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Best Spoilers From Comic Con International

Posted on 16 July 2012 by DM

Well Comic Con International (or SDCC as I will always remember it has come and gone with a lot of ups and downs. While I could not attend the event I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in about what came out of it anyways.

 

A great many fun things got mentioned in terms of the Marvel film franchise, not the least of which is a Guardians of the Galaxy film, but the most exciting one from my perspective is Captain America: Winter Soldier. Now if you know anything about the Captain America comics you had to be functionally retarded to not see this move coming, but it's still exciting as hell. The cast and story was great befor and this promises to be equally great. I suspect we may even see Black Widow in this one since she figures so much into Bucky's modern comic life. Maybe not though with them throwing her and Hawkeye together so hard in the films. Time will tell and I'm excited to hear that story.

 

I do have to mention that Ben Kingsley has been confirmed as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and that RDJ continues to be the coolest person on the planet.

 

The director of recent film Chronicle, Josh Trank, has been tapped to do a Fantastic Four reboot. I am so torn about this. On one side I love super hero movies, but the last two movies to bear the name left a lot to be desired. My hope is that, much like the recent Amazing Spider-man movie, this film will give us a more ultimate comics take on the whole thing.

 

The Venture Bros. is returning for a fifth season and this is another one I am torn on. I love the show but I really feel like it has been slipping in quality and may be at the end of it's run. Here's hoping that the fifth season shatters all expectations.

 

Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer has been released and it looks fantastic. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film looks to tell the origin story of the great Wizard of Oz. Having only the trailer and the cast to base my thoughts on it so far, I predict that this will be a must see.

 

Neil Gaiman is set to do a Sandman prequel series. People (ahem fan girls) tell me this is big so I am mentioning it but I'm really not that excited. I never read the original stuff.

 

Big Disappointments?

So glad you asked!

IDW has announced a MLP: Friendship is Magic. That's all. No comments. I'm sure you can feel my pain from whatever device you're using to read this.

 

Over all I think that it continues to be a fantastic time to be a geek. We're making our voices heard and seeing the media that we want to see. Let's keep it up.

 

DM

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Vin’s Picks (taken hostage by DM)

Posted on 07 July 2012 by DM

This week in comics:

 

At Vincenzo's request I will be dishing out the best books in comics this week. So without further delay,

 

I'm going to start with a trade that released this week. Not a comic but I'll break the rules cause I can.

 

Batman: Earth One: I'm still kind of processing this one. I was both worried and hoping that Geoff Johns would make this as different for Batman as JMS made things different for Superman and I wasn't disappointed. This is different and meaty and a Batman who keeps me guessing. If you don't mind your Batman being a bit imperfect this might be for you.

 

AvX 7: I'm still reading this but I'm not sure why. The Phoenix Five continue to make the world a better place and AvX continues to be a poor substitution for Civil War.

 

X-Factor: A Banshee-centric issue with a little Strong Guy/Monet on the side. If I have to convince you to read this book then I'm not sure we have a foundation for communication.

 

Dial H: The third issue breaks open a crapton of story and while there's a danger of not being able to follow along, I suggest that you persevere because this is working up to be a great book.

 

Earth 2: A Green Lantern is born. Well forged at least. I am not a fan of this issue's dialogue but I hold out hope that this will be a solid book.

 

Worlds' Finest: This book has been kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. It's not fantastic but I still enjoy reading it every month. It may have something to do with my undying love of Power Girl but then again maybe not since this Karen Starr is very different than pre-new 52.

Well that's it for this week! Have a great one!

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Saga

Posted on 15 March 2012 by DM

Would you like to read about a galaxy that is unlike any you’ve read about before? Something that involves aliens and monsters, magic and technology?  Then I may just have something for you.  I picked up Saga knowing I needed to read it for job purposes and expecting, based on the seemingly thoughtless hype, that I would think it mediocre at best.  I loved it.  This is a novel with pictures.  It is not too wordy but enough so to convey the construction of a universe full of depth.  I do not want to spoil it.  It is worth it not to and let you discover it on your own.  It is accessible to American comic readers, manga readers, and novel readers.  Go pick this up and give it a try.  At $2.99 for a 44-page no ad book is not exactly the direst of risks.

