Action 897 and 898

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Action Comics #897
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Pete Woods

 

Lex goes to the Joker’s cell to find the black sphere there and have a little talk with the Clown Prince of Crime in this amazing look at the difference between the two DC mega-villains. Really everyone should read this issue because Cornell should definitely be writing the Joker more often.

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Action Comics #898
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Pete Woods

 

So the person controlling Lois-Bot is Brainiac. Hmmm interesting? I wonder what he wants and what Larleeze saw in the sphere that even he did not want that?? I was hoping they wouldn’t bring Brainiac back so soon but this should be interesting.

Bruce Remembers

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #21
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

This was awesome for anyone enjoing Generation Lost as Power Girl manages to convince Dick Grayson with the help of Bruce Wayne of Max Lord’s existence and villainy. Bruce’s presence here was just awesome and it was great to see that he remembers Lord – because if anyone could it would be Bruce. I also loved how Basri got all the pre-infinite crisis costumes correct in the flashback. I know that sounds easy, and it is, but so many other artists at DC would have gotten it wrong cause their editors suck at their jobs.

Sunglasses At Night

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Detective Comics #874
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Francesco Francavila

Scott Snyder continues his stellar run by revealing that James Jr. had a violent past but he has recovered and wants to work for Leslie Thompkins meanwhile Batman and Red Robin have some awesome moments. Francavila is just as great as Jock at setting the mood for this book and I can’t say enough about how great this issue was. Snyder nails Dick’s voice with a great joke about Sunglasses at night and I love how Dick and Tim called eachother by code names (I hate the Brad Meltzer style of always going by first names – their superheroes!). I can’t wait to learn more about James Jr.’s untold past.

A Hell Ya Moment

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Justice Society of America #48
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Scott Kolins

 

And just when things couldn’t have got any worse for the JSA and Monument Point – the calvary arrives in the form of the All-Stars and other heroes! I suppose this is how the All-Stars will reintegrate with the main book (their own book is getting canceled) and it was a great moment – a definite hell ya moment and I can’t wait to see them kick Doctor Chaos’s ass!

Magical World’s Finest

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Superman/Batman #81
Written by Cullen Bunn 
Art by ChrisCross

 

A magic-based Batman and Superman show up in this issue and I thought it was that alternate earth that was magical but instead it is actually from some possible future. That sucks cause I was hoping that it was the Superman and Batman of Earth-13 but oh well this was still a pretty cool issue and it guest starts the Shadowpact! A team of heroes I miss a lot and they need to show up more! Especially good old Detective Chimp.

Limbo Town

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Batgirl (Volume 3) #18
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Dustin Nguyen

 

I have a confession – this is a good book but I always am upset when I read it because I miss the real Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Now to get that out of the way, I really liked this issue if it wasn’t a little too cutesy for my tastes. It was great to see Limbo Town and all the stuff From Grant Morrison’s Klarion Seven Soldiers Mini as Steph tries to help Klarion find a mate for his cat. This was definitely not a story you could tell with Cassandra without it being altered a lot – actually now that I think of it you could tell it with Cass and it would have been so much better! Think of how she would freak out the people in Limbo Town! God I miss Cass!

Secret Six Versus Doom Patrol

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Secret Six (Volume 3) #30
Written by Gail Simone
Art by J. Caliafore

This is the first part of a crossover with Doom Patrol that has some great moments including Bane on a date and King Shark biting off a piece of Elasti-Woman. Gail Simone creates a great new villain in the form of a dead beat young man who spends his days playing video games until one day he finds out  that he has inherited a criminal empire from his grandfather. Once again Simone hits it out of the park with this issue but I mean how many crossovers can this book have?

Qwardian Conclusion

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #57
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

 

The Weaponer becomes a member of the Sinestro Corps and Firestorm shows up in this issue. The whole thing with Firestorm was kind of unnecessary but I always love when crossovers like this happen so I don’t care. There really wasn’t enough Kyle in this issue but oh well.

Family Reunion

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Outsiders (Volume 4) #36
Written by Dan Didio and Joe Bennett
Art by Bennett

 

Okay so in interviews Giffen said he was taking over art but that doesn’t seem to be so. Dan Didio is supposed to be the co-publisher of DC Comics – how does this guy have this job if he can’t even keep an artist on his own book? And wow is Black Lightning a dick to Thunder in this. The dialogue is still pathetically bad here but at least we get a reason for Geo-Force’s madness and it was great to see Thunder and Grace again (Even if Bennett decided to have her be in a thong the whole issue!)

Forever Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman #607
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Phil Hester
Art by Don Kramer

 

It looks like that is Cheetah and Giganta with Artemis – so they don’t remember their old lives either? Wonder Woman is a real heroine here – choosing mercy over death for the minotaur and doing all she can to save the boy. I like that this is an alternate history Diana – but she is still our Wonder Woman.

My Guess Is Gilda

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Batman #707
Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Daniel

 

The whole mess with the mask of the beholder ends here…it wasn’t my favorite story but it wasn’t bad either. I liked that it set up Peacock as a possible Dick Grayson love interest and the ending of this issue was just awesome. Daniel’s art has improved tremendously since Battle for the Cowl and it shows here too. So who is the mysterious woman at the end of this issue with the two-face coin? I am not sure but I have a feeling it’s Gilda Dent!

App Drones

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Supergirl (Volume 5) #61
Written by James Peaty
Art by Bernard Chang

 

I knew something was up was up when Alex was shown to have Grodd and Eclipso working for him – they are drones! Alex is a rather intriguing villains soon and I am interested to learn just who his father is and how this all ties into what is going on with Cadmus. The App concept is awesome still too and I can’t wait to see Blue Beetle next issue.

Bad Aunt

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Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6) #10
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Yildiray Cinar

 

So it was Chameleon Boy’s aunt all along behind everything as she wanted Brande’s money to pay for rebuilding Durla (That is if I am not mistaken) this was a good issue but the resolution seemed a little fast. Not much else to say here.

Batman Is The Best

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Green Lantern (Volume 4) #62
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

Hahahahahahahahaha I love Batman’s comments about Hal Jordan – he hates him just as much as I do and that is why Bruce Wayne Batman is my favorite Superhero (Besides Cassandra Cain of course). I worry what that vision was that Hal had – one of the Lanterns of Sector 2814 is going to die? It better not be Kyle. Anyways Krona gets the best of Hal in this and Hal acts like an idiot as usual.

Gathering Shadow

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Justice League of America #54
Written by James Robinson
Art by Brett Booth

 

This was a fantastic issue as Eclipso gathers shadow-based characters for some kind of plan. It even goes back and looks at the history of Eclipso which even I needed some refreshing on. Once again Robinson really makes the DC Universe seem like a vast wonderland as he pulls characters from its history – both obscure and famous. There were some more shadow villains I could think of – such as Shadow-of-War but hey he picked the ones he did for a reason I am sure. Booth’s art is going to take some getting used to as some parts of this issue seemed too much like Ed Benes (That is not a good thing) and the beginning two pages make no sense in terms of who was in the League at the same time I mean why are Vibe and Red Arrow shown to be in the team together at the same time!

Taking Power From Shazam

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Titans (Volume 2) #32
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino and Phillip Tan

 

Now this was an enjoyable issue as we finally as Osiris is officially restored to life by the white light after he takes Freddy Freeman’s powers away which somehow bring Isis back but something bad has happened to her apparently. I am actually excited to see what happens next which is not something I say often about this book. Tatooed Man leaves and Deathstroke gives more hints that this whole team has something to do with Jericho.