Warning: No Cassandra Cain in this Issue

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Detective Comics #960
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Alvaro Martinez

Alvaro Martinez is a great Gotham City artist. He knows how to draw the crazy architecture of the city perfectly. This continues in this issue. There were some great moments between Batman and Zatanna, and I am intrigued by the Azrael Storyline. But there WAS NO CASSANDRA CAIN IN THIS ISSUE! I know I am spoiled…we went so long without her in the comics, but come on Tynion why not use her in every issue! I read this book for the real Batgirl, not Kate Kane or Luke Fox!

Less Batwoman Please, More Cassandra Cain

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Detective Comics #959
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Alvaro Martinez

This is another wonderful issue of the best Batman book on the stands! Alvaro Martinez draws a killer Gotham City. He really knows how to draw the essence of Gotham City’s “beautiful darkness” motif. Tynion IV writes a solid story too as Zatanna joins the ensemble cast. I was sad there were barely any Cassandra Cain moment in this issue but we got to see her smile as Clayface starts to have feelings for the doctor so I guess I can wait for more moments next issue. But please DC – put her in a Batsuit again! I liked learning about Luke Fox’s Foxtech headquarters. Is his identity public knowledge? With Batwoman having her own book now, can’t we have her leave the ensemble cast of this book so we can have more Cassandra Cain moments?

DC’s Best Writer and Best Ongoing Series

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Detective Comics #958
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Alvaro Martinez

This was another incredible issue of DC’s best series. Cassandra Cain takes a break from being the lead now as this story arc focuses on Azrael and takes a look back at his origin, beautifully drawn by Alvaro Martinez. Of course being the Cassandra Cain fan that I am it was Cassandra’s small moments that made me smile. She is learning Shakespeare with Clayface, her understanding that someone who teaches children to kill must be a mother.  Those were great moments. The surprise guest at the end was something I did not see coming and I am glad to see her because she hasn’t been around much in DC Rebirth. Martinez draws a beautiful Gotham City. He needs to stick around. Tynion really loves Gotham City, there are so many easter eggs including naming the basketball stadium Dixon Stadium which has to be an homage to Chuck Dixon whose work on these characters inspired Tynion’s incredible run on this book so far. Tynion is by far the best writer and this is the best book that DC is putting out right now.

 

Barry Allen 20 – 23

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The Flash (Volume 5) #20
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Neil Googe

Meena is back and is now an agent of Black Hole for some reason in this okay but forgettable issue focusing on Iris investigating grave robberies being perpetrated by Back Hole. Not much else to say about it.

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The Flash (Volume 5) #21
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Howard Porter

Ok this is Part 2 of the Button crossover with Batman that began here. Flash is investigating what happened to the Reverse Flash in the Batcave. Barry decides to use the Cosmic Treadmill to follow the energy signature on the button to its source. Which honestly seems like a dumb move by the Flash considering what happened the last time he used it. Batman joins him (it is never really explained how Batman is just running behind the Flash on it) and they see elements of the timeline from before New 52 and Barry even says it is not an alternate universe but part of the stolen years! The real DCU IS BACK BABY! We see Martian Manhunter as forminmg the league and Identity Crisis and Barry’s death during the Crisis. I was smiling with joy as I read these pages.

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Zatanna 10-16

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #10
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Cliff Chiang

In this issue, Zatanna makes the incredibly naieve mistake of not thinking a talking Ventriloquist Doll was not a psychotic killer. I assume all ventriloquist dolls are psychopaths unless proven otherwise. Anyways, Oscar reverses the spell and now Zatanna is the doll. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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Written by Paul Dini
Art by Jamal Igle

In this issue Zatanna has been stuck as a doll for a month and is saved by her – friend? – Mikey who I can’t remember who she is but I guess she is a member of Zatanna’s supporting cast. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the artwork. I love that there is a therapist just for magicians.

 

 

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Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Stephane Roux

Matthew Sturges takes over writing for this issue alone. I like how he emphasizes the magic of San Francisco and all of its magical secrets. In this issue, she fights a villain named backslash who is really just a trashy uneducated magical fool who thinks he can kill whoever he wants and that makes him kinda scary. I love how Zatanna uses Palindromes to fight him. That’s brilliant. Zatanna even meets a new fairy friend. This was a great one and done issue.

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Written by Paul Dini
Art by Jamal Igle

In this issue a mystical cat appears to Zatanna and gives her a vision of a future encounter with the Spectre. Zatanna goes to see the Spectre to ask him about this in a rather amusing scene. Meanwhile, Brother Night escapes from prison. He sure is a terrible villain and I like how Dini has built him up in this series as Zatanna’s primary foe. Meanwhile, in the end we find out the detective is actually Brother Night’s son! I enjoyed this a lot. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

 

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Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Jamal Igle and Travis Moore

What is going on? What happened to the story arc Paul Dini started. Now Adam Beechen is guest writing the title and nothing from the previous issue is even mentioned. This was clearly filler. It was just about Zatanna fighting a succubus who takes over her cousin Zachary and it was well-written and everything but it was definitely filler and I was looking forward to the story arc with Brother Night.

