Supercrooks #4- 9.0
The Dark Knight #12- 8.5
All-Star Western #12- 7.5
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1- 6.5
Star Trek #12- 7.5
This week was a mixed bag with one great read, one very good one and three that barely managed average.
All- Star Western finished up it’s story with Jonah and company taking on the Crime Bible gang. It feels like I should be getting behind this series more but I just can’t get past the feeling that this is just simply a pretty good book (not bad mind you). I do have some excitement about the inclusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the next issue so let’s hope it picks up.
Star Trek ended their Trouble with Tribbles storyline on a bit of a down note. It was a good first issue but the conclusion just felt thrown together like the last five minutes of a cop show that tries to solve everything in one swoop. Even though I was disappointed with it the big disappointment of the week goes to the first issue of the Dr. Manhattan series. The reason for this Before Watchmen series is to give us new looks at the characters from the times only talked about in the graphic novel but what JMS gives us is a re-worded version of the middle of Alan Moore’s work that really doesn’t shed anything new or revealing on our favorite blue donged hero.
Best two books of the week were easily The Dark Knight and the finale of Supercrooks. Man has The Dark Knight been really good since Gregg Hurwitz took over a few issues ago. Scarecrow is back to being ultra creepy especially with the look into his childhood. I liked how the issue did not conclude when it didn’t need to. Batman begins the issue strapped to a torture table and it ends that way also. But Supercrooks is the best book of the week in a big way. It’s been a longer wait in between issues but Mark Millar certainly made the wait worth our while with a conclusion that has so many twists, blood and lost limbs that it is insane. I beg you if you are a fan of comics please pick up these four issues.
Also, if you did read Supercrooks how completely badass was The Gladiator in that fight with The Praetorian? Yeah…exactly.
The Dark Knight #10
Gregg Hurwitz takes over writing duties with this issue and he is off to a great start with the beginning of a Scarecrow story that truly looks to be going in a disturbing direction. Children are being kidnapped and returned with no physical scars but emotionally dead. It looks like they are going to take Gordon in a dark place too with his disappearing act on Batman and his hallucinations about Barbara and James Jr. when he is affected by Scarecrow’s toxin. David Finch’s art is quality as always.
Batman Incorporated #2
Grant Morrison gives up the complete back story of Talia Al Ghul from her conception, to her training as a master assassin and even through to her and her father’s dealing with The Black Hand. It’s a good look inside the character but a step back from the weird first issue and we still are hanging on that cliff.
Aquaman and Black Manta finally get to duke it out here as Ya’Wara and Prisoner try to convince Aquaman to not kill Manta so they can learn what his plan is. Do heroes learn nothing. They end up giving Manta what he is after and he teleports away and surprises Mera and Shin. Mera finally learns the truth about how Black Manta’s father died at Aquaman’s hands. I smell marital problems later.
This issue hurt. Superman tries to figure out Anguish’s daddy issue as they fight around Metropolis. She sees the story on Superman’s secret (wrong) identity and heads off to kill the innocent man’s family. Yet somehow in this modern age no one can notice Superman fighting on the news stations as they ask this man if he is the Man of Steel?? Ugh. Anyway Supes gets all therapeutic and Anguish leaves. My head hurts.
Star Trek #10
Kirk, Spock and the rest of the away team discover the mystery of Beta III and how the Starship Archon became involved in the society that worships the machine Landru. Kirk rescues a hot chick to the Enterprise because….well he’s James T. Kirk. Kirk reports back to Pike and we learn that Beta III was a dirty Federation secret and Kirk is now being watched.
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1
Man was this issue loaded with stuff. We get a glimpse into Daniel’s early life with his abusive father and how his obsession with Nite Owl flourished into a partnership with the first man to wear the cowl, Hollis Mason. His first meeting with Rorshach is as random as you would think it should be. With the fleshing out of the character in this series the inevitable comparisons to Batman will come but you would just be depriving yourself of a good comic and classic character.
Spider-Men #2 (of 5)
Holy crap this book is just as good as the first issue. Peter and Miles have a slight skirmish on the rooftops of NYC. By skirmish I mean the most polite fight I have ever read and so dang entertaining. Miles gets the better of Peter and takes him to Nick Fury who gets to listen to one of the best Spider-Man rants ever and tasks Miles with telling Peter what is different about this alternate universe ( you know, the Peter being dead part). Mysterio shows up in time to try and kill both Spider-Men. Awesome.
