Booster Gold #5 In which Booster finds out that he can’t change everything, and, for the first time in this series, I take serious issue with an aspect of the plot. This issue is, as everyone knows, set during The Killing Joke, where Booster, on Rip’s orders, attempts to save Barbara from being shot by the J-man. He fails, and actually gets his ass handed to him by the Joker and his minions. But the point, apparently, was that Barbara’s shooting, like Ted’s death, is "solid time" that cannot be changed, regardless of what happens. Erm, yeah, Geoff and Jeff, that’s really, really stupid. "Solid time" is nonsense in the DCU, where time has frequently been shown as more fragile than tissue paper. Regardless, it seems Rip is wrong, because Blue Beetle I, III, and a new Future Beetle (who looks rather like a blue Erik the Red) show up and tell them that the future depends on saving Ted. I didn’t like this issue as much as the other four, largely because of issues with the plot, and it’s not a particularly inspired revisiting of TKJ. Jurgens’ art is lovely, and the opening pages he draws with Batgirl, Batman, and Commissioner Gordon are especially nice. Fables #68 Another strong issue of the "Good Prince" arc. I have a hard time reviewing this series, so I’m just going to leave it at that. Gargoyles #7 The seventh issue of Slave Labour Graphics’ continuation of the best damn animated series ever continues, and, regardless of the rather cheap production values, I’m thrilled to be getting any continuation of the show at all. Coincidentally, I spent much of yesterday YouTubing my way through several Season Two episodes that aren’t on DVD, including the second appearance of King Arthur, which I’d never seen before; and, wouldn’t you know it, he turns up here. Great sense of timing. Elsewhere, Elisa has a freakish niece on the way, as Talon and "Maggie the Cat" are having a first-ever mutate baby; Goliath and Elisa are a firmly a couple; and Macbeth gets some more play, which I enjoy, because he was always one of the show’s more complex characters in terms of his motivations (very Magneto-ish in a lot of ways). Although the cover has nothing to do with what happens in the issue, for some reason. Green Arrow/Black Canary #3 The cover has "When Amazons Attacked!" on it, which automatically makes me unfavourable to the contents within. As to the contents themselves, it’s got all the strengths and all the weaknesses of a Winick book. On the strengths side, his dialogue is occasionally quite effective, and I do feel that he gets several of the characters. On the weaknesses side, the dialogue is often woefully inappropriate, other characters just don’t work, and the climactic escape from Themyscira is really, really anticlimactic; Granny Goodness’ explanation (although they don’t find out its Granny) is kind of half-sensible, but half Countdown, if you know what I mean. The art remains quite nice (although the Fourth Worlders rendered in such a clean style seems kind of weird to me, for whatever reason). After following the initial arc, I won’t be going any further with this book. Oh, and Connor dies. Green Lantern #25 The "Sinestro Corps War" comes to its super-sized end in this issue, featuring a massive brawl on Earth between the Green Lanterns/Earth heroes and the Sinestro Corps. Going into this, we knew that Superman-Prime would end up Multiverse-hopping, somehow far more powerful than before, and that something "bizarre" happens to the Anti-Monitor; and, obviously, Earth doesn’t get destroyed. All in all, I’d say this was a pretty strong finish to the story, and I was rather surprised in how big a victory Johns gave the good guys; sure, there’s the looming "Blackest Night" (explained here in some detail), but the Lanterns destroy Warworld and the Main Power Battery of the Sinestro Corps, blow up the Anti-Monitor (cast into space by Superman-Prime) and Cyborg-Superman (who, despite his hopes, is recovered and revived by the Manhunters), and, in a move that I really wasn’t expecting, capture Sinestro, leaving his Corps completely leaderless. It’s as good a showing as our heroes have had in a while. Sinestro, though, reveals that part of his plan was to force the Guardians to allow the use of lethal force, since now the universe will fear the Lanterns and make them better police. As said earlier, we also get an explanation of the "Blackest Night", which includes eight different Corpses using different colours, the "black" being the Black Lanterns, who are: DC Zombies! Yes, that’s right, they raise the dead. I’m...not sure about that, but I’ll keep an open mind. Wonder Woman #15 Now that’s more like it: only three-and-a-half pages of Diana Prince, Nemesis unconscious the entire time, and plenty of mythology! Anyway, last issue left off with powerless Diana confronted by Captain Nazi, and an army of Captain Nazis invading Themyscira, inhabited by only Hippolyta and four newly-revealed Amazons. In this issue, Diana quickly transforms into her natural state, kicks Captain Nazi’s ass, and then sets about finding a way onto Themyscira, which the Gods (actually Granny) have barred her from entering. This involves going around to the various other Pantheons and begging for assistance, but, in succession, Odin, Raijin (Japanese God of Thunder), Bast, and Billy Batson (drawn looking like Shazam now) turn her down, not willing to commit an act of war against the Greek Pantheon. Finally, we take a journey into the really obscure (so much so that he’s only got a single relevant hit on Google), when the Polynesian skyfather Kane Miohai* agrees to help, in exchange for Diana pledging herself his eternal servant and champion, and supplies her with his magic shell boat (which is an actual feature of the mythology) to take her there; but first, she has to go get her gorilla buddies to help (I love the gorillas). And we get some backstory on the Circle: they’re Hippolyta’s Praetorian Guard, apparently fanatically anti-child; their story is quite interesting, actually, as we get Simone’s take on how a sterile culture would be affected by that. Like I said, this is a really great issue. I’m especially interested to see where this new god situation goes. One minor complaint would be that the army of Captain Nazis don’t really seem all that powerful; Hippolyta kills a bunch of them without breaking a sweat. *http://www.anoca.org/he/father/kane_milohai.html X-Factor #26 What is amazingly my only Marvel title of a fairly busy week; unusual, since I consider myself more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan. Anyway, while "Sinestro Corps" concludes, "Messiah Complex" continues to chug along: X-Force is on Cable’s trail, Cable himself comes under attack from the Reavers, Jamie and Layla get captured in the future, Predator X eats another of the 198 (before Siryn can save him) (they’re really burning through them in this crossover; there’d better be some improvement to mutants’ situation at the end of the tunnel, or else they’re really screwed), and Cyclops tells Professor X to leave the Mansion because Professor X thinks sending X-Force to kill Cable is a severe overreaction, and Cyclops is The Decider whose orders may not be questioned in this crucial time. This was a bit of a transition issue, although still quite enjoyable. David throws in some interesting information about Layla, since it’s revealed that she’s only intermittently considered a mutant by the future guys’ scanners; hmm. Also from the future, it seems that a mutant’s actions are responsible for humanity taking such drastic countermeasures (interning everybody); the question is who, obviously, with the baby being the clear choice. Can’t wait for next issue, even if it is being drawn by Ramos.