Monday, May 28, 2007

The Mystery Deepens

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #52
Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus

I love the mystery factor of this title. There are like what, two or three mysteries in this issue alone. Unlike Busiek, who made it kinda boring by having absolutely nothing happen. The dialogue between the characters that Williams rights is a lot of fun and the art compliments it well. I know this series isn't exactly selling well and that makes me mad!!! Tad Williams is doing great things with this title give it a chance. Anyways, it was cool to spend some time back in Sub Diego (When are they going to explain how this relates to World War III where it resurfaced). I loved the story that Aquagirl tells about the tunnels. It was creepy and sad (In fact anytime anyone trapped leaves writing carved into a wall it is creepy and sad). They keep referring to the "second disaster". I wonder if that relates to what happened in World War III. I have no idea what is going on with the new Aquaman's father either.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Did Ice Just Say Bastards?

Birds of Prey #106
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott

Sadly, from next month's cover, I get the feeling that Ice's resurrection is going to be short-lived. Anyways though, this was a wild ass issue!!! I loved it!! Simone writes some of the greatest banter between two opponents in comics like ever. Everyone who likes fun comics should read this. It is fun and action-packed. Some people were really looking forward to the Kockout/Big Barda fight teased on the cover and it was well and good, but I think all of the fights were good. Hawkgirl and Scandal, Harley Quinn and Misfit (Hilarious), Catman and The Huntress, Manhunter and Ragdoll (I loved how Manhunter noticed ragdoll's balls are missing haha. Forget those naysayers who say this series is not as good without Dinah, I say it is better. I love the Black Canary but it was time for her to move on. This was just awesome.


Green Lantern Corps #12
Written by Dave Gibbons
Art by Patrick Gleason

Gleason has to have a lot of fun drawing the different Green Lanterns in this series because it is a lot of fun to look at them as a reader. The Gnat Green Lantern was just awesome to look at and I look forward to learning more about him. I hope he isn't villainous, I would like to see him in a hero role. I feel bad for Guy, he is not framed for the murder of two (incredibly annoying) Green Lanterns and then he is basically taunted by Mogo with hallucinations of his drunken father. I hope Mogo hasn't gone rogue for good, he better be possessed or something. I don't want to see one of my favorite Green Lanterns go bad. The situation with the princess and Natu was good too. I liked how each story thread is just as entertaining in this issue as every other one. There really wasn't one that I found myself bored with.

Legion 27 - 30

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #27 Written by Mark Waid
Art by Barry Kitson

I enjoyed this issue. It got confusing because sooo much is going on at a very fast pace but I liked it. The back-up story about Dave Cockrum was really cool and well-handled.

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #28 Written by Mark Waid
Art by Barry Kitson

Now that was a suspenseful issue. The torturing of Cosmic Boy and Triplicate Girl by the dominators definitely made me squeemish. The surprise twist was awesome (Even though I saw it coming). I am rooting for the Legion to kick some dominator ass.

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #29 Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Kevin Sharpe

Tony Bedard fills in this issue and if this issue is any idication of what his upcoming arc on this series is going to be than I am definitely on board for it. The art is top-notch as well. I love how this issue ties heavily into 52 and the fact that Booster Gold really started this whole mess when he time travels into the future briefly. Probably the best use of continuity in a long time. Highly recommended.

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #30 Written by Mark Waid
Art by Barry Kitson

Wow, what a great way to conclude a run. This is Mark Waid's final issue on this series and he couldn't have done it better. In an homage to the first appearence of the Legion with Superboy, Cosmic Boy gets invited for membership by a 41st century superhero team! And there is a new leader to be elected, and Mon-El and the Dominator World are in the Phantom Zone. I loved the surprise twist to this because I thought it was strange at first that Cos would want to kill billions of life forms. Mark Waid made me fall in love with the Legion with this series and I think his run will be looked back on as one of the greats of Legion History.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Shadowpact #13
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Scott Hampton

