Web 9 and 10

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The Web #9
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

In the main feature, we are introduced to the name “Global Concern” which I know from reading the Mighty Crusaders Special that they are the big bad organization behind everything in these Red Circle books. The Web defeats the evil insurance man and figure out that his ex was the one blackmailing him. I did not see that coming. Dead Hand Legendre tries to drain the Hangman’s life force in the back-up and gets killed in the back-up. We also learn that the Hangman derives him powers by a tree filled with his victims? Or perhaps just people who have died by all nooses? I am not sure but it was damn cool.

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The Web #10
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

In the final issue of this series, The Web teams up with Fly Girl, one of his web hosts who has modified her costume. I was excited to see her in this issue and this made me really excited for the Mighty Crusaders mini-series. I think DC is dumb for not putting an established hero on this team in order to make it sell and get people interested but whatever. The final scene where Crusaders shows up doesn’t really correspond to the Mighty Crusaders special where they come together unless this was them asking Fly Girl to join and not the Web (who already joined at this point). The Hangman back-up was awesome as we find out there are other avatars of execution like one for the Guillotine and Gassing, and now the Jackal will be representing the Electric Chair. Hahaha awesome it is too bad Rozum won’t be able to explore the concept more.

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The Web Vs. The Hangman

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The Web #8
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

Once again the back-up is much better then the main feature. I guess I just find the Hangman more appealing then the Web. I liked seeing Dead Hand Legendre again too. I wonder if Hangman will show up in Zatanna’s new series since they both work out of San Francisco? That would be cool. The Web’s story was okay I just can’t get into it.

Lifesavers

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The Web #7
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

Meh I can’t say I am all that interesting in the character of the Web. He is kind of a dick – and an idiot. This whole plotline Sturges has got going with him isn’t interesting at all. The back-up is much better and that is probably because the Hangman is just a much cooler character and I am interested in the villains he faces and who these “lifesaver” people are.

Enter The Stunner

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The Web #6
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

The final page is intriguing – especially if it is not a fake-out but overall I’d say Sturges’s debut as writer of this series was underwhelming. The idea of a machine like the one he hooked up to Generic Blonde in Comics #5 million is too far fetched, even in the DC Universe. I felt like it took me out of the story and was way too easy. I am liking all these introductions of old MLJ Villains and this issue we get Stunner and in the back-up Dead Hand Legendre who looks like an update of the MLJ villain Black Hand (DC probably didn’t want to call him Black Hand so as to not confused people with the Green Lantern villains Black Hand).

The Debut of the Black Hood

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The Web #5
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Talent Caldwell
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

 

The Black Hood makes his debut in the DC Universe in this sad tale written by Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim writes the best issue of the Web to date as we see the effects of The Web’s stupidity in creating the Web hosts. One of the Web Host’s fails sadly (he really seemed like he wanted to do good and it was sad to see his murder) and gets the sister of the Black Hood killed. After taking some armor from the old Justice League bunker and the bandana of the man who murderd his sister, Mateo Burland becomes the Black Hood. I wish that that they kept his old costume design, but it works better in the context of the story for him to have the bandana. This was very sad but great issue. I can’t say that I really understand what is going on in the Hangman back-up. Definitely my least favorite issue of the Hangman back-up to date.

Sidways Smileyface

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The Web #4
Written by Angela Robinson
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

Okay in this issue the Web says “I couldn’t bring myself to type a sideway smileyface, it’s just not my style.” Hahaha. How awesome is that?! I love all the internet stuff in this book! Then to top it all off – The Web calls hit own number to turn off some of his “Web Hosts” and has to wait and find out what his account number is and experiences all the frusturation one feels when they call Comcast or any other company like that. It was hilarious. Although the entire issue really hits home how dumb it was for the Web to create “Web Hosts”. It was really dumb, and I think makes the character look like an idiot. This issue served to prove that. This is Angela Robinson’s last issue and the ending seemed really rushed. I do like that The Web is shown to have one-night stands and everything. Although the rich partying playboy really didn’t really show until this issue, I think it is the direction that Robinson should have taken the character from the beginning. The Hangman co-feature is still the better feature in the book as The Hangman defeats the Water creature by promising it freedom from its masters and then setting him free to destroy them. I like that the Hangman has this true hatred of slavery in all forms.

A Hero For the 21st Century

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The Web #3
Written by Angela Robinson
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

Why aren’t more people reading these red circle books?! They are really good and this issue is no exception. Guest-starring Oracle and the new Batgirl (Cassandra I miss you) and it is a great exploration of how a hero could work in the 21st century. I love that The Web has his own social networking site and data feed. DC should make it a real thing! How about that for viral marketing! The Hangman back-up was still awesome. He is such a cool pulp-like hero.  I would rather have someone else on the art but it is not that bad. The new water villain seems cool as well.