Review: Action Comics #2

Action Comics #2

Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Rags Morales, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant, and Brad Anderson

In this second installment of the new Action Comics, Grant Morrison continues his rendition of Superman at the beginning stages of his career in Metropolis.

Art
Like Action Comics #1 I enjoyed the art in this book. The colors did not seem as vibrant in this issue, but there was not a large reason to have vibrant colors in this book given the environment. Some of the eyes looked a little odd on some characters, but overall the art was good, and kept me engaged in the story. (4.0 out of 5)

Writing
I am really enjoying this version of Superman. It is great to see him truly struggle physically instead of only mentally. Putting this book together, and Superman #1 from last week, it has been great to see Superman from this viewpoint. One of the struggles that writer’s have had over the last few years has been making the other members of the Justice League relevant when there is a Superman on the team. His powers and abilities have been untouchable by any of the other members of the team, and the team now has the ability to shine together.

Morrison is doing a great job rebuilding that Superman in this book, and I look forward to seeing how he grows from the hero wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and a cape to the redesigned hero of today. (4 out of 5)


Rating Description
4.0

Art
Nice art, colors were not as vibrant, but overall enjoyable.

4.0

Writing
Despite my distaste for Grant Morrison’s previous work, I am really enjoying what he is doing with Superman

4.0

Overall (not an average)
I will continue to pick this book up as it is released monthly. I hope the stories continue to keep me engaged, and I look forward to watching Superman grow into the symbol of hope that we are used to seeing in comics.

Review: Green Lantern Corps #1

Wonder Woman #1

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna, Gabe El Taub

Green Lantern Corps has been one of my favorite books in the past couple of years, so for me it is quite beneficial that this book was not truly rebooted with the rest of the DCnU. For new readers however, this is probably not a book they can immediately enjoy.

Art
The art in this book reflects what I would expect to see in a Green Lantern comic book. When a Lantern uses their power I would I would expect to see a bright light illuminating all around them, and whatever construct they have created. In short, to make a Green Lantern book look good, the colorist has a very important job. The art team for this book does not disappoint. (4.5 out of 5)

Writing
Picking up after the War of the Green Lanterns, it seems that all of the Lanterns from Earth are struggling to find their place in the world. Generically, this is an interesting dynamic that they are introducing, that I would have expected to see years ago. I would expect any space police officer spending a lot of time in space would lose touch with people on Earth. They are not on Earth long enough to have a job to obtain money, pay their rent, or even see the latest summer movies. It seems that this dynamic is being addressed in this reboot, and our heroes are struggling being back at home, and are looking for some excitement. Of course, the universe is ready to help them fulfill their desire.

So far I like where this book is heading, and I am looking forward to the next issue. Unlike the Green Lantern series, this is a book that I do not want to wait for trade, and I look forward to the book next month. (4 out of 5)


Rating Description
4.5

Art
Art team did a good job with this book, and the colors match the tone of a Green Lantern book

4.0

Writing
Good story, with an interesting looking into the characters. I look forward to the next book

4.0

Overall (not an average)
I have been saying wait for the trade for a lot of books lately, this is one I would recommend reading now.

Review: Wonder Woman #1

Wonder Woman #1

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson

There has been a lot of talk about the changes to Wonder Woman’s costume since the talk of the DCnU, and her costume has changed several times since the announcement. Like many other fans there were several iterations of her costume that I did not like, but none of them stopped me from wanting to read at least the first issue of the new book.

Art
At first look, the art for this book was not very appealing. It seemed pretty boring, and I was a little turned off by it. As I continued to read the book, I noticed that the art matched the tone of the book really well. It was also nice to see the difference between a normal woman, and Wonder Woman as they were standing next to each other. Overall, the art was ok. There were some pages that were very boring, and some pages that really brought out the tone of the book. It seems that the artist may have spent more time on some pages, and other pages were left behind until the last minute. (3 out of 5)

Writing
So far, I like the way that Wonder Woman is bring portrayed in the DCnU. Currently, she does not seem to be a female that is as invulnerable as Superman with the ability to fight. In this book she seems like a warrior that is stronger than a normal woman, but not overpowered and invulnerable. Those are some things I liked about the book, and I am glad to see in a Wonder Woman book. (3 out of 5)


Rating Description
3.0

Art
Some pages looked very boring and possibly rushed, other pages really displayed the tone of the book

3.0

Writing
The story seems to be taking Wonder Woman back to being a warrior, which is good to see again

3.0

Overall (not an average)
I originally just planned to buy the first issue of Wonder Woman, but the story interests me enough to grab the next couple of issues to see where the story will go to next.

