Let’s Hope The Next Arc Is Less Confusing

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Outsiders (Volume 4) #20
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Lee Garbett

Hmmm….I can’t say I completely understand what just happened in this issue. Who exactly were the Insiders? Just immortals? I am going to have to reread this story arc and I bet this thing reads a lot better in trades then in monthlies. So I am not going to judge it and say it was bad but I was rather confused. It was nice to see the Creeper in action and I liked the conversation between Ra’s and Vandal Savage but ya I am not sure what happened. Hopefully Tomasi’s next arc will be less confusing.

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Hush Hush Kitty

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Gotham City Sirens #2
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Guillem March

This issue didn’t wow me as much as the debut issue. I think it was the art. I mean I still love Dini’s writing of these characters but all of the colors looked washed out. So it’s the colorists fault that I did not enjoy this issue as much. I question why Dini decided to bring back Hush so soon after Heart of Hush, I think the characters works best if used sparingly (but before Dini I didn’t think the character worked at all so I give him props for that) and he is using him both in this book and Streets of Gotham. Hush is using Harley to get to Catwoman after Selina stole all his money. I hope she kicks his ass.

Alienated

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Green Lantern (Volume 4) #44
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

Let me tell you, I didn’t expect to love Blackest Night as much as I did and this issue is no different from the rest of this event. I love Martian Manhunter, he is the heart and soul of the Justice League and any long time readers of this blog know I complained a lot of how he was treated by DC (aka Dan Didio and Brad Meltzer) after Infinite Crisis. Johns understands this and I loved when Barry said he didn’t become Alien, he was Alienated. Barry is exactly right. Any Martian Manhunter fans should read this issue. This was a quick read and did seem kinda filler but I still loved it because of it’s Martian Manhunter content and Mahnke’s great art. What a battle he drew.

She Blinded Me With Science

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #43
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle

Wow! That was a really powerful story much more compelling then any of the Superwoman issues. I really enjoyed this issue. Gates tells a day-in-the life emotional story of Kara writing to her dead father but at the same time managed to further the mystery of Superwoman by introducing the idea that Lucy stayed in the apartment of a Kryptonian woman who has since disappeared. Supergirl joins the science guild in this and it reminds me so much of how she is like her cousin, she is joining because she wants to understand in her mother better. Kal joined the military guild to keep an eye on Zod while Kara joined to keep an eye on her mother. I like that. This was really the first issue where you get the feeling that Alura does really care for her daughter and that maybe she just shows her love indirectly, like showing Kara the different guilds so she can make that choice on her own. I liked that and it fits Alura’s character and upbringing perfectly. Igle draws a beautiful New Krypton. This was an awesome issue.

From Gotham To Moscow

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Batman Confidential #31
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Andy Clarke

Milligan’s writing is decent on the start of this new arc but it is really Andy Clarke’s art that makes it worth the read. He draws Moscow and Gotham perfectly…what an underutilized talent he is for DC. They should put him on something higher profile then this book and R.E.B.E.L.S. The idea of Batman traveling to Moscow didn’t excite me at first but Milligan set up the city and the “Bear” quite nicely that I am looking forward to reading this story.

Vigilante 7 and 8

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #7
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

This is a return to the main story after the awful crossover with the Titans books. I enjoyed it a lot and we are slowly learning more about Doian – the Vigilante. It seems like he may have killed someone he loved in the past and I liked all the talk about the differences between him and Adrian Chase. Wolfman writes a pretty awesome Penguin and Leonardi draws a scary one.

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #8
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Hmmm interesting so the Vigilante’s late wife was the daughter of a mob boss. I am excited the he is moving to Chicago, I am a Chicago native and it is always fun to the see the DCU version of Chicago. This is a really good series and like Warlord, it is sad more people are not reading it. I really enjoyed this issue.

Give An 82-Year-Old Man Some Respect

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The Warlord (Volume 4) #4
Written by Mike Grell
Art by Joe Prado

Joe Prado returns this issue to bring this book back in my favor. After last issue was a little confusing, this issue explained a whole lot and got me excited for this series again. Sadly, it seems that no one is reading it and it has no marketing push from DC but I will enjoy the ride while it lasts. Prado’s art is breathtaking and it really seems that this story is building to something spectacular. Grell writes some really amusing moments such as when the Warlord realizes it’s 2009 in the outside world and he is now 82-years-old or when he asks who is president now. I liked when Shakira turned into a cat as well. Pick this up people, if you like this kind of stuff you won’t be disappointed.