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Thoughts from TheNinjaD
It’s new comic day again.
DC titles on my list for the week :
Batman #6 — I really like what Scott Snyder has been doing with the Council of Owls. It’s got to reach a climax soon and it should be interesting.
Birds of Prey #6 — While not really among my favorites of the new 52, I have thus far considered Birds of Prey to be worth ordering every month. Last month things got a bit strange so I’m sure to keep reading for at least a little while longer.
Captain Atom #6 — Again, not the best but worth reading. I’m surprised that this book made it through DC’s first round of cuts. I haven’t heard any great reviews for it or anything so maybe it will be in the second. I like it well enough, anyway.
DC Universe Presents #6 — The first story of this anthology series, which starred Deadman, ended last month. This month starts a new story featuring the Challengers of the Unknown.
Green Lantern Corps #6 — While I’m unlikely to ever not read a Green Lantern title as long as I’m reading comics, this one has annoyed me a little by messing with established canon more than any of the others. That always happens, though.
My Greatest Adventure #5 — I’m pretty sure that this limited series is nearing its end so if you haven’t read it before now, don’t bother trying to get into it. I’ve liked it quite a bit, though, and would suggest picking up the trade for something a little different.
Nightwing #6 — Solid book so far and part of the Batman group.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 — Easily the weakest Batman group book that I keep getting. It’s silly with bits of ignorance. It’s capable of offending. It’s also pretty damn amusing at times.
Other Comics :
Witchblade #153 — I’m still following the new Top Cow universe, for now. Darkness #151 marks that title joining the new universe with Artifacts and Witchblade.
Dark Tower Gunslinger Way Station #3 — It’s Dark Tower, enough said.
Mis-Adventures of Adam West #1 — I’ve got to check this out. What the hell could be in store for the world here?
…and that’s it. This week also sees the release of more infection tie-ins but I haven’t read the first one at this point and I don’t feel like going all out on a big event right now.
It’s new comic day once again.
DC is keeping pretty solid to the same schedule every month now, which is nice. Of course, the first month saw Red Lanterns come out in week two or three but that is now the regular week one GL title. That’s out this week.
The Batman group books that are out this week are Batwing and Detective Comics. Batwing is clearly reaching a climax of the first arc. Batman is also featured as an important character in Justice League International, which is also out today.
This week we also get Action Comics, which has been good so far but seemed to suddenly start telling a different story last month. I’m fine with a retelling of the origin story but that should be an arc of its own, not dropped in the middle of one I’m currently enjoying.
Hawk and Dove, another great new 52 title, comes out this week. I think last month was sort of the end of the first arc but it wasn’t any sort of clear-cut finale. If you ask me, there’s a little too much emo nonsense with Dove but that happens sometimes.
Finally, Green Arrow is out this week. It hasn’t been terrible so far but every month I’m on the fence about ordering it again. This may be the last issue unless it really impresses me. That’s it for my DC titles.
This week I will also be picking up Warriors of Mars #1 and Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi #0, both mostly out of curiosity.
I just finished reading Batman Incorporated : Leviathan Strikes! While it only just came out, it seems to be out of continuity with the current DCU. It has the old Batgirl as Batgirl as well as Barbara Gordon as Oracle. If I had been aware of that, I would have been less interested. To make things worse, it’s actually just a continuation of the Batman Incorporated. If you haven’t read that, this is very confusing.
This was a very disappointing book.
We’re pretty much through the second month of DC’s relaunch. In addition to the 52 from the first month, each week this month has brought us the start of two new miniseries. I’m not going to talk about them all right now but if you get the chance, pick up Penguin Pain And Prejudice. It’s dark and fantastic. It digs into the Penguin’s past and his motivations, all while making the character more human and real. Check it out.
I guess the big news for today is that Arkham City, the sequel to Arkham Asylum, comes out. It’s available on both 360 and PS3.
This is, of course, a Batman game. I believe that they got all the iconic voice actors back for this one, too.