 

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Written by Derek Fridolfs
Art by Jamal Igle

Ok I am getting really pissed off. The storyline that Dini was building to was really great. This was another one and done issue from a different write that was only ok. What the hell? Did Dini quit? Why was this storyline just abandoned. Come on DC!

 

 

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #16
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Victor Ibanez

This is the final issue of this series and everything that Dini was building to I guess will never be resolved. Very disappointing and pathetic on DC’s part. Even though this was a well written story and it had great art I, and I am sure most regular readers of this series too, wanted to see Dini end his story. So sad.

Power Girl 23-27

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #23

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

Superman and Power Girl find themselves fighting magical dinosaurs (Fun!) so they call upon the help of Zatanna who is in trouble of her own. It was a rather forgettable issue except for Power Girl making her Karen Starr identity more real by putting on a red wig. Meh.

 

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Written by Judd Winick
Art by Hendry Prasetya

Before we get into this I have to say that it is stated in this issue that Starrware, Power Girl’s company, created a smart phone with a battery that stays charged for a month. That is awesome! How great would it be to live in the DCU! Anyways, Winick sets up a storyline that is still sadly a problem with this country six years after this issue was written. In this issue, an Arab-American tries to save a plane with his superpowers but prejudice leads to his arrest and interrogation. Power Girl and Batman make really good partners in both business and as crime fighters here, it is sad they are going after an innocent man. I really enjoyed the art and the writing this issue.

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #25
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Hendry Prasetya

This was another good issue. Batman and Power Girl realize that Mazin is innocent and clear his name. They then ask him to join the JSA. Does that ever happen in the JSA comic? I am not sure since I am not caught up on JSA All-Stars. He is an interesting character I hope he gets to exist past this storyline.

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Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Hendry Prasetya

This was a cute one and done issue where Power Girl attends a Power Girl fan convention where she is attacked by an Alien looking to steal her powers. It was fun. I can’t help but say I really enjoy Prasetya’s art. I hope she sticks around DC after this.

 

 

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Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Hendry Prasetya

The Calculator sets up three people for Power Girl to save in  a short amount of time. Of course our hero saves them all but the reasons for why are left unknown as this is the series finale and it ends on a cliffhanger. Sturges is a good writer and truly knows some obscure DC Characters that show up here. I always appreciate that.

Titans 34-38

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Titans (Volume 2) #34
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

Despite hating what happened to Lian Harper and the disgusting way Dan Didio has talked about killing her,  and then what happened to Ryan Choi… this was a good issue and that is due to the creative team telling a strong story. I am actuallu interested in what is to come of Osiris and this creepy guy who takes people’s eyes.

 

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Titans (Volume 2) #35
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino and Phillip Tan

Another good issue of this dark series. I hate how Lian and Ryan have died but Eric Wallace sure knows how to write and Fiorentino knows how to draw beautifully. There was a lot of story in this issue. Wallace isn’t writing for the trade and I like that. The ending where Deathstroke has to fight essentially the creatures from the movie “the Descent” was quite creepy. I wonder if Vixen will ever form her new street team of heroes (Which ironically is how she originally joined the League in the 80’s right because Aquaman wanted to remake the team like that). All of the plots in this book are interesting.

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Titans (Volume 2) #36
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

This issue wasn’t as good as the last. The art seemed weaker and it ended the arc too easily to me. It was exciting to see the Justice League show up at the end to take Deathstroke to task for the murder of Ryan Choi. Other than that it was only okay. I don’t really care much about Tatooed Man’s arc which is what most of this issue was dedicated to. Deathstroke mentions that Roy and Jericho were once on the same team but…was Jericho and Roy ever on the Titans at the same time? I don’t remember if they were. It seems not but I could be wrong.

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Titans (Volume 2) #37
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Travis Moore

This was a return to form as Jericho is resurrected by a device Deathstroke helped Sivana create. Then they offer to bring back the dead relatives of the Titans including Lian Harper! I was screaming yes! But the problem is that it might also give Lian eternal life which is hell I guess but Roy should know that in the DC Universe they will figure out how to fix that. Bring back your toddler who didn’t deserve to die at he hands of Prometheus/Dan Didio! Can’t wait to see how this concludes.

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Titans (Volume 2) #38
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Travis Moore

In the final issue the machine that would have ressurected Lian Harper is destroyed which is too bad but I guess Roy is reformed now and has decided to lead the Titans even though Jericho is now it’s only member. Wallace is a really good writer and I hope he landed somewhere else in DC’s line up after this book. What I like the most is that he included a heartfelt funeral for Ryan Choi which showed he respects the character even though I am sure that editorial forced him to kill Ryan. I am glad Ryan returned in DC Rebirth but I wish it was the same Ryan Choi. I hope in the end it will turn out that everyone’s memories had just been erased and that it is the same Ryan without his memories of being the Atom. Long live the real and original DC Universe!