|03-21-2012, 10:04 PM||#1|
Comics/Writer of the Year
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Eastern Time Zone
Bought This/Thought That - Wednesday
I was too lazy to look up the date. So sue me. It's late and I should have gone to bed 9 minutes ago but instead I'm doing this... let's get on with it, shall we?
First off... this was a really good week in comics. The least of these books was still above mediocre. Let's start with the DC's.
Justice League 7 - The first issue in present time we see that the cast is still the same. The issue focuses on Steve Trevor, who I'm assuming is a pre-existing DC character but I don't know him. He seems interesting and has a faultering relationship with Wonder Woman and I like the role he serves here. We see, mostly through his eyes, that the League isn't as perfect and unified as the world thinks but he fights to continue that image because he believes in them. I think this was a good issue to enter into present-era stories and I'll stick around still.
Jim Lee takes a break and Gene Ha steps in as a filler. I typically LOVE Ha's work (having first fallen in love with it in the Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix) but it seemed a bit rushed here. Still, it was decent enough and I didn't mind it.
This also showed us the first backup of the Shazam story by Johns and Gary Frank. It was more an introduction than a real story but it was good nonetheless. I'm curious where it goes.
Red Hood & the Outlaws #7 - This was the least of the month but still a good story. We get a furthering of the Untitled plot and the return of Essence from issue one. It wasn't much but it's been on par with the rest of the series. I've enjoyed it enough to stick with it through the Court of Owls tie-in. After that I might reexamine buying it.
Nightwing #7 - I have loved this title and the whole Circus thing and it conclues here as we learn the truth behind Saiko. I guessed part of it but the rest was rather interesting. I read Batman 7 first so it sorta ruined this issue but reading this first would have ruined that one so I'm glad I read it in the order I did.
Basically, Saiko, an old friend of Dick's from Haley's Circus replaced Dick as a future member of the Court of Owls after Dick left. Having ruined his life, Saiko searched out revenge and ended up blowing up most of Haley's Circus in attempts to kill Dick and ruins his life. Dick stops this and Saiko essentially kills himself to stop Dick from saving him. I'm guessing, however, that since we learned in Batman that the Talons have a healing factor, Saiko may survive despite his body being found.
Good run of comics and I'm excited for the Court of Owls. I guess there's a new direction after that and that makes me nervous but I'd love to see more with the Circus and thos in it. I thought they made a great supporting cast.
Batman 7 - This concludes the first full arc having to do with Talon and the Court of Owls and it leads into the next story, the Court of Owls. This run has been phenominal and here we learn how Dick is involved. As it turns out, Haley's Circus has been offering child performers to the Courts for years and Dick was supposed to be a Talon, but after his parents died and Bruce adopted him he was taken out of their grip and others were taken instead (Saiko being the example in Nightwing). In the end a whole flock of Talons are leaving to invade Gotham, leading into the event starting next issue.
I've loved this title and the art has really grown on me. The story has been amazing and I can't wait to keep going on it. This and Nightwing have side-by-side been the best relaunches from DC for me by far.
X-Factor 233 - Jamie's back in the present and sexes up Layla. I guess that'd probably be wierd for people since she began in the title as a little girl but I've gotten used to her how she is now and I can accept and even like them hooking up.
Havok and Polaris lead their first mission on the team (again) and it's fun to watch. It feels natural and I honestly think the book just got a LOT better for them being added to the roster. It's a good home for the constant-homeless duo.
And I loved the Isolationist and am glad to see him back in this story. I'm guessing the woman who confronts him is Amanda Sefton's mother.. Marguli or whatever her name was. Just a thought.
All in all it was a good issue and I'm excited to were it goes.
Avengers: X-Sanction 4 - While not an AMAZING series this last issue was really good I thought. The best thing about it was that Hope cured Nate of the T.O. virus fully and saved his life. So Cable's alive and well (still healing though) and is promising to return, liking in Averngers Vs X-Men at some point. And Cyclops sees Hope generate the Phoenix and the seeds for AvsX are planted.
Good issue, I'm glad I read it. I think it's funny that most the title is hidden on the cover though. Aveengers: Nio
Uncanny X-Men 9 - This was a great issue and it makes me wish that they would have tied the X-Men and the Avengers together more leading up to the event. They work together well here and I love the threat. I've been curious about Unit since his brief story in the SWORD mini and I'm glad to see it played out here. The story is good and the teams work well together. I'm glad to see someone finally getting around to dealing with Magik's imprisonment.
It was just a good issue and I'm eager to see how the conclusion next issue goes. I love Unit... in a completely hetero way
[b]Generation Hope 17[b] - The final issue of the title and it's a really good conclusion for what the title has been. The series started with the rescue of Kenji and ended with his betrayal. He goes all out villain and attempts to kill Hope (and nearly succeeds) if not for Martha Johanson saving the day. It was sad to see Kenji go this direction because I was rooting for him to go good but it's also fitting and made for a great story.
While this wasn't my favorite book each month it was still enjoyable. I won't necessarilly be sad to see it go but I will miss it to some extent. I'm curious what the future of these kids are though now that they don't have a title to anchor them. Their futures and fates are wide hope. I like them though and will pick up Avengers Academy to follow their story through AvsX.
Best and Worst of the Week
Best: Generation Hope 17 & Nightwing 7 - I'm giving it the official tie. I thought Nightwing had this but the randomly throwin in scene from Batman in the end (redrawn by Barrows) kinda felt out of left field for me and took it down just a little. And with Generation Hope upping their game for the final issue I felt it fitting that it actually make and deserve a 'best of' spot for the week. I felt the two titles were equal and so I'm awarding the award to both of them.
Heck, it was almost a three way tie with Batman thrown in there, but in the end I thought these two titles were just a hair above that one. Good job all around.
Worst: Red Hood & the Outlaws 7 - As I said, it was above mediocre but unfortunately that's about where the title always is. It's good, I like it, but I don't see this as an ongoing buy for me.
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