Tag Archive: Alfredo Alcala

Batman 385 (July 1985)

With Chuck Patton helping, the pencils are occasionally tolerable. Even Alcala inking can’t fix whatever Hoberg does wrong with Batman’s cowl, unfortunately. There are a couple big scenes this issue–besides the resolution of… Continue reading

Batman 383 (May 1985)

After my many complaints Moench never writes Bruce Wayne at length (and sensible, as he did write him at length and ludicrous during the Jason Todd adoption thing), he dedicates an entire issue… Continue reading

Batman 381 (March 1985)

Moench neatly ties everything together–including Bruce setting up Nocturna for an unnecessary fall–and it’s hard to remember why any of the threads are important at all. They weren’t important to the characters, except… Continue reading

Batman 380 (February 1985)

What an odd turn of events. One can’t help but note Moench is following a number of story beats–corrupt politician, villain masquerading as Batman–Gerry Conway did immediately prior in his lengthy run, not… Continue reading

Batman 379 (January 1985)

It’s a crazy issue. The last half has not just Robin telling Nocturna he’d love her as a man would if he were older, it’s got Batman blathering on to her about… no,… Continue reading

Batman 378 (December 1984)

I’m kind of hoping Moench’s got a good back story saved up for Nocturna. She gets what I think is her first interior monologue–if not first, first significant one she’s come back–where she’s… Continue reading

Detective Comics 544 (November 1984)

What an issue. How to even start. Okay, so Moench is having so much trouble figuring out why Bruce Wayne wants to adopt Jason Todd, he actually has a scene where Nocturna “tempts”… Continue reading

Batman 377 (November 1984)

Moench runs directly into that Bruce Wayne problem he’s been having for a while. He has to have Bruce decide he wants to sneak around with Nocturna; it comes after a lengthy conversation… Continue reading

Detective Comics 543 (October 1984)

Wow, what’s Moench thinking? He’s done some great, ambitious stories since he started writing the Batman comics but… a supervillain adopting Jason Todd? Noctura is back–she looks like a vampire, something I assume… Continue reading

Batman 376 (October 1984)

Moench has a lengthy conversation between Alfred and Bruce about the state of affairs–Jason, Bruce’s love life, a little with Batman–and it’s a decent scene. Even though much of the content is absurd,… Continue reading

Batman 375 (September 1984)

It’s not the best issue. It’s maybe the weakest art I’ve seen from Don Newton (with Alfredo Alcala inking him). A lot of the art is still amazing–most of it probably, but there’s… Continue reading

Batman 374 (August 1984)

This issue is particularly strong. There’s great art from Newton and Alcala on the Penguin, but there’s also a lot of good stuff from Moench. After many issues of ignoring the supporting cast,… Continue reading

Batman 373 (July 1984)

It’s a strange issue. It’s gorgeous–Colan and Alcala doing a Scarecrow issue is going to be gorgeous–but there’s so much mood, it’s like Colan forgot to break out a reasonable action sequence. After… Continue reading

Batman 372 (June 1984)

Moench retells Rocky with a handful of changes. Batman isn’t the biggest one, instead it’s how upfront Moench is about race. The champ’s black, the challenger is white and Moench talks about it… Continue reading

Batman 371 (May 1984)

It’s a goofy issue to be sure, with Moench writing Catman as compulsively using words beginning with cat-. It gets annoying fast, probably before Batman even knows up. As for the Batman and… Continue reading

Batman 370 (April 1984)

Moench certainly does have an interesting take on Bruce Wayne–he ignores Jason, who is trying to fill him in on important Batman and Robin business, because he’s trying to score with Alfred’s daughter.… Continue reading

Batman 369 (March 1984)

Moench ends on a literal rough point–Batman smacking Deadshot around for information. The scene just feels wrong, maybe because it doesn’t seem like Deadshot should just reveal the information after one hit. The… Continue reading

Batman 368 (February 1984)

It’s a very simple issue, but Doug Moench really does pace it all out beautifully. It’s goofy even–Moench hasn’t got down how to get his superheroes not sound silly when talking about being… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 101 (November 1990)

Andy Helfer pops in for a nice little issue. Amazing how he’s never written the book before–or worked on it in any capacity (as far as I remember)–yet he does a pitch perfect… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 100 (October 1990)

Not much of a hundredth issue celebration for Swamp Thing apparently. Unless you count Wheeler going back and retconning a lot of Moore and Veitch’s details about the Parliament of Trees and the… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 99 (September 1990)

Wheeler writes an interesting scene between Alec and Constantine. Alec finally loses control with him and lifts him up, presumably to do him harm. It’s a bit of a shock, since Alec’s always… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 98 (August 1990)

Thanks to guest penciller Tom Sutton–and a real understanding of the Arcane character–Wheeler brings his TefĂ© in Hell storyline to a successful close. Oh, and Pog. Can’t forgot Pog. Even though Sutton doesn’t… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 97 (July 1990)

Besides Pog, about the only thing Broderick draws well this issue is Etrigan. Wheeler goes overboard into Hell’s politics as it accommodates new alien inhabitants–it’s really boring stuff and Broderick’s art is just… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 96 (June 1990)

Interesting… Wheeler is able to sell the impossible here. He does another of his callbacks to Moore’s run–specifically the adorable alien, Pog–and makes it work. Even more interesting is how it comes after… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 95 (May 1990)

Wheeler tries so hard and it just doesn’t go quite right. Some of the problems are with the art. Broderick gets more ambitious in his composition with conversations, but he can’t visualize the… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 93 (March 1990)

Good grief, Wheeler’s just trying to wrap himself in Moore and Veitch’s runs now. He brings back one of Abby’s old jobs–along with an unlikable but nice woman who rehires here, which I… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 92 (February 1990)

Wheeler is getting rather predictable. As far as Abby and Alec go–you know, Swamp Thing’s main characters–he has no idea what he’s doing. But he’s ambitious and enthusiastic. And well-versed in Swamp Thing.… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 91 (January 1990)

Ew. I guess Broderick is getting a little better with the people, but now his Swamp Thing is an awkwardly shaped disaster. There’s no grace to the form, no majesty. Alec looks like… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 90 (December 1989)

Alcala’s not the best inker for Pat Broderick. Broderick takes over pencils this issue. Swamp Thing looks fine, so do the plants, but the people look wrong, like there’s not enough detail to… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 85 (April 1989)

This issue’s extremely confusing. Veitch writes it assuming people know Hawk is Tomahawk’s son. In other words, a specialized audience at the time of its publication and an even more specialized one as… Continue reading