Spider-Men #4- 9.0
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2- 9.0
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #3- 8.5
Batman #12- 8.0
Batman and Robin #12- 8.5
Batgirl #12- 8.0
Earth 2 #4- 8.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias # 2- 7.0
There were a lot of good titles this week and I guess the big surprise was that for the first time in the New 52, Batman wasn’t my favorite Bat title of the month. Batman had a good story that fleshed out a character from last year but it was a stand alone story that could have been a shortened back story. Maybe I am just too excited for the Death of the Family storyline to begin in a couple of months.
Batman and Robin had a very good ending to the Terminus storyline which included all four Robins teaming up at the end of the issue and a great panel of artwork that I want framed and on my wall. Batman and Robin is creeping up to be my second favorite Bat book.
Ozymandias was OK this month. Nothing really wowed me about the book even though Jae Lee’s art is very good. The last page did give me hope for next month though.
My pick of the week is between Deadpool and Spider-Men and I have to give it to Bendis’ Spider-Men. Seriously dude, why you gotta get me halfway emotional about a Spidey title? He knows the Parker family dynamic so dang well and knows how to bring emotional weight to the characters. Next month is the final issue and I wish it wasn’t.
And I’ll leave you with this….
The Walking Dead #100 (!!!!!!!!!!!)
Don’t worry this is completely SPOLER FREE. I had spoilers last month but I don’t wanna chance anyone accidentally read something and ruin it. This isn’t so much the end of the Something to Fear storyline but it feels like a completely new road. And believe me for the first time in a while you have no idea where the hell this road is gonna take you. There has been substantial build up for this issue and Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard delivers an issue that will be remembered as one of the most brutal and heart wrenching in the series run.
Here we are. The finale of the almost year long Court of the Owls storyline. What sucks is that as big as this issue is it has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle of today’s Walking Dead issue and the announcement a few days ago that The Joker is returning in Batman #13 for the Death of the Family storyline and that is a shame because this is a great ending to Scott Snyder’s Bat epic.
Bruce has his battle with the King of the Owls who we found out last issue was a very integral member of the Wayne family…or was he? Snyder does a great job of leaving so many details up in the air with little bits of info here and there that you really never know if Batman’s faith in his detective skills are 100% accurate. This fight does not go without it’s fair share of destruction so we now say R.I.P. to Wayne Tower and await the return of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Knightfall offers for Batgirl to join her on her crusade against crime but seeing as most of the Bat family has the whole “no killing” rule (except Damian I guess) it’s a no go. Oddly enough it’s Detective McKenna that comes to Barbara’s aid and we learn the sordid background of Knightfall and that she may have a mole in the Bat group.
Batman and Robin #11
Damian continues his task of taking on all past Robins by getting in Jason Todd’s face about letting The Joker beat his head in with a crowbar. Fisticuffs ensue. Meanwhile, Terminus’ gang is branding (yes like cattle) Gotham citizens with the bat signal to rile up people’s fear of Batman.
God Damian is a douche. Had to put that down. Again.
Swamp Thing #11
Anton Arcane takes Abigail to a portal that leads to the heart of The Rot but Swampy arrives just in time to have a bloody brawl with Anton and his Un-Men. Arcane escapes into the portal and Animal Man shows up and has a hankering to follow Mr. Rot King into the portal. He invites Swampy for the trip. If you had told me a year ago that this title would be amazing on a monthly basis I would have had a hard time believing you. Moral of the story: never doubt Scott Snyder.
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2
Another winner with this issue. Hollis remembers back to the beginning of the Minutemen and how their fame started on a false story as well as the problems that arose almost immediately within the group. Oh and that Hooded Justice is a fu**ing sicko.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2
Hobbes explains to Book the history of Dracula from his inception to his war against all other species of vampires and even humans. Hell even Jack the Ripper’s cause for murder is explained. Seems like Dracula’s coffin was taken by those pesky Russians who always have bad ideas and letting loose the lord of all vamps can not be a good one.
Game of Thrones #9
The tourney to celebrate Ned becoming hand of the king begins and Gregor Clegane gets unseated in a joust and pissed. Ned gets new information about Jon Arryn’s death from an unlikely source and Sansa swoons like an idiot over Loras Tyrell. God I hate Sansa. Even five books in.
Miles and Peter fight off Mysterio’s illusions but can’t stop him from sealing Peter off in the ultimate universe. The Ultimates show up to investigate how the rift between world happened. Peter leaves to find out for himself what happened to him.
Hint- it’s pretty depressing because he’s dead in this universe and it also involves a trip to see Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. Awkward.
Well this new comic book day certainly lived up to the imaginary hype I had built up for it in my head. Walking Dead was gut wrenching and Batman ended the Owls storyline wonderfully. Till next week.
Scott Snyder’s penultimate issue to the Owls storyline is here and what he has done is craft such a compelling issue that it seriously will join my list of favorite single issues ever. The way he has gone and taken a character referenced as far back as the 70’s and brought them into permanent Batman mythos truly is remarkable. Who is behind the Owls attack? I promise you you will not be disappointed in any way.
