Now there in an interesting exercise. Once a week Silver Bullet Comics gets together all their reviews and has them review all the same comic book. This week they chose JLA #109, the third part of Kurt Busiek and Ron Garney’s first arc together. It’s interesting to see a range of ratings from 4 to 10 out of 10 spread between the reviewers.
Some of the comments were interesting. Jason Cornwell pointed out the Ron Garney’s current art is a lot like John Byrne’s current art. I hadn’t noticed it before, but I can see where he’s coming from. I happen to like Byrne’s art so that comparison is a favourable one for me, unfortunately that reviewer isn’t such a fan, but each to their own.
It was interesting to see how much space each reviewer devoted to comments about the artwork because comicbooks are by definition a visual medium. I post my own reviews of stuff up in the ol’ Captain’s JLA Page from time to time, but I’m not a visual thinking person. I think in terms of plot or dialogue and tend to focus on those, I personally don’t think I’ve got a good enough technical grasp of illustration review to contribute much more than stock phases about how “tight” pencils are, or how “heavy” the inks are.
The reviews can be found at SBC’s Sunday Slugfest.