Crisis On Earth-Blog: The DC Challenge – Plastic Man Trivia Challenge

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Just in case you didn’t know there is a big crossover for blogs and The Continuity Blog is represented in this crossover by Plastic Man! It is great to be part of this crossover and be represented by one of my favorite characters.  The Continuity Blog’s contribution to the crossover will be some good old-fashioned Trivia:

1) Which of these characters’ children have some of Plastic Man’s DNA within them?

A) Sgt. Rock
B) Black Lightning
C) Green Arrow
D) Adam Strange

2) Plastic Man spends 3,000 years on the ocean floor in pieces after going back in time on a mission to find which character?

A) Aquaman
B) Hawkman
C) Firestorm
D) The Flash

3) Plastic Man actually made his debut in the Golden Age in real life and in current DC Continuity. Which of these other characters can say the same?

A) Supergirl
B) Elongated Man
C) The Metal Men
D) Doctor Fate

That’s it for Plas Trivia, follow Plastic Man’s adventures in the crossover here.

Batwoman Vs. The Cutter

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Detective Comics #861
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Jock
Co-Feature by Rucka
Art by Cully Hamner

Jock isn’t a terrible artist, but I miss Williams already. His style really brought a flare to this book. This issue would’ve been rather boring if not for learning more about the relationship between Batwoman and Bette Kane. The Cutter serial killer has been done-to-death in oh everything. Nip/Tuck had a whole season focused on the exact same premise. When did Bette move to Gotham and why is she still in college? Shouldn’t she be older then that now? She went to Hudson University with Dick Grayson did she not? Maybe she took some time off. I was confused why Batman was wearing the yellow symbol in this. It is great to have it back but at first I thought it was a flashback. Especially the beginning when Gordon is referred to as Captain? Perhaps just those first few pages were a flashback. The Question back-up was rather good this time. I still wish it had a less cartoony artist though.

Nothing Happens

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Superman #696
Written by James Robinson
Art by Bernard Chang

 

After reading Robinson’s great JLA issue and the usual excitement that happens in this book, this issue was a huge letdown for me. This book is usually to the brim with plot but here nothing much happens except Mon-El helps Flamebird and Nightwing escape and more Legionnaires turn out to be working for the science police. Seriously that’s it. Come on this is too slow of a pace for this book. Let’s get somewhere soon.

Robinson Actually Made Me Excited For the Justice League Again!

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Justice League of America #41
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mark Bagley

 

Wow! I didn’t expect this to be this good! It took Meltzer seven issues to put a team together, Robinson does it in just one and makes it more exciting then all seven of those issue put together. Sure Congorilla isn’t in the issue but he’s the only one who hasn’t joined up yet. I felt very much like Robinson was giving the middle finger to Meltzer with this issue and I loved it. I mean he even has Donna refuse to call Doctor Light by anything but her codename where as Meltzer had the heroes always call each other by real names. It was great. I can’t believe it I am actually excited for the Justice League again!

The Debut of the Black Hood

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The Web #5
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Talent Caldwell
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

The Black Hood makes his debut in the DC Universe in this sad tale written by Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim writes the best issue of the Web to date as we see the effects of The Web’s stupidity in creating the Web hosts. One of the Web Host’s fails sadly (he really seemed like he wanted to do good and it was sad to see his murder) and gets the sister of the Black Hood killed. After taking some armor from the old Justice League bunker and the bandana of the man who murderd his sister, Mateo Burland becomes the Black Hood. I wish that that they kept his old costume design, but it works better in the context of the story for him to have the bandana. This was very sad but great issue. I can’t say that I really understand what is going on in the Hangman back-up. Definitely my least favorite issue of the Hangman back-up to date.

Poison Ivy Does Not Believe In Love

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Gotham City Sirens #8
Written by Guillem March and Marc Andreyko
Art by March

 

First off, I will comment that Dini is not writing this book, just like Streets of Gotham, and this is a completely different comic then was solicited. I hope Dini comes back but still…this was a good comics. March and Andreyko did a good job filling in. I love that there are murders of eco-terrorists in Robinson Park and Poison Ivy is being blamed, and she is pissed not that she is being falsely accused, but because she wished she had been the one to kill them. Hahaha. Poison Ivy is a great character and this was an excellent showcase for her. I liked the establishment of Harley meeting Poison Ivy when she was a doctor at Arkham. I could be wrong but I think that is something that has never been revealed before. The ending is perfect, I won’t spoil it but Poison Ivy does exactly what I would expect her to do to stop the killer.

Titans In Dakota

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #79
Written by Felecia D. Henderson
Art by Joe Bennet
Co-Feature by Sean McKeever
Art by Yldiray Cinar

 

Static returns to Dakota after a virus hits the city hard. We are introduced to the Hawkins family and I wish there would have been more narration or something because I don’t know much about Static’s history with these characters or Dakota in general and it was hard to follow at parts. It was good to see Wonder Girl acting confident as a leader but sometimes it was a little much, like Henderson was beating a dead horse with it. Bombshell was right when she said that they shouldn’t talk about it anymore. Speaking of Bombshell, I am starting to really like her. Bennet’s art is still pretty annoying and Aquagirl and Blue Beetle both don’t look very hispanic in this issue. There definitely needs to be less use of first names as well, I mean what is this Meltzer’s Teen Titans. Henderson isn’t a bad writer, but she needs to step her game a bit before I can say that her run has been a success. The Ravager back-up was pretty short and I don’t have much to say about it.