Pandora Pits and Creative Teams

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Trinity (Volume 2) #7
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Clay Mann and Miguel Mendoca

Ra’s Al Ghul, Lex Luthor, and Circe are all called to “the Pandora Pits.” and fight a creature that comes from the Pits that is a fusion of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman; a representation of their greatest fears. In the end, they beat the creature and realize the power of the Pandora Pits is here. How this relates to the Pandora killed in DC Rebirth is unknown to me but this was an intersting start to this tory arc. Is Manapul now off this book or is Bunn just a guest writer? Is it always going to have rotating creative teams like Superman/Batman had? I really enjoyed Manapul’s work on this series before. I hope he is back.

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Titans Tower Needs To Have Security For Pets

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #75
Written by Felicia D. Henderson
Art by Joe Bennett
Co-Feature by Sean McKeever
Art by Yildiray Cinar

The title of this post is definitely true …since this is the second time in this book a monster has infiltrated the tower by posing as a furry friend. Anyways, this begins Henderson’s run on Teen Titans and so far, it is decent. I mean it is nothing totally special but I am going to give Henderson the benefit of the doubt because she is coming in right before a big crossover (blackest night) and this is the first comic she has ever written. She seems to have a strong understanding of the characters. Although I don’t like how Cassie is always portrayed as incompetent in leadership (but that’s something they have done for a while so it’s not Henderson’s fault). Bennett draws some weird faces in this issue. This book needs a new artist. I am not sure what was going on in the scene at Titans Compound…why would they be happy Beast Boy left them? Whatever Ravager saw in the back-up, really upset her. So much so that she is tearing up. It must be pretty bad what these guys are doing to upset Rose Wilson like that. Child slavery? I wonder.

Oh Hamburgers!

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #24
Written by Dan Jurgems
Art by Jurgens
Co-Feature by Matthew Sturges
Art by Mike Norton

In the main Boosterific story, it was really cool to see Kyle get his GL ring (for the first time in this alternate timeline) and like always, I really enjoyed this issue. Although I don’t know how I feel about Booster being the one who dressed up like Deathstroke, although I like how they made it so at least Deathstroke believes he was there. I have no idea what is coming next in this series but I am enjoying the ride. The Blue Beetle co-feature had the scarab yell “Oh Hamburgers” like Butters from South Park. And that means it gets an A+ in my book!

I Can’t Think Of A Title But This Was A Good Issue

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Booster Gold (Volume 2) #23
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens
Co-Feature by Matthew Sturges
Art by Mike Norton

Oh I love this series – and I love Dan Jurgens for letting Kyle Rayner appear in this issue! Every other silver age “i can’t grow up” writer would have chosen the incredibly bland Hal Jordan – but not Jurgens, he chooses the one true Green Lantern, and I thank him for it. This alternate future is pretty cool – even though I don’t really buy the idea that just because Batman is gone the Justice League couldn’t defeat Trigon.  The Blue Beetle Co-Feature had some amusing moments but I feel it is killing time for the face off against Black Beetle next issue. Anyways, pick this issue up if you are a fan of the DCU, you won’t be disappointed.

Titans 1 – 4

Titans (Volume 2) #1
Written by Judd Winick

Art by Ian Churchill

The classic Teen Titans from the eighties regroup after they are each attacked by a mysterious foe who turns out to be trigon. This series has gotten a lot of negative publicity around the blogosphere and I really can’t understand why. This issue was awesome and made me so happy to see this group together again. The art was beautiful, everything about it was perfect. I also like the idea of the Titans not being an actual team, but just a group of friends.

Titans (Volume 2) #2
Written by Judd Winick

Art by Joe Benitez

The art changes this issue due to Churchill getting a hand injury, and this is not a good thing. I really dug Churchill’s, I really don’t dig Benitez’s. All of the people are drawn like sticks and they have the weirdest faces. The story is still good though, and I am surprised no one thought of Trigon having other children before. It is still a lot of fun to see these guys back together.

Titans (Volume 2) #3
Written by Judd Winick

Art by Joe Benitez

This issue explored some of the psyches of each of the Titans by having Trigon’s sons effecting their emotions. Starfire and Nightwing feel desire, Donna Troy and the Flash feel envy, and Red Arrow, Beast Boy, and Raven get rage. It was a good read. The art wasn’t as bad as last issue, I suppose because it wasn’t as rushed.

Titans (Volume 2) #4
Written by Judd Winick

Art by Joe Benitez

Aw…the last scene of them yelling Titans Forever and talking about growing up together really made me smile. This was the best issue yet….Winick comes up with a clever way for the defeat of Trigon and I loved the moments between Beast Boy and Raven. This is Winick at his best….if only he would always write this way.