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The Sunday Pages #58

17th May 2009 | by | No Comments

Capsule reviews from the Comics Daily team this week of Dark Reign : Hawkeye, The Unwritten and X-Factor

Review: Dark Reign: Hawkeye #2 while she was out divx online
Although the resolution to last issue’s cliffhanger couldn’t hope to meet the expectations it built, this is still a damn fine series. Diggle has quickly cemented himself at Marvel and if this series is anything to go by, his Daredevil run should be especially enjoyable. He appears to be writing Dark Reign: Hawkeye as an “anti-superhero” comic, sticking to a classic formula but with a villain as the lead, and it works wonderfully. There’s a nice pace to this series so far, and again the issue ends on a cliffhanger that simply demands that the next instalment be read. Combine such gripping rhythm with a compelling lead and Tom Raney’s clear, enjoyable storytelling and you’ve got a series that’s easily one of the best things to come out of the whole Dark Reign crossover. [JHu]

Review: The Unwritten #1
A mildly promising start for a book that, for nothing else beyond giving 40 pages of story at a $1 cover price, deserves to be bought if only to try and show publishers that this is exactly how to get people to take a chance on things. The concept is the hook here – nicely metafictional, and with a genuine sense of mystery surrounding just how the supposedly fictional Tommy Taylor is in the “real” world and just how much he knows about his own situation – but the execution slightly less imaginative, with too little in the way of deviation from Harry Potter

as a reference point (not least because Rowling’s books are namechecked in the issue – and if they exist in this comic’s world, then there’s simply no way prophecy the dvd download the Tommy Taylor books would be allowed to, never mind even more successful). But the last page suggests a bigger story, a deeper meditation on stories themselves, than just what happens to Tommy, and this is done well enough to suggest there’s better to come. Peter Gross is on okay form – although I can’t shake the feeling that in the likes of Peter Snejberg and Pia Guerra, there are better examples of this style – but he really seems to drop it in the closing pages, with Count Ambrosio’s facial features changing so dramatically panel by panel (sometimes Nosferatu, sometimes Voldemort, sometimes Richard O’Brien) that you wonder if it’s actually a part of the story, even though nothing else suggests it to be. [SP]

Review: X-Factor #43
It’s hard to shake the impression that Peter David’s sales drive for the book is working against him here, with a competent and entertaining comic being overshadowed by the absence of the shock tactics which his recent statements have lead readers to expect. The kiss shown on the cover is too easily guessable to qualify, having been hinted at even before the book had hit ten issues. There’s still much to enjoy here, and the progression in Theresa’s characterisation is welcome, but its hard to shake the feeling that the writer may be falling back into bad habits, with a noticeable return to the cold-bloodily incremental storytelling which has sometimes sapped the book’s momentum. [JHa]prince of tides the free divx women the