I got the updated Comixology recently. Not that exciting really. It doesn’t do much new that I’ve noticed, just has things shuffled around a bit. I used to have to restart when redeeming codes for the Marvel version of the app before they would appear for purchase, and that seems to be fixed with purchases now appearing instantaneously so that’s a plus. However, I noted in a recent Comixology survey that some titles in my digital collection are out of numerical order somehow, and a simple tap-and-drag feature would be a cool addition. Not this time unfortunately.
Villains Month is well and truly over but I vowed to review them all, so here we are. Sorry if it seems old news to you. I sent a confusing tweet out that blamed car trouble. What I meant was that without a car I couldn’t pick up my comics, hence the delay. That, and my new job has eaten into my downtime pretty heavily.
I’m sticking to the format, so here we have all the titles that made up week 3 of Villains Month, plus one new book this week. Week 3’s best villain was very nearly The Rogues, but I’ve decided to award Villain Of The Week to….
Read what the hell is so good about H'el below!
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. At first glance this one seems only okay, but I’m giving it extra points because there’s an excellent effect on Arcane’s face when you look closer; the lines of his facial features sit above the flesh tones underneath in a way that makes the character’s face seem semi-transparent and it’s quite impressive. That, and the fact that the other covers often have a generic, re-used image of their respective hero in the background, and this is Swamp Thing’s only Villains Month issue thus his only cover appearance, making this one a little more unique.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Usually the darker toned covers have not had the impact to work so well, but this one’s a beaut. All the depth is just right and the artwork looks great.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. The plain blue background seems rushed, and the fallen pillar at the bottom is difficult to focus on to the point where my keyboard is crawling as I type this, having stared at it for twenty seconds. Still, that blood trail runs from background to foreground and looks excellent.
Lenticular cover rating: 1/5. This cover must be moved around to focus Clayface’s arms and never works from a single angle. That girder in the background is also a serious offender. Boo.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Nice fire in the background, but it’s not the best picture of Slade, and the foreground sword doesn’t focus well. Ow, my retinas.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. The effect of the candy in the foreground slightly misses the mark in the focus department, and I’m not even sure who that woman is supposed to be there, but extra points for the Mad Magazine style names on all those packets.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Nice depth effect, great use of foreground with the flails of dark energy from the gem, and an excellent blue tunnel of light as a background. This one is a winner.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Not a bad one, it just doesn’t go as deep as some of them, and it really should have the way H’el hands are aimed straight at you. Background Superman is poorly focussed.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Pretty good, but all that green energy stuff might have been a little ambitious. Whether it’s supposed to be all blurry and unfocussed around the title or not is unclear.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. A not too impressive picture of The Penguin with buildings in the background that ghost a second image instead of nailing the depth effect. The gun smoke is alright though.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. It’s great, with plenty of layers and all that green fire, and swords jumping off the cover too.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Maybe a little too much orange going on to get top marks, but the depth of each character’s position is almost 100% spot on, and Cold’s ice spiral is really cool (pun not intended).
Lenticular cover rating: 5/5. Thanks to contrasting background colour and what was probably some very careful and attentive work, this cover manages to make a very dark black leap into the foreground. Excellent.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Not a bad one, but the colours are a quite drab, and that foreground raven is a bit too blurry.
Superman / Wonder Woman #1 When Superman and Wonder Woman became lovers in Justice League a while back I wondered if it was going to be a short term gimmick or something DC intended to stick with for a while, and with Superman / Wonder Woman launching last week as a regular title it looks like I have my answer. First up, I think Tony Daniel draws a top notch Superman, but he also manages to craft a very beautiful and powerful Wonder Woman as well. There’s plenty of action here, including a battle with a very nasty enemy which I refuse to spoil, but what really did it for me were the panels where Diana speaks to her friend about the shortcomings of her relationship, which really nailed something realistic and likeable. I picked this up out of blind Superman love, but I will stay on board for the exploration of the personal relationship exhibited here. Great writing, great artwork, and a hint of great character development. Well done DC.
Thanks kids. Week 4 Villains Month reviews will also obviously be late, but I'll get to them asap.