Trapped in Enclave A

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Freedom Fighters (Volume 2) #5
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Travis Moore

 

Holy shit! This was an awesome comic! The Freedom Fighters are trapped in Enclave A with the creepiest metahuman prisoners I have ever read in a comic (One is made out of dead babies or something) and you really get the feeling of being trapped while reading this – even as you start to sympathize with the prisoners who it looks like were all brought here and tortured against their will. All the while still dealing with the overall arc of a secret weapon belonging to the Confederacy. I will say it again, everyone should be reading this book! It’s that good!

Protection

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #8
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenes Neves

 

This issue’s focus is on the forest as we learn people from all over the DCU have come to Star City to figure out why the hell this magical forest is around. I think this is the first time we really see that the forest is protecting Green Arrow – letting him in while keeping others out. Hmmm? Why is this? I feel like the mystery is going on a little longer then I would have hoped as we don’t really find out much more this issue but the writing and art is still top notch so I enjoyed it.

Magical Braces

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #9
Written by Paul Dini and Adam Beechen
Art by Cliff Chiang and Robin Riggs

 

Strangely enough, this one actually had a back-up by Adam Beechen featuring Zatanna as a teenager. The main feature was good as the creepy Ventriloquist Dummy explains that Zatanna’s dad made a mistake and mistunderstood the situation. He wasn’t trying to kill Zatanna at all and he killed the theatre owner in self-defense. Zatanna seems convinced that he was telling the truth but I am not so sure if he is yet. Good stuff. The back-up was a fun read as Zatanna uses her braces to catch a criminal!

Loving This Book Again

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Justice Society of America #47
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Scott Kolins

 

I hope that this was just a fake-out and Mr. Terrific did not let Scythe out of the cell just to learn why his IQ is lowering – cause let me tell you – that makes him selfish and not heroic in the JSA-sense of the word at all. Anyways, I really hope Manhunter is joing the JSA! It was great to see her here and with the loss of her co-feature a move to Monument Point would suit her – I mean she is a legacy hero with the Golden Age ties after all. Doctor Chaos is a great adversary for the JSA so far and after the first couple of issues of Guggenheim’s run being downright awful – I am loving this book again.

Enthusiasm

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Wonder Woman #606
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Art by Eduardo Pansica

 

Things are heating up as the Morrigan have created villains from dead Amazons including Artemis. One of them is called the Cheetah – hmmm?? I love how Diana is so troubled by the dolls she finds and perhaps has residual memories of her old life. I am definitely enjoying the ride and I have to say Hester has improved this book tremendously since he took over from JMS’s plot. JMS never seemed to give a crap about Wonder Woman in interviews – it was always a backseat to his Superman stories – Hester seems enthusiastic about this and I am right there with him.

Venomized Man-Bat

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Detective Comics #873
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jock

 

Batman escapes the auction and confront Guiborg as he flies out of Gotham in an awesome scene in which Guiborg turns into a venomized Man-Bat like monster. Love it! This creative team produced a fantastic first arc that differentiates itself from any of the other bat-books and carves its own niche in Gotham City storytelling. I love that Dick is putting up stuff in the penthouse like the Bludhaven PD certificate and the Flying Graysons poster. Great use of continuity!

Just Bring On The Eclipso

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Justice League of America #53
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mark Bagley

 

I was disappointed with the conclusion to this arc. I mean it was better then anything pre-Robinson but man was it not that great of an ending and Bagley…he must have known he was leaving when he drew this cause this was a weak issue on his part. That last splash page could have used some serious editing. Elasti-Woman is wearing the wrong costume and Damage is there – Damage is dead! Come on DC! I am looking forward to next month’s Rise of Eclipso story though!

Superman Batman 79 and 80

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Superman/Batman #79
Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Jesus Merino

 

Roberson introduce (or re-introduces for some) to the DC Universe of the 853rd Century and I am one of the few who have never read DC One Million and therefore I am fascinated by this Justice Legion with its many worlds and I can’t wait to see more next issue. Epoch Lord of Time doesn’t seem like a new character but I could be wrong but he was a great way to frame the story and allow for the past and the future to collide.

