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The comic world was rattled last month when one major character died. A month has passed, so what happens now? We start with...

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #43: Kyle Rayner DIES! Soranik Natu tries desperately to revive Kyle while Guy Gardner loses his mind. With Vice also killed last issue, his Red Ring is looking for a new host and it finds the enraged Guy. Guy becomes a Red Lantern and starts cleaning house, wiping out Black Lanterns left and right. Meanwhile, Kryb is escorted by a Star Sapphire to the location of her stolen children. The children are all dead, though, and have been claimed by Black Rings. The Sapphire ditches the scene upon detecting a fractured love while Kryb is attacked by Guy. Kryb tries to subdue him, but Guy rips her arm off and shoves it down her throat. Now THAT'S a hell of a visual! As you can imagine, the fractured love the Sapphire detects is Natu and Kyle's. The Sapphire links Natu's heart to Kyle's, leading to his resurrection. Kyle Rayner LIVES! Once brief about what happened to Guy, the mission becomes to try and bring him back while also stopping the Black Lanterns. Issue ends with backup arriving in the form of Mogo.

It can be argued that bringing back Kyle is a bait-and-switch tactic, but there was a powerful love story at work here and the method of using a Star Sapphire to link Kyle and Natu was deep. The issue unfolded at a great pace and the ending has me very interested in next month's unfoldings. Thumbs up, easily!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5: Well, the suspense for this one's kinda shot now, isn't it? The Red Skull is possessing Steve Rogers with Steve's consciousness locked away. But Steve's will is JUST TOO POWERFUL and he's able to escape his mental prison. Steve and Skull's consciousnesses are at odds, as the good guys storm the facilities. Bucky takes charge and confronts Skull, but can't bring himself to take him down, since it's Steve's body. Issue ends with Red Skull triumphant. Hmm...it's easy to assume we all know how this one ends, but I wonder if we get a complex ending next month, in which a part of Skull remains in Steve's mind. Guess there IS a reason to come back for the ending. Thumbs up!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #615: We see the aftermath of the Daily Bugle's destruction as Jameson gets the task of ordering the remains' demolition. Meanwhile, Spidey's trying to track down a missing girl and his search leads him to closed-off Governor's Island. There, he fights The Sandman and gets the upper-hand with a new batch of webbing that dissolves him. But it's not that simple, as the issue ends with an army of Flint Markos, each one looking different than the other. Hmm...I like where this is going and this looks like an awesome way to re-imagine Sandy. Thumbs up!

BATMAN #694: There's a matter of finding the girl that broke into last issue's party and triggered an explosion and Batman starts off by interrogating The Penguin. And that's about as much as I could probably fit in here, because last month's big problem arises again. Tony Daniel's trying to tackle about seven or eight different plot points and it's coming across really disjointed. The gist? The Penguin tries to flee town and is wounded by Black Mask's forces, the girl in question turns out to be Kitrina Falcone who's then thrown in the river by Mario Falcone, The Reaper is recruited for battle against Batman, etc. etc. etc. And events surrounding the Riddler and his revelation last month is only mentioned in passing. One notable item is that this new Black Mask is apparently a split personality, as he's spotted talking to his mask in the shadows. Interesting plot point. This had the potential to be good, but Daniel's just throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and not a lot of it's sticking. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down.

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #7: Paul Dini returns to write this arc and it's a disturbing one, indeed. Humpty Dumpty has escaped and is playing Santa Claus for some reason. Batman and Robin, trying to find a bunch of missing children, track him down to an orphanage. Robin finds the children horribly murdered, much to the surprise of Humpty Dumpty, who was unaware. Turns out it's actually the work of Zsasz, who's running an underground children's fight club. It doesn't take much to cement Zsasz as one of the most twisted members of the Bat Rogues gallery, but man that's heavy stuff. The backup featuring Manhunter is good, once again, and we actually get an explanation for why Two-Face is still in Gotham. Satisfying! Thumbs up!