I’m not picking it up just yet since I haven’t even gotten far in Rage and there are other games coming out before long that I will be buying. That isn’t to say that I don’t expect it to be excellent, since the first one was. Check it out.
Batwing is one of the actual new titles out of the bunch. It’s a spinoff from Batman Incorporated. It’s written by Judd Winick and drawn by Ben Oliver.
I think the Batman Incorporated idea was pretty cool but I never read the series. I didn’t know much of anything about Batwing and I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from it. Also, based on an interview with the people working on it, I learned that the artist seems to be completely obsessed with armor.
All that said, I was very impressed by this book. It looked fantastic. The art and the coloring were great. The story was pretty good. It established the setting and the character and sets the stage for where the book will go in the future.
Batman was in this issue and I didn’t think that was needed. He didn’t do anything that important and it seems like they were relying on that connection to sell the book instead of letting it get by on its own merits. I hope they don’t continue with that into the future.
This is one of the best of the new 52 that I’ve read so far. I suggest checking it out.
The new Batgirl series is easily the most controversial of the bunch. Many people, myself included, didn’t want to see Barbara Gordon back as Batgirl. I felt that she was a much more important and dramatically powerful character as Oracle, in a wheelchair.
This book is written by Gail Simone and drawn by Adrian Syaf. The artwork is the comic book-y stuff with a dark edge and good amount of detail that you would expect from a Batman related series. It’s nothing amazing but it’s solid and it does its job well.
I actually saw a preview of this book a couple of weeks ago. It was more or less the first five pages, if I remember correctly. Based on that alone, I thought that this was going to be one of the books I would cut first. It also made me question why Gail seems to be so popular as a writer. Well, just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a comic book by the first few pages.
We’ve been told that the DC universe is now set to a time where superheroes have only been around for about 10 years, excluding Batman and Green Lantern who have both been around longer. In that time they have become more and more common. The Justice League has apparently been around for five years. In this issue, we learn that Barbara Gordon was shot by the Joker three years ago and couldn’t walk. That’s the old story set in the new timeline. It’s unclear, however, if she was ever Oracle.
This book has “Babs” just returning to being Batgirl. She had been in the past, was paralyzed, and is now back. She’s rusty and it gets her into trouble. You see a little bit of development toward growth in this issue and I think it’s pretty clear that the series will largely be about that. There will even be some attention to her recovery from being in a wheelchair. That’s cool. Even though what I feel is the better character for Babara Gordon is now gone, she hasn’t just been disrespectfully erased.
This issue also included a prologue where a character is introduced. I expect that this “Mirror” is going to be the villain for the first arc. He seems to have some ability to let people see their “true selves” or at least something that terrified them. Then he kills them. Mirror seems like the sort of badass that you don’t normally see in media; He doesn’t point his gun then talk or intentionally hesitate or whatever. If he wants someone gone he just fucking kills them so nothing will stop him at the last minute. At least, it seems that way until he encounters Batgirl at the end of the issue. He couldn’t just kill her because that would make this the shortest ongoing series ever but it still feels like a break from character when he doesn’t. It may have been intentional, however. He points his gun at Batgirl in the same way that the Joker did and she freezes. Then he wins the day by getting his target while Batgirl just stands there (with people witnessing her failure, no less).
While there could have been more background stuff included, Gail Simone probably felt it was safe to go light on that with such a well-known character. She’s probably right but I’m still personally of the belief that this relaunch should have been a full reboot, starting with origin stories and all. Aside from that, this is probably the most solidly written book of the few I have read so far. It introduces the character, it shows where she is at in life currently, and it hints at where she has been. It introduces the villain, leaves plenty of questions about that villain, and, probably most importantly, it introduces heaps of conflict and potential conflict that are entirely unrelated to the super villain. This one was very well done and if you haven’t read it yet, you should. I’m sure that there will be at least a second printing. Now that word is out about the quality of this book, though, there could be even more.
Oh, before I’m done, I do have one nitpicky thing to say. Apparently, Babara found her new roommate (at a university, I think) through “Greg’s List”. That made me, as they say, facepalm.