The Walking Dead #101- 8.5
Nightwing #12- 8.5
Catwoman #12- 7.5
Green Lantern #12- 9.0
Saga #6- 9.0
Before Watchmen: Rorschach- 8.5
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #3- 8.0
Ok this was a great week comics wise. There really wasn’t a weak title in the bunch. The Walking Dead had an emotional and satisfying followup to their huge 100th issue. The final page leaves you with a sadistic smile on your face knowing that maybe some messed up stuff is coming. Catwoman and Nightwing each had villain reveals this week as Selina found out who Dollhouse was and Dick uncovered the secret of Paragon. Nightwing had a stronger issue because the Catwoman reveal left a little to be desired.
Rorschach got off to a brutal start as it should. Lee Bermejo’s art is always so stunning so it is good to see it done with a character I like so much. I would place the title in the upper tier of the Before Watchmen titles with Minutemen still remaining the best even after these couple of months.
The best titles of the week were definitely Saga and Green Lantern. I still don’t know how to describe Saga after six months but I do know that it is such a trip to read and so freaking imaginitive. Marko and Alana finally get off the planet as Prince Robot IV happens to make the wrong kind of enemy in The Will. Brian K. Vaughn is writing some seriously good stuff.
I think my title of the week has to go to Green Lantern. This issue sets up something HUGE for the forseeable future. Like HUGE HUGE and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. Needless to say the Green Lantern annual is going to be a must read in a few weeks. Oh Hal, you poor bastard. Can never catch a break.
Justice League #11
Graves continues his plan by going after Trevor’s sister. Wonder Woman decides to go find Trevor herself but the League doesn’t think that’s such a hot idea so Diana decides to whip Green Lantern’s ass before she finally calms down to see reason. Women. Can’t live with em, can’t tell an Amazonian princess what to do. The team finds their way to the Valley of Souls as they get ever closer to tracking down Graves.
The end of the Nightwing murder mystery seems to be heading towards it’s conclusion. Detective Nie reveals his reason for going after Nightwing so adamantly and like most times it’s for love. Like Earth 2 Alan Scott love. What? No news stories on a gay Gotham detective? You’re slipping DC. Paragon pays a visit to Nie and we should get the big reveal next month.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #2
Laurie has moved away and is living with her newly found boyfriend and a bunch of hippies and smoking, banging and moonlighting as Silk Spectre. A new drug hits the streets that makes kids want to forget about all their care free hippie needs and make them embrace consumerism. Yep, that’s the issue. It was a little painful.
Marko and Alana run into some trouble as they try to make their way to the Rocketship Forest. The Will is still feeling noble and tries to take the slave girl with him off Sextillion and Stalk is catching up to Marko and Alana only to cross paths with Prince Robot. It doesn’t end well for someone. Every month it’s one wild, trippy ride.
Star Trek #11
This is a great issue because we get to see the crew of the Enterprise come in contact with everyone’s favorite furry multipliers, Tribbles. The Enterprise detects a rogue Klingon ship leaving Federation space and trace the ship’s journey back to what ends up being the Tribbles homeworld. The fun comes in when Scotty fails to tell the captain that he has already known about Tribbles and transported one to Earth for a family member. I feel trouble with Tribbles coming. Yes that was cheesy but I don’t care.
Who doesn’t love Tribbles? You don’t? Well f*** you.
X-O Manowar #3
Aric, fresh with a shiny new set of Manowar armor, leads a revolt against The Vine slavers. Most die in the struggle and Aric goes all balls crazy with the suit killing aliens left and right. He is transported back to Rome by the armor and he longs to find his wife and people. One small problem, it happens to be Rome in 2012. Dude just got Shyamalan’d. Village style.
Pretty good week this week. Saga was the favorite followed by Nightwing then Justice League. Silk Spectre actually took a step back which is weird considering it actually had some action in it. I hope the drug plot is not going to be the entirety of the main story but I am afraid it will be with only two issues left in the mini series.
