Detective Comics #854 / Dark Reign: Elektra #4 / PVP # 42 / Gotham City Sirens #1

This is Bob from the Weekly Comics Spotlight podcast with short reviews “by the #s” (with a rating out of 5) of the books we review on our weekly show.  We’re also including the “price per page” of the comics we review.
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DC:  Detective Comics #854 (W: Greg Rucka A: JH Williams III + Cully Hamner)
Bob: 5/5    John: 4/5
$3.99 – 24+8 pgs – 12.5 cents/page (color)
This is the best comics DC has put out this year.  Visually stunning, if JH Williams does not get an Eisner nomination out of this, then there is no justice in the comics award community.  Pick this book up!

Marvel: Dark Reign: Elektra #4 (W: Zeb Wells  A: Clay Mann / Mark Pennington)
Bob: 4/5    John: 3/5
$3.99 – 23 pgs – 18.1  cents/page (color)
I was predisposed to dislike this series (due to the $3.99 for a normal-length comic factor), but Zeb Wells won me over with a very entertaining story coupled with really nice art.  I’m willing to give a lot of $3.99 comics a try (especially when DCBS has a special discount on #1) but I only continue with the ones that get high marks.  This one was good.

Image: PVP #42 (W/A: Scott Kurtz)
Bob: 2/5    John: 2/5
$3.50  – 20 pgs – 17.5 cents/page (B&W)
Personally, I see no excuse for putting out a comic with only 20 pages of REPRINT material over 6 months late, and slapping a $3.50 price tag on it.  I used to be a huge supported of PVP, this is the last issue of the comic I’ll get.  I’ll read it on-line for free.


Bonus Book! Gotham City Sirens #1 by DC (W: Paul Dini  A: Guillem March)
Bob: 3/5    John: 4/5
$2.99 – 22 pgs – 13.6 cents/page (color)
An OK comic, but I think DC went a little over-board with expanding the bat-franchise.  If you really want to read about the “bad girls of Gotham” then this will be right up your alley.

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