All-Star Western #10
Arkham gets to enjoy the “charm” of Tallulah Black as he nurses her back to health. The Court of the Owls are still making plans and one of them involves using Jonah as an unknowing assassin. I’m glad to see the Owls weren’t just a one issue write off for the crossover event. With Hex being in the old west I want to see how powerful the Owls actually were in Gotham.
Justice League #10
Graves surprises the Justice League on their satellite base and makes quick work of every member. Like really, it took like two pages to dispatch the entire Justice League. So Graves must be the greatest villain ever in the history of comics. More Shazam at the end with the re-introduction of Black Adam.
The Ultimates #12
What appears to be the end of the Reed Richards/City story has Tony being used as bait while his “little friend” tries to sabotage The City’s main computer. And I promise you, you will never guess who Tony’s friend is. And Cap makes an appearance at the end to help just as all the hard work is done. Good job Cap.
Pretty decent week this week. Spider-Men is the obvious choice for book of the week. Sadly it looks like Superman will be getting dropped. I have given it ten issues and have yet to feel excited about the title.
The Dark Knight #9
Talk about a misleading cover. I finally thought Tim Drake was gonna get his time to shine against the Talons but he is given a panel. The story isn’t bad though with the follow up to March’s murder in Batman #9.
All-Star Western #9
Hex, Nighthawk and Cinnamon catch the leaders of the August 7. Hex comes across a female Talon while searching for Moody and we are introduced to Tallulah Black. Not what I would consider a real NOTO issue, more of a reminder they have been in Gotham for a long time.
Batman Incorporated #1
The New 52 goes back to the old DCU. Getting a little Marvel on us there aren’t we? Batman and Damian are led into a trap by Goatboy who is trying to pick up a reward put on Damian’s head by his mother. Leviathan has a dinner party where he makes one of his guests eat his brother and there is Bat-Cow. Every sentence should have made it easy to see that Grant Morrison wrote this comic.
Aquaman and Ya’Wara continue their hunt for Black Manta in the jungle. Mera finally learns the roots of Manta’s hatred for Aquaman and its a doozy. As good as Green Lantern is Geoff Johns has to be given tons of credit for reinvigorating the Aquaman character into one of DC’s best.
Supes saves a Russian sub with more than a few secrets while a reporter outs Superman’s identity wrongly. New super chick villain Anguish shows up to smack around the last son a bit. Despite the 80’s villain nickname parade this issue was decent enough for another month. Still on shaky ground though.
The Shadow #2
Lamont and Miss Lane board a plane to Hong Kong only to be ambushed by Nazis. Then it’s like Air Force One and Indiana Jones had a baby and called it The Shadow #2.
Next week we get Batman Annual #1 which is Scott Snyder’s introduction of Mr. Freeze so I am predicting it to be great already.
Arthur and Ya’Wara go off to inspect Seer’s body while we get flashbacks of Arthur and The Others during his rebellious phase (which includes no shirt). Mera plays the jealous role and is stuck with Shin.
Dark Knight #8
Issue starts out kind of like an episode of Fringe and that’s not a bad thing. Good one shot story involving Mad Hatter and Gordon being forced into therapy. Night of the Owls next month.
All-Star Western #8
Hex gets to fist fight then bathe with a hot chick (how great was the old west?) and get some info on The August 7. Then Arkham gets kidnapped and ruins all the plans. That’s about par for the course.
Ugh. A lot…..I repeat a lot of exposition from a villain that is not very good and a fight at the end that is so Superman it’s almost boring. Best thing about this issue is the cover. Someone save this comic!!!
Super Crooks #2
The team continues to come together and we finally get to hear from Johnny what the big score in Paris is going to be. And FYI, The Indestructible Men may be my favorite new characters in any comic. This book is great!
The Ultimates #9
Wow you keep thinking everything has gone to hell then you find out there is a whole new circle of it. The Children beat People’s ass until Zorn self destructs and finally does some damage to The City. Thor and Tony find out S.H.I.E.L.D. has turned Reed now has Hulk fighting for him. Oh and America gets disintegrated. Nothing too big. Awesome read.
Game of Thrones #7
Tyrion leaves The Wall and stops at Winterfell to leave Bran a gift. Arya and Ned have a heart to heart and we finally get to see Syrio train Arya.
Some good stuff this week with Super Crooks and Ultimates being the better books. It’s still early in Super Crooks so pick up the first two issues and give it a try.