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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Brightest Day #20, Young Justice #1 and more!

The books I picked up this week were Spider-girl #4, Brightest Day #20, Young Justice #1, Silver Surfer #1, Justice League America #54, Green Lantern Corps #57, and Detective Comics Classics.

THE GOOD

Green Lantern Corps #57– This issue is the concluding chapter of “The Weaponer” storyline. Why is Firestorm in here? I mean, I know, I have been reading Brightest Day, but he wasn’t really necessary to the story. The battle between the Weaponer and Sinestro didn’t end the way I thought it would, which is great and unexpected. Great end to a great storyline. And up next, according to the last page…”War of the Green Lanterns.” no break for us the readers.

Justice League #54 – Part one of the Rise of Eclipso story arc. The issue does a great job recounting the origin of Eclipso and his history up until this issue and it’s being told while Eclipso is trying to put together his army to achieve his goal, to get the super heroine Jade, the daughter of the original Green Lantern Alan Scott. Nice pencil work from Brett Booth as well.

Silver Surfer #1 –I had to pick this up when I heard Greg Pak is writing it. True to form, he delivers. I am not familiar with Stephen Segovia’s pencil work, but I enjoyed it a lot. After the event of Chaos War, the Silver Surfer is on Earth after placing Galactus in the sun to restore his energies (and shortening the life of the sun by a billion years). Surfer is reflecting on his past and missing his humanity when he notices a group of armored men shooting a couple. The man dies, but Surfer is able to heal the woman when the High Evolutionary shows up and appears to devolve him.

Spider-girl #4– Spidergirl battles the daughter of Kraven the Hunter. They changed artist on me and I don’t like the new one (Matthew Southworth). Ana Kravenoff spends most of the issue tracking Anya down until it’s too late to notice that it’s a trap. The big fight will be in the next issue. I like this book a lot! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Young Justice # 1 – The book starts towards the end of the pilot episode. The League has allowed the team to stay together and to use their old Happy Harbor headquarter (the Cave). Everybody eventually leave allowing Superboy to be there alone. Or IS he alone? I’ll tell you didn’t expect that ending. There was a nice little moment between Miss Martian and Superboy. Overall, a decent start for the series, but I expected more. I’ll give it another issue or two.

 

 

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Brightest Day #20 –I said it last time, and I’ll say it again…I’m ready for this series to end. Six more issues to go. The “Aquawar” ends very quickly (barely two issues) as the sudden appearance of Mera and Aquagirl turns the tides of the battle. With this, Aquaman completes his task, and if you have been reading this series you know what happens next, the same thing that happened to Hawkman and Hawkwoman. There was an “explaination” in the previous issue, but to quote a line from Escape from the Planet of the Apes….”maybe the explanation needs explaining.” Yeah, it does. To me at least.

THE UGH
None

 

OTHER

Detective Comics Classics– I only placed this here since it’s reprints of older stories. The stories included in this book are: “The Riddler’s Prison-Puzzle Problem” from Detective Comics #377 (July 1968), “Tall, Dark, Handsome – and Missing!” from Detective Comics 384-385 (February – March 1969; a Batgirl backup story), and “The Invader from Hell!” from Batman Family #1 (September-October 1975; a Robin/Batgirl team-up). If you wanna read a couple of stories when Dick Grayson was Robin and Barbara Gordon was Batgirl, I recommend this.

The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Birds of Prey #8, Red Robin #19, and more!

It’s a big haul this week, mostly Marvel. The books I picked up this week are Birds of Prey #8, Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514, Heroes for Hire #2, Incredible Hulks #620, Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3, Red Robin #19, and Amazing Spider-Man #651.

THE GOOD

Birds of Prey #8- When we last saw the Birds, they were about to be attacked by a new villain Mortis. She has the ability to make people relive their regrets and shame and paralyzing them with fear. She’s hired by the Calculator to take out Oracle. Batman (Bruce, not Dick) arrives and gives a hand, but one of the Birds is lost due to Mortis’ touch. Meanwhile, Hawk (who is off Oracle’s grid) shows up at Penguin’s nightclub and informs him that they have business to discuss. As I’ve said before I’m a Gail Simone fan and she never seems to fail me. This is a book you should be reading.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514– The new crime lord Vlad sets a trap for Black Panther after his son had tried to do the same thing and failed miserably. Luke Cage also appears to offer T’challa assistance from the Avengers to which he refused. I know this series won’t last forever because at some point Daredevil will return and reclaim the “Man Without Fear” title and be the protector of Hell’s Kitchen. But until then, I’m staying with this book.

Heroes for Hire #2– The mission continues as Silver Sable is asked to contribute. Meanwhile, Paladin is doing his own investigation because he feels that something is wrong. Satanna is called in only to find out that the weapons are cursed! Ghost Rider comes to save the day and Silver Sable. If you haven’t read the first issue, I won’t spoil the twist. For those who have, nothing has moved on that front, except Paladin knows Misty is not where she is believed to be. I’m liking this series. I’d recommend it.

Incredible Hulks #620– This is the concluding chapter of the Chaos War tie-ins. Team Hulk helps Mr. Green deal with the big monster in the area, that being Bruce Banner’s abusive father. The good guys win and try to celebrate with their resurrected loved ones, but are pulled away by Hercules for the final battle…in Chaos War #5. The backup story focuses on Korg and Bruce is testing him to see if he would be a good ally for the work that lies ahead. Chaos War is over and we can move on. It will be interesting to see where Team Hulk goes from here.

