Steve Montano

Aquaman 1 (February 1986)

845301Not much happens in Aquaman. Well, a lot happens but writer Neal Pozner doesn’t want to spend much time with it. Aquaman’s evil brother destroys his surface world home, but instead of there being a lot of disaster movie action, Aquaman ignores it. Mera gives him crap for it too, but he doesn’t care.

Pozner’s Aquaman is kind of a jerk. Or a dimwit. Maybe a little of both.

There’s also a huge revolt going on in Atlantis. They want of attack the surface world. Why? Because they’re isolationists and Aquaman tried to make them think globally. Not sure it’s worth the riot–Pozner’s attempts to show the protestors’ complaints are moronic. I never did figure out if the hair dryer line was serious or a joke.

Craig Hamilton has many, many problems on the art. His figures bend funny, amongst other things.

This issue’s got nothing going for it.

D 

CREDITS

Writer, Neal Pozner; penciller, Craig Hamilton; inker, Steve Montano; colorist, Joe Orlando; letterer, Bob Lappan; editors, Robert Greenberger, Pozner and Dick Giordano; publisher, DC Comics.

Detective Comics 564 (July 1986)

5669Colan’s art seems to have stabilized quite a bit. In a lot of ways, it’s less ambitious and a waste of his talent, but at least there aren’t any awful Jason panels. Instead, Jason’s barely in the comic. Moench sends him out on a date because he’s so perturbed at Batman hanging out with Catwoman all the time.

Catwoman, in the meantime, is perturbed Batman doesn’t treat her as a full partner. Batman’s oblivious to all these things, of course. He’s too busy trying to work up a plan against Two-Face, which Moench hides from the reader to get a surprise (or two).

It’s an okay enough feature, but it feels padded. Moench’s either avoiding a lot–like Bruce Wayne–or he’s just bored.

The Green Arrow backup has a terrible story. Inker Steve Montano and Rodin Rodriguez give Moore’s a more static quality; it’s still good, but different.

C+ 

CREDITS

Double Crosses; writer, Doug Moench; penciller, Gene Colan; inker, Bob Smith; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, John Costanza. Green Arrow, This Masquerade; writer, Joey Cavalieri; penciller, Jerome Moore; inkers, Steve Montano and Rodin Rodriguez; colorist, Shelley Eiber; letterer, Todd Klein. Editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

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