Monday, September 21, 2009

This Week's Haul

You know the drill: comics, reviews, comments, snarkiness. Go…

Batman and Robin #4: I miss Frank Quitely. Philip Tan’s not a bad artist…well, his Green Lantern work notwithstanding…but there was just something about Quitely’s work that really jelled with the bizarre tone that Morrison established for this book. This issue, dealing with the return/debut of the Red Hood, was enjoyable; it was just lacking on the artistic side, that’s all.

Action Comics #881: In the aftermath of last month’s “Codename: Patriot” story comes “The Hunt for Reactron,” teaming Supergirl with Nightwing & Flamebird. Things aren’t looking too good for the Kryptonian 3, as they’re called in this issue. I like the fact that last month’s story changed things up for the casts of the Superman titles, and we’re actually seeing fallout from the events in those books.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #8: “The all-new, all-dangerous Omega Men” make their debut in this issue, which also marks the return of some old friends from the pages of L.E.G.I.O.N. and the original R.E.B.E.L.S. series. I really, really enjoy this book, and hope that it expands to become more of a showcase for DC’s cosmic and outer space heroes, like Adam Strange and Comet in the near future.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #4: Hmmm, not a whole lot of crappy books this week. I’m really digging this title, mainly because Dini can focus on random supporting characters like the Broker and craft a whole issue for them, with Batman and Robin appearing for a whole page. Nguyen’s moody and atmospheric artwork is a plus, too.

Outsiders #22: This was mainly an all-out action issue, but it worked because it wasn’t mindless. Rather, Geo-Force and Metamorpho actually use their brains to track and defeat Clayface. Who knew?

Fables #88: Chapter Two of “Witches” brings us some revelations about Frau Totenkinder and a surprise for Beauty and the Beast (which was unnecessarily spoiled by the cover). Month after month, Willingham and company make Fables one of the best books on the shelves, and this issue is no different.

Batgirl #2: Yeah, I’m okay with Stephanie as Batgirl. Oracle isn’t, and she tries to get the former Spoiler to give up crime-fighting for good. How do you think that goes over?

The Brave and the Bold #27: Just so you know, I loved the Mark Waid-George Pérez incarnation of this book. Off-the-wall team-ups with no real ties to continuity or “event” mini-series…so this issue was a treat. No, it’s not brilliant. It’s not going to change the way we read comic books forever. It’s Batman and Dial H for Hero, a done-in-one story that you can read, enjoy, and then pass off to your pals.

Green Arrow/Black Canary #24: I’ll give Andrew Kreisberg this much – he’s trying to introduce new characters and concepts into the DCU. Is he totally succeeding? Nope, but I’ll give him a solid “B” for effort. While Big Game might be a little too much like Kraven for my tastes, beefing up Green Arrow’s rogues beyond Merlyn should be a top priority on this book right now, so I’ll stick with him for a bit.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #5: It’s almost over. This book has been like an especially painful root canal – I’m sure something good will come of it, but it’s hard to see what at this point.

And now, the book of the week is…

JSA vs.Kobra#4: Trautmann has made Kobra a force to be reckoned with. I still have no idea what the villain’s master plan is – it involves Lord Eye, Dr. Erdel’s teleportation technology, and the power of Shazam – and I really don’t care because the twists and turns, coupled with the strong characterization, are leaving me wanting more. Any chance he can write a new Checkmate series after this is all over? Pretty please?

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