Well now, that is more like it, after the incredible dearth of comics from last week.
Batman & Robin #34
This issue seems mostly to consist of Batman calling all of his family into the Batcave in order to apologize for being a major Douchebag, but then to only give them peanut and butter sammiches . I guess Bruce has to economize SOMEwhere. Heck, even Dick shows up. Barbara, Tim and Jason grumble a bit, but seem to forgive him...more or less. Alfred is a bit on the snooty side for some reason. Then Bats diverts all of his best buddies in the Justice League, and steals that cool suit, although Lex of course figures out what he is up to.
And he is going off to Apokolips to rescue Robin!
This should be interesting. Unfortunately, next month's issue will be a giant crossover, that takes place five years from now.
Kate leaves a "Dear Jane" letter for Maggie, after coming to an understanding with Maggie's obnoxious ex-husband. It's sad and noble, and probably pointless, but at least she's trying. Aso she battles Nocturna...still.
Nice art, and not a terrible story, but I'm getting the impression that August's books are all just wrapping things up and setting things in place for Septembers crossover.
Bigby is out of control, the magic of the Fables is showing up in unexpected places, and Bad Things are about to happen. Also Snow and Rose's powers are growing at a rapid rate. It's all building up to the big finale, which should be interesting.
And man, I really can't stand Brandish.
This is the giant series being done by Grant Morrison, with some lovely artwork, and a plethora of too-clever-for-words tricks and turns. It's almost as though Morrison was reading Neal Adams Odyssey and decided to out-crazy him!
And yet...and yet, I was hooked. Yes, Captain Carrot is in it. And Nix Uotan, and alternate Earths beyond counting. There is obviously a VERY big problem in the Muiltiverse, and obviously things are going to be happening, and it is very very very Meta.
But it sure beats a lot of the other drek out there.
Sensational Wonder Woman #l
Now this I enjoyed thoroughly. Especially because the other Wonder Woman book with Azzarello and Chang is going to be ending shortly to be followed by the...Finches. Thank you...but no. Furthermore, THIS Wonder Woman actually takes place in the REAL DC Universe! Woohoo!
In the first story, Batman is injured, and Oracle...ORACLE!...calls in Wonder Woman to clean up Gotham City against ALL of Batman's foes. She gets a little too cocky, and they actually give her a run for her money until she ties them all up with her lasso and finds out what they are really afraid of, and it's all pretty darned fabulous.
In the second story she fights Circe, and helps a little boy who is being teased by his pals for liking her better than a male superhero. It's short, but nice too.
Off to a great start!
Well, Matt's mom has been taken to Wakanda, which is now being run by T'Challa's sister for some reason, and she is in cahoots with some American General, and Matt has to figure out a way to get there and rescue his mom and her fellow nuns. It's a little convoluted, but it's pretty great, when he gets captured, and then proceeds to LAWYER his way out of trouble instead of just beating people up...although he does that too.
It is also very nice to finally find out what was going on with his mom, and why she left them and became a Nun, and it isn't because his Dad beat her up, but because she was going through a severe case of Post Partum Depression. That's a subject that rarely makes an appearance in Comic Books, and kudos to Mark Waid for doing it so well.
This isn't bad either. Storm is being a lot less...regal than I remember her, and I wasn't actually aware that she and Logan are busy knocking boots, but hey...why not? Storm has her wild side too, which she is more than willing to let come out.
She is trying to trace some missing teens, and gets a bit of help from Hank, who at least is acting slightly less obnoxious than of late. She tracks them to the Morlock tunnels and thinks the worse of course...but it turns out that Callisto is actually trying to help the kids, who for the most part have no where else to go, and being in the tunnels actually turns out to be a whole lot safer than above ground. Storm admits that she jumped to conclusions and it all ends with the X-Men helping them out. So, two done-in-one stories,which I am very very fond of.
Ms Marvel #7
God, I do love this book.
Kamala and Wolverine continue to fight the giant mutated alligator in the sewers, and she continues to show her new skills in strange and wondrous ways, while it is interesting to watch Wolverie have to hang back a little bit because he's not healing.
Oh, and he writes a nice letter to the Avengers to keep an eye out for her, which is nice of him.
So much FUN!
Not a bad week at all!