A lot of good stuff from DC this week and it's the beginning of the end for Batman:
BATMAN #676: It's the official start of Batman R.I.P. in which Tim Drake asks about Damien and we see one of the more frightening takes on the Joker. There will be all kinds of speculation regarding the very first page, which supposedly takes place at the end of the story with Batman and Robin standing side-by-side in the shadows. The question becomes: Is it necessarily Bruce and Tim? It's only just begun. Thumbs up!
BOOSTER GOLD #9: Booster and Blue Beetle reform the JLI to fight Max Lord's forces and Booster learns that saving Ted's life means the deaths of many, MANY other characters. Issue ends with the appearance of the Time Stealers (EVIL~! Supernova, Old-Skool Despero, Ultra-Humanite, Degaton, and Black Beetle). Next month, it's the Time Stealers vs. the JLI! Fun stuff, even with the monotony of reading "Max Lord killed (Insert Character Here)!" every other page. Thumbs up!
GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #8: Penguin gets outsmarted and Batman beats the ever-loving crap out of the Vigilante. The artwork's decent, but the story's still boring me. I've stuck around this long and will be there for the end, but I'm disappointed with how the quality of this mini-series has dipped. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down.
HUNTRESS: YEAR ONE #1: A decent re-telling of the Huntress origin, though I'm partial to the Greg Rucka version from the "Cry for Blood" story WAY back when. At the very least, the characterization is spot-on and the artwork is decent, but this story didn't rock my socks or anything. Recommended if you have an extra few bucks leftover. Thumbs in the middle.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1: A good exhibition of the new GotG team in action, as we watch the team come together in the aftermath of Conquest. We all see the team's first major antagonist and the issue ends with...
Ok, memo to Marvel: ENOUGH ALREADY with the Captain America teases! Between the tease in his own title, Secret Invasion, and now GotG, that leaves us with no less than THREE different titles teasing that Steve Rogers is still alive when he obviously ISN'T! It's overkill.
And with that rant out of the way, I heartily recommend this book. Thumbs up!
X-MEN LEGACY #211: Ye gods! I should give this book a huge thumbs down for the disturbing visual of Cassandra Nova in skin-tight clothes. But this Xavier-centric issue gets a really cool ending panel, so while the issue itself wasn't a major winner, it's enough to give it a mild recommendation. Thumbs in the middle.
I'm certain I forgot stuff (T-bolts, Secret Invasion tie-ins, etc.), so feel free to add on.
I really liked GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as well. I was sort of hoping that that guy in the frozen ice is going to turn out to be Major Victory from the first GOTG series... fingers crossed! (Yes, I know it's an 'alternate timeline' thing, but damn it, it would still be awesome!)
BOOSTER GOLD was also pretty great. I think having a character say how Max killed (random character) every other page, to me, feels like Geoff Johns is trying to get it into the readers heads that Wonder Woman HAD to kill him, because if she didn't, it would have gotten a lot worse then just him blowing Beetles brains out. He HAD to die, there really was no choice.
FANTASTIC FOUR: SECRET INVASION #1: This book pissed me off. I used to like Lyja a lot, she was one of the few GOOD thing that came from the book in the 90's before the Heroes Reborn crapfest. It was a nice surprise to see her here, and I was thisclose to buying the issue, but I'm boycoting the Secret Invasion crap, so I did not. It was still a surprise to see her there, and a surprisingly decent read, but still... the Skrull crap.
THUNDERBOLTS #120: This was, by far, Ellis' best issue yet. Everything he's done on the book has built up to Norman Osborne going completely bat shit crazy and taking all his pent up anger and frustration out on the people he's brought in close to him. He beats the shit outta Swordsmen and kills off quite a few guards in the process. I think me favorite line here (out of many, MANY one liners, I might ad...) was Swordsman saying "You can't do this to me, I'm a Baron..." and Norman'Green Goblin interrupting with "I AM A GOD!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!" Fucking AWESOME!
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #1: Damn it all to hell. I had no idea about this book. Where the hell have I been? I love me the Pete Wisdom character and because of this, I had to buy this issue. Yeah, I know, it's a damned SI tie in, but having read it, you could almost say that it's just an ordinary alien invasion story, and not part of the whole SI crapfest. Having, for the most part, skipped the last EXCALIBUR series because Chris Cralemont is a fucking hack and needs to retire, I guess SOMETHING happened in it causing Pete Wisdom to admire and respect Captain Britain, which is very out of character for the bastard Pete Wisdom and I will have to get used to it. Very good read, in spite of the crossover tie-in.
NEWUNIVERSAL: SHOCKFRONT #1: ANOTHER Warren Ellis book this week. He has, like, 20 different books a month... and for the most part, none of them suck! This was pretty much just a catch up for new readers along with a few little things to start the story off. The big thing I thought was really cool was that Ellis seems to be steering this series into an alternate Marvel Universe. We had cops who were all, obviously, taken from the regular MU like Captain Stacy and Jean DeWolff from SPIDER-MAN, Misty Knight!, there were others.
Originally posted by CerebusCAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #1: Damn it all to hell. I had no idea about this book. Where the hell have I been? I love me the Pete Wisdom character and because of this, I had to buy this issue. Yeah, I know, it's a damned SI tie in, but having read it, you could almost say that it's just an ordinary alien invasion story, and not part of the whole SI crapfest. Having, for the most part, skipped the last EXCALIBUR series because Chris Cralemont is a fucking hack and needs to retire, I guess SOMETHING happened in it causing Pete Wisdom to admire and respect Captain Britain, which is very out of character for the bastard Pete Wisdom and I will have to get used to it. Very good read, in spite of the crossover tie-in.
Did you read Cornell's WISDOM mini-series? very good.
Booster Gold gets better with every issue, and I thought it started out pretty great. Captain Britain was another winner, although I do have a major complaint with it. This is something that already came up in the Secret Invasion thread, but in this book we see Skrulls who have the combined power of the Squadron Sinister and the Defenders, including the Silver Surfer. If the Skrulls are generating guys this powerful, how on earth are they losing? And what stops them from just sending a thousand Silver Surfer Skrulls to do the job? And if they can copy the Power Cosmic, how long before we see Galactus Skrull? I get that they want to make these guys a threat, but they need to put some kind of reasonable power cap on them.
I thought Uncanny X-Men #4 was great. I did not expect who it was who jumped to Cyclops' school and in hindsight, I'm surprised I didn't see it coming because the clues were all there and it makes perfect sense. (spoiler text)