Been away from my computer for a few days, catching the Sports Car action at the IMSA races at beautiful, bucolic Lime Rock Park, Connecticut. Now we are home, and doing the laundry and putting everything away that we took camping. I love camping, but it's a lot of work. However, if you are going to do it, do it in as much comfort possible, is my credo.
But anyway, here is the really really short update on last week's books.
Batman '66 #25
Fabulous of course. A slightly altered version of Harley Quinn, and then the Cesar Romero version of the Joker, Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler, and even Batgirl thown in for good measure. God, how I do love this book. Good silly fun for all.
Plus Robin gets tied up in practically every issue!
Harley Quinn/Power Girl #2
Well, Vartox has been taken captive, so for some reason our girls show up to help, and then end up being helped by a legion of Vartox's ex-lovers. It's a hoot of course. I LOVE Vartox! In all his hairy Sean Connery magnificence! This is also good silly fun for all.
I see a trend here.
This is not silly, but it isn't bad at all. Sinestro has taken Soranik's ring, and it's probably a good thing, since very bad things have been happening to all the Green Lanterns. So she's now been made a Yellow Lantern, and she's not particularly happy about it.
Meanwhile, the world that Sinestro had appropriated to be the new home for the remaining Korugarians has been set to explode. It turns out there is a traitor, and Sinestro knows who it is...but instead of punishing Lyssa Drak, he executes a few other malcontents, because her reasoning is so perverse and yet so perfect, that he wants to keep her around.
Sinestro is a really really strange man sometimes...but you have to admit, that he gets things done. And if there were still a Korugar, you know that the trains would all run on time.
Sensation Comics/Wonder Woman #12
An interesting story with Poison Ivy teaming up with Diana to fight the Titan, Typhon. Ivy wears bark armor, as far as I can tell, and after a lot of fighting, they prevail...naturally. What's more, Ivy is more or less made welcome on Themyscira, which actually makes a certain amount of sense. Ivy certainly is impressed with the place.
Doctor Destiny has been sucking a number of people's dreams dry, and it makes Diana all sad and mopey, so Batman sends her off to his Dad's old favorite vacation spot in the mountains for a nice rest. Except that of course Soloman Grundy is terrorizing the town and eating all the wildlife, so Diana beats him up. Which turns out to be the best cure there is! Also Batman gets a chaste smooch out of it.
Not the most fabulous of stories, but two good solid tales.
We continue to have dual stories going on in the same pages, with flashbacks in soft pastels to Clint and Barney's adventures with the circus, and then in solid colors, the present with Kate and Clint trying to help the kids they rescued from Hydra. Naturally Hydra isn't about to just let them go, and there is a nice big green explosion at the end.
Great stuff, actually. And Pizza Dog too!
Loki; Agent of Asgard #16
Why oh why are they ending this book? It has been one of my favorites! And next month it is over!
So, to escape the fate of turning into evil old King Loki, who has been trampling on the past, young hot Loki has more or less changed completely, becoming the God of Stories rather than Lies, or in this case, Goddess, since he switches back and forth between genders with wild abandon. He's come to visit Verity, eight months later, after being kicked out of Asgard.
Meanwhile Ragnarok is actually at the door, what with the whole crashing of worlds and Secret Wars, and Battleworlds and all the other malarky that is going on presently. Everyone except Odin and the Enchantress more or less end up dead and in Valhalla, but they aren't going to be staying there, since Odin blows the Gjallarhorn, and they all come tromping back to give evil old Loki a whuppin'.
Also, young Loki kills Verity, but takes her soul, so essentially, she/he is saving her from being killed when the worlds collide. Verity isn't particularly happy about this, but she's going along with it for the moment.
And finally, young Loki makes his/her move, and evil old Loki is left without a purpose, and is defeated rather soundly, before taking off for parts unknown. It is of course entirely possible that he may show up again some day, but for now, he's pretty much out of it. Woohoo!
Then Odin wants Loki on their side, and Hela wants Loki on her side, and in order to break out of the old patterns that defined him, he tells them both to stuff it, and fight it out amongst themselves. And ends up saving their essences in the Story. Or something. So all that is left is Loki and Verity, and they end up standing before Those Who Sit Above, which were all involved in the OLD Ragnarok.
It's a bit...complicated. But man, it really does work well, although it does help to have been a Thor reader.