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.

I’m Wonder Woman!

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Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #40
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti

 

The Crows are a group of seemingly small boys who inspire hatred in people. They have turned Washington DC into a city of race riots in this issue. This is an intriguing villain and certainly one that can be used to explore current affairs. Etta Candy is revealed to be a Checkmate agent which was pretty cool use of continuity. It has been a while since we have seen Checkmate. I can’t say that I am looking forward to the Power Girl – Wonder Woman fight. I have never liked heroes vs. hero fight and I am pretty sure this one was done before in Brave and the Bold. Wonder Woman’s “I’m Wonder Woman” line to Power Girl was pretty badass though.

She Saves The Day And Sleeps For A Week

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Justice Society of America #35
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Travis Moore

 

Willingham’s opening arc was really just to split the team. I must say that this two part story has been much better and I think people who were turned off by the first arc should come check this out and give him another chance. This issue read like like an old school JSA story in that all the members are spotlighted and transported to different dimensions by Mordru. Older comic fans will probably get a kick out of it and younger ones like myself will still love it. I also liked that it was Lightning that saved the day and not the usual older heroes. Good stuff. I find it amusing that she fell asleep for a week after using her powers like that to defeat Mordru.

Would Dick Grayson Really Do This?

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Batman and Robin #7
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Cameron Stewart

 

After everything they have been through with the Lazarus pits, I really find it hard to believe that Dick would willing try to put Bruce in one of them. It just seems completely out-of-character to me. I don’t know. The art is definitely amazing and I loved every page but the story was – eh – not my cup of tea (no pun intended), but I guess we will see where this goes. Batwoman was a nice guest star and it made sense since the whole religion of crime thing.

Parallax Rebirth

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Green Lantern (Volume 4) #50
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

Wow! I thought that the cover was just metaphorical but no, Hal becomes Parallax again in order to scare off the Spectre! Where is Nekron in all of this though. Why the focus on Spectre instead of him? Don’t get me wrong I liked the issue but I was just wondering what was going on with him. This is a nice anniversary issue because it harkens all the way back to Rebirth. Hey maybe Hal will stay as Parallax and we can get Kyle back! I highly doubt that but I am a Blue Lantern what can I say (:

Supergirl 48 and 49

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #48
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Fernando Dagnino

Do you think making the corner of Austen and Byrne be in Suicide Slum was a deliberate insult to those writers? I sure hope not. I know Austen is supposed to be awful but Byrne is the one who created Silver Banshee! Anyways, Supergirl confronts Lana about her illness and it is apparently some strange disease no one can cure yet. Then Supergirl helps Henderson take on Silver Banshee who’s back-story is pretty interesting. How cool would it have been if Kara tracked down Linda Danvers to ask her about Silver Banshee? I remember them fighting a lot. Ugh. Anyways, this issue was good.

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #49
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Matt Camp

I am surprised I didn’t guess it! Lana is becoming the Insect Queen again! During the Silver Age and during Kurt Busiek’s run on Superman Lana became the Insect Queen. That is what this disease is doing to her. I have to say that this was tremendous issue. Matt Camp’s art was fantastic and a treat to look at! They should keep him on this book if Igle decides to leave.

Super-Stalker

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #28
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton and Renato Guedes

 

Too bad this whole storyline hasn’t been hampered by awful horrible art, because when it all comes together here it actually makes Cupid to be a very interesting super villain. A woman given an experimental serum by the military to make her more aggressive has the side-effect of causing her to become incredible violent and obsessive. She is the true Super-Stalker. I like the idea if not the execution. Mike Norton’s art and the inker are just plain awful on this book. I can not wait for it to change.

Warlord 9 and 10

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The Warlord (Volume 4) #9
Written by Mike Grell
Art by Grell

I love that this issue features a guy with a video camera interviewing people about the life of Travis Morgan – The Warlord. It serves as a great plot device to update new readers like myself. The half-naked people and sex can be a little distracting at times, but oh well I suppose it is part of the appeal of the book and the world of Skartaris.

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The Warlord (Volume 4) #10
Written by Mike Grell
Art by Grell and Chard Hardin

I have to say that enjoy Hardin’s art much better then Grell’s. Grell’s art seems…well…old and seventies. Hardin’s style is just easier on the eyes. I am liking this arc a lot as we discover more about the Warlord’s past.

Sidways Smileyface

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The Web #4
Written by Angela Robinson
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

Okay in this issue the Web says “I couldn’t bring myself to type a sideway smileyface, it’s just not my style.” Hahaha. How awesome is that?! I love all the internet stuff in this book! Then to top it all off – The Web calls hit own number to turn off some of his “Web Hosts” and has to wait and find out what his account number is and experiences all the frusturation one feels when they call Comcast or any other company like that. It was hilarious. Although the entire issue really hits home how dumb it was for the Web to create “Web Hosts”. It was really dumb, and I think makes the character look like an idiot. This issue served to prove that. This is Angela Robinson’s last issue and the ending seemed really rushed. I do like that The Web is shown to have one-night stands and everything. Although the rich partying playboy really didn’t really show until this issue, I think it is the direction that Robinson should have taken the character from the beginning. The Hangman co-feature is still the better feature in the book as The Hangman defeats the Water creature by promising it freedom from its masters and then setting him free to destroy them. I like that the Hangman has this true hatred of slavery in all forms.

Blackest Night Over Opal City

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Starman (Volume 2) #81
Written by James Robinson
Art by Fernando Dagnino

I have very little background knowledge of Robinson’s Starman series. I read the first arc of it and found the art to be too distracting, but it was enjoyable I guess. I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that this was going to be a “Black Lantern Series” resurrected for one issue. I certainly wasn’t as excited as some people were. I will say that I really enjoyed this issue. It focuses on The Shade, a character who is intriguing because of his well…Shade of Grey….no pun intended. He reminds me of Vegeta from DBZ, in that he was once evil and now good – or well sorta good. Jack Knight doesn’t appear in this issue but it doesn’t matter because from what I know of Robinson’s Starman – Opal City was the real star of the book and it certainly is the setting of the action here.

Sadness

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Azrael (Volume 2) #4
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Ramon Bachs

The truth about the murder of Azrael’s brother is sorta revealed in this issue – it was Jen. Although she claims the Devil made her do it and then she kills herself in a particularly horrifying scene. This issue could have been better if it was a different artist. Bachs just can’t really pull off the sadness needed for the scene of the suicide. That being said, it was still sad. And this was a great issue of a series I never thought that I would like so much. I am very intrigued about this “Devil” character.