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Didn't read much this week, but here goes:
Batgirl Annual #1 : The highlight of this for me was the beginning of the new Babs/Kara friendship. This honestly hasn't been a thing since COIE 32 years ago, so glad to see it make a comeback. Babs making fun of Kara's passwords was a classic.
I was curious about the convict getting broken out NOT being Saturn Girl as solicited. Unless "Gayle" was Imra playing a mindtrick on everybody. Seems like there was a last minute switch made.

Justice League of America #2 : The story is good, but I still feel like the Extremists are getting far too much page time at the expense of the brand new team members. We should see the characters working out the kinks of being a newly formed team. And since my LCS didn't carry the solo prequel one shots, I'm coming in w/o the benefit of anybody's backstories.
 
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^Oops, meant JL of A #3, not #2.
 
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I dropped Justice League of America; The Extremists are a group of villains I don't really like, and as you say the lack of dealing with the characters in the team made it an easy drop for me.

Titans Annual was kind of rough in that ultimately it didn't really do anything. Sure there's some mysterious bad out there, but...did we need an annual for that?

Batman - Batman vs Bane. Lots of trips into Bruce's psyche but...wasn't all that interesting really.

Detective - still feel weird about Batman - DC's greatest detective - declaring there was no conspiracy to attack Gotham two stories ago and now there is that conspired attack on Gotham. That and the fact that the team is just being beaten up left and right - not really feeling this.

Mother Panic - dropped it as Batwoman jobbed to the new character to prove how awesome the new character was. But she wasn't.

Superman/Action Comics - liked the wrap up to the Superman Reborn storyline even if it all was a giant handwave to put continuity together in a way to make sense of using the characters fans liked. And we're getting somewhere on the farmer and mysterious town angle.

Wonder Woman - While I liked it, I don't think the title ever really made sense of why Diana checked herself into the mental health institute.

Flintstones - ripped from the headlines political commentary. Great Steve Pugh art, funny story in typical Russell style.
 
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Titans Annual #1: The Key pits four Titans against four JLers to get an emotional response from them to free an unknown mystery figure. Looking forward to who it turns out to be.


JLA #3: the team is going after individual members of the Extremists while the locals rise up to face Havok. Decent issue.


Superman #20: Okay—that was interesting. Something is up with Grandpa Cobb. Maybe whatever is going on has to do with the swamp.


Batman #20: If there is an award for Best Comic issue, this issue would win it hands down. Absolutely brilliant.


Nightwing #18: I don’t know if the Pyg/Grayson relationship happened in the Grayson title, or things are coming from Morrison’s Batman run. Regardless, this was a really well written issue. This title would be amazing with a better art team though. If they got the team that did the Titans Annual, I’d be happy.


Aquaman #20: Love the horror vibe to the cover. Good story developing regarding Dead Water.


Deathstroke #16: Good issue. Twilight might just have a future.
 
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Superman #20: Was very curious to read the first post-Reborn issue to see the new status quo. Was very glad to see the Hamilton County stuff is still in, as I really like Jon getting this upbringing. It sets him apart from the urban citydweller son of Batman. Interesting doings with Grandpa Cobb. I suspect he's been taken over by something - and hopefully isn't evil at heart.


Hal & The GLC #17: Happy to see Kyle restored as a GL, but hoping this doesn't mean he gets shoved to the sidelines. Really enjoyed the heart to heart between Hal & Kyle.


Green Arrow #20: My big complaint about this arc was that it was too short! I loved every second of it, and really enjoyed getting a fully fleshed out backstory for Roy. The writing was stellar on Roy's story, and hopefully he'll show up sporadically in these pages again (versus being invisible during the nu52).
 
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Nightwing #18: I don’t know if the Pyg/Grayson relationship happened in the Grayson title, or things are coming from Morrison’s Batman run. Regardless, this was a really well written issue. This title would be amazing with a better art team though. If they got the team that did the Titans Annual, I’d be happy.
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The current Nightwing arc is VERY heavily steeped in the Morrison Batman stuff. That's where Dick & Damian first encountered both Pyg and the guy who shows up at the end of Nightwing #18.

Green Arrow #20: My big complaint about this arc was that it was too short! I loved every second of it, and really enjoyed getting a fully fleshed out backstory for Roy. The writing was stellar on Roy's story, and hopefully he'll show up sporadically in these pages again (versus being invisible during the nu52).
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Couldn't agree more. This series has been really solid since the relaunch. Seems like they've tried about 12 times since the New 52 started to explain the relationship between Oliver and Roy, and finally they got it right.
 
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Action Comics #977: This was an awesome issue. Great writing, with art to match. In the issue, Clark gets a history of his life, as he feels something is missing from his memory, while someone or something is gathering a group of his enemies.


Detective Comics #954: I have to admit, I got a bit confused. I thought Colony Prime was locked up in the Belfry. And I thought Ulysses was off world. I don’t even remember the other two. And is R’as saying the League of Shadows are the Talons (referencing a “bed time story”)? I’ll probably have to go back a bit to refresh my memory. Lastly, I’m not a fan of the art.


JLA #4: Pretty good conclusion with an interesting last couple of pages.


Suicide Squad #15: I hate when new characters are introduced and are killed off (Ravan). And I think there could’ve been a lot more stories that could be told with Rustam. This issue was Waller-esque, but the dialogue—and even more so for the backup—really needed work. On a positive note, no more Romita!


Hal Jordan/GLC #18: The Greens & Yellows try to get along, although there are a few hiccups to get to that point, while two of them are attacked on patrol. Interesting end with Rip. I wonder who from Earth will get a blue ring.
 
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So another DC title is going to cost $3.99. Aquaman, which has been published twice a month since Rebirth, is now only going to be coming out once per month, according to DC's July solicits.

Dropping it from my pull list at my LCS after June, but will still get it from an online retailer at a discounted price.

This is a bad omen, as it seems more & more DC titles are going to be costing $3.99.
 
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Action Comics #977: This was an awesome issue. Great writing, with art to match. In the issue, Clark gets a history of his life, as he feels something is missing from his memory, while someone or something is gathering a group of his enemies.
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I just find Jurgens' writing soooo bland. It's always technically proficient and clear - always professionally done, but there's never any oomph to it. (At least IMHO where the H is silent.). I'm digging Superman far more.

Detective Comics #954: I have to admit, I got a bit confused. I thought Colony Prime was locked up in the Belfry. And I thought Ulysses was off world. I don’t even remember the other two. And is R’as saying the League of Shadows are the Talons (referencing a “bed time story”)? I’ll probably have to go back a bit to refresh my memory. Lastly, I’m not a fan of the art.
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The League of Shadows is, as far as we know, unconnected to the Talons or the Court of Owls. The reference to a bedtime story was Ra's letting Batman know that his memories have been tampered with (apparently Zatanna-style by Ra's). You might be confusing Ulysses (aka The General) with the Superman character of the same name.


This week - Batman # 21 - first part of "The Button" - and there's a ton to unpack, particularly for an issue whose events take place in a little more than one minute. Batman vs Reverse-Flash, a Flashpoint tease, King & Fabok using the 9-panel Watchmen grid extensively, Batman saying "hm" as a nod to Rorscach's "hrm", and Thawne returning from wherever he went looking a lot like Barry Allen in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Not a lot of answers here yet but such a well-executed issue.

Nightwing # 19 was really cool also. Love seeing Dr. Hurt back.
 
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