This is a lighter week and looked to be highlighted by the Blackest Night prologue in this week's Green Lantern. Instead, Marvel gets the icon, by bringing someone back from the dead...and inducing A LOT of painful memories.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #36: Spider-man fights a new enemy...a dude dressed as a raptor. The interesting part comes at the end, as it turns out that Raptor is trying to take his revenge...against Ben Reilly. Issue ends with Peter Parker looking at an arson news report...and seeing a police sketch of Ben Reilly. Ok, so we can take him off the "Permanently Dead" list. I expect to see Gwen Stacy pop up any day now. I mean, seriously? Is it really time to start drumming up painful memories of the Clone Saga? What are they thinking? The issue itself was a bore, aside from the mind-boggling revelation. Thumbs down.
GREEN LANTERN #43: This is the Blackest Night prologue. William Hand (a.k.a. Black Hand) is introduced as the herald of the mysterious Black Lantern leader. His backstory is revealed in great detail, along with the Black Lantern motivation. The dead are crying to rise out and Death wants to reclaim those that manage to cheat their way back to life (Clark Kent, Oliver Queen, et. al.). Issue ends with rogue guardian Scar recruiting Black Hand proper. The stage is set for next week. Thumbs up!
BATMAN #688: Apparently, someone heard me when I said that the guys who fought Batman throughout the years would be able to notice that it was some other guy in the costume now. This week's big winner is Two-Face, as it doesn't take him long to realize that a new Batman's in town, and he's trying to take advantage of the situation to take down the Penguin. Meanwhile, Dick tries to cope with having to adjust his fighting style to fit his new costume. The issue's low on action, but adds some good exposition and artwork. Thumbs in the middle.
RED ROBIN #2: Last month's issue ended by teasing a confrontation with Ra's Al Ghul. This month's issue ends by...teasing a confrontation with Ra's Al Ghul. Was this trip really necessary? A whole lot of nothing happens here. And while I can understand Tim Drake's experienced a lot of loss, I can't buy that he'd just shut out everyone, including Dick and Alfred. This is a big reach, but there's some gorgeous artwork to behold, if you feel you must buy this. Otherwise, pass until next month. Thumbs down!
This was a slow week, but next week starts the Blackest Night!
"So listen up boy, or pornography starring your mother will be the second worst thing that happens to you today."
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #36 right pissed me off. I don't care about Ben Reilly coming back or not, I was just primo annoyed at what is, to my knowledge, the worst depiction of Boston and Bostonians ever in comics.
Seriously, I want to kick Mark Guggenheim in the nuts. And his editors. Come on. That's just shitty and lazy stereotyping. Hundreds of thousands of people live in Boston, millions in the Greater Boston area, and the vast majority of us don't talk like that, especially not in the Back Bay area where most of the action took place.
I'd like to point out in the mid-80's George Perez set the first couple of years of Wonder Woman in Boston and did loving recreations of the city and its people without resorting to lazy stereotyping.
Living in Boston, actual Boston and not South Boston or Dorchester, is not like The Departed, Mystic River, or Gone Baby Gone.
Other than that, I thought the ASMA #36 sucked regardless.
Batman's identity is retroactively re-known by the JLA due to Brad Meltzer (who even brought it up in his Green Arrow run), that's why Ray & Jean know who he is. Connecting Tim Drake as Robin beyond that is fairly easy.