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Old 3 Weeks Ago   Astro@work is offline   #353
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Finally caught UP (WELL EXCEPT FOR THIS WEEK'S STUFF)...

Flash #29,30: Okay story. Hoping Iris and NuWally don't stay out of the book too long...Barry not acting like himself would be far more meaningful if characters we were invested in were seeing it. I do like Bloodwork...Barry is long overdue for a good new Rogue (well one who doesn't die at the end of the story anyway).

Hal & the GLC #27,28: As a non-fan of the New Gods I'm really liking them in this arc. Maybe it's because they're being treated like actual Gods. (When they share a cheeseburger as members of the JLI, they become far less interesting). The fakeout on Orion's death was well scripted.

Batgirl & the BOP: Honestly...meh. I want to like this book, I really do. Part of the problem is DC can't seem to figure out what to do about "Oracle" after 6 years. I like Babs as Batgirl, since she's the iconic one. So put somebody meaningful in the seat, who has resonance with all media. It should either be Chloe Sullivan, Felicity Smoak, or Bette Kane. God knows they're never going to properly utilize Bette, but they could have their cake and eat it too with Bette as an ex-Batgirl Oracle.

Green Arrow #30: Was good to see Hal back with Ollie after a million years...we haven't really seen it since the dawn of nu52. This was probably the best installment so far of Hard Travelling Hero.

Cyborg #16: Singularity Aftermath has been a better story than Singularity. The Mother Box backstory was actually pretty good. This arc also showed that Gar Logan needs to be a supporting character in the book (the real one, not digi-Gar lol). Art and writing on this book both continue to rock.

Batman #30: Good, but did we really need an "interlude" on a very talky 6-issue arc? Still, never thought I'd be this invested in Kite Man.

Batgirl #14: Really liked the Robin/Batgirl flashbacks. Since nu52 started "5 years later", we never really got to see young Dick and Barbara. Well, not since the 1940's and 1967 anyway. And I wasn't reading then. so...

Nightwing #28: Good installment. Was sad for Shawn, but good twist. Still wishing I liked the art better. Too sketchy for my taste.

Green Lanterns #30: Another good chapter of Out of Time. Never thought I'd be rooting so hard for Simon. Those poor original Lanterns though. Talk about Lanterns-In-Fridges!

Wonder Woman #30: Overall, as a palette cleanser arc it was okay. Just didn't feel like it had the gravitas of Rucka's storytelling, but good to see lots of page time for Steve and Etta. Ready for Robinson to come on board and up the game.

Superman #30: The battle with Sinestro and Parallax played out as expected, although the visit to Qward was fun.
 
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   superfriend is offline   #354
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Action Comics #987: The Oz reveal was good one. After this much build-up, it needed to be somebody major. Looking forward to finding out the backstory next issue. I will say that it NOT being Ozymandius (as many suspected) still leaves us at point zero for forwarding the Watchmen influence suggested since the beginning of Rebirth.
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i was sooooo relieved it wasn't Ozymandias. and as much as i'm not into revisiting Watchmen, even the culprit behind SPOILER. Highlight below text to read
Jor-El's

return being Dr. Manhattan, i can kinda squint and enjoy a new twist on Superman's relationship with his biological father.

Scott and Barda are now my favorite couple in comics. So many cool little touches in #2, from the repeated "I'm too tall" line to the simple scene of them sleeping back-to-back in bed. Of COURSE that's how they would sleep, given the circumstances in which they grew up. A small thing but extremely effective in humanizing them both.
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there's a palpable tenderness about it. it reads like some next level stuff to me. wondering-about-the-next-issue liking it. which is kinda rare for me these days.
 
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i was sooooo relieved it wasn't Ozymandias. and as much as i'm not into revisiting Watchmen, even the culprit behind SPOILER. Highlight below text to read
Jor-El's

return being Dr. Manhattan, i can kinda squint and enjoy a new twist on Superman's relationship with his biological father.
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I'm still not convinced about the reveal being true - he looked a little more like SPOILER. Highlight below text to read
Lor Van (? Lara's father)

to me from the flashback scene.
 
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I'm still not convinced about the reveal being true - he looked a little more like SPOILER. Highlight below text to read
Lor Van (? Lara's father)

to me from the flashback scene.
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Interesting theory...
Clark's doubts about his identity led me to think we're supposed to be suspicious about his story. I couldn't figure out who it would be otherwise...but a different relative could be a good bet.
 
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Bleeding Cool has floated a number of theories, many of them including various Kryptonians from the past.

it's funny, i'm not even interested in the mystery (they rarely seem to pay off/make sense in comics anyway) so much as relieved this isn't another portal to some Watchmen incursion.

the things is, and i've not been reading the other appearances, Mr. Oz's motivations seem many and extra-curricular to just Superman lore. like, did he steal Tim Drake or something?

don't know but just looking forward to a goofy yarn on the way to Action #1000.
 
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Haven't been able to get to the LCS, and have a huge stack to still get to. But here's a bit:


Action Comics #987: Oz is revealed & his identity is pretty shocking.


Action Comics #988: This story is losing me.


Superman 3’s 31-32: Fill-in story, guest starring Deathstroke, prior to his transformation. Good stuff. This has me thinking that a Lois Lane title could work.


