The Good, The Not So Good, and the Ugh: Reviews- Birds of Prey #7, Brightest Day #16 and more

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The books I picked up this week were Black Panther #513, Birds of Prey #7, Brightest Day #16, Batman: Orphans #2, and Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception.

The Good


Black Panther #513– Like Hercules took over the Incredible Hulk book after World War Hulk, Black Panther is taking over Daredevil the Man without Fear title. Fresh from abdicating his throne and title as Black Panther, T’Challa has come to New York to become Hell’s Kitchen’s new protector by the request of Matt Murdock. He has adopts the identity of Mr. Okonwo, and manages a diner called Devil’s Kitchen. He wants to live on the level of the people he has chosen to protect. His first task is to deal is a crime boss by the name of Vlad Dinu. It’s an interesting start to the series and I may give it another issue to two to see where it goes. Not familiar with David Liss’s writing or Francesco Francavilla’s art, but it works in this issue.

Brightest Day #16– The main story is Aquaman informing Jackson of his birthright and what is responsibilities are. Jackson at first doesn’t want it, but upon hearing Arthur’s story and hearing that he didn’t have a choice as well, decides to help in stopping the impending war. The secondary story is the heroes trying to help Firestorm control his powers before he destroys the universe. Meanwhile, Deathstorm is mentally torturing Jason’s father and Professor Stein. The issue’s end is another “WTF!” It was interesting like most issues, but I’m ready for the pace to pick up. With ten more issues left, it should be picking up soon. I hope.

Birds of Prey #7– “The Death of Oracle” – Gail Simone wouldn’t do that, would she? The issue begins Savant reporting to the Calculator that Barbara has fallen into their trap. Later he reports to Oracle that the Calculator may or may not believe him. Calculator enlists the help of Mortis, Goddess of the forgotten dead. Oracle takes Batman (Bruce) on tour of their new headquarters and reveals to him that “tonight Oracles dies. Once and for all.” I am not sure what to make of that. Meanwhile the rest of the Birds are celebrating Dawn’s (Dove) birthday at a strip club. There is some funny stufff there until Mortis shows up with some assistants ready to take out the Birds. Once again Gail does a great job and I like Ardian Syaf’s pencils. I hope he stays with the book.

The Not So Good

Batman: Orphans #2– This is the second part of this two issue mini-series. Batman, Robin, and Nightwing find out who’s the mastermind behind the imposter and the army of orphans. I didn’t really care for this mini-series and I’m not sure why. I also wonder why this came out now. This is an “untold tale not long ago,” but it has to be before Infinite Crisis because Tim is wearing his original suit. I think that an orphan or two will resurface in the Batman Inc. title – either as a sidekick or as a young Batman clone. I may be wrong, but just remember that I said this…

The Ugh

Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception- To me was not worth the $4.99. Plas recruits Hal Jordan to help him investigate a crime where the perpetrators used alien weapons. It turns out to be a smuggling operation run by alien…ducks? Oh boy. Tongue was definitely in check when Marv Wolfman (co-creator of New Teen Titans, writer of Crisis on Infinite Earths) wrote this story. I got tired of reading the book. Not even Brent Anderson’s art helped me. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read this book. I may try again later.



by: Thomas(of The Fellowship of the Geeks)

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