OK, it's only 5 pages and it's not ALL bad, but the more I looked at it the harder it was for me to find much good to say about this "preview" intended to entice readers to buy this book. The cover's nice, which supports the old adage I guess. Anyway...
The Art- The first page looks like a tryout page from an aspiring artist who will later be told to go home and practice some more. The splash isn't much better, I've seen that swipe TOO many times, usually starring the Incredible Hulk. The rest of the 5 pages is little better, I know Aaron Lopresti isn't the best at facial expressions, but really. Page 5 is the worst, what are those people in background supposed to be doing? The guy in the trench coat is the most interesting thing in panel 1, I was almost expecting him to pull out an uzi or something and start shooting (which might have improved the story). Batman looks like he's retaining water, Batwing looks like something you'd find in a Happymeal, and don't get me started on Booster's stupid Jim Lee designed costume AGAIN. The garish crayon coloring doesn't help matters, I begin to see what Boosterrific has against Hi-Fi. I may be biased but, Booster's facial expression actually does look good when he's talking to Skeets. As to the final panel, Batman is either meant to "appear" to be keeping an eye on Booster, or he's realized that he just washed his cape and can't do a thing with it. Seriously, what's going on with Batman's cape in that panel?
The Writing- What there is of it (Oh look, an extended fight scene), Lady Godiva, the uncertain newcomer out to prove herself has about the only real dialog during the fight scenes. And what does she have to say? "If you helped kill my teammate, you must be stopped". Wow, what pathos, what emotion, better slow down there sister before someone actually starts to think you're in this story. OMAC's response,"you're wasting my time" pretty much sums up this preview. As for the other characters, Jurgens must not spend a lot of time writing Guy Gardner dialog, because Guy almost sounds like he wants to have a group therapy session with O.M.A.C. (does he really spell it out like that?). And frankly, I don't care what Batwing believes about Booster being from the future. Batman serves as the boring exposition deliverer while Booster has the only real role in these first 5 pages, of monitoring, via Skeets (YAY!), "emergency services" for the next... wait for it ...extended fight scene (I'll bet).
Do I sound P.O.d? Maybe, I think Booster deserves better than this "it won't be long till the title gets cancelled if this keeps up" kind of story. The creators need to stop phoning it in, and start putting in a hard days work if they expect to keep getting any of my money.
Do I see any hope in this issue? A little, Batman's over the shoulder glance at Booster speaks volumes... or it could mean absolutely nothing.
The one benefit to digital comics? Less chance of future civilizations finding this comic and judging us based on it.
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Last edited by Grimmy on April 29th, 2012, 6:15 am, edited 1 time in total.