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Amazing Spider-Man #651 – This is the final chapter that introduces a new Hobgoblin, Peter Parker’s new job, and Spider-man’s new costume. I picked up issues 648-650 to see what was going on. This the first time I’ve read the title since “the decision” better known as “A Brand New Day” which eliminated the marriage of Peter and MJ Watson. The storyline was ok, but nothing I read made think that this storyline couldn’t have happened earlier. The storyline potential of Peter’s new job (Horizon Labs) is interesting, as well as him using those resources to be better prepared to fight his opponents (including a cloaking device). But there are questions I have…will he become Iron Man – having a suit for EVERY purpose? What happens when his employers find out what Peter is doing with their resources? We’ll see. In addition, there is a backup story involving Mac Gargan in his new Scorpion armored outfit.

Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3– This is the concluding chapter of the mini-series. Most of the reborn Avengers die again, but die heroically. Only Swordsman and the female Yellowjacket survive, but will they be killed off again at the end of Chaos War? Most likely. Once again, disappointing ending to what is a good mini-series. I know part of my problem is the re-death of Captain Mar-vell, but there has been a few minis recently that have had a letdown ending.

Red Robin #19 – Red Robin finds himself in the Unternet, and he – with the help of Anarchy, a four-year old version of Tamara Fox and the Riddler (?) finds his way out. This is the first time since I’ve been reviewing comics that Red Robin has not been in the good category. It was ok. I guess the whole VR aspect I didn’t care for. Things will be better next issue with the first of a two issue crossover with the Teen Titans and a confrontation between Red Robin and Catman from the Secret Six!

THE UGH
None

OTHER

Star Trek Khan: Ruling in Hell #4 – Finally got my copy and it was good. The battle between Khan and Tamas finally happens and – well, if you’ve seen Star Trek II, you know who wins. The mini-series ends with the entrance of the Botany Bay crew in the movie. This was real good. I’ve enjoyed this series.

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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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The Good, the Not So Good, and The UGH: Reviews- Brightest Day #15, Heroes for Hire #1 and more!

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 The books I picked up this week were Batman: Orphans #1, Brightest Day #15, Heroes for Hire #1, Marvelman Family’s Finest #6, Shadowland #5, and She-Hulks #2.

The Good

Brightest Day #15-There has been times I’ve wanted to drop this book because there are issues where essentially nothing happens. In a way, this issue is no different, but it was still a good read. J’onn is the focus of this issue as he is still under the mind influence of D’kay. We are treated to Mars reborn and all is right – until something happens to members of the JLA who are there to attend a ceremony in J’onn’s honor. This reminds me of Alan Moore’s Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything.” The final few pages deal with another one of the return, but I won’t spoil it. I’m sticking with this series because we are already halfway through and only 11 more issues to go, the action will start to pick up soon. I hope.

She-Hulks # 2– I started this book thinking it was a miniseries, but it appears to be an ongoing series. Jennifer and Lyra are still on the mission to track down the members of the INTELLIGENCIA (this issue it’s the Red Ghost). Lyra is also trying to get accustom to being in this time since she can’t back to her future timeline. She also has to deal with the scariest and hardest thing imaginable – high school. I’m enjoying this series so far, but as I said, I wasn’t planning on an ongoing series. I won’t drop the book because the stories are bad or the art is horrible, just a question of finances. I don’t remember the pencils of Ryan Stegman, or the writing of Harrison Wilcox before, but they are doing a good job.

Heroes for Hire #1– I was looking forward to this series because of who Marvel showed would be involved. It was a good read, and I’ll hold on for a couple of more issues to see how it really goes, but it starts off like a rip-off of Birds of Prey (which is not really a bad thing). Heroes are “hired” to tackle a mission by Control, who we find out is Misty Knight – a holdover from the previous HoH. The twist at the end made me think that she won’t always be on the sideline, but we’ll see. If they continue this “are you available?” form of drafting a team, it’ll be different, but not bad. The dynamic duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lansing, who have been out in space with Marvel’s cosmic characters, have come back to Earth to handle some of the company’s loners. Brad Walker does a nice job on pencils. Overall, it was a good book.

The Not So Good

Batman: Orphans #1– Never really heard any pub regarding this two issue miniseries, which sometimes is not a good sign. Nightwing and Robin are investigating a death of a young man wearing a Robin suit (umm…that was done in Gotham Central – sorry). Meanwhile a Batman imposter is recruiting runaway youths to form an army. To what purpose…read the next issue. I picked this up thinking “Hey, it’s only two issues. Not too much time would be wasted. Once again, I’m not familiar with the writer Eddie Berganza or the penciller Carlo Barberi, but they did a decent job. I’m also have a sneaking suspicion that one or two of these members may show up again as part of Batman, Inc.

Marvelman Family’s Finest #6– The final issue that reprints classic adventures of Marvelman, Young Marvelman, and Kid Marvelman from the 1950s. On the whole, I’ve enjoyed reading these stories, but it also reminds me how weird and stupid some comics were back during this time. It’s also weird reading Marvelman reprints from Marvel Comics, but the characters are rip-offs from Captain Marvel and the Marvel family – who are owned by DC!!! LOL!

Shadowland #5 – It’s the concluding chapter of the miniseries and like last week’s Batman Beyond, I was disappointed. Daredevil’s friends and comrades –in-spandex unite to stop the possessed hero and his associates as Hell’s Kitchen goes to – well – hell. A standard ending to which I thought would be an above average miniseries. Billy Tan’s art is good as usual, but I expected something a little more from this tale written by Andy Diggle. Oh well, you can win them all.

The Ugh

None this week – yay!!!!

 

 by: Thomas(of The Fellowship of the Geeks)

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