In typical Willingham style, this issue is a side story focusing on the adversaries of Shadowpact. We see Doctor Gotham murder Strega in order to bring the Sun King to our world, Kid Karnevil kill a dozen trademen, and Zauriel being ordered by the higher angels to murder Blue Devil. When it comes down to it, this issue had a lot of murder. It's strange to see Zauriel accept his order, but I suppose if it truly comes from God he has to although I have a feeling he will rebel and hopefully join Shadowpact. He would make a great addition to the team. I like Coast City being shown, especially considering it hasn't been seen in Green Lantern for a while now. Did Hal bring that city back only to abandon it? I guess Zauriel has been Coast City's protector as of late.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wonder Woman 6 - 9

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #6
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Drew Johnson

Ya this issue has gotten a lot of crap all over the blogosphere. Wonder Woman acts like a total dumbass here. She has been in man's world for a long time now. How does she not know about credit cards and pumping gas?!!!! Picoult is new to comics so you can't really slight her for it but this was bad. Really bad. Oh and Circe is overused at this point.

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #7
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Drew Johnson

While this issue was loads better than Picoult's first issue, I still find the whole emo "Who am I?" thing going on with Wonder Woman so annoying. Shouldn't she have figured all this stuff out during the missing year. I am intrigued about what is going on with Themyscira though and the villains bar was kinda cool.

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #8
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

So Hypolytta's alive and kicking now. Circe brought her back from the dead, but it seems Circe is working both sides. This is getting interesting. I am beginning to actually like the relationship between Nemesis and Wonder Woman. I wonder where he think Diana Prince is all this time? I have to say Picoult's script is much better now.

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #9
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Wow I really loved this action-packed issue. It certainly got me excited about Amazons Attack which is something I was not excited for before reading this. This was pretty cool. Picoult has really upped her game in four issues. I am not sad that she is leaving the book (because GAIL SIMON IS TAKING OVER) but still, she should be given another chance to show her stuff in the future because she clearly has great potential. I don't know if this is really Hipollyta or who Everyman is working for but I look forward to finding out.

Dead Wrong

Catwoman (Volume 3) #67
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez

Pfiefer is excellent with these cliffhangers where you are truly scared for the life of one of the Catwoman cast. I am truly scared that Karen is going to be killed next issue. Hammer and Sickle are just that evil. This proves once again at how good Pfeifer is at writing baddies. This is one of the most underrated books DC is putting out and I would recommend it to anyone. It' funny, at one point in this issue I though yes Selina is going to defeat them. Everything is going to be okay, I thought, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I actually thought she had killed Sickle with that gun. I was so wrong. Dead wrong. Hammer and Sickle just may beat the Catwomen this time. The art is decent. I don't really have much to say about it. The writing though is top-notch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Superman/Batman 31 - 35

Superman/Batman #31
Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Matthew Clark

Well, that was crazy. I must say I really do not enjoy Matthew Clark's arc. Not on the Outsiders and not here. But I do like the idea of all earth's alien being brainwashed to kill the humans and I do love it whenever Plastic Man makes an appearance in any comic so I am torn on this. Anyways, why is Lex acting like a businessman in this issue again? Isn't Lana the CEO of LexCorp now while Lex is in hiding? Verheiden should keep up with continuity.

Superman/Batman #32 Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Matthew Clark

I liked the idea that Superman is taken out of his trance by his love for Lois. I liked that Batman was forced to put the black rock on in order to survive...but this issue falls flat. First, because of the continuity issues. Why is Hawkgirl even there? She is not an alien. And second because I feel like it could be soo much better than it is.

Superman/Batman #33 Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Matthew Clark

This arc comes to a nice tidy conclusion. Superman convinces the Armada that earth has some good people and shouldn't be destroyed. I liked how the battle was won through words and diplomacy and not through violence. But I can't help but feel this whole storyline was a failure. It took too long to come out and had too many continuity mistake. Hawkgirl had red hair in this issue like the old thanagarian Hawkwoman! What the hell!

