I ended up buying more books than I planned for. First, I wasn't planning on buying Nightwing but I missed it. I ended up seeing the previous two issues at Books-A-Million earlier in the week so I bought and loved them. So I bought the newest issue as well. In addition to that, I also picked up Green Lantern Corps. I dont buy the book normally but I didn't know Green Lantern leads into that issue, which leads into the GLC Annual... so that's TWO issues of GLC that I wasn't planning on buying... one of them being five freaking dollars! I'm not enjoying this plot enough for this crap. Anyhow, on to the reviews: Green Lantern 16 - I've lost interest in this book since Simon Baz came in. We've been given enough tidbits with Hal and Sinestro to keep me coming back but I'm very bored with the Third Army plot. Fortunately, this issue was better than the past three and Simon became a bit more likable for me. I also really like B'dg. Fortunately, it sounds like the next issue moves on to the next thing. Green Lantern Corps 16 - I was able to follow the book well enough, having not read a single issue of the title before now. The story from GL flowed into this one fairly nicely and the reader is given enough information to care about Guy's situation. John's portion was a little less accomodating but it wasn't anything huge. I will say that I loved the art. Pasarin was the only good thing about Emerald Warriors and I'm glad to see he's got another gig. I like Mahnke but I'd love to see Pasarin on the main GL title. The story was decent but I'm ready to move on from the Rise of the Third Army. I'm just annoyed that I'll have to pay an extra $8 for a title I don't even buy just to get there. Justice League 16 - Man, this Throne of Atlantis crossover is hitting all home runs for me. I loved this issue and feel for both Arthur and Orm. I get Orm's motivation for the attack, I get Arthur's struggle to save both worlds, and I get the Justice League's determination to stop Orm. All in all it's turning into a fantastic read. Orm is an awesome "villain" and this Atlantis threat feels like the full-scale challenge that the Justice League should be facing. And how great is that ending?! The Justice League reserves are introduced and sent into battle. Joining the League we now have: Black Canary, Black Lightening, Firestorm, Hawkman, Zatanna, Vixen, Green Arrow, Element Woman, Shazam, and someone named Gold Rush (who I've never heard of before). I'm curious how this all plays out (especially since Shazam's only been Shazam for a day or less in the backup story). For the first time since they began, I'm enjoying the main title more than the Shazam back ups (which I'm kinda wanting them to move on with). Nightwing 16 - Man, last issue was just amazing and this one blew that one out of the water. This two-issue tie-in to Death of the Family was some of the best Nightwing issues since the reboot. And MAN do I love Eddy Barrows' art! So let's figure out what Joker's done to Dick so far: 1) killed his friend, Jimmy the Clown and strung him up at Amusement Mile. 2) Turned his his ex-girlfriend/semi-bad guy Raya into a psychopath who tried to kill him, she died and Joker had carved an invite into her stomache for Dick. 3) Joker then dug up tons of former employees of Haley's Circus and strung them up around Amusement Mile, which Dick and Haley's Circus has been trying to revive. 4) Joker blew up Amusement Mile. 5) Joker drugged the rest of Haley's Circus, including the cute little kid that Dick promised would be safe, and sent them after Dick. 6) Being that this isn't a happy ending sort of story, and that Joker did the same to Raya, it's safe to bet that everyone in Haley's Circus is now dead. And Dick has had one sucky day leading into the Death of the Family conclusion in Batman 17. Man, I can't wait! I'm so sad that I dropped this title and sold the issues I had because I'm officially back on board. Uncanny X-Force 1 - So I've been excited for this book because I love Fantomex and Bishop, and it's got them both. Having read it, I don't know what to think. First off... Fantomex kissing Cluster was just wierd. I don't know what to think about that because it was almost like he was making out with himself. It's just wierd. Puck was odd for me because I've not ready any Alpha Flight and have only had minor guest cameos with the character. How he acts here is not how I expected of him, and I don't know that I like it. Psylocke has flipped her lid and I don't care for it. Her cursing blocks were very distracting and kept taking me out of the story. Bishop... he had one page, so I'll get back with you on that one. The art was good and the coloring was great... but I just don't know about the character depictions. I'll stick with it for a while, and it was decent, but I just expected to like it more. But then... how do you follow up on Remender's Uncanny X-Force? I mean, really. Uncanny Avengers 3 - Speaking of Remender. I am so bored of this title. The delays killed it for me, which makes me look at this art and groan... just like when Cassiday was drawing Astonishing X-Men. I don't really care about Cap or Thor. I can take or leave Wanda. I get my Wolverine fix everywhere else. I love Havoc and Rogue but I'm not that impressed with their handling thus far (though Havoc had a decent showing here). The story with the Red Skull having Xavier's brain is interesting but spoiled by delays and I'm just bored now. I've said it before. It's lucky the next arc is one of my most highly anticipated stories of the year or I'd likey not even bother coming back for issue 4. Thank god Cassaday was removed. He shouldn't have been on the title to begin with. I think Acuna or whoever it is would have been a better fit for this story anyway. Wolverine & the X-Men 24 - This was a decent issue, a pause from the nonsense arc we just finished. It was essentially a relaxation date issue featuring Kitty & Bobby, Logan & Ororo, Hank & Brand, and Idie & Broo. Things don't all go as planned but it ended up a decent read. I wasn't a huge fan of the art, but that might just be because it wasn't Bradshaw. All in all, good issue that has me curious about the next one. Oh, and it's good to see this issue pulled heavily from All New X-Men. I wondered if it would ignore it or not. Jean shows up and Kid Omega has some thoughts about her that could have gotten him smacked. And Beast is his new form now. Good on the continuity. I'm kinda eager for this whole Hellfire Club kids thing to be done though. Getting bored with lil' Mister Kilgore. Young Avengers 1 - The other new title of the day. The first thing I'll say is that McKelvie draws the heck out of this book. I'm not one to typically comment on things like this but he draws one attractive Kate Bishop! As for the plot, it was just sorta okay. My first gripe is that, yes, the YA quit toward the end of Children's Crusade, but then they got back together on the last page or two. Here, they're still done. How does that happen? What happened to editorial? Yeah, it helps in the shaking up of the team, but what's done is done. Why ignore it to make a freaking better start for the new series? Stupid. I also didn't like that Kate just randomly hooked up with Marvel Boy. I don't know why but as a rape victim I don't really see her just hooking up with strangers (which he obviously was since she didn't recognize him until morning). And how does a girl randomly hook up with an alien who lives above our atmosphere? Will we be shown that? I did like all the stuff with Billy and Teddy. The dealings with Teddy's mom encourages me that this could really be a Young Avengers book, as it still deals with things from their past. It brought up Teddy's death, which looks to be a major factor of the first story, and it referenced the YA/Runaways Civil War mini, which I assumed no one remembered. So kudos on Gillen, though that should be no surprise with his grand track record. So yeah, it was a good issue with a few things I didn't like. I wish I knew more about Kid Loki and Miss America Chavez but I'll learn more about them as the story moves on I suppose. Scratch that... someone explain Kid Loki to me. I know nothing about the kid other than he's Loki. Help a hobbit out! Best and Worst of the Week Best: Nightwing 16 - This was nearly a tie with Justice League but I think Nightwing just eeked passed it. It was just all kinds of messed up, in a good way, and I think Higgins and Barrows knocked it out of the park. Great issue... great couple of issues. Definately blew the Batman & Robin tie-ins out of the water. Worst: Uncanny Avengers 3 - Maybe it's my growing jadedness on the title's lateness but I just read this whole issue with a frown. With the exception of a scene with Havoc, I just didn't care a lick about any of it.