Maybe Even Better Than Rucka

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Batwoman #0
Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Art by Williams III and Amy Reeder

 

If I had any doubt that Batwoman couldn’t fly without Rucka, I do not after reading this! Holy shit was this awesome. Williams and Reeder both blow you away with their art on every page and at the same time a great story is being told without Batwoman ever speaking a word! Batman narrarates as he follows her. They write an awesome detective Batman too! I can’t wait till february!

Feeling Guilty For Not Killing A Baby

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Justice Society of America #45
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Scott Kolins

 

We find out the terrorist who destroyed Monument Point was a baby that Jay and Alan let live during WW2 even though they were told to kill him. So Jay feels ultra guilty about all this and decides to stay and help rebuild the city. Makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is where the hell Obsidian and Mr. America are? There is no mention of where the hell these two members are…did they leave the team? That just annoys me. I also still think Guggenheim should have usex another of the billion unused DC fictional cities that already existed instead of creating this new one. Oh well….at least the concept is interesting and I look forward to see where it goes.

Abuse In My Backyard

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Superman #705
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Wellington Dias and Eddy Barrows

 

This is JMS’s last issue on this series as he ditched his duties on this book and Wonder Woman in a completely unprofessional manner. But anyways, I liked the story of the abused kid and all. Most of the issue takes place in Mount Prospect, IL. I grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and my parents actually live in Mount Prospect now so this was kinda cool…although it’s sad that the abused kid has to come from there. There was nothing Mount Prospecty about the art though as Barrows drew it like any suburb but still…cool to see the town mentioned.

Find What’s Missing

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Batman and Robin #17
Written by Paul Cornell 
Art by Scott McDaniel

 

Paul Cornell takes over for three issues before Tomasi comes on board here and I’d say Cornell wasn’t kidding when he kept saying in interviews that this wasn’t just filler. The Absence is an interesting new villain and not just because she apparently had a hole in the head but just the idea of looking for what’s missing seems like great story potential. I want to see where this goes. McDaniel’s art seemed different here too…good different. I was pleasantly surprised as I am not his biggest fan but I think he stepped up his game for this book.

A Day At The Magic Museum

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #7
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Chad Hardin

 

This was a decent filler that had a goofy villain made up of the clothes of old sorcerers that retained their magical essence. It’s a goofy idea but it worked and I enjoyed it. I didn’t even mind that it dealt with Zatanna’s Dad even though I am so sick of every Zatanna story dealing with her Dad. Let’s move on already! Anyways, fun filler and I want to see this magical museum again sometime. Where is Dini? He must have been really busy to not write an issue of this book cause he loves Zatanna.

Fallen For This Book

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Action Comics #895
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Pete Woods
Co-Feature by Nick Spencer
Art by RB Silva

I have seriously fallen in love with Action Comics. This is a book starring Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen. I never would have guessed I would be loving it this much but I have to say that this book has stole my heart. Everything about it is good. The Jimmy back-up was hilarious. The Lex story made great use of continuity. In other words, buy it.

Dini?

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Gotham City Sirens #17
Written by Peter Calloway
Art by Andres Guinaldo

 

This seemed really decompressed. I mean not much happens here except the girls look for Catwoman, they find Catwoman, and they leave. Where is Dini and why has he been gone from this book for so long? I also highly doubt they are going to actually mind wipe Bruce from Selina’s mind. So while it wasn’t a bad issue, I wasn’t into it that much.

Titans Pariah

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #89
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Nicola Scott

 

Robin joins the Titans and right from the get-go we can see he is not Tim Drake. He seriously screws up their mission in this issue because of his impulsiveness and not listening to orders even I was pissed at him. And I have started to like Damian too! That being said, I don’t know if Krul has Damian’s voice down just yet. There is something about the way he talks that seems different then usual. I don’t know. I still like the issue and Scott’s art is great and the team is awesome – this is the best this book has been in years!

Little James

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Detective Comics #871
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jock
Co-Feature by Snyder
Art by Francesco Frankavilla

 

Snyder begins his run with a great mystery – someone is selling weapons based on Gotham villains – and with an artist who knows how to set the mood for it. I am not the biggest fan of Jock’s art, but it works here. This was a great debut for the team. The Commissioner Gordon back-up had quite the shocking ending! I don’t know when was the last time we saw James Jr, but I have never read a comic with him except for flashbacks set when he was a baby – and now he is committing Gotham Crimes! Interesting!

