Monday, July 21, 2008

What I Read This Week

Batman And The Outsiders #9 -- With Metamorpho back from his jaunt in space, the team has redoubled their effort to figure out just who benefits from Jardine's bizarre plan.  Meanwhile, bad things seem to be brewing back in Gotham as well.  As a pure superhero comic book, this title can't be beat; it is much like the original title in that sense.  I don't know if Dixon is going to have time to settle all of these plotlines, but I am interested in seeing where they all end up nonetheless.

Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1 -- In the wake of the murder of Bart Allen, the Salvation Run, and the death of the Trickster, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and Weather Wizard are in a bad way.  But back in Central City and looking to go off the grid, it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.  The fan favorite team of Johns and Kollins revisits some of the characters they helped elevate to the top of the food chain in this tie-in to Final Crisis.  It looks like the stuff is really going to hit the fan in this mini, and I am eager to see where it goes.

Flash #242 -- With Iris suddenly aged and getting older, Spin falls to the backburner as Flash tries to figure out how to stop his daughter from being older than he is.  Then it's back to Gorilla City as we learn more about Spin and see Grodd's plan fall into place.  This comic is an odd duck.  It's not particularly bad, but it's not particularly good either.  Too slow and with a lot of exposition about a character who doesn't show up in the issue.  This story has been fun, but just like the fifth chapter in the last storyarc in this title, this piece feels like padding.

Tiny Titans #6 -- Say hello to Supergirl and Blue Beetle and his talking backpack!  Too bad his backpack can't remember to pack his lunch.  More adorable fun from Artie and Franco, including a glimpse into the homelife of Raven and Trigon.

Iron Man #31 -- Things are not going so well for Tony Stark.  He's got a nano-nuke terrorist trying to blow up a small former Soviet Republic, he's got Palladin using anti-Stark technology against him, and a rogue SHIELD agent has activated a doomsday device and delpoyed it against the Helicarrier for revenge.  "With Iron Hands" pushes to it's climax here, with seemingly everything going wrong at once for the Director of SHIELD, but Tony keeps cool under fire and doesn't back down.  Even with Stuart Moore filling in for the Knaufs, I still like this title better than Invicible Iron Man.

Moon Knight #20 -- As Marc Spector lays injured and exhausted in his hidey hole, he flashes back to an encounter with a racket running underground werewolf fights, and into the top dog himself, Jack Russel!  As a stand-alone werewolf fight, this is pretty decent.  But Knight and the Werewolf spend precious little time on screen together, and Jack himself has little to do until the finale.  I get that this is Moon Knight's title, but I was expecting a little more WBN action here considering.  And if this is a flashback how can this be the Werewolf's "reintroduction" to the Marvel U?  The Legion of Monsters story was much better.  Also features reprints of Werewolf By Night #32 and 33, featuring the first appearance of Moon Knight.

The Pick Of The Pile is Rogues' Revenge.  The return of Johns and Kollins, and working on the Rogues for that matter, is a difficult hurdle to overcome.

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