Nothing Special

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Justice Society of America #27
Written by Jerry Ordway
Art by Ordway

You know you would think after writing this title with Johns in the last arc Ordway would know to draw Judomaster as an Asian women, you can blame her hair on the colorist but she definitely did not have Asian features here. I am not sure who the threat is that they are facing. The idea of spirits that hate America is kind of lame but it might work. We shall see what the next issue brings. Otherwise, this was an okay fill in issue. Nothing special.

Passing the Baton

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Manhunter #38
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos, Dennis Calero, and Fernando Blanco

While I wish we got to read that abortion story that was solicited, I think this series ended on a good note. Ramsey graduates from college and Kate give him a suit, he will probably succeed him as Manhunter. I wonder why this series wasn’t nominated for any GLAAD Awards. I like how everyone seems to really have a healthy view of sexuality in it. The art was inconsistent and downright ugly in some places. They really could have given this book some better art these past 8 issues. Anyways, I am not too sad to say goodbye to this series because it did have a fantastic run. It will probably be more appreciated later down the line for the ground it broke in the DCU. I look forward to see more of Kate Spencer and her supporting cast around the DCU.

Huh?

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Manhunter #37
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos, Carlos Magno, and Dennis Calero

So what happened to the abortion plot? You know the one that was solicited and inspired the cover for this issue? It looks like it was changed at the last second (To avoid controversy? I don’t know) and instead we get a look at 15 years in the future when Ramsey is deciding to become a superhero and Obsidian’s daughter is now Jade. I liked it a lot but I was looking forward to the abortion plot. Oh well. It was nice to see such a healthy relationship with a mother and her gay son and his lover in comics. It made me really happy. The DCU is full of lesbians, but there are very few openly gay male characters and Ramsey and Obsidian are better characters because of it. The Sweeney Todd stuff is interesting as well. This is actually the penultimate issue. I wonder how it will all end?

Manhunter 35 and 36

manhunter35Manhunter #35
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos and Carlos Magno

Eh I don’t feel like a lot happened here….this arc is taking a little longer then I would like. Manhunter basically fights some dudes and the Crime Doctor finds out about Suicide Squad’s deception. The only thing that stood out about this issue was Cameron saying she was pregnant. Was the art always this bad? I don’t remember hating it this much until this issue.

manhunter36Manhunter #36
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos

Now this was more like it, I loved the politics and right-wing bashing in this series because comics need more right-wing bashing. And if that offends conservative readers I really don’t care, because I don’t want you reading my blog anyways. Kate’s speech to the press was awesome and shows how much of a hero and brave women she really is taking out such a large corporation. She is right about how sad it is that one white girl goes missing and it is front page news for weeks but hundred of mexican women go missing and no one pays attention. That is just wrong. I look forward to the next arc which will sadly be the last one of this series.

Manhunter 31 – 34

Manhunter #31
Written by Marc Andreyko

Art by Michael Gaydos

The critically-acclaimed series continues here after a long break. It took a while to get used to the new art, but I think I like it now. Exploring the mystery of Jaurez, Mexico seems like the perfect place to take this series. I don’t quite understand why Manhunter is so afraid of Iron Monro, he is not her father, I don’t buy that she would be afraid of him just because of what her father did.


Manhunter #32

Written by Marc Andreyko

Art by Michael Gaydos

Andreyko always shows his appreciation for the DCU as a whole in this series and once again he shows this. He created a new female Crime Doctor for this series. I like the character, incredibly creepy, but the original killed himself. I had forgotten that Bones was black and I like that Manhunter brought this up to him when he dismissed the deaths of the girls in Jaurez. And I couldn’t help but smile when Kate broke the racists’ hand.

Manhunter #33
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos

A lot of great moments this issue – Ramsey having superpowers, the surprise arrival of the group formerly known as the Suicide Squad, and the Birds of Prey. I am excited for the next issue. Oh and I have to reccomend any comic that makes a Pee Wee’s Big Adventure reference (:

Manhunter #34
Written by Marc Andreyko

Art by Michael Gaydos

Oh how I love Andreyko’s writing….not only does he bitch slap Republicans in this issue, but he actually has Gay Kissing! Hell ya, it’s about time we get some man-on-man action in the DCU. Okay besides my perverted side, this was really good, but this series usually is. I love how much he utilizes the DCU and pays attention to it in his writing.

Birds of Prey 103 and 104

Birds of Prey #103
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood

Overall, I have to say that the new status quo of the Birds of Prey is a lot of fun and is a refreshing change. I really do think it was the right time for Dinah to move on. This issue was action-packed and a lot of fun. Spy Smasher is certainly making Oracle’s life a living hell. It was cool to see how she had a past with Barbara, you almost like Spy Smasher after reading this. I definitely recommend this issue.


Birds of Prey #104
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood

Wow, I did not expect the last page surprise of this issue! And I don’t think anyone did. I am not going to spoil for you all, but definitely go out and buy this issue. It is one hell of a shocker. It was also really fun to see the Birds interact with the Secret Six. The six are a fun villain group and it is good to see them anywhere. I liked the mention of how the former JLI has taken some hits over the last few years and talk of Rocket Red. It makes a fan boy like me smile. Simone is fantastic writer if I haven’t already said that enough. This was a hell of an issue.

Manhunter 23 – 25

Manhunter #23
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Javier Pina and Fernando Blanco

Okay I know that most critics love this book, and I did too at the start. But this issue just bored me, I like Manhunter. But I find myself not caring too much about her supporting cast, especially Dylan. Plus, the whole Phantom Lady is Manhunter’s grandmother thing seems a little forced. I mean there is nothing wrong with having a superhero who is not related to another one. But that is just my opinion.

Manhunter #24
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Javier Pina and Fernando Blanco

Okay this issue was much better than the last. I wasn’t actually bored. The fight between Manhunter and Dr. Psycho was great and even the society notes that Kate can kick ass. I am not sure what Bones is getting at at the end of this issue but I suppose we will find out soon. Oh and Sweeny Todd is certainly becoming an intersting/creepy villain.

Manhunter #25
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Javier Pina and Fernando Blanco

False alarm, this series is definitely still good. And I hope that it will continue past issue 30. Manhunter is getting famous in L.A. as she fights Sweeny Todd in a club. Oh and Wonder Woman shows up this issue, and it is definitely Diana. Which is weird, because over in her own series Donna is now Wonder Woman. Maybe this takes place after this? Anyways, I look forward to the team up between Wonder Woman and Manhunter next issue.