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Superman/Batman #80
Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Jesus Merino

Epoch is stopped by the Bronze Age World’s Finest and travels through time being defeated by each era’s Batman and Superman – Brilliant! I am looking forward to seeing more of Roberson’s run on the main Super-book after reading this awesomeness.

The Truce Dilemma

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #56
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

 

The interesting thing about this issue and this storyline in general is there is no clear enemy – the Green Lanterns began fighting the Weaponer but are now fighting the Sinestro Corps with him but they really CAN’T fight the Sinestro Corps because of the truce between the two Corps so they are are in kind of a pickle. It is great to see that Sinestro does care for his daughter after all – in his own way of course.

New Cadmus

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #20
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

Power Girl attacks the base of new Cadmus – which is apparently crazy powerful and they have a clone of Krypto! I wonder if this all ties into what is going on in Supergirl too. I like how Ivo talks about the difference between Power Girl and the the other kryptonian heroes. It shows that Winick understands the character. She is much more of an unabashed warrior (similar to Wonder Woman) than Superman and Supergirl.

Attack On The United Planets

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Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6) #9
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Yildiray Cinar

 

Hmmm so who is Chameleon Boy’s aunt…could it be Harmonia Li? Where is Chameleon Girl in all this by the way? All good questions. We still haven’t seen Mon-El find out he won the election but I suppose we will eventually. I like this issue and it is still great to see Levitz utilize Tyroc and Gates. Good issue.

Girl Sidekicks

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Batman #706
Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Daniel

 

There seems to be a theme of girl sidekicks running through this book as both Riddler’s Daughter and Catgirl show up. I am looking forward to seeing more of Enigma as her backstory has never been really explained but Riddler does act like she may be his actual daughter in this. Though you would think the Riddler would know better then to mess with Batman’s suit? As always Daniel continues to utilize Gotham City to its fullest and I am loving his run so far.

There’s An App For That

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #60
Written by Nick Spencer and James Peaty
Art by Bernard Chang

The new creative team takes over Supergirl and while I was worried – I can say that I am quite happy with this issue. The idea of an app for tracking heroes is brilliant and something not done before. How many comic plots can be described like that? And Alex already seems like such a bastard he will make a great villain. I am intrigued!

Pick A Name And Stick To It

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Titans (Volume 2) #31
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

 

Okay DC you need to decide whether Freddy Freeman is going by Captain Marvel or Shazam – in story its always Shazam – but in the text and their advertisements it’s like that can’t decide which is really unprofessional and annoying. Pick one! Osiris is way over the edge and this book is in no way fun to read anymore – from Arsenal’s downward spiral (hell at least he isn’t an outright villain just yet) to the disgusting murder of Slipknot I just didn’t care for this issue. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t mind violence in comics all that much.

Crossover Mode

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Secret Six (Volume 3) #29
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Marcos Marz

 

This is the conclusion of the crossover with the Action Comics that began here. It was pretty good but still confused the hell out of me at some points just as the last part did. Maybe I am just not following things correctly but anyways the best moments were the Six of course and it Scandal’s background is fleshed out quite nicely. Not much else to say. I can’t wait for this to get back to non-crossover mode.

Moon Bounce

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Batgirl (Volume 3) #17
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Pere Perez

 

This was a fun story of Steph teaming up with Damian and saving a schoolbus full of kids from kidnapping. It was fun and the banter between the two is always amusing. Miller writes Damian really well and I loved the ending where Steph brings him to a moon bounce to teach him how to have fun.

The Ghost Clone

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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (Volume 3) #3
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Cafu

 

This book continues to impress as this issue focuses on NoMan who reminds me of a Doctor Manhattan in that he is losing his humanity and his relationship with his wife and his tragic past. I am not sure why he let his wife kill herself but I am sure that will be revealed in good time. It looks like the new Dynamo is a trader of some sort or a double agent for Spider. I am liking the look back at the old T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents a lot and how it is in real time.