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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.31
It's the bitter end of the month, so it's a little hard to get pumped about the week in comics, but we did get a few quality titles. But another book did reach a major milestone, so we start with...

WONDER WOMAN #600: This was a fairly strong compilation of stories, all highlighting the unique qualities of what make Diana who she is. The Gail Simone piece wasn't a blowaway piece, but it wasn't meant to be. She wrote it as a total love letter to Diana and, in that sense, it was effective. The other stories were similar in that they showed great respect to the character of Diana. And of course, we wrap up with a look at Wonder Woman's new status quo. Apparently, Wonder Woman's living underground now and Paradise Island's been completely wrecked. I love that they spent the first three-quarters of the issue highlighting what made Diana such a fascinating character only to have J. Michael Straczynski do a complete 180 by turning her into a fugitive on the run. I have a feeling this run is going to be more on par with JMS' terrible Spidey run rather than his magnanimous Thor run. Thumbs up. Grab this one for historical value, but if you're staying on board for JMS' run, strap yourself in for some crap.

GREEN LANTERN #55: This issue was sold on the big fight between Atrocitus and Lobo. It was a hell of a fight, especially when the intergalactic pets got involved. The big twists, of course, come at the end of the issue, with one being that it turns out Atrocitus was actually the one that hired Lobo, in order to bring the ring-wielders together. But the issue ends with the big revelation that Lobo has a Red Lantern ring of his own that he'll keep handy for emergencies. This issue was great on its own, but I'm also recommending it for the borderline-heart wrenching origin story of Dex-Starr. If you were that cat, you'd be plenty pissed off too. Thumbs up!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN ANNUAL #1: This one's supposed to focus on the Mandarin. You know, I was probably just spoiled by the Knaufs' awesome modernization of Mandarin, so you can imagine how disheartening it was to see Matt Fraction hit rewind on the character and take him back closer to his roots. The Knaufs portrayed him as a frightening, real-world type villain, whereas Fraction portrays him as a lot more cartoonish. That's unfortunate, because the new Mandarin was all kinds of awesome. As far as establishing an origin story, Mandarin clearly went to the Joker School of Unreliable Narrating, because we get a major conflict of his classic origin and an origin that has him as an opium dealer, so believe what you will. I can't get past the disappointment of the Mandarin going back to the status quo, but it's a decent enough story. Thumbs in the middle.

JOKER'S ASYLUM II: CLAYFACE #1: So now we get into the king of unreliable narrators, the Joker. Clayface is lamenting that one of his old movies is being shown at an old theater for derisive laughs. He fights Batman in a theater full of Clayface constructs, which ends with...uh...well, it ends really abruptly. It fast-forwards from mid-fight to the aftermath for no good reason. It was a decent read, but that abrupt ending really destroyed any kind of flow the story built. Can't recommend it in good conscience. Thumbs down.

That's all for now, but still hopefully more to come this weekend, including Action Comics #890 (starring LEX LUTHOR), Secret Avengers #2, and Batman Beyond #1.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.41
    Originally posted by It's False
    WONDER WOMAN #600: This was a fairly strong compilation of stories, all highlighting the unique qualities of what make Diana who she is. The Gail Simone piece wasn't a blowaway piece, but it wasn't meant to be. She wrote it as a total love letter to Diana and, in that sense, it was effective. The other stories were similar in that they showed great respect to the character of Diana. And of course, we wrap up with a look at Wonder Woman's new status quo. Apparently, Wonder Woman's living underground now and Paradise Island's been completely wrecked. I love that they spent the first three-quarters of the issue highlighting what made Diana such a fascinating character only to have J. Michael Straczynski do a complete 180 by turning her into a fugitive on the run. I have a feeling this run is going to be more on par with JMS' terrible Spidey run rather than his magnanimous Thor run. Thumbs up. Grab this one for historical value, but if you're staying on board for JMS' run, strap yourself in for some crap.


Agreed. Highlighting the love of the "traditional" version of the character down to some great pin-ups throughout the book to . . . that story at the end was just odd. I loathed JMS' run on Spidey (dropped it after the "9/11 issue"), and was only okay with his take on Thor, so I have some real trepidation about his taking over Superman and Wonder Woman. Time will tell if he'll drive me from these two books as well.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.58
I got my comics today, my wife cried while reading the red lantern kitty story. I thought the big fight was amazing and showed that there is still plenty of energy after Blackest night. My story didn't put Wonder Woman for us. So, I have to wait and see. I also don't understand the hate for JMS. His bad moves were mostly editorial. I thought he had the best run on Spidey in a long time.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.42
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I also don't understand the hate for JMS. His bad moves were mostly editorial.


I don't understand the hate he has for long-time fans of long-running characters or the lack of respect for those professionals who went before him in keeping those characters fresh/stale/continuing for lo those many years before he rode in on his "hollywood" white horse to save us and them (said from the basement in my - not my parent's house since that's where he seems to think all his critics reside).

Despite all of that, I'm still willing to give him a chance on both Superman and Wonder Woman, but it won't be quite the long leash I'd give other writers whose work wasn't "wowing" me on characters I love.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
JMS brought me back to the Spidey books. I had quit reading them during the whole Clone Saga and only read maybe a couple issues her and there before he started writing it. I thought his first issue introducing Ezekiel was fucking brilliant.There were a few 'missteps' during his run... Sins Past, the 9/11 tribute for certain; but for the most part, I thought he brought a much needed new perspective to the character.

On the other hand, ANYONE taking over a book after Howard fucking Mackie could write a character sitting on the crapper reading the Sunday newspaper and that shit would feel like reading Shakespeare.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.99
The Wonder woman arc feels a lot like the death of Batman/Superman. It's a relatively short-lived event to stoke interest in the character, and she'll be back to her status quo soon.





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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.42
Finally read Wonder Woman #600. I honestly thought the best thing in it was Lynda Carter's essay about who Wonder Woman is to her. There is no living person who is as synonymous with Wonder Woman as Lynda Carter and she wrote a very heartfelt statement on who she thinks Wonder Woman is and what Wonder Woman means to her. Personally, I feel like Lynda Carter understood the character more than every writer who contributed a story to #600, especially JMS. The reboot story that closed the issue wasn't bad and didn't nearly piss me off as I thought it would, but Jim Lee and JMS's essays explaining themselves sure did. I just feel like JMS approached Wonder Woman from a perspective that he was somehow above it and it's about damn time Wonder Woman came up to his level of thinking. I personally don't think anything he's doing will stick any more than Azrael Batman or Electric Superman stuck and the status quo (and original costume) will be back before long. If he tells a good story, that's fine, but nothing he's doing is servicing the icon of Wonder Woman. All he seems to be doing is creating a momentary distraction from it. It just struck me that Lynda Carter seemed to get Wonder Woman a lot more than the celebrated superstar writer brought in to "modernize" her.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.92
Goddamn, I'm not a huge fan of the "traditional" costume, but ffs the late 80s/early 90s called and want their fashion sense back. The jacket is particularly heinous.

It's like early 90s Dazzler had a daughter with Nightwing.
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Very interesting, thanks for posting this. Good to see my hometown paper (Louisville Courier Journal)
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