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It's largely a DC week for me, as nothing on Marvel's end really interested me all that much. The one that did was...

SKAAR: SON OF HULK #1: Marvel wasn't quite hyping this one as much as they were before and now I can see why. This was a total letdown, as there's nothing really interesting about the Skaar character. Just making him Hulk's son isn't enough to captivate me and I fail to see any reason to ride this one out. Major disappointment. Thumbs down.

TRINITY #2: The Big 3 meet up with various strange happenings before they get a distress call from Green Lantern John Stewart. The back-up story tells the story of what leads to John Stewart's distress call, which includes a nice, campy outing that's complemented perfectly by Mark Bagley's artwork. A fun romp. Thumbs up!

SALVATION RUN #7: Ok, a case like this absolutely infuriates me. Because the Final Crisis train got rolling, we've had just about every DC title give away the ending to this series, thus making whatever happens in this final installment inconsequential. We KNOW the villains get back home (DC Universe #0), we KNOW that J'onn remains stranded on the prison planet (Justice League of America #21), and we KNOW that Gorilla Grodd survives his ordeal with the Joker (The Flash #240). Which is why an issue like this upsets me so much, because this one is an absolute home run. The reveal of Grodd is awesome on its own, but the star of the show here is Lex Luthor and his passionate monologue of self-righteousness is the single best moment of the series. It's a great conclusion, but a combination of the Final Crisis rush and the delays to this series make it all moot, which is a huge shame. Easy Thumbs Up, though.

GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #9: This series spiraled down the toilet quickly and this final installment did nothing to make things better. Batman and his friends show up to save Penguin from the Intergang death squad AND from the Suicide Squad. Of course, the Suicide Squad's been completly absent from this series for the last three or four issues, making me think Frank Tieri suddenly remembered he shuffled them to the side and rushed to write them back in. That's the least of this issue's problems, as the ending is another one of those unconclusive cop out endings that ultimately resolves nothing. What was the POINT of this? It's a shame, because this series started off with so much promise. Thumbs down.

BOOSTER GOLD #10: A few things about this issue irked me. One is that it was marketed as the JLI vs. the Time Stealers. The JLI hardly appears here. The second thing is that the cover pretty much tells you that Ted Kord bites the big one (again) in this issue. Granted, it was pretty obvious that it was going to happen, but still, it's a little annoying. Luckily, it's all redeemed with the twist of who the REAL villain is and with the heart-wrenching second death of Ted Kord. It's not quite over yet, though, as the story concludes with Booster Gold #1,000,000 next month. Thumbs up!

ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #8: We get to the end of the "First Night" interlude with a mediocre story revolving Gwen and an unnecessary story featuring some civilians. Can you say "filler"? But this issue DOES reveal what happened to Gunn after the end of the final episode and how he was turned, which is interesting enough to merit a mild recommendation. We return to our regularly scheduled program in two weeks. Thumbs in the middle.

That's it for now. Go ahead and add on, especially if you picked up Action Comics #866, which is supposedly Geoff Johns' best AC issue to date.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
Booster Gold was pretty awesome. The big reveal was great, and honestly was something that we all should have seen coming, but it totally took me by surprise. Can someone who reads Blue Beetle tell me anything about Black Beetle? It seems kind of odd to introduce an arch nemesis in someone else's book.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Booster Gold was pretty awesome. The big reveal was great, and honestly was something that we all should have seen coming, but it totally took me by surprise. Can someone who reads Blue Beetle tell me anything about Black Beetle? It seems kind of odd to introduce an arch nemesis in someone else's book.


As far as I know, Black Beetle is a new character that debuted in this book.

Amazingly, the book I'm probably most looking forward to this week is a Marvel book: Issue two of Captain Britain.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by odessasteps


    Amazingly, the book I'm probably most looking forward to this week is a Marvel book: Issue two of Captain Britain.


Captain Britain, #2 is pretty good. I like the vibe and art of this story.

I picked up "Secret Invasion: who do you trust?" which has some short stories in there about the various heroes involved. I thought it was quite good, especially the story focusing on Beast and Wonder man.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.05
    Originally posted by odessasteps
    Amazingly, the book I'm probably most looking forward to this week is a Marvel book: Issue two of Captain Britain.


I'm hearing from a lot of places that it's a good idea to run through the Wisdom MAX series before picking up the new Captain Britain series, because they reference a lot of plot points from there. And while I think it somewhat hurts this series by making it a bit inaccessible to new readers, there seem to be a lot of high recommendations for Wisdom, so I'll at the very least run out and get the trade before jumping into Captain Britain.

    Originally posted by odessasteps
    As far as I know, Black Beetle is a new character that debuted in this book.


I agree with Tenken347 that it seems odd to debut another character's nemesis in a different book, but God knows that Jaime Reyes has been around long enough that he needs (and deserves) an official arch-nemesis. Here's hoping we see the Black Beetle origin in a future Blue Beetle issue.

And just for fun, here's Booster Gold #10's look at Rip Hunter's Chalkboard of Impending Doom:

-Gotham isn't safe. MIDNIGHT HAS THE HEARTS
-The Perfect Peter Platinum isn't so perfect!!!
-Red Lanterns = BLOOD
-Who is under the MASK?
-Listen to Libra. The Prince will fall on HIS sword
-Trigon = Red Herring
-City of Angels > Zatara
-Why, Captain Atom? Why?
-Jean Paul Valley Lives!
-That's not him!

Have I mentioned that Rip Hunter's chalkboard is rapidly becoming one of the most fun aspects of the DCU today?

(edited by It's False on 12.6.08 1520)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89

I would recommend Wisdom for

a) getting the back story on some of these characters
b) seeing how good COrnell is at writing comics
c) enjoying Pete Wisdom not written as COnstantine Lite

Oh yeah, the secret Invasion thing has a return of the AGENTS OF ATLAS.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
Anyone read the latest Amazing Spider-Man and can tell me who the villains are in that unnamed bar? I've been out of comics too long to know who anyone but the Enforcers are.
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