THE OUTSIDERS #25: This story looked to be taking the Blackest Night in an interesting direction, as BL Terra actually looked to be showing remorse. But alas, it's another one of her ploys and she attacks soon enough. Meanwhile, Katana's dead family continues their attack, leading to some fun moments with Creeper and Killer Croc making a temporary truce. Halo saves the day by using her light to destroy the BL's and Terra's ultimately beaten when brother Geo-Force turns her to stone. Had Terra been serious about showing remorse, it could have made for a much more interesting story. Instead, it's Just Another Tie-In. Thumbs in the middle.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #40: Speaking of Just Another Tie-In, we get Justice League of America. Once again, I buy for the confirmation that Plastic Man is NOT dead. And thank God for that. Not much to say here, other than the good guys triumph again. Mark Bagley's art is great, but this issue came across as so formulaic. The BL Tie-Ins are getting really old. Thumbs down.

ANGEL #28: Ok, now we get to the oddball of the week. I dropped Angel from my pull list a while ago, but with "Fables" writer Bill Willingham now taking over the title, I'm back on board. This one centers around Connor and a fight against three Horager demons, giving us a lot of exposition on his character for newer readers. We get a good scene with the other members of Angel Investigations, which has seen a bit of a roster shakeup. Members now include Spike, Gunn, Illyria, Kate Lockley, James (a fallen angel), Desdemona (Jaguar lady), and Betta George (the telepathic fish). Angel's gone noticeably missing and as everyone speculates he's probably brooding over a new girl, we find out that Angel's locked up in a full body cast. Why? We'll find out next month. The backup feature introduces new character Eddie Hope, who looks to be a human that can transform into a demon. Alright, this looks like it'll be fun. Consider me won over, Mr. Willingham. Thumbs up!

That's all for now! Next week...hey, they didn't completely forget about John Stewart in space! Look for him in next week's Green Lantern!




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Fables 91 was all kinds of great for long time readers.



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I am glad to have Steve back, but would rather put this mini behind me. His popping up in various titles makes this series anti-climactic to say the least. I understand why marvel went ahead with it's publishing schedule, because it sucks when one series holds up the whole line. But why milk this one for 6 issues when it was originally solicited as 5? The ending of #5 might have been suspenseful, had we not seen Bucky as Cap, with all limbs attached, at the end of the Dark Avengers Annual. A good mini, but very poorly handled. The first mistake was hiring Hitch, who has been mired by delays before. And his work, as it did on F4, looked rushed. And that's without even doing the entire issue! Oh well.

I like Tony Daniel as artist, but his writing just isn't doing anything for me. batman & Robin has become the flagship Bats title for sure now.

JLA 40 was decent, but I am still chomping at the bit for this series to wrap up the previous era stuff with the C listers, and get on to what Robinson really has planned. A man can only take so much Dr. Light and Vixen.




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According to Axel Alonso the delay was not Hitch's fault. He was on time with all of his pages. The delay was caused because Brubaker realized when he sat down to write 5 from his thumbnails that it would be impossible to cover everything that he planned in one issue. And this came up so late in the process that it was impossible to reschedule the other appearances of Steve that were supposed to take place right after 5 (the original end of the series) came out.



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    Originally posted by Llakor
    According to Axel Alonso the delay was not Hitch's fault. He was on time with all of his pages. The delay was caused because Brubaker realized when he sat down to write 5 from his thumbnails that it would be impossible to cover everything that he planned in one issue. And this came up so late in the process that it was impossible to reschedule the other appearances of Steve that were supposed to take place right after 5 (the original end of the series) came out.

Okay, but either way, Reborn #5 still came out after Steve's recent appearances in other books. Don't get me wrong, I love Brubaker and Hitch. Bru's run on Cap has been a classic, but this mini (which sadly out sells the regular title) just isn't doing it for me. But I am glad to have Steve back, and look forward to what happens next.




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I think if they hadn't had the issue with doing 6 instead of 5, they would have delayed a couple of those appearances by a week or so.



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