Hawkgirl is Putting on the Pounds

Hawkgirl #51
Written by Walter Simonson
Art and cover by Howard Chaykin

The previous issue of this series was reviewed here. I enjoyed this issue but I am still wondering if I like the art. I mean I like how Chaykin creates the mood and theme of St. Roch but I still do not like the way Hawkgirl looks. She seems almost overweight and I do not like her mask. Maybe I am being nitpicky but that is how I feel. I like that Simonson is keeping Lt. Grub and not throwing away the Hawk’s supporting cast that has been built in this title unlike what so many writers like to do when they come on a book. The fact that Hawkgirl was dreaming the end of the previous issue shocked me and I wonder if it was truly a dream or is someone playing with her mind? I do not care much for the archaeologist character. He just does not interest me. But this new villain is intruiging and I am interestred in watching Hawkgirl unravel this mystery.

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R.I.P Orca

Batman #652
Written by James Robinson
Art by Don Kramer and Keith Champagne
Cover by Simone Bianchi

Previous issues of this storyline were reviewed here, here, and here. This storyline is becoming more and more intruguing with each passing issue. I have no idea how it is going to end or who is responsible for the murders. Batman confronts Harvey Dent about them and he does not give him a straight answer. Is it Harvey? That’s what I thought but now I am doubting it. I do not think Harvey is really dead, I am pretty sure he got out of the explosion because I just do not see DC killing off Two-Face but I could be wrong. When I first heard that Killer Moth is back this issue I was a little dissapointed. I have always like Charaxes and considered his days as Killer Moth a little lame. But I was pleasently surprised to find the new design of the Killer Moth costume makes the character seem cool (as cool as the character can be) and now I am glad he is back. I will miss Orca though. In one of the first comics I ever read, she was the villain and I always liked her. RIP.

The Ventriloquist: 1988 – 2006

Detective Comics #818
Written by James Robinson
Art by Leonard Kirk and Andy Clarke
Cover by Simone Bianchi

The previous issues of this storyline were reviewed here and here. This is part 3 of Face to Face, which is a storyline that continues to be great. This issue made me smile and even made me a little sad. I was happy to see Batman tell Robin that one day he could surpass Nightwing. And it is so cool for Batman and Robin to be working as a team again. Robinson could have easily had the heartwarming between Batman and Robin seem corny or lame but he pulls it off here without taking away Batman’s edge. The ventiloquist’s murder was a little sad because he is one of the few Batman villains that you could actually feel sympathy for. I mean he carries around a doll! The ventriloquist actually made his first appearence the month I was born! He will sorely missed.

The Year Flew By For The Blue Beetle

Blue Beetle (Volume 6) #2
Written by Keith Giffen and John Rogers
Art and cover by Cully Hamner

The previous issue of this series was reviewed here. When I initially began reading this issue, I was very frusturated and confused. Is this one year later or not? Whats with the jumps in time? The final page definitely puts everything into perspective. Definitely shows that you should read a comic all the way through before judging it. So apparently Jaime has been gone from El Paso for a year and he did not even know it. He thought he was just gone for one night! I like this development and I am interested in seeing what comes out of it. I suppose that it will be explored less here than in 52. I still have a hard time understanding the dialogue because I am from the midwest, not Texas nor do I have a hispanic background. Well, I understand it, I just have to read it a couple of times because I am not used to reading where people talk like that. I also really am not enjoying the art, I mean it is not bad art but it is just not to my liking. It is a little too manga influenced and cartoony. The mystery behind this invisible gang and what exactly are Blue Beetles powers do fascinate me so I would probably reccomend this but it isn’t as good as I expected it to be.

Favorite OYL Title

Robin #149
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Karl Kerschl and Wayne Faucher
Cover by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines

The previous issue of this series was reviewed here. Adam Beechen once again fails to dissapoint in this issue. Robin is quickly becoming my favorite of the one year later titles. It has so many great moments and I am just eating it all up. I hope Adam will get some recognition for this as his run so far has gotten a very positive reaction. I really think this will go down as the best run on Robin ever. Even better than Dixon! (Although it is really much too early to tell) The scene with Robin sneaking into the police department was done so well. You really find yourself praying that Robin will figure out how to not get caught. So this review will be short because I do not have much to say because it was great!

Kings, Queens, Bishops, and Knights

Checkmate (Volume 2) #1
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Jesus Saiz
Cover by Lee Bermejo

I just have to say that that is a kick ass cover. Wow! Good Job on Lee Bermejo’s part. I really enjoyed this debut issue. I find it exciting and plus you know a comics good when you want to have the next issue. I found myself pissed at the UN for ordering the dissolution of Checkmate and can not wait to see what happens next. There are a lot of tidbits of stuff that happened to Checkmate in the last year that I can’t wait to see (assuming they will be shown in 52). Some people, specifically this one guy on the Newsarama message boards, are complaining that Fire kills people in this issue. Here’s what I say to that, who the fuck cares!!! She is not Batman for gods sake, it is perfectly fine for her to kill. She didn’t kill when she was in the Justice League because that was frowned upon but she is not in a Superhero team anymore she is a member of Covert Government Agency that kills in order to get things done. End of Rant. Anyway, I can not explain in words how much I liked this I did. I mean any book that puts Fire, Amanda Waller, Alan Scott, and Sasha Bordeux into one book has got to be good and it is.

Still Waiting For The Rematch

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #61
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

The previous issue of this series was reviewed here. Not much happens here, very decompressed. Now Judd is not one of my favorite writers, but I got to admit, the man has balls. I mean he has Ollie say things that could cause backlash from the conservative comic readers. Me being a liberal, I do not care but it could cause controversy. If it does, that would be ridiculous because Green Arrow is a liberal!! He always has been so this is totally in character. I like how Ollie has this kick ass mentality about being the mayor, he tells things how they are in a way most politicians don’t; the truth. I am a little bit weary about Ollie’s bodyguards or whatever they are knowing that he is also Green Arrow. I just don’t see any reason why Ollie would tell them. Judd does a great job of making you hate the police captain guy in this issue and he continues to define Star City more and more. So although barely anything happens, it was still a decent issue.