Very Late Reviews
I have come stumbling home from the NETSA tradeshow in Foxwoods in Connecticut, a mere shadow of my former self. Those Tire boys can party! I'm too old for this sort of thing!
Dagnabit, this was damn near perfect. We find out who...or rather what...is behind most of Barbara's problems, and it turns out that her lost Algorithm has gained some sentience, and gone to the bad. It dates from a very dark time in her own life, in a wheelchair, and recovering from an injury, and with the best intentions, everything ended up going sideways.
She manages to figure things out, but what I really liked, is that she didn't do it all by herself, but with a little bit of help from her friends, which is lovely, since she has such a remarkable supporting cast. This new version of Batgirl, and the new version of Oracle, is simply delightful.
Green Lantern: New Guardians #40
DC seems to be cleaning up and ending a plethora of storylines, making way for Convergence. I actually don't mind them cleaning out this book, because it has been pretty forgettable. For some reason, Kyle is fighting his evil self, and whining a lot. His friends, the New new Guardians, and Carol and some other people that I don't actually recognize, and St. Walker help, but of course, Kyle manages to draw deep withing himself...blah blah blah and defeat the bad guy.
He and Carol decide to continue to hang out together because neither one of them has the gumption to go looking for someone else, and Carol is still trying to punish Hal for being a jerk. Works for me, I guess. Kyle isn't dead, although there have certainly been rumors flying, and they keep repeating almost every page that the New Life Equation will mostly likely kill him in the morning.
Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman #8
Hot damn, I do love this book. We have not one but two wonderful stories, with the first one being a very young Diana who sneaks off to the outside world, and discovers all sorts of wonders, such as ice cream, and helps a group of young girls stand up for themselves. It's adorable and fun, and all that Wonder Woman should be.
While not quite as sweet, the second story has Diana going up against old fat Lex, and beating the pants off of him, and the art and coloring are quite nice indeed.
This is where I get my monthly fix of Wonder Woman!
And now to Marvel
I accidentally missed this last week, and as usual, it is a lot of fun as well. Marvel really seems to be doing a pretty good job of bringing out odd little quirky books, that touch on some of the lesser lights of the universe...mainly anyone who isn't an Avenger (at the moment) or an X-Man (also at the moment).
Scott is happy just to be working, but naturally, things don't run smoothly, and he ends up going against his arch enemy...Taskmaster! Too bad that Taskmaster doesn't consider him to be an arch anything, and is frustratingly casual about the whole thing. But it is still a whole lot of fun.
Angela: Asgard's Assassin #4
I wasn't real sure about this book at first, because I had absolutely no interest in Angela at all. I still don't think all that much of her, but I do like Sera a ton, and the Guardians are fun, and Kieron Gillen is an amazing writer. She's been outed as Thor's sister, but she was brought up to hate Asgard, and they've been trying to bring her back into the fold. Too bad she ran off with her brand new baby sister! The Asgardians are not...happy.
And we finally find out why she kidnapped the kid. Turns out that Odin and Freyja did the nasty in Surtur's realm, way back when, which doesn't seem particularly romantic, but at least it was warm. And the baby has been infused with some of Surtur's evil.
Well, at least we know. They are teamed up with the Guardians, who are as amusing as usual, and Sera is great, and it's starting to really get my interest.
Loki: Agent of Asgard #12
Well, crappity crap crap! Evil old Loki has captured young Loki, and has him all trussed up and is telling him how he (young not so evil Loki) went bad and turned into old evil Loki. He Did play a heck of a trick on Freyja, who was stupid enough to believe evil old Loki instead of much nicer and less evil young Loki. Also, at the end of time, he is busy being nasty to Thor.
Anyway, the key to the whole thing is that young Loki's efforts to redeem himself...worked! For a while. About ten years or so, and then he got fed up with the fact that everyone still had to remind him, that while he wasn't so bad NOW....he was still the Lord of Lies, and that they were watching him. This made Loki quite cranky, and he finally snapped...and the rest of it is history.
Or is it? Odin seems to have some faith in young Loki, and old Loki sets him on fire, so we will have to see what is going on. Frankly, I'm rooting for young Loki.
Squirrel Girl #3
This book is so insanely adorable and delightful, that I may just explode. She is still trying to get to the moon, so that she can fight Galactus, but keeps running into problems along the way. Mainly, Whiplash, who wants to fight her simply because she has a suit of armor from Ironman. Boy, is HE surprised! And then some bank robbers, who end up taking her roomie hostage, and who gets quite a lesson in proper robbery etiquette from that same roomie. It's hilarious.
But eventually she does end up on the moon, and there is Galactus!
Oh, he is going down.
A rather wonderful collection of books last week!