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DC Universe Goes Free To Play or I Get To Be A Green Lantern Bitches

Posted on 12 November 2011 by DM

Early this month DC Universe made good on its promise to become a free to play game and as one would expect, there have been a few growing pains.  In this situation, it is hard to judge exactly how angry one should be for server sluggishness, long log in queues, and blatant bugs resulting in booting you from the game.  It is free after all.

What should we expect for none of our money? Also, should the people who are still paying money for a more…luxurious…game be upset?  I do not think anyone who considered playing DCUO did not figure that there would be some problems at the beginning.  It is an mmorpg and it is DC Comics; there are going to be a couple of people who want to try it out.  The question is how long will it take to recover from what is reportedly a 6000% increase in player population?

If what I have seen becomes a trend, I think things are going to work out fine.  The server seems to be moving towards stabilization and queues have eased in the last few days.  Time will tell though.  I will be doing a more thorough overview soon but I am curious about what others think in terms of what a player has a right to expect out of a free to play game.  Please write your comments below.

DM
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Anime Movies Trailers (Good and Bad)

Posted on 09 October 2011 by VinnieAve

This week there were two big pieces of anime/manga news that really caught my eye. One is fairly old now (in the world of news but I haven’t really given my comments so, I figured I could still do it here) and the other is newer and could have a bigger effect on the medium in the long run.

Sadly, I cannot post my reference material here since it has been taken down from YouTube. This video was the trailer (or test footage, I my opinion) of Kenji Kamiyama’s (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) was working on a theatrical version of Cyborg 009 that would be 009 Re: Cyborg. See these headlines really got me excited, I enjoyed GitS and am enjoying EotE. Way back when Cartoon Network showed the recent (well 2001) anime. I have the DVDs for this and will get to it someday (I have to the be the worst about watching things, but this blog keeps me from watching and reading things, hahaha). I really hope that people saw this video but given that it has now been listed as private, I don’t know if you will see the original trailer (below I’ve included a fan modification of the trailer with music from the 1960s anime). The original music really didn’t excite me too much. There are moments in this trailer that remind a lot of Kamiyama’s other works and I think that if he can do his thing with this (the original story of Cyborg 009 can be modernized well by him). I do not like this animation style whatsoever. I think it takes the best of both CG and tradition styles and forgets about them and creates a very awkward form. Part of me says that this might not be the final product and the end product could be very different. Also, even if this is a production trailer it might be only trying to show the character design (which I think looks really ugly, and doesn’t make the transition well). My hope is that this gets switched to traditional animation but I don’t think this will happen. Only time will tell and I hope that this makes its way over here in 2012/2013.

 

Crunchyroll News Article (009 Re:Cyborg)

 

Second bit of news is that Singapore has decided on the film that it will submit to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The choice was Tatsumi, which was based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life and other short stories. This is only the first step in what may help this film see a “wide” release. This is not saying the film is nominated but it means that there is a chance it will be nominated. I am now expert on international film at all so I cannot even speculate on its chances. I am not keeping my hopes up, last year Summer Wars failed to be nominated for Best Animated Picture and there has only been one animated piece ever nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The trailer I saw really captured the style of Tatsumi and I hope to see this make it to the States in some form. The trailer and a video with the staff are included in the news article. My realistic hope is that this gets shown at films festivals next year so that it can get some press and maybe make it big.

