Sunday, September 13, 2009

This Week's Haul

Okay, I’m finally back on track with reviews and annotations after two touch-and-go weeks. I think we can all breathe a little easier, now can’t we?

Titans #17: Oh, how the moderately-good titles have fallen. The only thing worse than the current state of this series is the thought that the creative team behind Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink is going to be taking this title over soon. Really? That’s an improvement?

The Shield #1: Given that I had misgivings about last month’s Red Circle one-shots, I wasn’t sure about this series, especially since Straczynski wasn’t going to be writing it. Trautmann, however, picks up the baton and runs with it, making what could have been an overly preachy series about how great America is into a well-plotted action tale, with just the requisite hint of social commentary.

Red Robin #4: So, after four issues, my question remains – what was the initial event that caused Tim to think that Bruce is still alive? Tim gets his first real evidence that the dead Batman might not have died when we all thought he died in this story, but this is what should have motivated him in the first place, not added fuel to the fire.

Doom Patrol #2: The team faces an existential sentient black hole and we’re reminded of how big a bastard Niles Caulder really is. Good stuff. And the Metal Men make a new enemy. Really, you can’t go wrong with this book.

Secret Six #13: I consistently love this title; I’m just not blown away by this story arc, that’s all. Simone’s writing is witty, and Scott’s artwork is beautiful as always. The Six fighting it out on this island tale just isn’t doing it for me is all. Mind you, a “Blah” issue of Secret Six is still head-and-shoulders above most other books on the shelves these days.

Superman: World of New Krypton #7: I liked this story…until I thought about the main battle of the issue -- a group of Thanagarians versus a group of Kryptonians. Are these Kryptonite-armed, red solar radiation emitting Thanagarian warriors? Because, if not, really, why isn’t the fight over in, like, twelve seconds?

Booster Gold #24: Jurgens deserves credit for delivering well-crafted, enjoyable super-hero action month after month. The guy’s a freaking machine, I I applaud him. In this issue, the Black Beetle becomes even more of a menace, so much so that he crosses over into the Blue Beetle second feature. Now that’s power!

And now, the book of the week is…

Adventure Comics #2: Superboy and Wonder Girl on a date, with Krypto along for company. It seems like such a simple concept, but it really gets to the heart of these two heroes and what they have been through the past few years. Like in the DC Universe has been treacherous lately, so it’s nice to see these two crazy kids take some time out for themselves. The second feature, starring Lightning Lad of the Legion of Super-Heroes, was pretty damn good too.

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