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!

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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!