The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Justice Society of America #43
Written by James Robinson
Art by Jesus Merino

 

This epilogue to the JLA/JSA crossover was pretty damn amazing for a filler epilogue. It is basically a meeting between Obsidian and Alan Scott as they discuss the new world the Statheart is building on the darkside of the moon and how it has become a haven for magical beings of the DC Universe. We get so many obscure name-drops here and one thing I love about Robinson is how he not only brings in obscure old silver age characters but also modern ones too. He respects the entire DC Universe and not just pre-1984 characters like most of the DCU writers now-and-days. Heck we even learn the Monolith is on the moon now. The moments between Alan and Obsidian are great – I loved how Alan asked about Todd’s boyfriend and how happy he is they are still together. I finally understand why Jade and Obsidian can not be near each other and we learn about possible consequences of it – I love Merino’s huge spreads showing these possible events. This city on the moon will be interesting to explore in the future.

Grodd And His Battle Spoon

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Action Comics #893
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Sean Chen
Co-Feature by Nick Spencer
Art by RB Silva

 

The main feature was pretty awesome – although I don’t remember Grodd eating brains or having a giant spoon before this issue – that was weird and kind of annoying if its just being introduced here and I didn’t miss something. The end was fantastic but I almost wish DC hadn’t announced her appearance beforehand it would have been even more exciting! I was skeptical about the Jimmy Olsen back-up as I was never a huge fan of the character but it rocked as well! It helps that Chloe is in it too! Welcome to the DCU Chloe Sillivan!

Wonder Woman 602 and 603

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Wonder Woman #602
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Don Kramer and Eduardo Pansica

 

Okay I’ll admit I am starting to dig this. The art is wonderful and Diana sure kicks major ass here – but damn she should keep her jacket on because there are way too many straps under that thing it looks really dumb. I miss her iconic costume. Loved the parts where she said she was ready to spit in the face of the Gods, now that is something the Wonder Woman I know and love would say.

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Wonder Woman #603
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, and Allan Goldman

 

Okay I think Straczysnki has won me over…while I still want to see how this all fits into continuity, this was a fucking amazing issue that saw Diana journey to Hades and back and comes face to face with the mysterious big baddie. Great art and great writing! I am impressed!

Cracking Up

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Titans (Volume 2) #27
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

 

The violence wasn’t as bad as past issues – but this book is still filled with disgusting violence that isn’t even balanced off by humor like over in Secret Six. Everything about this book is depressing from Osiris believing he has to kill to bring back Isis’s to Arsenal’s drug addiction and loss over his daughter. But there is an interesting mystery as to what Deathstroke’s plans are – and why is Isis’s statue cracking? So I am torn about whether I like the new direction of the book or not.

The Prison’s Top Bitch Kitty

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #36
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. Demateis
Art by Pat Olliffe

 

The title of this post is also what Estrogina – a new character I believe – refers to herself as in the last page of this issue haha awesome. I liked this issue and I like that they are tying into Invasion – which I didn’t expect to happen. But I don’t know, I am not sure that they have Skeet’s “voice” quite right. He is almost too human in this? Skeets is great and I think he is very human-like. But Jurgens always wrote him with less, smart ass remarks I guess. Either way, Giffen and Demateis have quite a lot going on here. It is pure craziness with Ted Kord turned into a chipmunk and a kitty bitch haha.

Xenophobia

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Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6) #5
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Yildiray Cinar and Francis Portela

 

A xenophobic group called EarthForce attacks the refugee camp for the Titanians and it is up to the Legion to save the day. There was a lot of good stuff and some interesting revelations about Harmonia Li – apparently she is immortal or something like that. I still think she is up to no good. Earth-Man seems to be changing rather quickly – and seems to be a lot less Xenophobic now, even sleeping with Shadow Lass – that was quick, too quick! I wonder if something is up with that and he isn’t being genuine or his mind is being effected. I don’t know but Levitz continues to bring the Legion to new heights.

Streets of Gotham 15 and 16

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Batman: Streets of Gotham #15
Written by Ivan Brandon
Art by Ramon Bachs

 

This is kinda weird…replacing the back up as the main feature in the middle of an arc. I don’t know why Dini is having trouble getting his scripts in on time but whatever this was good. It was violent and disturbing as a Two-Face story should be and ends with Two-Face getting stabbed brutally by his lackeys and thrown in a river. I doubt he’s actually dead but it sure seems that way.

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Batman: Streets of Gotham #16
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen

Co-Feature by Ivan Brandon
Art by Ramon Bachs

The main story continues “House of Hush” and it is really good. It focuses once again on fleshing out a back story dealing with the Waynes and we get more moments from Bruce and Tommy’s childhood. I have said before and I will say it again that Dini has given Hush more depth then Loeb ever did or could. Zatanna showing up was weird….does Dini have to put her in everything he writes? He writes her well don’t get me wrong though. The Two-Face back up has Harvery being found and taken care of by a priest and has a pretty shocking ending I don’t want to ruin here. Good stuff.

Characters

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Justice League of America #49
Written by James Robinson
Art by Pow Rodrix and Robson Rocha

 

This was a brilliant interlude that really takes a look at the characters of Donna Troy and Jade in particular. Robinson shows he knows their past and gets how they tick but also how he is going to move them forward. I love how he brings in old continuity like the Bogeyman but does it in a way that makes sense and natural. Even in the one panel scenes we get of some of the other Leaguers he demonstrates how much he gets those characters. This is awesome writing. The art was okay…Bagley is missed though.