Crunchyroll News Article (Tatsumi)

 

 

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Codename Sailor V and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Reviews

Posted on 19 September 2011 by VinnieAve

Recently Kodansha USA released the first volumes of both Codename Sailor V and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. Both of these comics are very similar. This should come as no surprise given that they were published in the same year and are part the same universe. Now it happens that Sailor Moon is a follow-up, not really a sequel, to Sailor V. I’m going to start with my review of Sailor V and move on to Sailor Moon

Sailor V

Sailor V is the tale of a ditzy, clutzy Japanese girl named Minako Aino who meets a white cat with a crescent shaped bald-spot on its forehead, Artemis (a male, don’t worry that gets mentioned). He acts as Aino’s mentor during the volume as she learns her abilities and duties as Sailor V/Sailor Venus, both are used, my lazy rule is she is V when wearing a mask and Venus when not wearing a mask. There are eight chapters and seven stories in this book (one story is over two chapters). Throughout the book she must fight the Dark Agency who is trying to collect energy from people through various ploys like creating pop idols or stealing the joy of people of vacation. This works out to create a very monster of the week story that got old really quickly, if I didn’t want to write this review I would have given up about half-way through. Even after reading the whole book, it didn’t get particularly better.

I am glad that this got released at some point for the fans of the franchise but at least it isn’t all that long (only 2 volumes). Beyond just the story of Sailor V the translation had a lot of things that I am not a fan of. There was extensive use of honorifics after too many names. Even after all these years of anime and manga they still take me out of the work. For me the point of translation and adaptation, you want to read it as if they were speaking English. I understand that many fans disagree with me on this but please find another way instead of using sempai and other words, there should be little need for translation notes especially when you are leaving words untranslated.  My final verdict is that I will be picking up volume 2 because it is the last volume of the series and that will lead into Sailor Moon which was significantly better.

Sailor Moon

Sailor V is the tale of a ditzy, clutzy Japanese girl named Usagi Tsukino who meets a black cat with a crescent shaped bald-spot on its forehead, Luna (a female). Yes you read that right I just Mad Libbed the first sentence of the previous review to create the start of this one. The similarities extend to other parts of the plot, in this case the villains are also seeking energy. However, there are a few key differences. In Sailor Moon there is also an element of team formation that is present throughout the volume. This at least allows for some development and interplay of characters (although this is fairly minimal). Also there are few items that are being sought after and often they will follow leads to other objects that end up not being what they want. When comparing this to Sailor V, the book is a little more fun and easy going. This is a significant improvement over the earlier work. The translation issues are not nearly as prevalent as they were in Sailor V, almost the point where I didn’t notice. There is more of a building plot with the quest for the gem and trying to find out more about Tuxedo Mask.

I will be reading Sailor Moon for a while and I hope that it remains enjoyable.

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Spoiler Alert 7 Week of 9/14/11 DC New 52 Edition

Posted on 15 September 2011 by DM

Suicide Squad 1
A bit of a clichéd storyline for the first issue is apparently just what the doctor called for.  Suicide Squad gives us a nice rundown of its members whilst running us through their last test and showing us their mettle.  Particular favorites were Deadshot, who I never really took to BR, and Harley Quinn, who seems much more disturbed and believable in this universe. Amanda Waller is thin and apparently people who aren’t me care about this fact but whatever.  I rarely share other people’s cares in regards to stuff like this.

What this means to you: If you don’t mind villains doing villainous things this might be the book for you.  Well written and drawn, it kept me engrossed throughout the issue.

Superboy 1
OK this was the first PR book that made me realize that the old DC universe was not there anymore. Superboy is brand new again with different powers and a different mindset.  While I’m not sure about his physical power levels he seems much more focused and that seems a good thing.  While I haven’t watched young justice that much, I am inclined to believe that this Superboy seems much more like his cartoon counterpart.  This issue sets up the boy of steel as the main foe of the new teen titans team but we will see how long that lasts.

What this means to you: The book was well written and the art was alright but it didn’t really catch me.  You Young Justice fans may get a kick out of it but I do not think it is going to be on my monthly pull list.

Batman and Robin 1
Not happy with this book.  After taking so long to believably change Damien’s character we have got an almost 180.  Inferring that he killed criminals and not really revealing whether or not he lies about it? I call shenanigans.  I will say that this Batman seems to be more on his game than in Detective #1 so that’s a plus.

What this means to you: If you read and loved Batman and Robin then this may not be the book for you.  The relationship between Dick and Damien was very different that is is with Bruce and his son.  I encourage you to give it a try but I do not have high hopes for this book.