Superman/Batman #34 Written by Mark Verheiden
Art and Cover by Pat Lee

First time around, I was completely bored with this issue. I have no experience with the Metal Men (accept for 52) and did not care. Second time around, I definitely enjoyed it more and paid attention better. It is a decent story so far, I don't know if it is consistent with Metal Men continuity or not but I liked the parts where Bruce realizes he should do better to protect the guards of Wayne Enterprises.

Superman/Batman #35
Written by Mark Verheiden and Marc Guggenheim
Art by Pat Lee

Now this was a strong issue. I don't know about anyone else, but I was not expecting THAT ending. The OMAC Project! Wow, I look forward to seeing how this all plays out next issue. I don't know if it was Guggenheim, but I liked this better than all previous issues of Verheiden's run. The teamwork between Batman and Superman was prefect. I loved their conversation about "Super-Brain". That made a nice use of continuity, I don't think anyone has acknowledged the "Super-Brain" thing since that first OYL story arc. Great issue. This arc is definitely picking up.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I Am Going To Piss Off My Dad

JLA Classified #38
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Carlos D'Anda

This issue wasn't anything to write home about but it was pretty good. Enjoyable. I don't have much to say about it, it was a pretty quick read and mostly focues on Kid Amazo instead of the League. I think the JLA is wrong about Kid Amazo, he seems to be trying to do the right thing throughout this issue. I loved when he said that he was going to do what thousand of American Teenagers try to do everyday, I am going to piss off my dad. That was a great line; kudos to Milligan for that. The writing may be good but the art is subpar and kind of annoying at time. I mean it is not horrible, it is just not my cup of tea. I specifically don't like the way the artist draws Wonder Woman. I am beginning to wonder what will happen to Kid Amazo at the end of this, I mean someone with that kind of power can't just disappear.

Teen Titans 44 - 46

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #44
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Tony S. Daniel

I am psyched! Seeing one of my all-time favorite characters, Batgirl, redeemed like she is in this issue was sooo damn awesome! The final page was great and I have to give kudos to Tony Daniel for it. Everything else this issue is perfect and spot on. I loved every moment of it.

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #45
Written by Geoff Johns and Adam Beechen
Art by Al Barrionuevo

If anyone want to see a kickass cliffhanger ending, then look to this issue. Seeing the older Titans tell the Titans East and Deathstroke to "GET THE HELL OFF OUR ISLAND" gave me goosebumps and I actually screamed a hell ya out loud while reading. If this is what Adam Beechen's run is going to be like, I am down for the ride.

Teen Titans (Volume 3) #46
Written by Geoff Johns and Adam Beechen
Art by Al Barrionuevo

While I liked the conclusion to this arc. I liked Donna saying that they are going to make Titans Island theirs again and Deathstroke giving his children a "real family" but I am dissapointed to see that there really isn't any closure to the Batgirl thing. She seems still willing to kill and then just dissapears? What the hell! Oh well, you can't have your cake and eat it too I guess. Sadly, this is Johns's last issue with the title. I am going to miss you, Geoff, you made this title one of my favorites for forty-six issues.

Ten Atomic Bombs!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #12
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Tony Daniel

Guggenheim writes the most suspenseful issue of this series yet. The ticking clock on this cover is symbolic of its pages inside. MY heart raced (no pun intended) for Bart this issue. I don't know much about the Black Flash or what this means for Bart and I don't know how Iris and Valerie are going to solve the problem of ten atomic bombs possibly hitting Los Angeles (Or the power of ten atomic bombs) but I am hoping they deal with it. The Rogues have absolutely fucked up this time. I am liking how this series and Teen Titans have really upped Inertia, not that I knew anything about the character before, but it seems now he has become this Flash's archenemy. He is a pain in the Flash's side constantly and I hate him, and to hate a villain means he is a great villain. Albeit, it doesn't look like Inertia is going to be around much longer considering he is holding the power of ten atomic bombs inside of him.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lois Lane: Investigative Reporter

