Batman & Robin 17 - I'm debating on dropping this book but the talks of Damian potentially dying in the next issue of Batman Incorporated and some of that pouring over into this issue has my interest. This issue was a stand alone tale digging into the dreams of Damian, Bruce, and Alfred (Alfred's was the best ) It was a good issue and I don't regret having bought it. I love Damian as a character and I really hope he comes out of this Incorporated thing alright. He's a great character and the Bat-Books would be worse off without him. Batman 17 - Death of the Family wraps up and I thought it was pretty good. The whole dinner tray thing was a cop out but I'd rather have it this way than lose a cast member in some shock value story. I thought I had it pegged as Harley Quin's head. Oh well. The story itself was interesting but the "sexual tension" of Joker toward Batman was a bit awkward. All in all I thought the story was good, not as good as the Court of Owls plot but it was good. I'm excited for the Riddler arc coming up. I think Snyder has the chops to really make Riddler work. Here's hoping. Uncanny X-Men 1 - This issue was alright but Bachalo's art took me out of it. His wierd designs were distracting and even the Magneto reveal in the end was odd and I question ifit's even him due to him now being bald and in white. My first thought was, "Oh, this must be Joseph's new look or something." It didn't even occur to me until after I read the text that this was actually Magneto. It looked so unlike Magneto that I just assumed someone was posing as him. The story itself was decent. It's not anywhere near as good as All New X-Men but it's only the first issue and has room to improve. Frazier Irving is coming soon so maybe I'll like his art better. I think it'd fit decently well. I think another problem for me in this issue is that I don't particularly like any of the characters. Cyclops used to be my favorite X-Man but now I just shrug at him. I like Magneto alright. Magik does nothing for me and I can't stand Emma. The rest of the students are new so I've no attachment to them. I'm hoping there are some new additions to the cast soon that's more likable for me. Wolverine and the X-Men 25 - This was a decent issue. While I loved the Origin mini, this rendition of Dog doesn't really do anything for me. The Savage Land is a location that I'm only mildly interested in so that does nothing for me and I'm not that interested in the cast of students that Aaron's focusing on. Some of them are alright but they need some of the new X-Men students to balance them out. Kid Omega, Glob Herman, and Genesis are fun to have around. I typically like Broo but this rendition of him does nothing for me. And I just don't care about Oya, Shark Girl, Eye Boy, or Sprite. Where's Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, and Anole? The students that people really liked but have since been ditched? In fact, I looked at the final two pages that showed the staff and student body and those four are possibly the four I have the least amount of interest in. So yeah, the students took me out of it a bit. Some of these students have been around for 12 or 13 years now without little focus and now they're bringing in yet another generation of mutants and leaving them even further in the background. It's annoying. Yeah, and the story was just decent. Not bad, but decent. Best and Worst of the Month Best: Batman & Robin 17 - This wasn't really a strong week but of the bunch this one was the best. The art and writing was good as always and it was nice getting into the sentimental dreams. The image of Alfred blowing Joker's head off is what won it the Best of the Week. Worst: Wolverine and the X-Men 25 - The book was decent but it didn't wow me at all. I hate to say it but this title's fallen to the potential drop list for me. It started out really good and then just sorta got boring. I'm sticking with it for the moment because I do like some of these students but with my tight budget I don't know if the title will make it. We'll see I suppose.