Green Lantern 1
A slow start for a promising book.  Sinestro gets his feet wet as a Green Lantern and Hal Jordan feels sorry for himself.  I guess all is well in the green lantern universe.  Well see where this book goes though as Sinestro pops up in the last panel to offer Hal Jordan a deal with the devil.

What this means for you: This book is going somewhere, of that I am sure.  It may take a few issues though.  Do not give up on it though.  Geoff Johns has yet to steer us too wrong.

Red Lanterns 1
This was an interesting book.  Full of the exposition needed to catch new readers up to who the Red Lanterns are, I think Red Lanterns 1 shows some promise.  I think what will really make or break this book is if we can get some Red Lanterns who can speak coherently.  To me this is a slow part of the book.  I am also eager to see if they go through with making one of the kids from earth into a Red Lantern.  There is some foreshadowing but we will see what is what.

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Spoiler Alert 6 Week of 9/7/11

Posted on 08 September 2011 by DM

Detective Comics 1
Everything old is new again.  Like Action Comics, we seem to be starting a bit in the past when the Gotham Police are severely anti Batman and the Joker is an unknown quantity. Not too many spoilers to be had in this issue since it is a reintroduction to the book.  Joker is up to no good and seems to be multiple steps ahead of the Batman.  Gordon is still working with Batman but I am unsure of how he is doing it secretly with a gigantic spotlight on his roof.  Joker’s plot involves having the Dollmaker do a little work on his face.  We will have to wait and see how it continues.

The Skinny: Batman is reasonably new at this and it shows.  This harkens to the best part of the new films and of the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman.  Read this.  Read it a lot.

Action Comics 1
Taking me back to when I watched Superman as a kid, we have a Superman who is no longer unstoppable except via kryptonite.  Five(ish) years ago we have a Superman who can leap buildings in a single bound and match the speed of trains (and does so). Superman has begun his own brutal vigilante campaign based on human rights within Metropolis by showing up at the doorstep of anyone who treats people in a less than proper fashion to the point where a man is dropped in the river with several bones broken for beating his wife.  Taking exception to this, the government hires Lex Luther to capture Superman, which he does at the conclusion of the issue.

The Skinny: This is a Superman I can get behind.  Hell, this is a Superman that Batman can get behind. I look forward to seeing whether the character that Morrison is fashioning will be maintained in other Superman appearances.

Batgirl 1
There is a lot going on in this book for not much going on in this book.  While they are not being super forthcoming, my take on what is going on with Barbara Gordon is that, while Joker did shoot her and paralyze her, she was not Batgirl at the time of the “home invasion”.  It is an interesting take.  Babs does seem new at the hero game, but has some reasonable tech.  Her technological skills seem still be high still too.  I wonder how she connects to the rest of the bat world.

The Skinny: I think the first issue was weak due to all the exposition dealing with her paralysis and miraculous recovery.  I trust Gail Simone though and I will go where she leads.  BTW, it is uncertain on whether there is any time displacement on this book like there seems to be in some others.  Time will tell.

X-Men 17
Dr. Doom betrays everyone.  I will put on my shocked expression.  I felt that even with dooms help they really should not have been able to catch Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Sue Storm unawares like that but whatever, I am not going to spite them for using their plot device.

The Skinny: I loved the interaction between the FF and the X-men.  You have some comedy, head bashing, and obligatory primitive land hot blond in a cheetah print bikini.  What’s not to love?

X23 14
I have been following this book for a while and it is considerably more interesting than I thought it would be.  This issue is no different.  The interaction between Laura and the FF is entertaining (I am starting to see a pattern in this week’s books) but I am disappointed that we do not get to see more interaction between Valeria and Laura.  This one has to do with former possessors of the uni-power so if you liked those storylines you will be pleased.

The Skinny: Like I said, I have been enjoying this book.  If you like Gambit and sullen girls with healing factors and claws then you might too.

