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Yeah, the .cbr was really late this week...

There haven't been any pages of the Batman comic posted here yet, but it's a decidedly low-key, grounded story, which isn't a huge surprise from the creative team behind 100 Bullets. I know he's probably DC's hottest property, but it does kind bug me that this strip has the permanent position on the front page, it would've been cool if they rotated it like they do with the cover.
Anyway, what really grabs me about this week's strip is seeing Bruce Wayne acting very un-playboy-like, you'd almost expect he was wearing the cowl in this conversation. Him passing her the key almost feel forced, like he's doing the bare minimum to keep up the facade.

Wonder Woman's strip is a joy. The layouts toe the line between confusing and inventive (check out the way she backtracks along the second tier there!), while the art plays between rough and gorgeous. It's a strip that doesn't seem to be sure how it wants you to feel about it, so I just give it the benefit of the doubt and feel good. The action can be hard to follow with how small some of the panels tend to be, but even that can't contain the vibrancy the art puts through.
I almost thought we were out of the dreams here, but then each strip tends to end with an or-was-it? anyway, so it's hard to tell at this point whether Diana's dreaming or just thinks she is. We'll just have to keep watching!

Clark is going through isolation angst again, and it's taken him four weeks to remember the best people to cure it. Of the three, Superman's is probably the weakest. Wondy might be moving too fast, and Bats might be moving too slow, but Supes doesn't really seem to be going anywhere right now. The art is pretty, at least, especially the coloring! Though they do seem a little too fond of that frown.

Until next week, which I might Frankenstein together myself if the scanners take so long again!

Date: 2009-08-05 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
.... I fully expect to by lynched for this, but I'm not really feeling the Wonder Woman wednesday strip.

I dunno. I guess what bothers me is that the layout is so busy it gets in the way of the storytelling. Its a mess.

Date: 2009-08-05 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Rest assured I see plenty to like, so don't feel that you have to be on the defensive. :D But as I said before, its kind of a mess, so I feel like I have to work to see the narrative. Guess who said what, and which panel the voice bubble belongs to!

Its not fun, its work. Its like I'm being punished as a wondie fan.

Date: 2009-08-05 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Its like I'm being punished as a wondie fan.

Because that's never happened before.

Date: 2009-08-05 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Flash is AWESOME, and I say that as someone with an extreme aversion to complicated time travel plots (my love for Booster Gold and Doctor Who nonwithstanding).

Date: 2009-08-05 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I looooved the concept art for it. I think it looks a loooot better on the computer than it does on the newsprint. I just don't think it's looking that great.

Date: 2009-08-05 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is it me or is the coloring somehow kind of muddy on Wednesday Wondy?

Date: 2009-08-05 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Definitely not you. I think the coloring on this strip is definitely hampered by the newsprint. When the art from Caldwell's blog was posted, I was SO excited, because you just don't see those bright teals and purples and pinks, but they just don't translate on this stock.

Date: 2009-08-05 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I totally agree--I also don't like the formula of all her adventures being dreams. It makes it feel very boring, because you know how it's going to end, and it makes Diana appear very passive and...un-Diana. I think it would have worked better if she literally went out and quested for those items.

Date: 2009-08-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, Passive is the word I would use. Dreams don't usually make for compelling storytelling MOST of the time. There are exceptions of course, but there's a good reason dream sequences are almost always thrown out of movie scripts.

Date: 2009-08-05 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This. It's so frustrating to read.

Date: 2009-08-06 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Motto. I gave up after the first dozen panels.

Date: 2009-08-08 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The impression I've been getting from what I've read of it is that the guy writing it can't quite wrap his head around the 'comic strip' concept - he keeps slipping into comic book mode, where you've got at very least five-to-ten full pages in which to tell your story. The artwork is gorgeous, and I like the sort of dreamy feel it has (although it's nothing I would have associated with Wondy), but it's too CRAMPED - it needs to stretch out. It needs room to wiggle its toes, as it were.

Date: 2009-08-05 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
According to Ben Caldwell, he had a 52 week strip planned out when he thought the project was going to last that long, and had to collapse a lot of it to fit the 12 week project. He has also claimed that future weeks will be less claustrophobic.

That said, I do appreciate the Little Nemoesque storyline; it's easily one of the most ambitious strips of the fifteen and I'd love to see how it would have gone at a more relaxed pace.

For Batman, I'd like this strip better if Bruce Wayne actually looked like Bruce Wayne. I guess I'm expecting a more Timm-like art style.

The Superman strip looks gorgeous. As for the writing, the Superman strip looks gorgeous.

Date: 2009-08-05 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wondy's strip's not showing up just now.

Date: 2009-08-05 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Lee Bermejero.

That is all.

Date: 2009-08-05 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As do I, each panel is a veritable masterpiece.

Date: 2009-08-05 08:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-05 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The problem with ww's strip is that while the art is gorgeous, the designs and art style need to be ANIMATED. These look like really really creative movie layouts for an animated film. I almost think if Disney did WW, it would look like this. It's channeling some serious 'Hercules' and 'Mulan' animation style.

Date: 2009-08-05 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Come to think of it, it did remind me of something!

Date: 2009-08-05 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really hate the font on the WW strip. It may seem like a minor quibble, but it's almost inscrutable even at this resolution.
It's been putting me off the strip since day one.

Date: 2009-08-05 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I completely agree.

Date: 2009-08-05 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, no. It's not at all minor.

Reading WW feels like a chore because of the lettering and that's not a good thing.

The Batman comic:

Date: 2009-08-05 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Never in my life have I seen so many innuendos in a single page of a comic.

Re: The Batman comic:

Date: 2009-08-05 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For this creative team, it's hardly surprising. Some issues of 100 Bullets were absolutely fantastic with their word-play.

Date: 2009-08-05 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That little boy in the Superman strip's been getting into the Smilex again, hasn't he?

Date: 2009-08-05 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol,that a great explanation for that weird face. :P

Date: 2009-08-05 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
He.... he kinda looks like Rorscharch, I think.

Date: 2009-08-05 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Wonder Woman strip just bothers me. It's so crowded and sketchy I have to bend over it just to see what's going on. I also think that if they're trying to make a drinking game out of the phrase "Champion of the Amazons"m it's working.

More people should call them the Trinity.


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