Arrow's Connor Hawke (note that DC themselves bill him
this way) gets closer to solving the mystery that brought
him to Gotham City with the help of Batgirl. Unfortunately,
he gets no closer to solving the mystery of Batgirl herself.
Maybe it's inevitable in a book with a barely verbal heroine,
but Cassandra seems emotionally stunted, too. She interacts
with new characters in a consistently neutral way, which
is becoming wearing. At least we have the promise of Robin
and The Spoiler joining in the fun; we do know how Batgirl
feels about them. I think.
last we get a glimpse at The Adversary, through what passes
for religious text for these fairy tale characters. Cleverly,
writer Bill Willingham also weaves in an explanation for
how they can all co-exist. It's just a shame that places
like Oz and Wonderland are now dead to this book - or are
has quickly risen to being one of the smartest books on
the market, and the Medina/Hamilton art team deserves to
become a fan favorite. This book proves that the Vertigo
sensibility doesn't automatically mean edgy and misanthropic.
It can just be a damned good story. Reading this, you might
even hope for a happily ever after.
say this much for it so far: I think I understand what's
going on. And I absolutely must be wrong. The opening sequence
has some cleverness to it, though it slightly echoes Grant
Morrison's long-ago Animal Man work. Eventually he
moves past that to focus on his ostensible hero, a man unsure
of his own identity, or even personality. Arguing with a
socialist chimpanzee, Ned Slade/Greg Feely explores the
meaning of a life that may not have been his in the first
place. At the end of it all, I'm sure we'll be glad we read
issue following this one has already been gathering hype.
If you're smart, you'll avoid the hype so that the ending
of this month's issue will hit you with full impact. Judd
Winick takes Kyle back to that most dreaded of events, the
high school reunion. Though he occasionally dances with
cliches, Winick leavens it with the first meeting between
Jen and Kyle's mom. A lot of family business gets cleared
up, and it's all handled with tenderness and believability.
Just like in Exiles, the writer also reminds us that
a lot can happen between issues. Kyle proves that even superheroes
should call their mother regularly.
figure out what's going on far faster than J'onn J'onnz
does. Despite that, Karl Kesel respectfully acknowledges
what little continuity the Martian Manhunter has, as we
see him confront a couple of old enemies while trying to
solve a rash of violent acts among lovers. It may be Harley
Quinn's book, but she's willing to share. On top of a cracking
story, guest-artists Craig Rousseau and Dan Davis straddle
the line between most of Harley's comic book appearances
and her animated origins. It's a clean style reminiscent
of the late Mike Parobeck, and it suits Harley Quinn
of the Dark Knight #158
an intriguing first two chapters, this legend, "Blink,"
becomes rather run of the mill. Now that the villains have
been identified, it just becomes a matter of when Batman
will catch them, only using Lee Hyland's unique gifts for
a twist at the climax. At least along the way Dwayne McDuffie
pauses to acknowledge Commissioner Gordon's integrity. He's
been gone so long in the Batbooks that it's almost jarring
to see a writer comment on him. Other than that, this just
feels like filler.
not actually Sheriff, Ida Red explores her new-found powers,
while Mutant's actual sheriff reveals his duplicitous plans.
Throughout the story, Paul Dini and J. Bone drop funny touches
that work with a kid's logic. Ida needs a way to focus her
powers? Hey, use these beat-up gloves. Though radiation
is given as the reason things are the way they are in Mutant,
it's clear there's more than a bit of magic here. And the
series itself? So far - magic. We may be looking at next
year's Eisner for Best Comic For Youth.
little preview Marvel gave us last week did not do justice
to this issue. Aiding Fantomex, Xavier and Jean Grey face
the horror of Weapon XII in a subway tunnel in Paris. Grant
Morrison throws in a little "living dead" paranoia, creepily
illustrated by Igor Kordey. It's got a nice aura of horror
film to it. And as always, Morrison both neatly closes off
one storyline (suitable for trade paperbacking) while leaving
the door open for a future menace. An X-Man falls here,
too, and thankfully it's not played for the bathos that
used to mark this title. This is the X-Men for grown-ups.
Grayson has thrown Nightwing onto a world tour, trying to
protect Mary Redhorn, a police wife with a terrible secret.
Don't ask what it is. This month, they go to Rome with a
little side-step into The Vatican, but only after some really
well-done gratuitous violence. And it is well done.
Grayson on to write Grayson has so far turned out to be
a great decision. Artists Rick Leonardi and Jesse Delperdang
are meshing more and more smoothly, with the result being
that this book hasn't looked this good in at least a year.
no quote from us on the cover. No matter; once again Brian
Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming turn out a piece
of a cool police story, only with superheroes involved.
Occasionally Bendis gets mocked for his Mamet-like style,
but in this issue he really proves what a fantastic ear
he has for dialogue as Pilgrim and her partner try to catch
their killer. And the team delivers a last page twist that
does the one thing I thought they couldn't logically do.
Read it. It's good.
least the core members get to remain truly noble. While
Captain America, Iron Man and Thor bond over dinner and
drinks, we learn some ugly truths about Giant Man and The
Wasp. In Jan's case, it's biologically ugly - you'll want
to forget a couple of lines of dialogue about her. As for
the Ultimate Hank Pym, things get out of hand with Hank,
and while the original Pym had some of this potential, Mark
Millar has taken it to the edge. It is a cool book, but
this story almost feels like its shock for the sake of shock.
But it's also clear that there will be realistic consequences.
one is not for the kiddies, though Marvel has branded
it appropriate for all readers.