Superman Confidential #4
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art and cover by Tim Sale

So I am going to guess the guy who opened the door at the end of this issue was a Clark Kent robot or something? Most likely. Didn't Superman have a bunch of robots stored in the Fortress of Solitude at one point. Anyways, this was a decent issue. I enjoyed it. I mean, it is still nothing to write home about or nothing. Sale's art is up to par for what he usually does and the writing is decent. Everything is just okay I guess. It is nice to see Lois in her investigative reporter role, a role we don't see very often in series set in the modern DCU. I wonder why this series is delayed so much? Sale's art? Cooke having to deal with writing and drawing the Spirit as well as overseeing animation projects--that is the most likely culprit. But in a world where All-Star Batman and Robin is YEARS late, something like this isn't a big deal at all.


Checkmate (Volume 2) #14
Written by Greg Rucka and Judd Winick
Art by Joe Bennett

This is part 3 of the Outsiders/Checkmate that began here and continued here. The interaction between the two teams is still a lot of fun. I have to say that the Checkmate parts of this crossover are better than the Outsiders parts. Probably because the art is a lot better. I am not such a big fan of the cover of this issue though, kinda bland. My favorite moments probably were between Sasha and Nightwing, being a Batman fan I love to hear them talk about Bruce together. The entire mission seems a little screwed up by the end of this issue and it looks like the one doing the screwer is Amanda Waller. What a bitch she is. But you gotta love her. She is the most gray of any DCU character.

Superman 660 - 662

Superman #660
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Mike Manley
and Bret Blevins

This was a very charming issue and I highly reccomend it. It seemed very old school and that was great. The story is told from the perspective of the classic Superman villain, the Prankster. I do not know much about him but Busiek has turned me into a fan. He is a charming villain who really just loves his performances and loves to involve Superman in him. His revenge on Nitro G was just awesome and hilarious. Long live the Prankster.

Superman #661
Written by Kurt Busiek and Richard Howell
Art by Richard Howell and Eduardo Barreto

On one hand, I really liked this issue. It was cool to see Wonder Woman and Lois Lane working together and the idea of the villain, a woman who has to have the affection of men because of a curse by Zeus was really interesting. But this read like an Archie Comic or something, the dialogue was really odd and seemed out of place for a Superman comic book. Especially the end where Lois looks at the reader and winks...what the hell?

Superman #662
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Carlos Pacheco

Now this is a return to form by Busiek after last issue's lameness. I really enjoyed the mystery of this issue. Superman is pretty worried that Arion's propechy from a few issues back is going to come true. I love how Busiek acknowledges things going on in other books. Little tidbits are seen that makes a great use of continuity. I wonder who the third kryptonian is? I have wondered that since the Auctioneer said it and I am glad Superman is following up on that question. It should be exciting when it is finally revealed. (This is better than Johns and Donner's run on Action Comics people, why is that a bigger deal? Who knows.)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Power Girl and Hawkman Sitting In A Tree

Justice League of America #9
Written by Brad Meltzer

Art by Ed Benes

This is the third part of the JLA/JSA crossover that began here and continued here. This was a kickass issue and I am getting more and more pumped about this crossover with each issue (Although this is not as good as the Geoff Johns written part 2 in JSA). The interactions between the leaguers and the society members is great. The Power Girl/Hawkman thing was a little shocking and seemed strange to me but it isn't really that big of a deal. Why was Power Girl even on Thanagar though? Anyways, I am looking forward to the explanation on how the once thought to be non-existent original Legion of Super-Heroes is around and on New Earth in current time. Multiverse would seem the most likely reason but I don't know what Johns and Meltzer have up their sleeve. The issue had Meltzer's usual faults such as the calling everyone by their real name and the annoying narration boxes but if one looks past this, it was a real solid issue.

Supergirl 14 - 17

Supergirl (Volume 5) #14
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund

While I hate to see Batgirl play the villain role, this was still a pretty good issue and it was fun to see these two characters together finally; Batgirl and Supergirl that is. Apparently, Power Boy is a freak stalker. That should be interesting. How is Batgirl still alive after that weird Crystal stuff came out of Supergirl's body and stabbed her. What is that about? I am loving the art as well.

