seemingly slow, unimportant and somewhat repetitive. There are eight-pages devoted to introducing a new character, one of "The Others" the current story arc is named after, three pages are devoted to illustrating what Shin already told Mera in the previous issue (that Aquaman killed Black Manta's dad), about four or five pages of Aquaman and Black Manta fighting while a couple of Others comment and two (two!) pages containing a single panel of Aquaman punching Black Manta.
There's a lot about the New 52boot that has reminded me of Marvel's 2000 introduction of their Ultimate Universe. Aquaman is the one book I'm reading that reminds me specifically of the pacing and frustrating reading experience of Brian Michael Bendis' scripting of the first volume of Ultimate Spider-Man.
I really, really, really like Aquaman, I think Ivan Reis is a pretty okay artist and I like more of Geoff Johns' writing than I dislike, but I'm digging this book less and less each month, and am pretty much on the cusp of dropping the book.
As the cover reveals, Bizarro is in this issue, and his costume has also been altered to more closely resemble Superman's New 52 redesign; like Superman, Bizarro has lost his trunks, got a new V-neck turtleneck collar and a new belt that matches his cape.
I haven't been reading either of the Superman books since the New 52boot; I know this doesn't really count as in-continuity, but is this the first appearance of Bizarro since the September 2011 relaunch...?
The issue is, as to be expected, pretty charming, although I must confess I was a little disappointed with Baltazar and Franco's Bizarro dialouge. It wasn't opposite enough, for my tastes.