Green Lantern 40 and 41

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Green Lantern (Volume 4) #40
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Phillip Tan and Rafael Albuquerque

Tan’s artwork isn’t really doing it for me. I feel liek he doesn’t really work with Green Lantern. I am not sure though. It’s not horrible, it’s just too dark or something for a story about lights. Agent Orange is interesting character so far, I am looking forward to seeing where they are going with him. Oh and I love the idea of a cleaner slug!

 

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Green Lantern (Volume 4) #41
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Phillip Tan and Eddy Barrows

Okay the whole thing about the Guardians burying their secrets and the box with Parallax in it was interesting, otherwise I feel like this whole storyline has been a let down with bad art and too much Hal Jordan. I hope next issue is better.

Bringing Metropolis to Life

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Superman #688
Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes

Wow this issue was another incredible one. Robinson writes Superman so much better with Superman in it. I mean he is really bringing Metropolis to life. I like how General Sam Lane is monitoring all the milestone and red circle heroes. Think there is a reason behind that? I dunno. Are they just trying to avoid using Doctor Mid-Nite because Doctor Light is used once again in a Superman book to examine someone; maybe she lives in Metropolis now? I don’t know but I am not complaining. Mon-El’s ticking clock is an interesting development that I think really adds to the story and makes the character a whole lot more interesting. Good stuff here.

Nothing Special

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Justice Society of America #27
Written by Jerry Ordway
Art by Ordway

You know you would think after writing this title with Johns in the last arc Ordway would know to draw Judomaster as an Asian women, you can blame her hair on the colorist but she definitely did not have Asian features here. I am not sure who the threat is that they are facing. The idea of spirits that hate America is kind of lame but it might work. We shall see what the next issue brings. Otherwise, this was an okay fill in issue. Nothing special.

Sad Way To Go

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Justice League of America #33
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Rags Morales

Um…what? I am really not sure what this was about. This whole storyline has been convoluted and confusing even without Ed Benes’s art. This isn’t even a conclusion and I am pretty sure this is McDuffie’s last issue. A lot could be said about DC’s mishandling of McDuffie on this title but really…even if you take into account the editorial interference the guy hasn’t written a very good story for this team. Ever. That may not be his fault. I did like last issue but this, this had too many characters and too many plot points I just did not enjoy it. What a sad way for McDuffie to leave this title.

McKeever Is Underrated

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Teen Titans (Volume 3)#71
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Yildiray Cinar

Wow! After that entirely horrible trash of a cross over, Sean McKeever’s final issue on this series as main writer was actually really damn good! I mean this had action but also had the emotional Titans are family stuff that I loved about the Johns and Wolfman run. I didn’t care either way about the upcomign Ravager Cofeature before this issue, but now I can’t wait to read it! Ravager basically ruins her reputation with the team just so she can be sure that Bombshell will not betray them again. She sees the Teen Titans as her true family. That is good stuff and really shows how far she has come. If McKeever will be remembered for anything for his run it will be for moments like that and the work he did with Ravager and Red Devil, he really was great at writing those two characters and adding more depth to them. Kid Eternity has such a cool power – I was confused at first as to why Pantha was there and then I realized she must have been summoned by Kid Eternity!  McKeever also could have made Wonder Girl come off as a jerk here but he really didn’t – even after everything Cassie knew that Rose should be given another chance. Sean McKeever’s run I think will be remembered fondly – there were some blips (the first arc, Deathtrap, and the death of Marvin come to mine) but all in all he really made me care about these characters. That’s all that matters. Oh and by the way, I loved the art on this book too.

Fictional Reference Books

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R.E.B.E.L.S. #4
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Claude St. Aubin

You know I was getting a big Star Trek vibe from this issue. Maybe because I just saw the new movie? I don’t know. This was another fun issue of this book. Strata and Bounder officially join the new R.E.B.E.L.S. team and Starro is attacking the planet of Maltus. Is Starro behind the takeover of L.E.G.I.O.N.? I am not sure. Was that revealed already? I don’t remember. I am loving the fake reference books Bedard is citing and all that stuff from “Encyclopedia Galactica”. It is really cool and helps the story a lot instead of hindering it. No problems here.

Worst Titans Storyline Ever?

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #6
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Tom Lyle

This is the conclusion of the Deathrap Titans crossover that began here, and continued here, here, here, and here. Wow, this entire story arc plus its preludes could have been done in one issue. We could have had a fight with Jericho and then have Vigilante tear out his eyeballs in the end but no DC dragged this out for months, this has got to be one of the worst storylines if not the worst storyline the Titans have ever had. I can’t believe Wolfman took part in all this. No wonder McKeever quit because of creative differences after this. Anyways, we get some clue to Vigilante’s identity in that he has a jerk father-in-law somehow and Jericho is left with his eyes cut out of his head going insane so that was cool otherwise what a mess.