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.
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.
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?
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.
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