Catwoman’s Revenge

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Batman #685
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen

This follows up on this month’s Detective Comics and I liked this part even better. Catwoman is using Hush’s posing as Bruce Wayne in order to distract a bunch of poachers so she can let their exotic animals free. I always liked the animal rights activist side of Catwoman and it really shows here. I especially liked the part where the tiger defends her. Very cool stuff. Nightwing and Robin apprehending Hush in the end was unexpected, and I like that they didn’t just turn him into Arkham. Keeping him in the penthouse locked up was the best thing they could do. They can truly keep an eye on him now. You would think they would drug him and have someone perform surgery so he won’t look like Bruce anymore. That would have been smarter. I suppose we won’t see Dini on Batman for a while now. I am going to miss him. He has given us some great stories.

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The JSA is Back!

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Justice Society of America #23
Written by Geoff Johns and Jerry Ordway
Art by Ordway

Now this is more like it! After a year of the overly-long Alex Ross Kingdom come crap, we finally get back to good old JSA story telling. Sadly, this is Johns’s final arc on this book. Isis returns to life and is not so sweet and nice as she once was. I hope that that is a ruse and she will go back to her old ways. She was such a good influence on Black Adam before. But for now, I like that she has gone rogue. The JSA has to decide who is on the team after the events prior, and I am sad to see that Starman and Amazing Man are likely to be leaving. Although, that may or may not  be the case as the final roster is not decided this issue. I liked that Billy Batson still hasn’t shared his secret identity with the JSA. That is so awesome, because in the post-Meltzer DCU it seems like everyone knows everyone. It is refreshing that Billy has waited this long. Anyways, it looks like were back to the basics with the JSA, and I couldn’t be happier to be back.

Riddle Me This, Why Was This Even Made

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Batman Confidential #25
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Scott McDaniel

Okay there were some good moments here. The Joker torementing the cop about his dead wife while in a cell and some little moments like that. Overall, this has all still been done before. I liked the end with the Riddler and the significance of it, but other then that, ya nothing great here. If your a new reader of Batman comics, this might excite you. Otherwise, it isn’t really interesting at all. Kreisberg is doing a much better job over in Green Arrow & Black Canary then here. I look forward to the new arc next issue.

Passing the Baton

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Manhunter #38
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos, Dennis Calero, and Fernando Blanco

While I wish we got to read that abortion story that was solicited, I think this series ended on a good note. Ramsey graduates from college and Kate give him a suit, he will probably succeed him as Manhunter. I wonder why this series wasn’t nominated for any GLAAD Awards. I like how everyone seems to really have a healthy view of sexuality in it. The art was inconsistent and downright ugly in some places. They really could have given this book some better art these past 8 issues. Anyways, I am not too sad to say goodbye to this series because it did have a fantastic run. It will probably be more appreciated later down the line for the ground it broke in the DCU. I look forward to see more of Kate Spencer and her supporting cast around the DCU.

Jurgens Hits His Stride

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #16
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

Despite the rather boring cover, this was a really good issue. I feel like Jurgens is really hitting his stride with this issue. Getting back to the time traveling fun that makes this series great. While it was cute to see Booster meet Elongated Man in the past last issue, this was a lot better. Booster is trapped in a WW1 battle where he comes upon Enemy Ace; a character I am not familiar with at all but I am intrigued. It’s always good to see a German represtented as a human being in a comic and not a monster. Not saying that the Germans were right in the World Wars (Far from it actually) but not all of their soldiers had to agree with their government. It’s just nice to see the other side of things. I am not sure who the Pink Guy is in the end attacking Goldstar and Skeets. Oh and why isn’t Jurgens doing more art for DC. I’d love to see him on JLA.

Tim Drake: Asshole

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Robin #182
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Freddie E. Williams II

Robin kinda sorta gets a little sloppy this issue and some kids get killed on accident. He even lets Jason Todd out of jail which is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Jason Todd is not a good guy. He has gone way past the point of redemption and deserves no other chance then the chances he has been given. Having Tim let him out of jail just make Tim look like an idiot. I really hope that they aren’t going down the route of having Tim turn evil or something. While he is a darker character then Dick Grayson, he is NOT evil. The future predicted in Teen Titans can be avoided. He is rotten to Spoiler, here, although I feel like Tim has been a total jerk to Stephanie since she came back. All-in-all not my favorite issue.

Purging The Purge

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Brave and the Bold #21
Written by David Hine
Art by Doug Braithwaite

Hine and Braithwaite continue their breathtaking arc on Brave and the Bold. If you are not reading this, you are missing out on some amazing storytelling and some wondrous art. Despite Hal Jordan being involved, this is still a good story. We learn the origins behind the evil “Purge” this issue and it reminds me a lot of the Indian Religions, specifically Jainism. The Jains believe that life and action is corruption, but they would never take that to its logical conclusion like the Purge has. The Purge seems to think it is okay to kill to sever people from their physical existence. The Jains believe that any harm to anything is wrong. But I could see someone like the Purge taking Jainism or a similar religion in the direction no one wanted him to take. This time the Purge has been well…Purged….from the Green Lantern but he is going after the autistic girl on earth. I am not sure what is going on with Green Arrow and the men at the orphanage…but I suspect we will find out soon.  Braithwaite’s art is just as breathtaking as ever, check out the page where they ignite the forest on fire. It is just the most beautiful art I have seen in a comic in a long time.