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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Once Again...Reviews

And once again, boy was that a small week! Only a few books, and two of them were actually from LAST week. Still...not a bad haul.

On the expert advice of Lissbirds, and Saranga and several other people, I did pick up Batgirl #17. I am not a big Bat fan. So I hate to admit this...but I was charmed. Dammit, that obnoxious little brat is starting to grow on me. I am referring of course to young Damian. And I don't for a minute think that Alfred is a bad cook. But the art was pretty, and the story was fun, and it was more or less a done-in-one kind of story, which is pretty rare these days. So I just might keep up with this.

Batman & Robin #19. Concludes the story of the woman with the giant hole in her head. It was...a little on the weird side, if I do say so. Not terrible, per se, but still, in comparison to the wonders that came before, I was feeling a little let down. But it is always nice to see Dick and Damian interact. And I am SO looking forward to Tomasi and Pat Gleason, hopefully next month.

Brightest Day #18. Holy Guacamole! All KINDS of interesting things were going on in this book! I can't believe it, but I think that we are actually getting into the home stretch here, and it looks as though it is going to be a doozy of a finale.

You had Hawkman and Hawkwoman battling the evil Queen, (who incidentally is also Shayera's dear old mum) on Zamaron, which draws Carol Ferris into the donnybrook, not to mention that the Predator decided to bond with her. The Predator may be the Avatar of Love, but it is sadly lacking in discretion. Carol may be the new Queen of the Star Sapphires, but she's the first to admit that she may not have the hang of this Queenly sort of thing quite yet. Still...she's doing awfully well, all things considered. Evil Queen points out that since they killed Hath-Set, they are working on their last lives, and why the heck is Hawkman smiling then. He's smiling because she is on HER last life too, and the two Hawks then proceed to do a double whammy and that's the end of Mom. All the skeletons on the gate stir to life, and drag her away, and I have to admit that it is one heck of a thrilling moment. Then Carter and Shiera are suddenly clad in the White Light, while a disembodied voice congratulates them on a Job Well Done.

Carol congratulates them as well. Carter says that she and Hal know what True Love is, and Carol has to admit that they'll never have what the two of THEM experience, which is rather sad, but probably true. Oh Hal. She then sends them on their merry way.

Boston Brand in the meantime is having a panic attack, because he did what the ring said to do, and went out having fun with his Grandfather, when all of a sudden the white ring started charging up...just like the black rings did. This...makes him nervous. VERY nervous.

Carter and Shiera have landed back at Toad Hall...er...I mean St. Roch, and are busy trying to tear their respective clothes off...and who can blame them. Then Deadman shows up, dreadfully embarrassed, pointing the white ring at them. The Life Entity has the nerve to say that Carter and Shiera must "live separately to life life stronger." That seems a bit presumptuous, not to mention pretty damned mean, considering what the Hawks have just been through. Poor Deadman doesn't know WHAT is going on, while Carter tells the Entity to stuff it. When they decline to play games, the Entity says well just FINE then, and there is a whole lot of white light, and a lot of angst, and then a little pile of white dust where the Hawks used to be.

Well! It is pretty obvious that the Entity of Life is a real douchebag. Oh, and I forgot the bit at the very beginning where Captain Cold is all pissed at Boomer, because he let Zoom loose. Boomer however, is feeling just a bit odd, he knows that he is supposed to throw a boomerang at Dove, but he doesn't know WHY, and he WANTS to know why, which is a big step for Digger, really. And next up is the Aquawar! This is all rather thrilling, and it seems as though all the threads are going to be gathered together, hopefully into a fully woven tapestry of Awesomeness. Hopefully.

But man, it sucks to be a Hawkperson sometimes.

Green Lantern Corps #56. DagNAbit but this was good.

Justice League of America #53. You know what? THIS was pretty darned good too! James Robinson is doing a decent job of redeeming himself after the catastrophe that was Cry for Justice. This is a nicely paced, and decent story. It looks as though Omega Man and the BAD guys are going to win, and that there is nothing the JLA can do about it. Even Batman is giving up. Ah, but this is Batman. It may be Dick but it is STILL Batman...and Batman has a plan. It also ties in nicely with the Congorilla/Starman book that came out a week ago, so that was nice. So a nice end to this arc, and a good tale.

I liked ALL my books this week, which is always a good thing.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Why would the Entity think for one second the Hawks were going to follow that order? The Hawks are nearly as stubborn as Power Girl, and like to hit things that bother them even more.

I'm glad you enjoyed Batgirl. Dustin Nguyen will be back as the artist in February, after a month away. I think he's pretty good, though also pretty different from Pere Perez (who drew #17).

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Yeah, it's pretty much ALWAYS sucked to be a Hawk in the DCU, hasn't it? :-\ They won't stay "gone," though -- just watch! ;-)

I'm glad Justice League is finally picking up a bit. For a flagship title, it's sure had a bumpy ride the last couple of years. :-(

At 11:44 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Calvin, I am beginning to think that the Entity is just as obnoxious in his/her own way as Nekron. Sheesh! I am not even much of a Hawk fan, but boy they've had a tough few weeks!

Sea, I have been pleasantly surprised by how decent the JLA has been. Certainly as opposed to the JSA, which has sucked hugely.


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