Supergirl (Volume 5) #15
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund

This was a very good issue. Some have been saying that the portrayal of Supergirl the last few years has been very sexual and even demeaning to women. Joe Kelly proves that is not his intent with this issue. Supergirl is physically abused by Power Boy and Supergirl does not accept that. She even says, "No One Who Says He Loves You Should Ever Hit You Ever". That was a great line and a great message. This could have been done horribly but Kelly pulls it off with style and grace.

Supergirl (Volume 5) #16
Written by Joe Kelly and Mark Sable
Art and Cover by Alé Garza

After 17 issues, we finally get the reason why Supergirl is being told by her (dead) father to kill Superman. Apparently, when Jor-El opened the portal to the Phantom Zone and started improning criminals there phantoms came onto Krytpon. Zor-El realized this and found out you could only kill them with sunstone. He turned his daughter into a sort of Phantom killer with sunstones inside of her and now. Jor-El is convinced that the Phantoms have gone to earth with Kal-El. That is why he wants Supergirl to kill him? I think that is the jist of it. Is it all just a hallucination of a madman? Are the phantoms real? I have no idea but I am intrigued.

Supergirl (Volume 5) #17
Written by Joe Kelly and Mark Sable
Art by Alé Garza and Marlo Alquiza

Wow I am confused. That doesn't me I didn't enjoy this a lot but I am confused. Who is the mysterious Supergirl who appears at the end is it the Pre-Crisis Supergirl? Is it a Supergirl from another Earth in the multiverse? Is it Linda Danvers (Please let it be Linda!). Is this all a dream? I mean if the sun went red and Supergirl has been gone a month wouldn't we see this reflected in other books. I have a feeling all this will be explained soon and I am coming along for the ride!

Stop Forcing Beliefs

Action Comics #849
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Allan Goldman

This was a pretty solid conclusion to Nicieza's two-part fill in arc of Action Comics. Religion in comics is always ripe for controversy, especially an issue like this which deals a lot with whether or not it is okay to force your beliefs on others (In my opinion, it is not and never okay to do that). But putting aside the controversy that this issue may create, it was very good. I like Superman stories that deal with bigger questions than just the typical Superman vs. Crazy Villain. It was good to see Superman calling on the help of Oracle. She hasn't been utilized in her superhero information broker role in a while. From things mentioned, it seems that this storyline takes place before the Zod storyline as well. I actually kind of felt back for Father Hightower at the end of this issue, even though he was a total prick. Very good issue.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spirit 3 - 5

The Spirit #3
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke and J. Bone

We are treated with the Spirit's origin story this issue. I gotta say that I am glad Cooke did not open this series with his origin, it made this issue all the more exciting. This book is visually stunning and written really well...but it should be doing better. READ THIS! It is a really good read. Anyways, I don't know if this is the same as The Spirit's old origin or if it's just tweaked or what. But it is a really cool idea, especially how it is presented here. If you were really alive and everyone thought you were dead, would you let anyone know?

The Spirit #4
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke and J. Bone

For some reason unknown, it took me awhile to get into this issue. I just wasn't digging it at first. I was constantly distracted by other things. But by the end, I became invested in the story. Silk Satin seemed like just another tough CIA agent at the beginning but over the 25 pages I grew to really like her. She is soft yet hard as nails. I am also curious to learn more about the Octopus.