The Walking Dead #99
Rick and the rest of the community begin to deal with Abraham’s death. This affects everyone in different ways with Rick wanting to see if Hilltop can provide any assistance and many of the residents wanting to leave the group altogether. Kirkman must have something big and bloody planned for next month’s milestone #100 with the setup that you have felt coming in the whole “Something to Fear” storyline. Let’s just go ahead and get the death pool up and running.
Before Watchmen: Comedian #1
This was one of the Before Watchmen books that I was worried about the most. I wasn’t sure if they would try to humanize one of the most famous assholes in comic history. Brian Azzarello has walked a good line with this first issue showing Edward’s relationship with the Kennedy family (including quite the favor done for Jackie) while showing that he was a tool of the government that is good at killing. Minutemen is still the shining gem so far but this was a very good start.
Ok now this is a little more what I expected. Not saying this was a great issue but to me things at least seem to be moving along at a brisker pace. I know, I know, I have been giving this series a hard time and for good reason but I am surprised that I didn’t feel a headache coming on after reading this issue. The Phoenix Five are remaking Earth into Utopia and The Avengers still have a problem with it (douches) and decide to kidnap Hope which, durr, pisses off Cyclops and that may not be a good thing seeing as he is almost a God now.
Score: 7.5/10 (a strong 7.5, I couldn’t justify an 8)
Spider-Men #1 (of 5)
Had to wait a week to pick this one up and it is a great read. Peter monologues about how much he love NYC while stopping thieves (you know Spidey stuff) when he notices a mysterious light that leads him to Mysterio who appears to have found a way to merge Peter’s universe with the Ultimate universe. And this being a comic Peter crosses over which will be somewhat of a problem since, you know, he’s dead in the Ultimate universe. I loved the final panel with Peter and Miles happening upon each other. Pick this up.
Winter Soldier #7
Two months have passed since last issue and Leo, Bucky’s old protege, has now killed five people with Bucky and Black Widow always a few steps behind him. After Leo kidnaps a Russian professor there is a great fight in an RV of all things and Bucky finally learns what Leo has been after the whole time. The series started off strong and hit a little lull at the end of the first storyline but so far I am liking the first two parts of this new story. Great action.
Now that the Night of the Owls is over (at least on Nightwing’s end) we get back to Dick being wanted for double homicide. Can’t forget about that even if you do have a massive attack and murders on city leaders going on. Nightwing investigates and leads him to Paragon, a new baddie with a cult following that is aiming to end our hero. Also adding to Dick’s dilemma is that he wants to reopen a historic piece of old Gotham and chooses to get help from Tony Zucco’s daughter seeing as she runs the biggest bank in Gotham. Life of a superhero. Kicking ass and negotiating mortgage rates.
Oh Selina, just when you seem to want to be bad you always find a good cause to latch onto. Someone is abducting hookers and street rats and Selina is determined to track them down even if it means alienating everyone that has been trying to help her these past few months. On a side note, I really wish they would drop the Alvarez character all together. He reminds me of Benjamin Bratt from the Catwoman “movie”. And I really do not like thinking of that while I am trying the enjoy a comic.
The Shadow #3
Lamont and Margo meet up and wait for Kondo’s assassination attempt at a lovely restaurant. The Shadow gets the drop on the hit men and proceeds to pull off a headshot clinic. He finds Kondo’s hideout but only finds a lot of pissed off Nazi’s and you guessed it, obliterates them with a tommy gun. Look, it’s Garth Ennis, he can get a little long winded but he makes up with it with plenty of bloody action.
That about sums it up.
Alana and Marko work on their small relationship problem from last issue but the real meat of this issue is when The Will decides to fly to Sextillion for a little naughty R&R and things get weird. Like weird weird. Quick. There is a very satisfying death that makes you cringe a bit also. This is one of the most unique comics out there and you should give it a try.
That was a big week if I do say so myself.
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!!