Superstar Writer In The Making

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #78
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Joe Bennet

First of all, J.T. Krul is taking over Green Arrow permanently? I Certainly hopes so because his Titans works rocks! This was a fantastic issue even though it didn’t even star the current Teen Titans. Really this would have been better suited for Titans – as the formation of Deathstroke’s team begins here as in the end Jericho decides to join with his Dad. The fact that Jericho and Deathstroke could decide to work together at the end of this issue and it didn’t seem forced is pretty damn amazing and I think we owe that to Krul – he is a superstar writer in the making at DC.

Some Questions About It All

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #12
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

This is the final issue of this series and the ending kinda confused me. Did Dorian switch faces with someone and is not actually in jail? If not, who was the masked guy? What do they mean by not the end? I can’t imagine another series that this story could play out in. I did like the reveal of what exactly happened in Dorian’s past but I was also confused by that. Did he actually murder his wife or was he framed? If so, it is really hard to relate to a man who murdered his pregnant wife in a rage, even if he is trying to redeem himself. But maybe I just need to be more forigiving, I do not know. This overall was a good series but had no chance in the market. DC triec their best with the Titans crossover but in the end it didn’t work. Oh well. Wolfman is a great writer and DC Should put him on something else soon.

Vigilante 10 and 11

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #10
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

This issue guest stars Batman – and while it was fun to see Vigilante working in Gotham – it is too little too late for this series as it has been cancelled with issue 12. It has been a fun ride but I never thought it was going to last long. I am looking forward to seeing how Wolfman wraps up this book. Will Dorian Chase die as the Vigilante like his brother did?

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #11
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Walter Simonson

Hmmm…this was interesting. It basically tells the story of a guy who’s girlfriend is murdered and how over the years he has run into the Vigilante who was there at the time of his murder. This guy seems to have figured out the story behind Dorian Chase and I suppose will reveal it to us next issue. It was an interesting way of getting to the origin.

The Vigilante, Brother of The Vigilante

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #9
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

So apparently the Vigilante is Adrian Chase’s brother? Interesting. I wonder if this is a character we have seen before. I don’t know because I never read the Adrian Chase Vigilante series. I thought that they were going to Chicago in this issue? I guess not. And it says next issue Vigilante will be in Gotham…so when is he going to Chicago? This issue seemed rushed. I wonder if it is because Wolfman knew the series was going to be cancelled at the twelfth issue when he was writing this? Probably.

Vigilante 7 and 8

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #7
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

This is a return to the main story after the awful crossover with the Titans books. I enjoyed it a lot and we are slowly learning more about Doian – the Vigilante. It seems like he may have killed someone he loved in the past and I liked all the talk about the differences between him and Adrian Chase. Wolfman writes a pretty awesome Penguin and Leonardi draws a scary one.

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #8
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Hmmm interesting so the Vigilante’s late wife was the daughter of a mob boss. I am excited the he is moving to Chicago, I am a Chicago native and it is always fun to the see the DCU version of Chicago. This is a really good series and like Warlord, it is sad more people are not reading it. I really enjoyed this issue.

Worst Titans Storyline Ever?

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Vigilante (Volume 3) #6
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Tom Lyle

This is the conclusion of the Deathrap Titans crossover that began here, and continued here, here, here, and here. Wow, this entire story arc plus its preludes could have been done in one issue. We could have had a fight with Jericho and then have Vigilante tear out his eyeballs in the end but no DC dragged this out for months, this has got to be one of the worst storylines if not the worst storyline the Titans have ever had. I can’t believe Wolfman took part in all this. No wonder McKeever quit because of creative differences after this. Anyways, we get some clue to Vigilante’s identity in that he has a jerk father-in-law somehow and Jericho is left with his eyes cut out of his head going insane so that was cool otherwise what a mess.

End This Already

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Titans (Volume 2) #13
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Angel Unzueta

This is part 4 of the Deathtrap crossover that began here, and continued here, and here.Okay why the hell are the Titans letting Red Devil tag along with no powers. That’s just stupid. He should at least bring his original fighting suit or something. That is the least of this book’s problems though. This storyline is real mess with seemingly the same thing happening issue after issue. I feel like I have been reading stories of Jericho threatening the Titans for months. End this already. What a waste of paper and ink.

A Ravaging Return


Teen Titans (Volume 3) #70

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett

This is part 3 of the Deathrap Titans crossover that began here and continued here. This part is much better then the last part, I am not sure if the story has actually improved or just because McKeever has a better handle on the Teen Titans then the adult Titans. There were a lot of great character moments here and I am going to miss McKeever writing Red Devil when he leaves. Ravager shows up and makes a good point about Bombshell being on the team. Bennett is actually pretty good at drawing facial expressions. I never really noticed this before. There is something creepy about his art though, it showed in Terror Titans and it shows here, especially at the beginning where the women is torturing that guy. While I am still looking forward to see where this story is going, it is still far from a success. The Jericho as villain thing just isn’t exciting.