Supergirl 55 and 56

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #55
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle

 

This was an a fantastic issue as Supergirl continues to fight Bizzarogirl who has some absolutely hilarious lines here and Kara decides to escape to Bizarro World. I like how she remembered Reactron’s captivity and connected that with Bizarrogirl being studies by Doctor Light.

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #56
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle

 

Supergirl goes to Bizarroworld and finds it being attacked by a big monster. It was a decent issue but not much to write about I guess.

The Breaking Of The Mirror

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The Flash (Volume 3) #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Francis Manapul

 

Okay this was a good issue…finally something happens as the Mirror breaks, the Flash may have been betrayed by The Top from the future (which I didn’t see coming at all) and it looks like Iris is in trouble or something…I am not sure. But am I the only one who thinks it would be cool if Iris ended up becoming Barry’s greatest enemy as The Top says will supposedly happen?? It would certainly make Barry Allen a more interesting character (Because he isn’t interesting at all). But still waiting for Wally here.

PeeGee 15 and 16

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #15
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

So Maxwell Lord is involved in all this! But why did he send that purple thing, C.R.A.S.H. after Power Girl? I guess it is a mystery. The moment where he turns around and says I’m Max was pretty cool. I think Winick is still doing a pretty good job on this book.

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #16
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

So the woman who supposedly stole all the money for Starrware ends up dead from a heroin overdoes but Power Girl knows she was really murdered. Could Max have something to do with this? I am kind of bothered that Power Girl knows Batman is Dick Grayson considering I don’t think they have ever even been on a team together but whatever.

Superman Batman 75 and 76

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Superman/Batman #75
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Jerry Ordway

 

The anniversary issue has a bunch of tiny back-up features that I won’t cover here cause most are not in continuity but the main story was an epilogue to Levitz’s previous arc as a future Lexor citizen comes back in time to kill Superman and the Legion and Batman team up to stop them. It was good and Ordway’s art was great but nothing to get too excited about. I am kinda sick of the same four Legionnaires always being used – let’s mix it up a bit Levitz.

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Superman/Batman #76
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Marco Rudy

Now this was great! We finally get to see Superman’s reaction to Batman’s “death” during Final Crisis and it was a really great. Winik could have made this cliche and dumb as hell (imagine if this was written by Meltzer) but instead we get a look at how Superman views death and the fate of his friends as well as some awesome moments between him and Wonder Woman. I loved it!

Mystic Roofie

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #5
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Chad Hardin

 

How does Dini keep telling compelling stories about Zatanna? A character so powerful I don’t know how anyone tells stories about her but Dini tells great ones. In this issue Zatanna is given a love potion so that the Las Vegas club owner guy can sell her soul to the devil – I like how Zatanna refers to it as a “Mystic Roofie” haha. The best parts of this issue are the moments between Zachary and Zatanna as they discuss their history and how very often Zach has been hurt by his older cousin who never comes to his shows. Great relationship development between two characters who we never really have seen interacting before this series…it was about time.

Surprise Ending

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #52
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Ardian Sayaf

 

Well that was an unexpected ending. Did Cyborg Superman always have that ghost-like power? I liked it as it wasn’t at all how I expected this arc to end. I am also pleased with the changes to the Alpha-Lanterns. Sayaf doesn’t do his best work here but I can’t really complain, he is following Gleason who you can’t really beat and I am glad to hear he is going to be doing Birds of Prey which I think he is more suited for.

Needs A Consistent Artist

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Birds of Prey (Volume 2) #5
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Alvin Lee and Adriana Melo

 

Well this certianly got odd quickly. The art is all over the place and a confusing mess even without Benes. Can we just have once consistant artist on this book please? Anyways, Black Canary heads to Bangkok and is followed by Huntress and Lady Blackhawk but they soon discover that Black Canary is now wearing the White Canary costume and being called a mistress by a bunch of students??? What the hell is going on? Interesting and Gail’s writing is still top-notch but damn they need a new art team for this book. I love that Oracle is now working out of Kord Tower – a nice nod to her relationship with Ted Kord. I wonder if we will ever see Platinum Flats again though?

Blood Aflame With The Light Of The Sun

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JSA All-Stars #10
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Co-Feature by Jen Van Meter
Art by Travis Moore

 

The main story was okay as it was really just the battle with these Paradoran Gods with some fun lines like “My blood is aflame with the Light of the Sun” haha. But other then that I feel like the plot really isn’t moving forward. I certainly don’t believe Power Girl is in any bit of trouble as the cliffhanger tried to make it seem. The back-up was good as usual.

Ridding The Red

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Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #2
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

 

So Guy will joined by Kilowog and Arisia to the unknown sectors. Apparently there is an evil snake telepath guy who is building a telepath army? Anyways, this was another good issue. I still wonder what exactly Guy’s mission is and why he thinks Kyle, Hal, and John will be upset with him about it. Kilowog seems to be majorly depressed, poor guy.  It was great to see Odym and the Blue Lantern Corps again as they are by far my favorite of these new Corps. This book is a welcome addition to the GL books as it serves as sort of different purpose then the other two as the traveling into the unknown book. Very cool.