X-Men Legacy 254
Rogue made it to the other end of the galaxy but managed to split the party up pretty well.  Apparently, the Shiar are in a civil war with some of their protectorate species and its providing ample opportunity for people on the same side who have been separated to protect opposing sides.  I had forgotten that Magneto had a vested interest in coming since his daughter was with the Starjammers as well.  Magneto has a reasonable scene where he gets to show off.

The Skinny: Not one of the better issues but needed to get us to some better ones.  I still look forward to the next one.

Morning Glories 12
We get a new character out of this issue.  Ms. Daramount’s sister is back from somewhere and we find out there is a probability that they are the Headmaster’s daughters in some fashion or another.  She sees all the glories in turn with one exception and we get to find out that Miss Hodge is not exactly a fan of the academy herself.  At least that is how she markets herself.

The Skinny: I love this book and I have not stopped loving this book in any way, shape, or form since it came out.  My only problem is the issues go so quickly that I am left craving more for a month.

DM
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Spoiler Alert 5 Week of 8/17/11

Posted on 18 August 2011 by DM

Lets get right to it this week because a lot of good stuff is out this week and its worth picking up.

Flashpoint – The Outsider 3 of 3
This book has been so fantastic, and it ended as well as it started.  The Outsider is everything that I want to see in a villain.  He is formidable physically and mentally, capable of quick thinking as well as drawn out plots, and recognizes his weaknesses.  Oh, how I thought that The Martian Manhunter, revealed in the last issue to be impersonating Black Adam, would be the end of him, but I did The Outsider a disservice by underestimating him, something I’m sure his foes continually do.  As I have heard Vincenzo say, he is in fact a Bond villain, but this is a Bond villain who would be the end of James Bond.  This is Batman dedicated to profit and power.

Final 2 Cents: A nicely contained miniseries that contributes to the main story without being required to understand it.  Please pick it up; you will be doing yourself a favor.

Flashpoint – World of Flashpoint 3 of 3
It is hokey and compelling all at the same time.  The story was a bit weak and lacking but at the same time I was drawn to follow Traci 13 on her journey across the world in an effort to stop her father.  She does, at the expense of her magic but it is a happy story nonetheless.

Final 2 Cents: Like I said, it is hokey, but it was a fun way to wander around the world and find out what is going on with the smaller players.  Worth it if you have been into Flashpoint to date but perhaps not if you are just looking for a good read.

Flashpoint – Abin Sur Green Lantern 3 of 3
OK this is the book that tells you that Sinestro was right and the world may have in fact been better off if Abin Sur had lived and Hal had never taken the ring.  In a brutal conclusion to Abin Sur’s fight with Thaal Sinestro, begun in last issue, Abin shows brutal amounts of willpower by summoning his ring from his severed hand and besting Sinestro handily, destroying Thaal’s ring in the process.  The Guardians are assholes in any galaxy and boot Abin Sur from the corps for disobeying orders.  Having only the remaining charge in his ring, he flies off to help save Earth.  I am going to make you read the rest of this one though to find out the conclusion because it is a doozy.

Final 2 Cents: Honestly, I felt that this was one of the weaker tie-ins to Flashpoint, but I feel that the conclusion warrants a read and almost stands alone within the miniseries.

X-men Schism 3 of 5
Ok we have finally gotten to a fight between Wolverine and Cyclops that I can see.  We know almost all of schism we need to right here.  Wolverine is going to do his best to spare the children and I am guessing will restart Xavier’s School for the Gifted in order to spare the youngsters.  Cyclops is going to use all the resources he has to do his best to save all of Mutantkind.  He really is turning into Magneto, but a better one at least.

Final 2 cents: I know where my loyalties lie, where do yours?  Read and find out.

Uncanny X-men 542 (Fear Itself tie-in)
We have a lot of good stuff in here so I am going to have to rush through it a little.  First Cyclops was not kidding when he said he has a metric fuckton of plans.  We are streaming rapidly through those plans in this issue.  We get to see some awesome power combinations in this one.  While mutants and humans are doing their best to work together, there are, unfortunately, some snafus and each side begins to pull away.  Best yet is what is going on behind the scenes.  You know that teaser image where they tell you who is going to be on who’s team when schism wraps up?  OK, well you know that juggernaut looking image on Cyclops’ team.  Well it ain’t Cain Marko, but this issue will tell you who it is.