Detective Comics #964: Half the story was about Clayface & his struggle for a cure, while the other half had Anarky showing Steph his underground utopia with Batman revealing his ties to the Victim Syndicate. This was an interesting read.


Suicide Squad #25: The team battles a possessed Waller while dealing w/ Direktor Karla’s squads around the world. Except for the last page, the writing was rather poor.


Hal Jordan/GLC #28: Powerful storytelling, as Hal thinks about his father while trying to reach the New Gods’ High father & Light Ray.


JLA #14: Poorly written story, but I’ve been invested with the title this long, I might as well see what happens with Ray Palmer. Taking this title on an issue-by-issue basis, as I dropped this from my regular pull.


Dark Nights Metal #2: Epic storyline centered around Batman. Some parts are a bit odd (like the 5 metals infusion/absorption), but overall I’m in for the ride. Liked the Jim Lee cover to this.


Dark Nights – Batman the Red Death: Bad art. The story itself started off poorly, but got more interesting as things developed. Liked how the drift was made of bats, that was a good touch.


Dark Nights – Batman the Murder Machine: Love the cover. The reflective foil cover really makes it pop. The Bat Tank is reminiscent of the old Joker-Faced vehicles from yesteryear. Pretty good story.


Gotham Resistance Parts 1-3: These one-shots, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, & Teen Titans #12 were okay, with bad art. The whole “crow, crow, crow” went completely over my head in DNM #2until I read the NW issue. Crowbar – Jason Todd Robin. Got it. With the Batman Who Laughs running the show, I’ll have to see how things conclude in Green Arrow #32. DC needs to make action figures of these characters.


Batman #31: Thought the humor was good, and the use of Kite-man was inspired. Probably my favorite issue of this storyline.


Batman #32: Interesting end, but I didn’t like how it got there. The whole knife thing didn’t ring true to me. Glad this is over.


Nightwing #30: Raptor’s in town. Nightwing makes a deal with Roland. Not the best writing in the world, as Seeley has kind of lost it as of late.


New Super-Man #15: Not a title I get, but it guest starred some members of the Suicide Squad, so I picked it up. Decent issue, easy enough to see what was going on.


Batwoman #7: just an odd issue. With this title not even in the Top 100 in August, I don’t think this will be around much longer. They need to get a new writer on this if this is going to survive. Bennett is focusing too much on Batwoman’s relationships, which is really a shame, as Kate is so much more.


Red Hood/Outlaws Annual #1: The Outlaws are at the circus w/ Nightwing and KGBeast, err.. Beast, as the big bad in this story. Really good issue here. Good storytelling & some of Tyler Kirkham’s best work as of late.


Red Hood/Outlaws 314 : Really good issue. The story was fantastic, with a brainy Bizarro (no backwards ‘S’—good touch) & a not-so trusting Artemis. Loving this title.
 
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Aquaman #28: An okay "middle arc" installment. Glad to see Garth getting utilized in these pages (finally), after an unmemorable first appearance right before Titans started.


Action Comics #988: Backstory on Jor-El was okay. Really need to see how they're going to utilize him before I weigh in whether the big shock was worth it.

Superman 3’s 31-32: Nice little two-parter. Nice to see Lois show some moxy and not just get locked into the role of Super-mom.

Detective Comics #965: Tim Drake meeting his future self was a fun bit. Lots of "possible futures" invading the DCU right now...curious if that's intentional or not, giving the upcoming debut of Doomsday Clock.

Deathstroke #24: Cute issue. Loved all the interplay between the characters. Tara's snark is actually pretty funny. Confused by Killer Frost's appearance at the end with the Society, since she's reformed and on the JLA now...hello DC editorial, is this thing on? tap, tap, tap...

Flash #31: Enjoyed Bloodwork as a new villain, and was also glad to see the return of Wally in these pages.


JLA #15: Great seeing Ray Palmer in costume and back in action, even if he's the "previous" Atom now. Can't say I was taken with the backstory, as it was too reliant on alien characters I had no investment in, like Preon.

Justice League #29,30: Liking this arc, and confess I did not see the identity of Sovereign coming (although in retrospect I should have!)


Dark Nights-Batman Dawnbreaker: All of the tie-ins add up to the same story...how Batman become a dark mirror version of another JLAer, but still enjoying them. This one was probably my favorite.

Dark Nights – Batman the Red Death: Also a fun one. How Bruce stole the speed force was a great bit.

Dark Nights – Batman the Murder Machine: Probably the most brutal, but also the best art. Bruce pulling out Vic's inside was a shocker.

Batman #31-32: Kite-Man's ploy in *31 was a great twist, and Bruce's secret, finally revealed to Selina, was actually a great character twist (reinforcing Bruce as "broken"). Was very happy with Selina's long awaited answer. Lots off story potential there.

Batwoman #7: Gosh I wish I was liking this title better. I just don't give a rat's arse about Safiyah and Coryana. The highlight of the issue was Beth's appearance, and was sad to see it was only a hallucination.

Batgirl #7: Still loving the Dick/Babs flashbacks. Lots of fun.

Super Sons #8: Still loving this title, although I'm not sure where the alternate Earth angle is going in this story.

Wonder Woman #31: Good start on Robinson's run. Hercules Unbound didn't last long (haha), but did add some "weight" to the story. The differences between Grail and Diana could also make her a great reoccurring villain. And so close to using a geek emoji for teenage Darkseid!
 
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