Decade-Long Run Comes To An End

Justice Society of America #26
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham

What a sweet finale for Geoff Johns on this book. We spend a day with the JSA as they celebrate Stargirl’s birthday. It was really great, I liked all the flashbacks and character moments. Eaglesham drew Jay Garrick like he was a donkey or something…it was odd…but it didn’t hurt anything. Starman waves to the reader and says thank everyone and I smiled. There were some hilarious Starman moments in this issue, especially when he got Stargirl stuff from the laundry for her birthday. We are teased with the idea that Stargirl was going to have her braces taken off, which I wish they went through with. This was really a great way to wrap up John’s decade long run in a very positive way. I really enjoyed it. I think John’s run on JSA is going to be remembered as one of the great all-time comic book runs on a title in history, similar to Wolfman and the Titans. He will be missed on this title.

A Ravaging Return

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #70

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett

This is part 3 of the Deathrap Titans crossover that began here and continued here. This part is much better then the last part, I am not sure if the story has actually improved or just because McKeever has a better handle on the Teen Titans then the adult Titans. There were a lot of great character moments here and I am going to miss McKeever writing Red Devil when he leaves. Ravager shows up and makes a good point about Bombshell being on the team. Bennett is actually pretty good at drawing facial expressions. I never really noticed this before. There is something creepy about his art though, it showed in Terror Titans and it shows here, especially at the beginning where the women is torturing that guy. While I am still looking forward to see where this story is going, it is still far from a success. The Jericho as villain thing just isn’t exciting.

Naked Immortals

Outsiders (Volume 4) #17
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Lee Garbett

I am happy to say that I guessed that the Insiders were immortal in the same way as Vandal Savage (the meteorite) before it was revealed! Go me! And have the Insiders always been standing around naked? How did I not notice this before? Deathstoke’s involvement I did not expect at all and I am not sure that I am excited about it. He is one of the most overused villain. But I think this is at least the first time we have seen Tomasi’s take on him so it’s not so bad. The action sequences were great and I like how Tomasi really utilizes each of the Outsiders respective powers. They are making a really effective team so far. Katana’s hair seemed to change in the middle of the battle though which is pretty bad art continuity but that’s jsut a nitpick. So far this new direction is still going strong.

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

Batman #686
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Andy Kubert

It’s been a few months but I have decided to review this 2-part story in one post because well, it is simpler that way and I did not want to review this issue before I read the second part. This is an astoundingly good comic. Kubert’s art is brilliant and beautiful and is a true celebration of the visual history of Batman and his supporting cast. I am not sure what to make of the stories that Catwoman and Alfred tell at this “funeral” but I think they are both rather interesting alternative takes on Bat-lore.

Detective Comics #853
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Andy Kubert

The second part of this story was just as amazing as the first. This is a true celebration of Batman history and my review can not do it true justice. Kubert’s art is even better this time around as he models the different art styles over the years. Cassandra Cain doesn’t make a single appearance (even Betty Kane got a part) which pissed me off but whatever, I am just going to ignore that minor error and enjoy it for what it is, a wonderful Batman comic that celebrates the character.

Still Accessable

R.E.B.E.L.S. #3
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Matthew Clarke

So it looks like Starro is involved in the L.E.G.I.O.N. going rogue. Hmmm. Starro is never really a character that interested me, but this could be interesting. This issue didn’t grab me quite as much as the last two but it was decent. I was a little confused at certain parts but I think all-in-all I think this book still works well for the uninitiated. I am not sure I understand what exactly Vril Dox did to Wildstar. Also, wasn’t Starhaven created in the 23rd Century? That is what wikipedia says at least. Is this just a retcon or is there an in-story explanation? I guess I will have to check out last issue to see if I missed something. So far though, this series is going strong.


Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #35
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason

There has been a lot of talk about how Green Lantern Corps has surpassed the main book in terms of quality and I have to agree. This is a really awesome book (and it helps there is no Hal Jordan). I wish we would have got more Kyle moments this issue though. The ending’s revelation seems a little forced. Why no mention that she was the daughter of Sinestro before? You would think that would have been brought up at some point.It was fun to see all the Sinestro Corps members get excited at their escape but this is going to be a huge fight for the Green Lanterns on Oa.

I Miss Ryan Choi

Superman/Batman #58
Written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Mike Johnson
Art by Wilce Portacio

I enjoyed this story a lot. Microscopic civilizations are always fun. It makes me miss the All-New Atom. It also reminds me of that one issue of JLA where they go into the kid’s brain and find a civilization living on it. The idea of Superman exploding from absorbing too much solar energy has never been explored to my knowledge. It’s such an obvious thing I am surprised that any other writers have never thought of exploring that. Even I have never thought about it. Am I wrong to say this is a new concept? Portacio’s art takes some getting used to and there were a few times where I felt that this story would have been better served with a different artist. But I think all-in-all this was a decent fun read.