Review: Batman #1

Batman #1

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Fco Plascencia

This is the second Batman title that I am reading from the DCnU, and it will probably be my last. So far, I have not found the Batman family of books to be that interesting, and I definitely have no nterested in continuing to read Detective Comics. This is a different Batman story, from a different writer, so I figured it was worth giving it a try.

Art
The art for this book was quite enjoyable, except for the height differences in the different characters. Specifically, Bruce Wayne towers over Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne, yet at his party he is short compared to Lincoln March. Dick Grayson, and Tim Drake also seem to be around the same age when looking at them together in this book, as opposed to Dick Grayson being a bit older than Tim. Other than that small annoyance, the art was very enjoyable and dark. Perfect for a Batman book. (3.5 out of 5)

Writing
Scott did a very good job in this first installment of Batman. I was completely engaged throughout the entire book as I watched the master detective do his work. This is definitely a book I will continue to read, as the end of the story introduces a cliffhanger that I never expected to see in a Batman book. I will not be waiting for the trade on this book, as it was very engaging, and left me wanting more. (4.5 out of 5)


Rating Description
3.5

Art
Character models are a little odd, but the overall art is a great fit for the book

4.5

Writing
Very good story, and I am really looking forward to following this story.

4.5

Overall (not an average)
The story was really good, and the art fit the book really well. I recommend checking this book out, and plan to follow the series.

Lesson of the week: September 17, 2011

This week’s lesson was a good continuation of last weeks lesson. The big lesson learned from last week was a believer living the Christian Way of Life. We talked about the importance of a believer learning accurate bible doctrine, to strengthen their Relationship with God. While they strengthen their Relationship with God, they should apply the doctrine to their life and strengthen their Relationship with Others. Continuing that cycle a believer will be living the Christian Way of Life.

Lessons:

Chapter 12 verses 1-2

Chapter 12 verses 3-8

Chapter 12 verses 9-13

Chapter 12 verses 14-21

What I learned:

Since I really see this last lesson as a continuation of the last week’s theme, and it concluded Romans Chapter 12, I am going to go over everything I learned in Chapter 12 to establish what I learned, and now have to continue to apply.

Chapter 12 versus 1-2:

One of the most important things I learned in this lesson is that Chapter 12 is actually a continuation of Romans Chapter 8. The verses for this lesson were Paul’s perfect way of beginning Chapter 12.

Verses:

1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

For me this lesson was a perfect setup to the lessons I have already discussed. The first part of verse one points out that a believer should offer themselves to God, by executing the Christian Way of Life, under the filling of the Holy Spirit. The second verse details how a believer begins that process with the renewal of their mind. This is not something that happens automatically, but something that a believer must work on, by learning and applying accurate bible doctrine in their life.

Prior to salvation, a believer thinks with Human Viewpoint thinking, and their actions are the result of it. Paul is telling the believer that now their responsibility is to rid themselves of that Human Viewpoint Thinking, and replace it with Divine Viewpoint Thinking. Fortunately, for us Paul did not just stop by telling us our responsibility, he continues the chapter with specific methods for a believer to execute the Christian Way of Life.

Change your mind

Chapter 12 versus 3-8:

These verses discussed how each spiritual gift has an important purpose in the church. Paul spent time talking about how not all believers have the same spiritual gift(s), and why that was important. If you recall the football play example, not every believer can be a quarterback (QB).

Football Play

We should not be arrogant due to the abilities they have been granted, but instead remember that we are just another important member of a large team. For that team to function properly, and work together to reach the common goal, we all must fulfill our function(s) with zeal! Remember, just like the football example each believer needs the other members with their gifts for the church to grow, and glorify God. A single believer cannot do that alone, just like a single member of a football team cannot win a game without the other members of their team helping in some manner.

Chapter 12 verses 9-21:

The final versus of Chapter 12 really detail specific methods for a believer to have a Relationship with Others, and live the Christian Way of Life. Remember, in order live that life the believer must strengthen their Relationship with God by learning accurate bible doctrine. The believer must apply what they have learned in their Relationship with Others, and in doing so they can live the Christian Way of Life.

Football Play

Summary:

So for Chapter 12, Paul began by telling us that we have to change our Human Viewpoint Thinking to Divine Viewpoint thinking. He then shows us that we each have a very important role in the church, and we should use our spiritual gifts to the best of our ability. Finally, he details specific methods for us to change our former Human Viewpoint thinking to our new Divine Viewpoint thinking, all so that we may live the Christian Way of Life!

Hopefully, I have written something here that you can learn and apply to your life. As always, please read and study the complete passage, and the lessons are available to aid you.