So Far So Bad

Vigilante (Volume 3) #5
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Tom Lyle and Scott Hana


This is Part 2 of the “Deathtrap” Crossover that began here. In this issue, the Titans and Vigilante fight and then Vigilante escapes way too easily and then Jericho takes over the Teen Titans Jet and starts using it to shoot at the Titans. Ya it isn’t really exciting. This whole crossover is a mess so far. Jericho as villain has been done so many times that I am still not convinced this story is bringing anything new to the table. He just isn’t a very scary villain, and it seems out of character. I had hoped there would be something more to this then Jericho fights the two teams and Vigilante but so far that is all this has amounted to. Wow. The Titans books are a mess right now. The coloring was off on people’s hair this issue as well.

Deathtrap Begins

Titans (Volume 2) #12
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by
Angel Unzueta

Deathtrap, the Titans crossover begins here. I don’t know what I was expecting. I guess I expected more then just more of Jericho hopping around stories but that’s all we really get here. It makes for a decent issue and it is certainly better then Winick’s stuff on this title. McKeever is pretty good at writing the older Titans. I wonder since he is leaving Teen Titans he will move to this book? I highly doubt it. It is pretty cool to see Static interact with Donna Troy and how the Milestone Universe is part of the DCU now. I thought that Jericho went into Cyborg when he was talking to Beast Boy but it doesn’t look like that is what happened after all. The ending was pretty shocking and shows just how ruthless and quick the Vigilante really is. Although I am sure Cybrog will be okay.

Treading Water

Vigilante (Volume 3) #4
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Vigilante comes face-to-face with Jericho (who has taken over Cyborg) this issue and we learn a little bit more about him. Apparently he was a rich kid. It’s always good to see Wolfman write the Titans. Didn’t last issue say Wonder Girl was supposed to be in this issue? Did they mean Donna Troy? Why is DC make so many mistakes with their comics? Shouldn’t someone get fired for this? Whatever it doesn’t matter. I liked Leonardi’s art a lot this issue, otherwise I feel we are just treading water until the big crossover with the Titans books starts.

Vigilante 2 and 3

Vigilante (Volume 3) #2
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

It’s interesting that the Vigilante asked the same question at the end of this issue that I did: what makes him any different from the Electrocutioner? I don’t know but I suppose Wolfman will tell us…or maybe he won’t. Maybe there is no difference. I don’t know but I know I enjoyed this issue more then the first. Still isn’t as good as I suppose it could be though. I look forward to seeing Nightwing next issue.


Vigilante (Volume 3) #3
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Now this is more like it. I rather enjoyed this issue. The art is sometimes a little hard to farther but I am intrigued by the Vigilante – Dorian’s past. He seems to not like violence toward children and women which makes me think he was a family man or something like that. Maybe a former mobster? I am not sure. He definitely was a criminal as he says he is atoning for something. He also knew the former Vigilante – Adrian Chase. I liked his fight with Nightwing in this issue and I like the nice continuity references to the going ons in Gotham. This series is shaping up well and I am actually looking forward to the Deathtrap crossover now.

Hook

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The Vigilante (Volume 3) #1
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

The Vigilante is a character I am only minimally familiar with and I can’t say that this issue really hooked me on the character. I am mean this series has potential but nothing so far really proved to me that this is anything but another generic action book. The art is perfect for this series and I love the Vigilante’s costume. It reminds me of a Power Ranger (and yes I realize the character predates Power Rangers). I am not sure who this superhero traitor Vig (Can I call him Vig?) is investigating is. I hope it is NOT Jericho because as I said in my Titans Review, we have seen that too many times before. I know that this series is going to crossover with the Titan books, which is exciting and is exactly the kind of push a book like this needs in order to gain readers. This book needs a hook.

She’s Back In The Family!

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Batman and the Outsiders (Volume 2) #13
Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Fernando Dagnino

The Outsiders don’t actually appear in this issue (having disbanded last issue) and neither does Batman (having dissapeared after R.I.P) but damnit I am happy, I got a Batgirl issue! Cassandra is being her usual bad ass self kicking ass and taking names! Alfred referring to her as part of the family made me soooo happy, as she really has been ignored as a member of the bat family ever since fucking Loeb didn’t include her in Hush. (Fuck you, Loeb) and especially since Beechen turned her evil for a bit. I hope Nightwing and Batgirl don’t actually fight next issue as that would just be stupid, I have seen enough of that shit for a lifetime. I hope they work out their differences as Alfred suggested. It is cool to check in on Gotham’s underworld of crime and to see all of the villains again. Tieri needs to write a Batgirl ongoing because I really like how he characterizes her. He gets her a lot more then Beechen does (Beechen doesn’t get her at all). But DC, she doesn’t need to be in her own book, but she does need to be a member of the Bat family and to be a constant guest star in Batman and Detective Comics because ignoring her is stupid. She is a great character. It looks like from the solicitations she will be leaving this book, so she better be showing up in Battle for the Cowl so I can get my Batgirl-Fix. Oh and kudos to Tieri for featuring the Spoiler in this as well. And Dagnino’s art was superb.

