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review 2017-01-30 06:52
The Return of Oliver Queen by Kevin Smith
Green Arrow by Kevin Smith - Kevin Smith

In 2000, Kevin Smith, Phil Hester and Ande Parks revived Green Arrow into a 3rd series, where it follows the aftermath of a crossover entitled The Final Night where Hal Jordan's Green Lantern sacrifice himself to a Sun Eater to reignite the sun. He brought back Oliver Queen, the original Green Arrow from the dead after he died in a tragically witness by Superman. Collected from issues #1 to 15, Kevin Smith had spun not just a good introduction of bringing back Oliver Queen but had given this title a revival that became one of the most readable comics in the year 2000.


I read this because of one person - Kevin Smith. He has been an awesome writer to me that not only direct but write good stories that really knows how. He is a natural when it comes to words and with Phil Hester's artwork and Ande Parks inking, this is a team that really bring the best part of how Green Arrow would be. Words a side, I was never a fan of Green Arrow and I did for one time think he is a lame character but reading this tradepaperback really brings a good sense that he is cool and flawed, just like how Wally West is as The Flash. With the now current Arrow TV series and running a good four seasons with a current 5th season airing, if you have ever wonder which Green Arrow comic book to read, this might be one of them you should pick it up.

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review 2016-02-18 02:12
The latest take on Steve Austin does the trick.
Kevin Smith's the Bionic Man Volume 1: Some Assembly Required - Kevin Smith

I was a big fan of The Six Million Dollar Man as a kid, and when I got a little older I stumbled onto -- and devoured (repeatedly) -- Martin Caidin's Cyborg. Throw in a strong appreciation for Smith's work? And I'm clearly the target audience for this (so why did it take me 3+ years to read it? Good question).


The main story hasn't changed: Steve Austin is a test-pilot, horrifically injured -- almost killed -- when a test flight goes wrong. A team of experts save his life, rebuild him with bionics, and set him loose fighting for truth, justice, and the American way and so on.


The story was nothing special -- good, solid action/adventure story. There were a couple of nice twists on the TV show's story/characters. Just enough to keep it updated and fresh. I'd have appreciated something closer to Cyborg, but I understand why they made the choices they made. Austin goes up against his bionic predecessor, who has gone rogue and now is running around attacking and raiding technology companies. The battle scenes may have been a bit too big and epic -- but they fit in with the current cinema trends, so, I guess they worked.


I was sure I'd seen Jonathan Lau's art somewhere before, but from what I can tell, I haven't. Which is a shame -- it's great. I'm not going to say that it's my favorite comic art -- but it's exactly what I want comic art to look like. Which seems like a contradiction, but let's move on. Yeah, some of the gestures are over-done, and a couple of the men are just too huge. But otherwise, dynamic, easy to tell character-from-character, nice detail, overall very attractive. I'd be willing to give a book a second look just because of his art in the future.


There are some nice references -- visual and verbal -- to the TV series that are pretty seamlessly worked in. Which I appreciated -- looks like the next volume will be less subtle about it (which is not necessarily bad). I'm not going to say this was a great comic that leaves me chomping at the bit for the next, but it was worth the time and entertaining. Not much more to ask for.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/02/17/some-assembly-required-by-kevin-smith-phil-hester-and-jonathan-lau
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review 2016-01-13 00:00
Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet - Kevin Smith,Ralph Garman,Ty Templeton Hilarious, absolutely evokes the old Batman TV series.

Batman and the Green Hornet team up to fight crime, eventually.
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review 2015-12-19 22:19
Same as the first two shorts
Secret Wars Journal (2015) #2 (of 5) - Cory Smith,Kevin Maurer,Jonathan Marks,Simon Spurrier,Sanford Greene

One leading to M.O.D.O.K. Assassin, the next a stand-alone.   The first was rather lighthearted, the second utterly depressing. 


So same exact format as the first?  I wish they'd shake things up a bit.   Still, I really quite enjoyed the second short, the most resonant of all four so far for me.   I'll continue when number three comes along, I think, because of that one short story. 

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review 2015-08-16 19:42
Beach Read Reviews!
Gotham Academy (2014-) #1 - Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan
Spider-Man and X-Men #1 - Nick Bradshaw
Bloodshot (Issue #25 -Cover A) - Peter Milligan,Lewis LaRosa
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43 - Kevin Eastman,Tom Waltz,Kevin Eastman,Cory Smith

Quick reviews of the four comics I brought to the beach - well, I brought more than four, but I expected to be there longer.    I read these four. 


Gotham Academy #1: 


2 1/2 stars.   


Okay, but this took too long getting to where it was going and it lost me.   I just didn't really care in the end.  I have friends who love this series, but this #1 issue didn't impress me, and I'm not likely to continue on with this series. 


Spider-Man and the X-Men #1: 


5 stars


Wolverine is dead, but he's asked Spider-Man to be a guidance counselor at his school.   See, Spider-Man promised not tis ay anything, but he believed there was a mole at the school, and that it was one of the students.   He wants Spidey to figure out who it is, and save the school. 


No one else wants him, there though.   He takes a lot of crap from both the students and the other staff, who only grudgingly tolerate his presence because Wolverine wanted him there.   They believe that since he's not a mutant, his presence makes it look as if a 'flatscan' is there, telling the bad old mutants how to behave.  


Ouch.   Poor Spidey!   I may look into getting more of this series on the Marvel digital store, if more hasn't popped up on MU. 


Bloodshot #25: 


5 stars


Awesome end to this series, showing where Bloodshot has come from, and with some funny faux tips and faux ads.   Ah, I miss Bloodshot when he was full of nanites!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43: 


4 stars


This is one before a huge issue, that I knew about.  I knew what was going to happen.   And I still didn't feel as much as I expected to reading this.   I was just kind alf like 'eh'.    That being said, I liked the storyline and how it moved along quickly. 




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