I didn't go to the Comic Book Store on Wednesday because of the Monsoon, and when I went on Thursday, it almost wasn't worth the trouble. They weren't bad books, but there were only three of them.
Well, Zero Year is over, and I guess we are back in the present...which is marginally better than being in the dystopic Future's End, I guess. But the incomparable Greg Capullo is not drawing this issue, instead it is Matteo Scalera, who has a much grainier line.
Someone is going around and murdering Dr. Leslie Thompkins patients, simply for the hell of it apparently, and burying them in a local Potter's Field. Batman naturually figures this out, and warns the good Doctor, and even figures out who it is and how, much to that killer's chagrin. It is more or less a done-in-one issue, which I always happen to like, and it is always nice to see Batman's detectival instincts at work.
Green Lantern Corps #34
Man, John Stewart has been having a tough time of it lately. It turns out that the Durlans kidnapped Yrra, aka Fatality and the newest Love of John's Life, and he was actually banging an imposter! This has him...slightly upset. This Durlan is also the only one that managed to get a hold of not only the powers of the Daxamites, but also the sweet sweet radiation of the Zezzite, so she can hold onto this form...and powers forever. Naturally, they put her in a Sciencell, because it isn't as though anyone has ever escaped from one of THOSE before!
The Lanterns also have to deal with the former prisoners, and later reluctant allies, such as Bolphunga and Hunger Dog and actually live up to their bargain, and let them go...with the usual admonition to keep their noses clean. I'm pretty sure that won't happen, but heck, what could possibly happen? And I happen to have a sneaking fondness for Kanjar Ro anyway. But Von Daggle does politely request that Hunger Dog remain, to help him look for his first partner.
Remember way back when, in the magnificent little story written by Kevin Champagne, numbers 7-9, off of the top of my head, where Guy and R'amey Hol teamed up with Von Daggle? The Guardians promised that they would help him find "her", and naturally enough, being douchebags of the first order, reneged on their agreement. Well, the Guardians are gone now, but Von Daggle hasn't forgotten, and he's going to find her, come Hell or High Water. I am glad to see R'amey, but what happened to her cool glowing super powers? And does she still have a crush on Guy?
John in the meantime,has gone off on a tear, looking for Yrra...and he finds her! Except that she is really really really really pissed. Turns out it was the Zamaron Ring that made her love John, she still hates his guts. Also, the fact that he never noticed she had been replaced pisses her off even more. So she tells him to get bent.
John is very sad.
So, more or less, half of the former foes of the Green Lanterns have been set free, to go out and do their thing, and presumably provide us with stories in the future. Unfortunately. next month we end up being a part of the whole "Five Years in the Future" crap that I have been avoiding...successfully, up until now.
Urgh. But not a bad issue, for basically resetting the format, and clearing the decks.
Justice League United #4
This was a rather muddled issue. Not a lot really happens...there is some snark between Ollie and Animal Man, Super Girl is rude to Courtney, and the Rannians are rude to J'onn, and some stuff happens, and they all wonder what the heck is going on, and should they even stay together at all, which they decide to do, and the nice young lady Miiyahbin, had been kidnapped but gets her powers and is rescued rather strangely by Alanna, and I still don't know what is going on with the Zeta Beams.
Also the Thanagarians take Hawkman's body back home for burial, but I'm pretty sure that Hawkman isn't dead, and new pretty Lobo shows up for some reason.
It is all a bit disjointed. But I like most of these characters, so I guess I'll keep getting this, hoping that it will all become a little more coherent.
It seems as though this month was a rest-and-reset sort of month. Presumably the big Crossovers all start in September, which is now a thing with DC, so August didn't have much going on, except as a way to clear the decks, and get ready for Five Years In The Future.
God, I want my old Continuity back.