Nightwing 134 – 142

Nightwing #134
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jamal Ingle

Hmmm…this was an interesting set up for the mystery of the new Vigilante. It isn’t someone who knows Dick and Nightwing are one and the same but it seems like it is someone who has dealt with Nightwing in the past. I am glad to see Dick isn’t sporting the rudiculous hair dough he had when Bruce Jones was on the title. Anyways, I liked this issue but I am wondering if I am really going to care when the Vigilante’s identity is going to be revealed.

Nightwing #135
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jon Bosco

Now this was a good issue. I liked show it showed Dick’s glass half full view of the world and how that makes him different then Batman and the Vigilante. I liked it especially because I see things the same way as Dick (But I haven’t experience evil in the way Dick has so Dick is definitely a stronger person then I am). The art was good too, especially for fill-in.

Nightwing #136
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jon Bosco

Um kinda confused by this. Do Eddie and Liu work for the HIVE? What is the new Vigilante’s connection to Adrian Chase? And why do they want Dick Grayson’s DNA, do they think he’s a metahuman? Hopefully we will get answers next issue.Nightwing #137
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jon Bosco

Damn…a cliffhanger. Wolfman is leaving this book and writing a Vigilante Series…I will pick it up but geez that’s a big cliffhanger just to leave people hanging. Anyways, I loved the 321 days and the missing years between the end of the Teen Titans and the beginning of the New Teen Titans….I totally get the timeline now. But anyways, Wolfman’s run was decent, better then Jone’s run. I look forward to see what Tomasi does with this book. Oh and the last page of this issue was awesome!

Nightwing #138
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Don Kramer

DC’s go to fill-in guy Nicieza tackles this issue of Nightwing, part 2 of the batbook crossover “Ressurection of Ra’s Al Ghul”. It was okay….this crossover is just okay. Nothing too exciting to write home about. I like Ra’s Al Ghul but he isn’t my favorite Bat-villain (Not even close) so nothing here really excites me. It it is totally in character for Nightwing to try to save the villain’s lives though I liked that. Oh and Nightwing using a teleporter is too easy and lame for a Bat-book.

Nightwing #139
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Don Kramer

This is part 6 of the Ressurection of Ra’s Al Ghul crossover, and I did like this a lot. Although it was more a Robin story then a Nightwing story it was good to see Nightwing’s thoughts on what Robin has been through. You can’t blame Robin for wanting to bring his friends and family back but I think he made the right choice in the end.

Nightwing #140
Written by Peter Tomasi

Art by Rags Morales

Peter Tomasi’s first issue of his Nightwing run was a real treat. I have never read any of the former editor’s stuff (I think?) and he is really good. This blows Bruce Jones and Marv Wolfman out of the park. Of course, Morales’s amazing art helps as well. I love the characterization of the bat family and the idea of Nightwing building his base in a museum he is now the curator of. This was just awesome! The only problem I had is he always refers to himself as Richard, not Dick, in this issue. Huh?

Nightwing #141
Written by Peter Tomasi

Art by Rags Morales

Tomasi is quickly turning this into one of DC’s best monthly books and that is an amazing turn around from what it was before. Tomasi takes the time this issue to show what is going on with Nightwing’s relationships with different people in the DCU including the Flash and Batman. Tomasi knows how to use the DCU effectively and doesn’t forget that the JSA operate out of New York as well. Awesome! All writers should follow Tomasi when it comes to utilizing the shared universe concept.

Nightwing #142
Written by Peter Tomasi

Art by Rags Morales

With three great issues, Tomasi has proven himself as a great writer for Nightwing. This issue was full of awesomeness with the art and the story perfectly awesome. Robin and Nightwing’s brotherly relationship was great to see and it is always nice to see Ma Hunkel! Tomasi better be on this book for a long time to come. I don’t know that I care for the use of Talia so soon but o well, that’s only one problem in a book of awesomeness.

The Return Of The Vigilante

Nightwing #133
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jamal Igle

Now that is a good cover. I can’t wait to get it as a poster. Inside this issue, it was just as exciting as Wolfman mixes action with drama perfectly. Nightwing faces a strange gang who has kidnapped Liu, a girl he knew from the missing year between when he left Batman and when he joined the New Teen Titans. In the end Vigilante shows up. I’m not sure which Vigilante it is but I have a feeling it is not the one from the Bruce Jones Mini-Series and it sure isn’t Adrian Chase – the only superhero I know have that comitted sucide and not for some noble reason. (Just thought I would throw that little tidbit of DC history in there.) I like the supporting cast being built around Nightwing since he lost most of his after Bludhaven was destroyed. Oh how I miss Bludhaven. This was a good issue.