Batman Annual #1
Scott Snyder gets the opportunity to write Mr. Freeze’s introduction into the new DC universe and completely nails it. Freeze escapes from Arkham (during the Night of the Owls) to hunt down Bruce Wayne who he blames for his accident and disappearance of his popsicle wife, Nora. We get the doctors back story beginning way back with memories of his mother having and accident. Snyder has kept the origin story almost intact except for one nice, big twist that is so good that it adds an all new depth to the character.
Animal Man Annual #1
I have just caught up with Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man and think it is one of the better titles DC is putting out every month. This story picks up right after issue 9 when Buddy had become infected with the Rot. Socks tells Maxine a story of the last time the Rot came and tried to overtake the Earth. A new Animal Man has been exposed and the Swamp Thing of the time join forces to drive the Rot back.
Super Crooks #3
Johnny gets to hear a rather gruesome story about how The Bastard punishes his victims to try and dissuade him from robbing him but alas it doesnt work. The group breaks down the mansion plans and suit up to start the robbery. As Kasey waits at the airport she gets a not so pleasant surprise.
The Ultimates #11
Tony and Thor make a deal to talk to the President about bringing Reed to justice. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents continue tracking down Falcon, Black Widow and Hawkeye to a secret facility where Nick Fury has a little secret hiding. Issue ends with a good cliffhanger and Reed accepting peace terms with the U.S.
Star Trek #9
The Enterprise stops on a planet know as Beta 3 and sends Sulu and another crew member to recon. When they go missing Kirk, Spock and Bones head down to the planet and discover the remains of a Federation ship and a computer that looks Federation built but was kept a close secret.
Star Trek/ Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 #1
The Earth comes under attack by a Borg fleet that do not seem interested in assimilation, only destruction. Federation officers manage to get the Prime Minister off world in a shuttle as we skip to the good doctor, Amy and Rory in the middle of an adventure in ancient Egypt. After saving the Pharaoh they hop into the TARDIS and drop into what they believe is 1940’s San Francisco but realize that Data in a pinstripe suit is a little out of place. Uh oh…holodeck fun. Good crossover start.
Game of Thrones #8
Ned tries to uncover the mystery Jon Arryn unraveled before his death. He learns from Littlefinger than multiple sources within the kingdom are keeping tabs on him. Back on the Wall Jon befriends a new brother, Samwell Tarly and learns how he came to be relegated to the Wall from nobility. Good to see Sam introduced this month finally.
There were a lot of releases also that I could not pick up simply for money reasons. Hack/ Slash Omnibus #4, Batman: Death by Design, Batman: Prey re-release to name a few. Rest assured they will be gotten soon.