Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Cover by Patrick Gleason and Prentis Rollins
Okay I had really hoped that this storyline would not end up this way but unfortunately, it did. Utter Bullshit! I am sorry but there is no reason for Cassandra Cain to be acting like this. Totally out of character. This is a travesty. I know it is not Adam Beechen’s fault. I blame DC. They decided to rid Cassie of the mantle of Batgirl because I don’t think they liked her in the first place. Only her writers did. So DC creates this storyline with no respect to the character and her fans. Bullshit. I am not going to talk about the story or the art or anything. I am too disgusted with it. Don’t read this if you want to remember Cassandra Cain for who she truly was, a hero.
JLA Classified #22
Written by Steve Englehart
Art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer
Cover by Mike Zeck and Jerry Ordway
These kinds of stories are what the classified serieses should be about. Untold stories about a teams past. This time around, we focus on the Justice League’s Detroit era. Now I wasn’t around during this time but I have heard the jokes and stuff. But I also see why some people do like this era. These characters are interesting and cool, but I am glad they only lasted for a short time as the JLA because they really are not the JLA. Englehart, who I have never head of before this, comes up with a simple story about villains getting revenge on the JLA. But he turns this into a character study of each of the new members. This issue focused on Steel. Not the John Henry Irons, but the JL Detroit Steel. I liked this as this is a character I am not familiar with. The way his grandfather forced him to become “synthetic” was sick and someone should have called social services on the guy. I really feel bad for Steel. He has to live with pain all the time. That just sux. I act like it is the end of the world when stub my toe, I can’t imagine the kind of pain this guy is going through. I sympathize with the character, although I wish he was less hard on his teammates. He considers them the loser version of the league, obvious reflecting comic fans thought of the Detroit era league. Also, Martian Manhunter’s costume is classic and I do not get why he is getting new one in his upcoming Mini-Series. This issue made me upset about that decision. They should keep his old one. Anyway, great start to this arc and I am looking forward to next week’s focus on Vibe.
Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Kevin Maguire
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Verheiden’s run starts here in a stand alone issue set on Earth-2! Yeah I wasn’t that excited either but then I read the story. Even though it takes place in a different reality (much like Loeb’s weird run) it is so much better than anything Loeb ever wrote. It is fun, but not the way Loeb was fun, in a way that makes sense and not confusing. This was a nostalgic look back without screwing with continuity and stuff. If Verheiden continues like this, this series may just redeem itself from the trash it was before. Kevin Maguire was perfect for this issue as his artwork has that kind of timeless feel to it. The ultra-humanite is always a fun character and his comment about the Joker and Brainwave’s “rules” made me chuckle. It reminds me of the theory that the Joker never truly want to kill Batman cause the whole thing is too fun for him. This is a theory that I agree with. He wants to get caught. It’s a game to him. Not that the Joker as a villain isn’t dangerous, he is just not a danger to Batman. And of course watching Powergirl and Huntess’s boobs throughout a comic is always a plus, even if it isn’t “our” huntress.
Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Paco Diaz and Bit
Cover by Jock
God that monster is so gross. He eats people and than they come out of his ass in these bubbles. Weird. Bruce Jones has a demented imagination haha. But yes, unlike every other blogger on the net, I liked this issue. I think I just like cheyenne. I thought her female Nightwing costume was just awesome. They should keep her around, I would love it. Even though I liked it I still don’t think Bruce Jones should be on this book. Maybe just because I heard Geoff Johns might come onboard Nightwing and he is my favorite writer. So put Johns on instead! I also think Nightwing should go back to working in Bludhaven. I feel like he would never abandon it, especially at a time where they really need him. And trust me, Dick would never think of not saving Jason’s life, that is totally out of character. So yeah, Cheyenne was cool; the rest of the issue was blah.