Final 2 Cents: Go and find out.  If you absolutely cannot wait then tweet me and I will let you know.

X-Factor 224
It is done.  Now I love Peter David and would read just about anything he would write but I am so happy that this storyline is finished.  It was a good conclusion with some enigma about what the future holds, and I look forward to where those enigmas will influence the story.  Rahne has had her baby but the poor little guy defended his mother first thing and the bloodiness of it causes her to reject him.  He is taken by Werewolf by Night at the end.

Final 2 Cents: If you like werewolf’s and varying deities fighting each other then this is the storyline for you.  Pick up the trade when it comes out.

Venom 6
What the fuck?  I have no idea what is going on here.  Is Fear itself over?  Has is started yet? Where does it fall in line with Spider Island? I guess time will tell but we have a new casualty during Spider Island.  It is none other than Steve Rogers the one and only Captain America.  At some point, he has been captured and transformed or perhaps cloned and turned into a giant spider monster.  Also, Venom the dog comes out to play.

Final 2 Cents: A good issue in line with what I have come to expect from Venom.  I say pick it up.  They have yet to disappoint me.

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Spoiler Alert 4: Week of 8/10/11

Posted on 11 August 2011 by DM

This week’s comics had some ups and downs.  Don’t worry if I did not cover it, it does not mean it sucks just that I was tired of typing.

New Mutants 29 (Fear Itself tie-in)
OK to start I am really getting tired of these books coming out twice a month. Poo poo were marvel if you want to pay 2.99 for a book you better expect two a month so you have to pay 6.00 a month.  ~rant mostly done.  On to the book.  So Nate Grey is a part of the team and apparently the whole losing his powers thing had made him regress to a chip on the shoulder teenager again because he is quite irritable.  This book has us going back to Dani’s Norse connections (I know, I know, just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about the supernatural New Mutants go and do it again) with Hela.  It honestly has an Army of Darkness feel to it with some of the joking dialogue and Doug’s little incantation snafu.  All in all, it was an enjoyable read.

Concluding Thoughts: Rant aside, New Mutants seems to be one of the overworked 2.99 books that is holding its own.  The stories do seem somewhat short and incomplete though.  If you like the characters, give it a try.  Otherwise, I would probably steer clear until Marvel gets its head on straight.

Amazing Spider-man 667 (Spider Island)
It felt like too much of this issue was spoiled already via the Daily Bugle teaser book, however, I am willing to forgive Marvel that if it means that we get an epic spider-man story the live on in the annals of Spider-Man lore.  We start with Peter’s girlfriend Carlie revealing that she has spider powers.  She has never been my favorite character but I really enjoyed her reaction to gaining the powers because it felt so true to how the common person would respond.  The Jackal has revealed himself in full, gathering any person of the criminal persuasion who has obtained spider powers and forming his own gang.  Giving them various spider-man costumes, he sends them out to besmirch Peter’s good name and separate him from his allies, because who can tell who is looking at them from behind the mask.

Concluding Thoughts: The first issue of Spider Island is over and while I thought it was a mediocre issue in general, it was a reasonable first issue to a prolonged storyline.  Pick this up so we can ride the Spider Island train together.

Spider Island Deadly Foes (SI tie-in)
In general a good tie-in with some important story facts.  To start, apparently this issue takes place after ASM 667 and Peter has revealed himself as one of the people in the city who has gained spider powers.  I knew they paid him the big bucks in that glorified think tank for something.  Also, Randy Robertson has fallen off the spider power tree and hit every branch on the way down.  Taking on Hobgoblin and barely winning, he discovers Norah Winter’s true priorities and leaves her to be scooped up by Phil Urich.  The Second story within this issue focuses on Warren Miles aka the Jackal and insanities pre spider island.  Deciding to give Kaine another chance, he digs Kaine’s corpse up just after it was interred and does that voodoo the Jackal does so well turning him into some sort of tarantula man monstrosity.  Poor Kaine, I had such high hopes for him.  Being blessed with not having followed most of the clone storyline, I was still able to follow its basics thanks to reasonable recapping.  The issue ends with Miles getting a new batch of Peter’s blood and the idea for Spider Island from a mysterious benefactor.