Long Live The Queen

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #6
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenes Neves

It seemed like this was going to be the end of an arc – yet nothing is really ended here. I am not complaining, I like the Queen as an adversary for Green Arrow and I want her to stick around and continue to the villain behind the scenes. Her costume is just awesome! And grave robbing Ollie’s mother – that’s just evil. She makes a good villain.

An Offer To Azrael

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Azrael (Volume 2) #14
Written by David Hine
Art by Cliff Richards

 

Um holy shit has Michael Lane gone off the deep end?? I mean the character has always been anything but sane but wow does he lose it here – ending in well let’s just say I highly doubt this is a permanent state. I mean he has to be around for this series after all right? Good issue. I just am finding the main character less and less likeable as time goes on.

Abrupt End

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Superman/Batman #78
Written by Joe Kelly, Jack Kelly, and Amanda McMurry
Art by Ed Benes and Brett Booth

 

The main story was a cute story about two little boys playing Batman and Superman trying to figure out who would win. It was cute..but not in continuity so I didn’t care. The back-up was a Power Girl and Huntress back-up with future JLA artist Brett Booth and a writer unknown to me – it was good as it really relied on their history’s and I liked that but it ended rather abruptly. Will this be followed up somewhere?

The Rebirth of Dark Supergirl

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Justice League of America #51
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mark Bagley

Robinson once again shows how much he understands and loves the DC Universe with the beginning of this issue. Instead of a random assortment of heroes trying to save Washington DC, we actually get an explanation for why each of the persons’ powers can help the situation. That is a rare feat in comics and I like the attention to detail! Meanwhile, the League is dealing with the threat of Omega Man – who is a bastard yet we don’t even know who he is yet and he has brought back Dark Supergirl. I miss Starman but this this is getting just as epic as the last arc! Great stuff!

Life On The Outside: Jade

It has been a long time since I did another Outsiders Bio and I still have a lot of members to go. The current Didio run seriously blows…so I think it is time to look at the Outsiders comics of past. Today I will be talking about a character who recently returned from the dead and joined the Justice League. But prior to her death, this character was the team leader of the Outsiders. I am talking about Jennifer-Lynn Haden aka Jade

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Trained By The Bat

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #54
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

 

You know what made me cheer in this issue…when Sinestro asks Kyle who trained him to fight, and Kyle hits him hard and says Batman!!! Hells to the ya. Another reason why Kyle Rayner is better then Hal Jordan, Batman likes him better!  Anyways, Kirkham’s art really impressed me in this issue as he can draw scenery wonderfully. Just look at his Oa! He is a great guy to draw a book mostly set in Alien Landscapes. The moments between Soranik and the Weaponer were really great as it kinda sorta humanized the villain and showed how caring and compassionate Soranik can be. Great issue.

Kryptonian Clones

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #18
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

Power Girl gets her ass kicked pretty bad in this by her clone-woman thing I don’t know what to call it. What I don’t get is that Sivana knew how to clone a Kryptonian or make a replicant or whatever – why wouldn’t he have done this before? I hope it is explained because that is a pretty powerful thing. And why does Winick use Sivana in everything he writes? Anyways, the moment where Power Girl remembers everything about Maxwell Lord was pretty awesome though. I wish more happened in this book though.

Selina, It’s Me

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Batman: Streets of Gotham #17
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen
Co-Feature by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Szymon Kudranski

 

The main story continues the House of Hush story arc….which I assumed would feature the fall of Hush before Bruce’s return but I guess not as Bruce reveals himself to Selina as Batman in a great scene at the beginning of this issue. The “Selina, it’s me” moment was just awesome for fans of their relationship and Dini writes their relationship very well. The Bed Bug is another great Gotham villain creation by Dini. How does he keep doing this?! The revelations about The Wayne, Kane, and Elliot families also continue to be interesting. The Ragman backup starts off really well as the art really suits the mood and darkness of Gotham City – especially the underbelly a character like Ragman should explore. I love the theme of Gentrification. Gotham really reminds me of Chicago sometimes. It must be why they set the movies here.