Rick Spears

Detective Comics 788 (January 2004)

This issue doesn’t just have bad writing. Bad writing the art and pacing could probably surmount. Mike Lilly’s pencils aren’t the greatest, but Sean Parsons and Dan Davis give them a nice inking and it all moves pretty well visually. But Paul Bolles’s script? It’s exceptionally incompetent. He writes all this third person narration, very […]

More

Detective Comics 787 (December 2003)

Rick Burchett does about half well on this issue. Maybe more than half, but when he goes too cartoonish, it hurts the better stuff. And by cartoonish, I don’t mean his overall approach. His approach is fine–his Mad Hatter, for instance, is gloriously cartoonish and wonderful. I more mean things like Bullock not having eyes, […]

More

Detective Comics 786 (November 2003)

For the finale, Bruce does some detective work again. Gordon’s missing so Batman tries to retrace his steps, with Alan Scott along to see how detective work is done. Brubaker sends them on a different line of investigation than Gordon had, which makes sense in terms of creating an interesting narrative… but Gordon’s was better. […]

More

Detective Comics 785 (October 2003)

This issue Gordon gets to do all the detecting and Batman gets to beat people up. Actually, Batman teams up with Alan Scott and they go beat people up together. They’re trying to get information and don’t get much. Gordon’s actual detective work pays off. While, yes, Batman probably could have done the work in […]

More

Immortal Weapons 3 (November 2009)

Who’s this Rick Spears guy and why have I never heard of him before? His origin of Dog Brother #1 is fantastic. He opens it in late nineteenth century Hong Kong, where Dog Brother is something of a myth. Spears’s protagonists are these two orphans, trying to navigate the gangs, the British and the poverty. […]

More