On a side note I am a fan of Greg Capullo’s art but he has outdone himself with this issue. Every rotting column, every facial expression just bleeds out on the paper and makes an already great story extraordinary.
Catch up with this series and read this issue!!
Batman and Robin #10
Geriatric looking Terminus has rounded up past nobodies who were maimed or severely injured by Batman to complete his plan to kill the Dark Knight. Damian continues his douchery by saying he will take on all three previous Robins to prove he is the best of them all and he starts with Tim Drake.
New story kicks in this month with Barbara examining exactly why she has donned a cape and cowl and if it is for the right reasons. Fights in a parking deck with car thieves, bear traps, amputations and a new group called the Disgraced fill out the issue complete with spandexed chick who looks like Chyna on a good day. And she doesn’t have many…or any.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1
We will call this the teeny bopper side of Before Watchmen but let’s not get scared off because of that. It is a good look at Laurie’s friends and family life while she is in high school so you’re going to get some high school girl problems. I am interested to see how her and her mother’s relationship will deteriorate as the title moves on. Not near as good as last week’s Minutemen but it is a decent read.
Green Lantern #10
The conclusion to the Indigo Tribe story has Hal and Sinestro trying to get the indigo lantern back online so the crazies will revert back to the loving Indigo Lanterns that say “Nok” a lot. Also let’s not forget that the Guardians are still planning on destroying the entire Corps and dammit if you can never get rid of those pesky Black Lantern rings.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1
Two Scott Snyder’s titles in one week? Can’t beat that with a stick. Although I don’t know why you would want to. Anyway London has a missile attack as Agent Hobbes has a pleasant back and forth with a vamp over tea. A group has also broken into a Vassal stronghold and stolen a very powerful artifact and by artifact I mean the original Carpathian that could unite all others. He’s kind of a big deal. So Hobbes hunts down Book and asks for her help before everything goes to hell. But it’s AV so it probably will anyway.
Looks like it was an all DC week this week. Next week should be a little more varied with Walking Dead #99, new Winter Soldier and we will see if AVX can climb it’s way out of the soulless hole it is in.
So not only does Scott Snyder give us a kick ass Batman, which shows Bruce Wayne’s determination like never before, we also get the beginning of a wonderful pre-NOTO story involving Alfred’s father and a dark mystery at Wayne Manor. This has to be one of the strongest runs for the character in his history.
Batgirl has her hands full with a female talon as explosions rock Gotham and Commissioner Gordon is threatened by the Court with Barbara’s life. Another home run for Team Batman. Love the Haly’s Circus connection also.
Batman and Robin #9
Damian finally using his sadistic side in a helpful way by going one on one with a Talon after a general with a connection to the Court. It’s good when Damian is fighting and not being a complete douche.
Green Lantern #9
Green Lantern comes back in a big way with a great bit of backstory on Sinestro and the creation of the Indigo Lanterns. Some big secrets and you realize that Blackest Night was just a start.
The Ultimates #10
The aftermath of D.C’s disintegration has War Machine finding the new prez, all of the Ultimates becoming fugitives and Sue finding out her lovey dovey is the one trying to obliterate the world. Awkward.
X-O Manowar #1
The early 1400’s when the Roman Empire is expanding its territory. A warrior fights against them to keep his land. Sound like a sci-fi story yet? Don’t worry after that there is alien baby changelings, spaceships and the mysterious armor. I hope they don’t crap X-O up. Good first issue.
Pick of the week is obviously Batman with the Night of the Owls in full swing. The entire Bat staff has really given this huge crossover the quality that Scott Snyder always has in his Bat stories.
If you missed out on Free Comic Book Day don’t fret!! I’m sure all the local shops still have copies to pick up. Be sure and pick up the Justice League and The Guild freebies. They are quite awesome.
Batman and Robin #8
The follow up to Damian killing Ducard (death by fingering just sounds too dirty) and we get a lot of father/son talk time at Wayne Manor about consequences. It’s a good read and a nice rest between the “Nobody” story and “Night of the Owls” crossover next month.
Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1
A companion/prequel that doesn’t really wow me but it does make me want to play Arkham City again.
A showdown with Grotesque and the reason her mother really left the family are really good but the last few pages have me really excited. Welcome back James Jr. Gonna be fun.
Green Lantern #8
The Indigo tribes secret is a one word vocabulary and Abin Sur was involved saving them some way. Hal goes in bad ass mode and Sinestro becomes an Indigo Lantern. Yep he’s another color lantern…..again. Still awesome.
Winter Soldier #4
Bucky and Doom head to the U.N. to stop Arkady and the doombot while Black Widow checks out a facility in Russia. Some good action but not as strong as past issues.
Thief of Thieves #3
The plot definitely is starting to thicken but it is moving along at a snail’s pace. AMC just optioned this so I hope the show will move faster.
Funky. Trying to describe this comic in a quick blurb is just too hard. Some great, weird stuff going on. Only two issues in. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
Also finished up the run of Y: The Last Man a few days ago and loved every bit of it, even the ending, which was a downer but fit the series well.
Locke And Key keeps getting delayed, this time by Hack/Slash which I am currently loving.
Till next week. Read comics!!