The Spirit #5
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke and J. Bone

This was another fun issue of The Spirit. It is also really the first time we have seen The Spirit do "field work" with his sidekick, Ebony White. I like how they work together.They work off eachother really well. The "villain" of this issue was definitely my favorite part. Mr. Carrion, a crazed greedy man who is in love with his pet vulture, Julia. I don't know if he is a Will Eisner creation or a Cooke creation but kudos to whoever created him because that is just awesome! Hilarious idea for a villain. I hope we see more of him in the future (And maybe around the DCU if this series takes place in the DCU)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Empty Boxes

Hawkgirl #63
Written by Walter Simonson
Art by Renato Arlem

I had a sorta mixed reaction to the art of this issue. At times I was like way cool but then at other times I was like ugh. See there is a huge scene where the museum is on fire and it just seems like they are all walking around with fire all around them, and they don't burn! I think that was an artistic mistake. Story-wise, I enjoyed it. Apparently Hath-Set is somehow mind-controlling people. I liked how Batman narrates the whole story and when he gets put under mind control there are empty narratives boxes. That was an interesting choice I don't think I have ever seen in a comic before. The dialogue in this series hasn't go much better though and everything seems kinda forced but oh well. At least the plot is fun. I mean this issue we had Hawkgirl teaming up with Batman and then next issue it looks like she is heading to Metropolis to hang with the big blue.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Origin Of Star Sapphire

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #19
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Daniel Acuna

I enjoyed Acuna's art this issue for some reason. That was odd. I also really am enjoying this arc. Hal Jordan might not be my favorite Green Lantern, but they mythology of the Green Lanterns is always interesting. This issue, we delve deep into their mythology when Carol Ferris recites the origin of the Star Sapphire. I remember reading somewhere that this was a retcon, but I don't see it as much of one. I mean it is pretty similar to everything I have read when it comes to the Zamarons creating the Star Sapphires. I think the only retcon is the idea that the Zamarons do it to establish love in the universe. I do not quite understand that. They think love is putting a world in suspended animation? That makes no sense. Hopefully, this idea will be more clear in future issues.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lovers Reunite

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #74
Written by Judd Winick
Art and Cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

This is a controversial issue of Green Arrow because of the renewed relationship between Dinah (Black Canary) and Ollie (Green Arrow). I know that a lot of people seem to think that it is unreasonable for Dinah and Ollie to get back together since their relationship has never worked in the past because of Ollie's immaturity. But I mean come on, it is Dinah and Ollie, they are meant for each other. The banter between them is great this issue. How they go from screaming at each other to kissing is amazing. It feels right and this is coming from someone who has been reading comics since after they broke up and doesn't remember them being together (accept for the brief time at the beginning of the series). I am really happy to see them. Oh and how they stay in bed for what days is hilarious. I can't wait to see them get hitched. Besides that, the art is actually decent in some parts of this issue which is a rare thing for me to say about Scott McDaniel. And I love how the Arrow family really works together this issue. Green Arrow has built a great superhero "family" of his own.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Shadowpact 9 - 12

Shadowpact #9
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Tom Derenick

This was an action-packed issue of fun. I like this series a lot if I haven't said that a million times already and this issue is no exception. Will Nightmaster survive? Probably but I really don't care either way. I find him kinda boring. Shadowpact meeting Etrigan is so obvious that I am surprised I never thought of that before. And it is funny to see Blue Devil start rhyming. Oh and I love the Shadowpact's new laws of superheroics. So simple and brilliant.

Shadowpact #10
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Tom Derenick

Another great issue. It was interesting to learn about how promotions work in hell and I look forward to seeing Blue Devil, Nightshade, and the subsitute Shadowpact they have set up travel into Hell. That should be cool. While this issue was mostly talking, it was still awesome.

Shadowpact #11
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Tom Derenick

Willingham is an imaginative man and the final defeat of Etrigan proves that. I like these subsitute Shadowpact heroes, I hope they stay in the series in one form or another. I actually was scared that Warlock's Daughter was going to die at one point. Thank God she didn't (And God actually plays a role in this when Ragman asks him for help.)

Shadowpact #12
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Tom Derenick

Wow! This was a cool issue! Willingham recounts the origin of the Nightmaster and now...I actually like him! In one issue he has turned me into a fan of the character. That is amazing. I loved everything about his origin. The origin of the Oblivion Bar and all of it. It was really cool and magical. I highly recommend this issue.


Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #35
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Pop Mhan

I am sad to say that this is the last issue of Firestorm. After thirty-five issues, it is time to say good-bye. While the main body of this issue was only mediocre, the ending of this was amazing. We got to see Gehenna and Jason go off together into space to find the missing Professor Stein. Perfect...there really wasn't any other way of ending this. While we will not necessarily see the resolution of this in this series, it will most likely be in Countdown so I hope no one feels cheated. Going off into space together was the perfect closure for this series and a good way of sending off two characters and a relationship that I love. It was a very respectful way to end it and I am glad McDuffie didn't end it with like killing Jason or bringing back Ronnie, thereby undoing the importance of the last thirty-five issues and the build-up of Jason's supporting cast. Thanks you Dan Jolley, Stuart Moore, and Dwayne McDuffie for this series. I am going to miss my monthly fix of Jason Rusch.

And That's Why He Has Never Held On To A Girlfriend

Robin #161
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Freddie Williams II

So it looks like Batgirl is involved in this whole drug that turns street gangs into Metahumans. Could this be the same drug as she is taking over in Teen Titans? That would be awesome if it is. Maybe that way we can get a resolution to this whole Batgirl mess. Besides my Batgirl rant, this was up-to-par of Beechen's great run on this title. I really liked it. Zoanne and Tim's off and on again relationship is a nice balance between the action of Robin's life. My favorite moment in this issue must be when Robin says "And that's why he has never held onto a girlfriend" about Bruce. Hilarious and so true. Bruce puts the greater good about his relationships and that is why he can't hold on to a girlfriend. The mystery thickens this issue and I highly reccomend it.

Saving The Terrible Trio

Detective Comics #832
Written by Royal McGraw
Art by Andy Clarke

Well, Paul Dini is always to be missed on this title. But this fill-in issue was of quite the high quality. I don't know anything about he terrible trio (That means I will be going to Wikipedia soon) but they are pretty strange and fascinating villains. The ending of this was great because we haven't seen that villain in a long time. He was someone I was expecting to be a major player in the Batman corner of the DCU in the last year but for some reason, he hasn't showed up till now. There were some pretty gross-out moments like with the vultures and the Shark's gross amount of teeth and that made the issue even the more better. I must say, it's been a year, and I am really glad that James Gordon is back as Commissioner. The interaction between him and Batman is priceless.

Outsiders 45 - 47

Outsiders (Volume 3) #45
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Carlo Barberi

Now, to start off, I did really like this issue. I liked how Roy Harper's house is so heavily guarded to protect his daughter, I liked how Black Lightning is so noble that he turns himself in for an accidental murder of a pretty bad guy, heck I even liked the budding romance between Grace and Thunder. But is Winick obsessed with Jason Todd and Deathstroke. He uses them in like all of his books and sometimes it seems they are appearing for no reason. Weird.

Outsiders (Volume 3) #46
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Carlo Barberi and Art Thibert

This was another good issue and I look forward to seeing as how this story ends. Unfortunately, it does not take place in this series but in the Outsiders Annual so I will not be reviewing it here. This part of the story was pretty awesome. Grace's speech was just the best. I love how she calls the rest of the Outsiders self-righteous bastards. This series is a lot better than most people give it credit for.

Outsiders (Volume 3) #47
Written by Judd Winick and Greg Rucka
Art and Cover by Matthew Clark and Art Thibert

This is the second part of the Checkmate/Outsiders crossover that began here. It is one year later again and we are back to the time where Katana's costume is uglier and Thunder's is cooler. Oh and I am excited as hell about this storyline now. I did not realize that the Outsiders were recruited by Checkmate to help take out Oolong Island. It is great to hear about the island after 52 and it looks like it is still a haven for mad scientists. There were a lot of great moments in this. Especially the exchanges between Sasha and Nightwing. Nightwing finally figures out just who Sasha is and it is fun to see how they both relate to each other because of their "batman" past. Can't wait for the next part of this crossover.