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.

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.

International And Interdimensional Incidents

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Action Comics #887
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric Trauttman
Art by Pere Perez
Co-Feature by James Robinson
Art by Cafu

 

This issue shows just how in touch Lois is with the superhero community as she gets flown across borders by her connections. Flamebird and Nightwing try to fight the new “False Rao” but ultimately Nightwing gets thrown back into the Phantom Zone. Will this be his final fate? Not sure but I look forward to finding out. Rucka does not write any part of the co-feature which is rather strange since he isn’t doing Last Stand of New Krypton either. I don’t want to start rumors but could there have been some kind of falling out with him and Robinson? Or is Rucka just not interested in the Superman stuff anymore? Who knows? The back-up was short and sweet as Captain Atom goes through Skartaris and into Sorcerer’s World to take on Mirabai.

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.

Web Hosts

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The Web #2
Written by Angela Robinson
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by  John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

The idea of franchising the Web name to other heroes is a cool idea, if not altogether a stupid plan because that seems like a lot of power to give to someone. What if an evil person commits crime as the Web? Did John do background checks? That being said I did like this issue, although I kinda wished there was a recap of what happened with his brother again because I couldn’t remember what that was exactly. The Web has an awesome costume still and I am loving the character so far. I can’t wait to see what Sturges does with the book. The Hangman back-up was just as good, although the art left something to be desired. It was great to see Hangman flashback to an untold golden age adventure with him and Sandman.

Being Introduced To The Web and The Hangman

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The Web #1
Written by Angela Robison
Art by Roger Robinson
Co-Feature by John Rozum
Art by Tom Derenick

I was pretty excited to read this. Not because I have any familiarity with the Red Circle characters, but because I really enjoyed the Shield’s first issue and the Web is just an awesome looking character and that cover is beautiful. Now I didn’t read the one-shot and his origin – in terms of why he became the Web is not recapped here – which would have helped but it didn’t necessarily hurt the story which involves the Web searching for the reasons why his brother was murdered. There are a lot of intriguing things about this character – from his costume to his internet presence and rich family. This should be a lot of fun. The Hangman back-up was actually even more interesting then the main feature, I like the idea of the Hangman and I didn’t think I would. I like that he literally becomes the Hangman at night by transforming and he is also visually appealing. Robert Dickering is an interesting character.

Bringing Metropolis to Life

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Superman #688
Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes

Wow this issue was another incredible one. Robinson writes Superman so much better with Superman in it. I mean he is really bringing Metropolis to life. I like how General Sam Lane is monitoring all the milestone and red circle heroes. Think there is a reason behind that? I dunno. Are they just trying to avoid using Doctor Mid-Nite because Doctor Light is used once again in a Superman book to examine someone; maybe she lives in Metropolis now? I don’t know but I am not complaining. Mon-El’s ticking clock is an interesting development that I think really adds to the story and makes the character a whole lot more interesting. Good stuff here.