Went to the shop today and picked up 5 books, only one of them Marvel. And one of them was a book I had previous dropped, and had to buy the previous 3 issues to get caught up on. Let's get the Marvel issue out of the way. Nova #1 - The controversial comic of the month! We want Nova, they gave us Nova! But in the Marvel tradition... they give us something other than the Nova we want. In this circumstance, they give us a cartoon. Now I don't watch the Spider-Man cartoon so I don't know if this book is similar to that Sam Alexander or not, but I'm a little annoyed at the idea of Marvel bringing in this kid went their fans want Rich Rider. I decided to put that thought out of my head though and just read the comic for what it was. Having read it, I'm not really sure what I think. First off, I do like the idea of a kid whose drunk dad is a former Corps member, though no one believes him. I like the idea of the kid getting drafted into service for reasons yet unseen. I'm not sure what to think of there being a Nova Corps different from the main one (or Gold Domes as they're called here) but I'm interested in learning more. What I don't like is the art, the writing style, or how cliche the story is. There really isn't much here that I feel like I haven't read before. It's pretty generic small-town superhero stuff. Also, I didn't like how they aluded to a school janitor being a worthless job (myself being a school janitor who provides for his family just fine). The main thing, though, is that I don't like how Loeb mentions Rocket Racoon and Gamora being with the Guardians of the Galaxy 17 years ago when the Guardians have only been FORMED for maybe 2 years at the most (post-Annihilation Conquest). If there isn't an IMMEDIATE explanation as to why this was stated (as there is room with it being stated in a story by a drunk) then I will lose any faith I have in Loeb to tell this story. The Guardians are a recent property (in it's current rendition) and how a writer would get that wrong... and an editor not catch it... is beyond me. So yeah, it was alright but I wasn't a huge fan. I'm typically a sucker for these kind of young hero stories but this just didn't impress me. I might give it another issue or two... MIGHT... but I don't know. We'll see how the next issue skim goes. Batwoman 17 - This was the dropped title. I was so bored with the book that I dropped it during a money crunch, despite loving the character, etc. I've missed it though and, while I've not skimmed the 3 issues I passed on, I picked up this newest issue on a whim to skim. I saw that it was the conclusion to the story that had bored me but that it looked awesome. So I went out on a whim and got caught up. My stance still stands... Williams dragged this story out so badly it was rediculous. A 17-issue story, it could have been done in 10 or 12. That said, the last 3 issues were all VERY good, particularly the last 2, which was the final battle that the whole series had been leading up to since the first issue of the series. I really enjoyed seeing all the characters return in one way or another, teaming up to take on the big bad. I like how it all played out (though Medusa's death felt a tad unoriginal) and I LOVE seeing Bette back. Even more than that, I love that Alice is back! Also, that ending between Kate and Mags! So yeah, it was a fantastic issue. I'm glad this story is FINALLY over and we can move forward. Hopefully Williams won't drag out the next one unless it really needs to be. Nightwing 17 - While a good issue, the art wasn't that great. I loved how Higgins handled Dick's post-DotF issue and seeing how it screwed with his head. While I didn't buy there being issues in Batman 17, Higgins does a great job here making us see why Dick is beginning to question everything. It's not so much to do with Batman as much as the things Dick went through in his own comic the past two months. His realizing that he relies on others too much and watching as he stumbles in his ability to move forward was handled well. I'll admit, I'll be sad seeing Haley's Circus move on since I really liked that plot and was rooting for them to set up in Gotham, but the story makes a lot of sense. It was good seeing Dick and Damian together again, for as small a moment as it was, and I hope more will come of them in time. I'm also very sad because I felt Higgins and Barrows were such a fantastic duo on this title. Sadly, Barrows is leaving to take up penciling duties on Teen Titans and we're getting Booth. I don't really know much about Booth but I know I've seen his stuff before and wasn't too horribly impressed. I hate seeing Barrows go but I wish him well. I might even try his first issue of Teen Titans. Looking forward to seeing where Higgins takes Dick though. Next issue should shed some light onto that. Green Lantern 17 - I dunno. The issue wasn't bad but I think I'm just bored with the title's current direction. The relaunch started out better than the last volume ended, Sinestro being a big part of that, but since Simon Baz became a focal point I've just lost interest. It's not bad really, just not really grabbing me. I'm a little curious about this plot, moreso than the Third Army story, but not by much. It's been announced that Johns is leaving the Green Lantern titles after 9 years, issue 20 being his last, and I think that's a VERY good idea. He peaked at Blackest Night. It's obvious THAT was the story he wanted to tell. I feel like he's just sorta been phoning it in every since while getting a fresh breath at the beginning of the relaunch. I feel like this stuff with Simon Baz is filler. He should have just continued telling Hal and Sinestro's stories in this death world thing and continued with that. Maybe bring in another established lanterns in Baz's place. Anyhow, it was decent but I'm eager for it to end. I don't know anything about this guy coming in after Johns leaves and I'm thinking it might be a good idea to just let the title go. It's a good jumping off point. I'll see what future solicitations and interviews say but I'm leaning toward letting it go. I think it's time. Justice League 17 - Hot Hanna did I love this issue! This whole event has been fantastic and this concluding chapter did the whole story justice. There was just so much going on regarding the throne. I think what Johns lost in Green Lantern he gained in his Aquaman stories. I don't know if he's improving on Justice League, as this is the best it's ever been, or if it's just improved because it's playing off of Johns' Aquaman plots. Either way, this crossover was fantastic. I loved Ocean Master and his fate. I thought Vulko was interesting in why he did things and I'm real curious to see what comes of that. It was strange seeing all the other JL members fighting when they hadn't really been introduced or hinted at. I'm curious how their story will play out. All in all it was fantastic. Johns and his crew should be proud of this event. One of my favorite DC things since the relaunch... possibly THE favorite. Best and Worst of the Week Best: Justice League 17 - I can't praise it enough. The Throne of Atlantis is probably my favorite DC story since the relaunch and this issue wa a fantastic conclusion. Highly recommended. Worst: Green Lantern 17 - This was really close with Nova but I think GL gets it. At least Nova had some things in it that drew my attention. GL was just sorta there. I'm curious where the story goes and how Johns wraps his run up (as I feel there should be more to his long run than the next 3 issues) but all in all, the issue was just very mediocre.