Concluding Thoughts: I would venture to say that this issue is a better quality that ASM 667.  However, that leaves me worried about how many tie-ins the reader will have to collect to follow the storyline appropriately.  Time will tell, and in the meantime pick this one up spider fans.

Spider Island Cloak and Dagger

I will be the first to admit that I have never been a huge follower of Cloak and Dagger.  That said, I really thought this was a nice book.  The writer captured the point of view for the characters really well and the art is spot on.  This book considers Spider Island as an afterthought and I am perfectly OK with that.  Really, it seems like a story to catch Cloak and Dagger up from all the crap they have been through in other books and land them into some sort of stability.  I almost find myself hoping for a Cloak and Dagger book to come out after all this Spider Island Jazz.  One last thought: I look forward to seeing how Mister Negatives interact with the powers of light and darkness.  Don’t let me down writers.

Concluding Thoughts: This is not required reading for Spider Island followers but obviously is for any Cloak and Dagger or Mister Negative fans.  I think it is going to be a good story and I cannot help but recommend following it.

Red Robin 26

The concluding issue of Red Robin ends like it started, with Tim Drake proving that he is every bit the Batman’s heir in intelligence, martial skills, forethought, and obsession.  He also proves that he may not have inherited his adoptive father’s moral compass. With the last issue we pinch off a storyline that has been plaguing Tim Drake for years, the murder of his father by Captain Boomerang.  Laying out an intricate mousetrap for Digger, Red Robin almost leads him to his own demise.  Unable to follow through with murder, through another’s hand or by his own, Red Robin sends Captain Boomerang back to prison.  This leads me us to a situation that points out the main difference between Dick Grayson Batman and Bruce Wayne Batman.  Without knowing more about the situation, Dick accepts the best out of Tim and offers sympathy.  Bruce, waiting in the shadows, knows the situation better and takes Tim to task for plotting out the situation that could very well have led to Captain Boomerang’s demise.  As perhaps is fitting, Red Robin is left with a question of who he is and what he is willing to sacrifice to make things the way he feels they should be.

Concluding Thoughts: If you appreciated the first year of Red Robin, tune in for the last issue. It is definitely worth it.

Booster Gold 47

The Flashpoint storyline for Booster Gold is wrapped up and I find myself thinking it is an irony that the book about a time traveler did not take enough time to tell the story.  The pacing of this book felt rushed and it ends with more questions than it started with, or at the very least the same questions.  It feels like lazy writing at the end because at the end the relaunch will sweep all these questions under the carpet.  I love Booster and I enjoyed this issue but its lazy enough writing that I feel apt in being lazy about spoilers given.

Concluding Thoughts: Where the fuck is Skeets?

Flashpoint Deadman and the Flying Graysons 3

This book has gotten better with each issue and its conclusion holds true.  The cover puts us in the mood and once we open it we are hip deep in the action.  One by one heroes are picked off as the Amazons, led by Starfire, attempt to take the Helm of Nabu. Finally, when only Boston Brand and Dick remain, fate happens and Boston Brand is struck down. This is the kicker though.  He is truly Deadman now, but we have seen such selfish and egotistical sides from him, can he swallow it all and be the better man in death than he was in life once again.  The answer is obvious and with Deadman’s help, Dick gets the Helm to safety and declares himself the new Dr. Fate.

Concluding Thoughts: I was really sure that Dick or Boston would put on the Helm within the book but alas, it was not to be.  My suspicion is that this was a purposeful call to keep somewhat normal people fulfilling an extraordinary task.  The embodiment of who and what Dick Grayson is.  If I have to tell you to buy it now, then you have obviously had your head up your ass the last few months.

 

DM
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