It took me a while, but I got there. The results are...mixed. To say the least.
On the other hand, I NEVER say the least, when I can say it as pompously as possible.
Batman #1 REBIRTH
Uh...Lucius got Bruce's fortune back for him. Again. I guess that's nice. While Bruce is hanging onto a bar or something on top of a skyscraper, which seems like an odd thing for a billionaire to do...but hey...they are a whole different breed. Look at Trump. That kid Duke shows up, and Bats has a proposition for him, but NOT as a Robin, which is probably a good thing.
There is a really creepy thing going on with the Calendar Man, as he ages and unages with the passage of time, and the whole "molting" scene was a bit on the icky side. And we find out that Bats can hold his breath for over four minutes! That's something.
Again, the giant pages of ads for the REBIRTH stuck right in the middle of the story are amazingly annoying. Marvel does it too, and I wish to heck they would stop. It takes you right out of the flow of the narrative.
It was...a first issue, setting up new stuff, and having this Duke kid become Batboy or something. That's about all I can say for it.
At least Arthur actually does something. He fights Atlantean Terrorists, he goes to a nice Fish restaurant, and he and Mera have Chowder. No sight of Salty the Sea Dog, but you can't have everything. Once again it is pointed out that although the average Joe in the street still thinks that he talks to fish, he is actually amazingly baddass and all of that.
Oh, and he's being spied upon by Black Manta, who naturally threatens to kill Mera...because why not?
But not terrible. Not great, but not terrible. Garth is back, that's nice. Waiting for Tula.
Wally is back! I missed Wally. He remembers Linda, which is more than I can say for Barry. Iris still doesn't remember Wally either. There is a murder investigation, and Barry talks with his dad. The art is nice.
Again nothing super duper, but it sets up the fact that something weird was going on, and now old forgotten characters are now back. Wally feels a bit like a fish out of water, when it comes to the Teen Titans...or maybe I should have said that about Garth?
Green Lantern #l
Well, Simon actually did make it back to earth after being stuck with the rest of the Corp, and has to team up with Jessica, to solve a problem with a Manhunter. Turns out that they squabble like children, and it is all a test set for them by Hal. Why Hal can't do something about helping EArth isn't really mentioned, or perhaps it was, and I didn't care. I'm not really all that happy with Hal lately.
Simon whines a lot, and so does Jessica. Hal is testy, which is actually hilarious, because when it comes to working well with others...he does not. He is nice enough to actually give them batteries, which is really only the least he can do.
Oh, and Atrocitus, Bleez and Dex-Starr show up on the last page. Yeesh.
You have no idea how much it hurts me, but I don't give a rat's patootie about the Green Lantern book right now.
Green Lantern Corps #6
Now the Corps...well I love the Corps. And I assume this is the final issue, wherein they fight the evil Universe eaters, and do their Green Lanterny Goodness, having obscure characters die nobly. And when they die, Simon notices that their rings are...going somewhere, so he dives into the rift formed when B'dge and Arisia were "killed" a few issues back. Since we see him on earth with Hal and Jessica, we can safely assume, that it worked.
The rest of the Lanterns are still fighting the good fight, and all, but it is mostly useless since that universe is ending. Oddly enough, no mention at all is made of Krona or Relic, and none has been made for quite some time.
So...all the remaining undead Lanterns jump into the rift along with Mogo, and God Willing, we will have a GOOD Green Lantern Corps book coming up.
This wasn't bad at all, in fact it was the best DC book of all the ones that I got.
Now this was an excellent issue. A one-issue story, where Matt goes to Macau to a casino, and manages to out-duel a bunch of poker players, and an evil psychic, who was actually hired by the casino to make sure that the winning prize stayed with the casino.
Matt can't even read his cards, but he can read peoples tells, and outbluffs them. The psychic attack is amazing, and again, would only work with Daredevil. In the end he wins the tournament, but can't cash the cheque, because it is made out to his alias. I would think that a good lawyer could think of ways around that, but still...it's a pretty fabulous story, and one of my favorites so far.
Howard the Duck #8
Howard goes to Maine to see Beverly! He misses her, and she misses him, but she doesn't miss all the mayhem and craziness. And Doctor Bong shows up in a flashback. I LOVE Doctor Bong! Bev just wants to become a Vet, and Howard can't understand why she doesn't want to be with him. Naturally a crazed Sentinel shows up, and they are saved at the last minute by Scout, who wanted originally to be the Herald for Galactus, but got to keep her powers after a talk with the Silver Surfer. Did you know that Galactus is actually NOT eating planets at the moment? That's just ducky!
Having a sarcastic Aunt May as Howards office manager just delights me more than I can say. Also Biggs the Cat shows up.
Fun. Crazy and just fun.
So Marvel delivered in spades, and Green Lantern Corps was good. The rest of the whole REBIRTH thing, was a tad underwhelming, but at least I got to see Wally. That was nice.