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Friday, July 11, 2008

Woohoo! New Comics!

Finally! As usual, there were some real gems to be found, and only a few clunkers. No Green Lantern Corps this week however, which makes me rather glum. Oh well, something to look forward to, I suppose.

For the second month in a row, I have actually broken down, and bought Action Comics. Geoff Johns is writing, and Gary Franks is doing the art, and frankly, they are an excellent combination. Superman interacts beautifully with Supergirl, who for a change doesn't annoy me. There is a nice bit with his parents, and a hysterical bit with Steve Lombard...

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Batman Confidential continues to delight and enthrall. Kevin Maguire's art is just so much fun. Batgirl and Catwoman have finally realized that they have to team up, in order to save Catwoman's friend, and end up fighting the Russian Mob. Oh, and somebody shows up at the end, that they would probably just as soon not have to deal with. *snicker*

For a reason that I can't really explain, I ended up with a copy of Detective Comics, which had Hush in it. I don't know much about Hush, and Batman doesn't seem to be running around in a drug-addled daze, which I was rather expecting. Eh.

Booster Gold on the other hand was fabulous! More tomorrow.

Green Arrow and Black Canary was ok. It is more or less one long fight scene. Batman and Plastic Man show up. Cliff Chiang is only on the cover, not the inside art. Not bad, but nothing that knocked my socks off.

Huntress #5 continues to be enjoyable. Bruce Wayne is pretending to be a buddy to a mobster, in order to get the goods on him, but Huntress doesn't know that...and then Batgirl blunders in. Meanwhile Helena's one true Love, is married to another, but then his father dies, and she realizes that he's not quite as adorable as she thought.

JSA is nice, lots of shots of GOG doing godly things. The heroes remain sceptical, but some of them are becoming hopeful. Gog gives Sandy a good night's sleep and removes Dr. Midnite's blindness, not to mention sending Power Girl on a trip, and making Starman coherent...which automatically removes most of the comedy. I'm getting just a wee bit bored with the whole Gog/oldfartSuperman story line...but it's still pretty decent.

Final Crises: Requiem was probably my favorite book, along with Booster Gold. In Final Crises, Martian Manhunter was killed off quite unceremoniously, almost casually. In this book, we get to see that he actually DID fight back, and almost...almost succeeded. The heroes of Earth have gathered together on Mars to give J'onn a proper sendoff, and it is quite touching. J'onn also manages in his final moments to send the history of his planet, people and himself into the minds of Superman, Black Canary, Gypsy, Hal Jordan and Batman.

There are a number of surprising people present, and a few people absent that I would have liked to see. Like Fire for instance. She WAS in the JLI. Not a whole lot of JLI representation really, although I suppose that's because most of them have been arbitrarily killed off. Harumph. Ice, Booster and Guy do show up, which is nice. So does Aquaman. With short hair, and in his classic orange and green, which delighted me to no end. I can't really explain how he's able to be there, and it is interesting that nobody seems to interact with him, but by God, he IS there, and that is how it should be.

I suppose it is the final page that was the most affecting. The Funeral is over, and everyone turns to leave, but Batman, with his cowl removed, stays, looking down at J'onn's body...and then places a Choco on the top of the coffin. I'm not too embarrassed to say that I teared right up.

It...it was perfect.

Trinity was decent. Not a whole lot happened, but they did do a lot of explaining their different approaches to life, and there was some nice introspection by all the characters.

Wonder Woman was pretty darned good. She's still wandering around with her motly crew, but she's finding it more and more difficult to remember who and what she really is...even starting to hallucinate a bit. Oh, and Nemesis gets to fight the white apes in her apartment, which is a whole lot of fun.

So it was WORTH it, waiting the extra day!

2 Comments:

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

There are days when I actually like Superman. Geoff Johns makes it that much easier. :-)

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Yeah, I've always liked Superman, but thought he was a bit on the dull side. Lately he's been quite interesting. And I love the look on his face when he gets beaned with the football.

 

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