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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

Not a whole lot to talk about this week.  A small week.  My weeks seem to getting smaller by the minute actually.  That's not a good thing.

Green Lantern: Lost Army #4

So it has finally dawned on our doughty group, that they aren't in their own universe at all, but somehow were thrown back into Relic's universe.  This has opened a whole new can of worms of course.  Arisia, you will be glad to hear, is not dead.  I didn't think that she would be. But the Light Pirates are doing a bang up job of sucking out the power from all the Green Lanterns, and they are taken captive with laughable ease, while Relic and Krona bug out, like the cowards they are.

Oh, and Salaak shows up!  Huzzah!  I love Salaak.  Apparently all the other Green Lanterns have already been taken captive, while the Light Pirates suck out the every last drop of their powers or something. It's a bit vague.  Meanwhile John agonizes for a while over compassion and duty, while Kilowog and Guy fight some guys and snark at each other.

I have a few problems with this, because one of John's characteristics was always his pragmatism.  He didn't whine and second guess himself very much.  Actually this is more of the way that I think Kyle would act, but supposedly Kyle is dead or something...not that anyone seems to give a rat's ass.

Kilowog and Guy are best friends, and yet, there has been absolutely no interaction between them since Guy came back from the Red Lanterns, and yet here they are snipping at each other.  You would at least expect to get a..."good to see you, buddy" from both of them, but hey, all past characterization and plot developments are apparently out the door. 

It's okay.  Better than Hal's book.  But considering Green Lantern has been my favorite franchise for YEARS...I am severely...underwhelmed.  It's not bad.  But it's not great either.

Robin: Son of Batman #4

Now this is my favorite Bat Book at the moment, although Gotham Academy is up there too.  Pat Gleason is doing amazing things. The art is dynamic and fluid and a helluva a lot of fun.  Damian and Nobody are seeking to restore a cavern's magic, while for some reason Deathstroke shows up and is utterly pwned by Damian.  I enjoy this because I simply CANNOT STAND DEATHSTOKE!  Also Damian just ends up paying him off to leave them alone, which is actually pretty clever of him.  Deathstroke IS supposed to be a mercenary.

And they discover a Lazarus Pit. This is probably not going to be a good thing.

But fun.

Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman #14

Unfortunately this book is one of the ones being cancelled by DC, when CLEARLY it is the superior Wonder Woman book, certainly in comparison with the crap being put out by the Finches.  Man, I dropped that book like a hot potato. 

Unfortunately, for a uniformly stellar output, this issue is not one of my favorites.  It is awfully hard to follow for one thing, and jumps all over the place, and half the time I don't know who is narrating, and what the hell is going on. Two adjoining nations hate each others guts, but Diana wants to bring them to the bargaining table, but Strife shows up and messes things up. I actually like Strife, but here, she is split into Strife/Eris, and is fighting with...herself?  I think?  And there is a lot of blather, and it's a bit on the messy side. 

Still not completely sure what happened, but Diana leaves Strife in a lurch, which will probably only come back to haunt her. 


Hawkeye #5

Well, the kids that the Hawks rescued are super-powered of course, and beat up a bunch of Hydra agents. Then there are the usual flashbacks, which quite frankly I am finding to be a little bit annoying at this point.  And Clint and Kate yell at each other, and she slugs him, which makes both he and Pizza Dog unhappy, and then the super-powered kids are all ready to split him in two. 

And for some reason they give the kids...back? 

It's okay, but not quite up to the standards of the previous Hawkeye book.

So...all in all, a rather dull week.  Or maybe I'm just feeling cranky or something.


At 8:58 AM, Blogger Shelly S said...

I'm with Clint. Those kids are creepy dangerous.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger JimmyTheJiver said...

DC really hates its Wonder Woman fans, cancel one, kill another (unless it's a red herring) keep the worst. I should probably check out Bombshells, but I'm a bit annoyed of the certain storytelling choices. They should have just done a JSA in WWII comic and maybe emphasize Wonder Woman, Black Canary and Hawkgirl in their line-up to sell it.

The Green Lantern writers are in a rut where they can't have a clean break (from John's) and they don't know how to tell the stories they want to tell without doing drastic measures to alienate the fans that were on board with John's take. I hope they smooth out Guy's friendship with Kilowog. Don't get me started on John, he hasn't been the same since Geoff John's took over. Kyle isn't dead, it was faked, but it doesn't matter since Omega-Men is getting axed anyway.

Damien vs. Deathstroke huh, can't figure out who I can't stand more. Damien just edges it out for me if only slightly because I'm petty. When a character makes you not want to read a whole line of comics, you start to take it personally.

Funny that the things alienating me from Batman and Green Lantern are the pre-flashpoint stuff they carried over. As for the rest of DC it is what they didn't carry over and what they replaced it with instead. I think I'd like some more multiverse titles not dictated or written by Grant Morrison, but that's a tall order at DC if they aren't based on videogame or TV properties or digital short story anthologies.

Good news, though on the Marvel front, Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel are relaunching with the same creative teams, Charles Soule is hinting at a new She-Hulk series and Hellcat who was in his She-Hulk series is getting her own book. I'm still going to feel the hit of losing Daredevil, but it's nice they're keeping the other lighthearted books around.

At 5:58 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Charles Sole is apparently going to be writing the new Daredevil book. It will be hard to compare to Mark Wait, but Sole is an excellent writer... and a lawyer to boot! I did love his She-Hulk... and he did a fabulous Guy Gardner.

Green Lantern has just felt so... so adrift lately.

And Shelly? You're right. Those kids are creepy.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger JimmyTheJiver said...

I'm of mixed feelings on Charles Soule. If Daredevil is like She-Hulk it could be great, but if it's a mandated book, like Inhumans or Superman/Wonder Woman where even he can't make good then I'm skeptical, especially when you consider the TV show on Netflix dictating the tone of the comic. Also I find him going from San Francisco (and Hell's Kitchen) to Chinatown unnecessary. It is weird, and reinforces the lack of Asian superheroes headlining books about the Asian experience so they stick a white guy in it instead because of Miller. Did Frank Miller ever write a Martial Arts expert, wannabe Samurai, Ninja master protagonist who wasn't white?

I think Soule being a lawyer though is a plus. I wish they'd try a journalist on Superman or a detective on Batman sometime, it'd prevent crappy puff pieces credited to Lois or bad detective stories like Long Halloween.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

The only thing I have against Damian winning against Deathstroke is that every bat character should be able to defeat if him Damians' able to. I don't like Damian being too powerful a fighter.

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Randy Jackson said...

Hmm. Well Marvel is pretty much a mess right now until they complete their reboot, and DC has no idea what direction to take any of it's characters in, nor do they understand who those characters are, nor do they seem to care. I can understand your frustrations.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Erin, every Bat character SHOULD be able to defeat Deathstroke! Because he is a gawdawful character! Gahhh!

Randy, I am glad its not just me who is feeling a tad jaded at the moment. There are still plenty of good books out there, but Marvel and DC just seem to be spinning their wheels.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

He really is so overrated.


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