Birds of Prey 108 and 109

Birds of Prey #108
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott

Gail Simone’s final issue on this title is a tear jerker. You really feel that the writer is saying goodbye to her characters this issue. I don’t even know how to explain how good this issue is. Just read it. Characters from Simone’s entire run come back to defend Oracle against Spy Smasher. The “core team” cries together as they say their goodbyes and we find out who Misfit really is. It was amazing. Gail, thanks for making Birds of Prey a great read through your entire run.

Birds of Prey #109
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Nicola Scott

Bedard begins his fill-in run with this issue. This was a very enjoyable read that I believe lives up to what Simone has done with this book. Oracle and Black Canary discuss the Green Arrow-Black Canary relationship and I like how Oracle basically says she shouldn’t marry him. It was a nice way of looking back at each character’s histories. There were some major continuity error though, the use of the Ventriloquist when Batgirl was around (he didn’t come about until after she was crippled) and the mention that Connor’s mother was Shado. Shado was not Connor’s mother. Other than those errors, this was a great issue. My personal favorite about it must have been Big Barda playing with Pokemon Cards! Oh and this tied into Countdown perfectly.

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Batman Confidential 7 and 8

Batman Confidential #7
Written by Michael Green
Art by Denys Cowan

This was an okay issue. I liked Batman’s inner dialogue and it is always fun to see a Year One Batman. But I don’t know how well this clashes with other Joker Origin stories and frankly, I think this is a story they need to stop telling. So he never was a failed comedian? Is his name Jack? Was he a gangster or a regular guy? This story takes the former approach but I feel like maybe they should stop re-telling the Joker’s origin because in a couple of years someone will come along and tell a different version. Personally, I think they should either say that Joker is nuts and tells different stories or stick with the “killing Joke” origin.


Batman Confidential #8
Written by Michael Green
Art by Denys Cowan

This issue was a lot better. I am starting to get used to the art and the story was better too. Seeing the Pre-Joker Joker all excited to see Batman made me smile. The Joker enjoys having Batman around, it is a game to him. I love that. Bruce’s relationship with Lorna Shore is kind of dull and forced and to be honest every new Batman story seems to introduce a new girl and they never stay for long and every time it is supposed to be Bruce’s love of his life. I think writers should start using proven anchors like Vicky Vale and Julie Madison instead of introducting new girls of their own.

Hippolyta And Athena: Mega Bitches

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #11
Written by J. Torres
Art by Paco Diaz

Ya so it looks like everyone who used to be Diana’s friend from her mythical life has become a bitch. Whether it is her mother or Athena herself. Its strange, I have a feeling Circe and maybe someone else is behind all this. Circe is certainly not dead by any means. I mean she can’t be. There is no way. Amazons Attack is turning out to be a pretty cool event, I just hope that it is explained in the end why Hippolyta and Athena are a couple of bitches now. Mind-control? Posession? Doppelgangers? It can’t really be them, it just can’t be. I have to hand it to the artist, Diaz created some great art for this issue, espcaially with so many characters, landscapes, and such; he probably had fun doing it.

Batman 665 – 668

Batman #665
Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Andy Kubert

Not sure why but the first time I read this I was very confused. Now I get it. It seems Batman is being visited by three ghosts- or versions of himself. The first one was the crazed cop Batman who shot the Joker, the second was the prostitute killing Bane-like Batman, and their is a third he has not yet met. That’s pretty crazy stuff. I think Morrison’s run is finally picking up after all.

Batman #666
Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Andy Kubert

While I don’t normally enjoy stories that aren’t in continuity- this was pretty good. We meet the third ghost in this issue. It is Damian Wayne, who in the near future, long after his father is dead, has become an evil Batman who sold his soul. It was really cool and it was cool to find out what has happened to certain characters since Batman’s death. I still have no idea how this is all going to play out, but that’s typical Morrison fashion. It won’t all make sense until the end.

Batman #667
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by J.H. Williams III

We take a break from the Black casebook storyline for this story, Morrison’s new take on the silver age Club of Heroes concept. I loved it. I am not a big silver age fan but this update was really cool. We learn that their are a bunch of Batman-like heroes around the world who meet every so often as the Club of Heroes. They have really goofy names and such but Morrison write them in a completely serious murder mystery. It was almost CLUE-like in how they all meet at this house and have to solve a mystery. Awesome.

Batman #668
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by J.H. Williams III

Part 2 of the Club of Heroes story arc was in this issue. I didn’t really enjoy this one as much as the first issue mainly because I had forgotten who was who. I will have to go back and read this story arc as a whole when its over. But it was good. The art is amazing. Williams is a great artist and perfect for this storyline.

Aquaman 54 and 55

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #54
Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus

Haha I liked the reference to Seinfeld on the cover of this issue. Anyways, this was another great issue. The mystery deepens even more this time around as we learn the new Aquaman’s dad believed his son dead, and even saw him die months before we first saw him in issue 40. Tempest meets an interesting Jelly-fish girl, Aquaman battles the Human Flying Fish, and more Topo fun. I am sad this series is ending, it’s a lot of fun.

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #55
Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus 

Most people who are reading this won’t even realize that this issue solved a mystery that has been going on for like 5 years. We now know why San Diego sunk into the water and why the survivors could breathe underwater. It was all part of a scary plan concocted by Vandal Savage. The whole thing being planned by Super villains totally fits this book in a way it doesn’t fit the other books. The mystery being revealed wasn’t anticlimactic at all. I hope Williams gets to do another book after this ends because he is a great writer.

Teen Titans 48 and 49

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #48
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Al Barrionuevo

This Amazons Attack issue was just okay. It focuses on Wonder Girl and Supergirl trying to break Wonder Girl’s mom out of one of the internment camps. It had a lot of politcal stuff in it, which I like, but I don’t know. It kinda feels forced. I really hope they don’t go any further with the WG/Robin relationship than that one kiss. That would be weird. I did like the Supergirl/Miss Martian fight though.

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #49
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Al Barrionuevo

Ew! They kissed again. Their relationship is just wrong in so many ways but whatever, this felt like filler before McKeever takes over which is what it was. The art here was really odd at some parts. The first time we see Robin and the last time we see Kid Devil, they both look like girls. Something about their lips. Anyway, I can’t wait for next issue.

Superman Batman 38 and 39

Superman/Batman #38
Written by Alan Burnett
Art by Dustin Nguyen

Hmmm….not quite sure what was going on here. Maybe I should have read last issue first to refresh. But it looks like this cube device is driving Superman mad and Batman is on the case and darkseid is behind it all? And maybe Scarecrow too? I dunno…but it wasn’t bad. Just confusing.

Superman/Batman #39
Written by Alan Burnett
Art by Dustin Nguyen


Well I can’t say that Burnett wins any points for originality this time. Superman being controlled and pitted against Batman has been done like a million times, even Superman being controlled by Darkseid has been done a million times before. That is what made me not really enjoy this issue too much. Although, the Scarecrow parts were cool. I hope Burnett is building toward something cooler than a Superman/Batman fight because it has been done and I don’t really want to see it again.