The Recipe for a Good Aquaman Comic

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Aquaman (Volume 8) #20
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Phillipe Briones

This was a good issue. I haven’t quite enjoyed this series so far but now that Abnett is leaning away from Atlantis vs. Surface World (Stories that have been done a million times before) and is doing a story that is actually interesting I am all behind it. Aquaman and Mera are investigating what is turning people into this Dead Water creature and it is even weirder than I expected as it involves a new version of water and dead remains in the ocean. This is the way an Aquaman comic should be. Crazy concepts and fun fantasy. Horror too if this issue is right. Stay away from Atlantis going to war, Abnett, it has been done to death.

 

The Trip to Qurac

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #9
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

The Outlaws travel to Qurac in this issue beautifully drawn by Dexter Soy. Put this artist on every book DC. He is perfect. While in Qurac, Jason naturally reminisces about his death at the hands of the Joker as the Outlaws try to get the Bow of Ra back from the person they believe has it. This issue seems almost ripped from the headlines in terms of what is going on with Syria except that instead of poison gas, we have this magical bow. It has to be a coincidence. I really can’t say one bad thing about this comic starring Jason Todd, who knew I would ever write a sentence like that.

An Arsenal of His Own

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #20
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Eleonora Carlini

The hateful banter between Ollie and Roy is very amusing…I love that Ollie tells Roy he should call himself Middle School Bro because of his backwards cap. Benjamin Percy is a good writer. Bryan Hitch and Brad Meltzer should learn from Percy about how heroes use code names while in battle no matter how close they are. This issue concludes the Return of Roy Harper arc and it is split between the story of how Green Arrow and Speedy stopped being partners and the current arc that has to do with the pipeline protests on the Indian Reservation. It was perfect. I wonder how much these flashback’s dovetails with Roy’s new 52 history or if they are changes for Rebirth.

I Think You Forgot…I’m Batman!

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Batman (Volume 3) #20
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Bane tells Batman in this issue how all of the Robins have died at some point including Dick. When in the hell did Dick Grayson die? Is he referring to a faked death or something? Anyways, besides that point, this was an entire issue where just a fistfight happened between Bane and Batman. But unlike say Bryan Hitch’s Justice League, this did not feel decompressed because of the emotion and character study that Tom King puts into it. The whole fight is narrated by Bruce’s mother from beyond the grave…and while that might sound cheesy reading this here, it works in the comic because of the emotion behind it. In the end, Bruce tells her he doesn’t save people because of his parents, he does it because they should be saved. It was beautiful. Hats off to the creative team on this comic book. Also, what a great line when Bruce says, “I Think You Forgot…I’m Batman!” and knocks Bane out.

The Million Dollar Debut of H8-Bit

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Cyborg (Volume 2) #11
Written by John Semper Jr.
Art by Will Conrad and Tom Derenick

This issue marks the debut of a new brilliant – I mean Paul Dini level at creating villains – brilliant. How cool is the idea of a villain who lives in an 8-bit video game called H8-Bit? That is as comic bookey as you can get and I love it. I do have to say that Cyborg turns the whole thing into a lesson for him instead of being sad that he essentially lost a friend – that is totally selfish and self-involved! But anyways, good issue.

The Ultimate Mastermind

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Nightwing (Volume 4) #18
Written by Time Seeley
Art by Javier Fernandez

Okay why did they have to show sweet little Robintron’s ripped off face – especially after I was starting to find him endearing? That was nasty. And it doesn’t look like this Deathwing is related to the ’90s Deathwing after all but maybe just a dollotron of Professor Pyg’s. That being said, the surprise villain behind the villain turns out to be Dr. Simon Hurt – the evil mastermind behind Batman R.I.P. I love that Seeley is willing to play with Morrison’s creations. Final Crisis was suppose to be the be-all, end-all of New Gods stories but DC keeps bringing them back but ignoring creations Morrison wanted to come back, this seems to be changing as Dr. Hurt was one of Morrison’s greatest villains in the Batman run. He is both the Devil, incredibly evil, brilliant. The ultimate mastermind for Batman. I can’t wait to see what Seeley does with him here.

At Least He Used the Code Names

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Justice League (Volume 3) #18
Written by Bryan Hitch
Art by Fernando Pasarin

Okay so I did not see that ending coming and I can’t say I at all understand what is going on here. This girl wants to protect the timeline just like Tempus did by getting rid of superheroes? But Tempus did not want to kill them. But honestly just like every issue of this series not much happens accept a few panels of them fighting different people. It is still way too decompressed and it’s a shame because I don’t think Hitch is a bad writer. At least he didn’t have them call each other by their first names in this issue. That would have made it worse.