Tuesday, July 26, 2005

DAY OF VENGEANCE #4

Just for the record: in the cartoon version of Day of Vengeance that plays in my head, Detective Chimp is voiced by (pre-illness) Jack Klugman.

And so while half of you go to IMDB to figure out who I'm talking about and the other half work to erase that mental soundtrack, on with the show.

Bill Willingham has created a fun team that works well together despite a total lack of teamwork and is fully capable of appreciating just how lame their moniker is. Imagine Buffy's crew if all of them were superpowered and Giles was a chimpanzee. Bound together by a mix of desperation and recklessness, the Shadowpact does all right to at least force a draw with the seemingly unstoppable combination of the Spectre and Eclipso while dealing with various obstacles -- including their magical router, the Enchantress, reverting to her evil ways. Blue Devil's handling of that was fantastic.

Showing a foresight that should be applauded, Willingham has centered this series around the aforementioned chimp. The exposition goes on a bit too long, pulling the reader out of the scene much as the similar backstory cramming Barbara Gordon did in this week's Birds of Prey, but it's kind of hard to argue that there can be too much Detective Chimp when the others seem to do much better as supporting players.

This issue featured the recruiting of the newest member of the 'Pact, Black Alice (speaking of BoP), who had the most inappropriate moment of the issue. Dressed so that her thong straps, bra straps, and midriff were in plain sight and with pants so low she needed a waxing, Alice displays no trace of irony in mocking Nightshade's attire as whorelike, despite Nightshade being fairly modestly dressed by female superhero standards. That scene did amuse, however, with Alice's father wondering precisely what his daughter did after school that she was being wooed.

I feel bad for still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but this has been one of the more entertaining of the Crisis II prequel miniseries.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

"Alice displays no trace of irony in mocking Nightshade's attire as whorelike"

Well, it IS a Bill Willingham comic.

Wed Jul 27, 02:40:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but you have bizarre standards.

The action was lame, the dialogue painful, the characterization off and the chimp is stupid.

I cannot help thinking that you may be one of those reviewers it would be best to take the opposite opinion of, always.

K.

Thu Jul 28, 06:53:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow K. You really showed the Shrew a thing or two with your intellectual prowress, you're cunning literary mastery (nice touch with the word "stupid"...gotta love the articuation), and your insightful retort to what was actually a well written review.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I OFTEN take issue with some of the smarmy or praisful commentary our four color rodent paints on the page, but I'd prefer to retort with a foundation other than the same tired AOL-like baseless commentary the 4-year-olds- run-amok-in-cyberspace so numbingly post...and thus I shall.

"Bill Willingham has created a fun team that works well together despite a total lack of teamwork and is fully capable of appreciating just how lame their moniker is."

This must have been hard to admit to at first knowing what you know about his work on ROBIN, but I agree. Though some of the choices for ensemble don't suit me (Ragman?), they work well at not working well together and Bill illustrates that wonderfully. Oh, and for those 4-year olds out there I suppose my next comment should go :
"Mad props for Buffy respects...yo"


I have to differ with you on the "brilliance" of bringing a TALKING MONKEY into the mix. Like war, I have to wonder, what is he good for?

Sans the harlot v harlot: I agree that Black Alice has a very short plank of criticism to walk on, but in all fairness, "a ho knows a ho". A bit hypocritical, but not far from the truth. Nightshades got a definite "goth bondage" look to her.

"I feel bad for still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but this has been one of the more entertaining of the Crisis II prequel miniseries."

Don't feel bad. The other shoe HASN'T dropped yet and DoV smells more of a 4-issue mini than it's current length, but we ARE getting some half decent Captain Marvel exposure, so I'm up for the extra couple of mags if it means more of the Big Red Cheese.

Also I feel the schizophrenia of Enchantress (and forgive me because I know I'm partial but I do recall the old Suicide Squad days) is a bit overused. I would have prefered a surprise...maybe an overcoming of such a condition to, you know, save the entire world of magic and the like.

Overall Day of Judgement does please, but could do so without talking monkeys, schizoids, and hints of goth bondage.

Coeusguy

Mon Aug 01, 10:28:00 PM EDT  

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