Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
We’re hitting things off round robin-style in week two of new 52 land, as well as a couple of Marvel spotlights:
- Uncanny X-Force #15
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
- Green Lantern #1
- Red Lanterns #1
- Batwoman #1
- Batman and Robin #1
- Deathstroke #1
- Demon Knights #1
Week 3 will be up later this week!
Music provided by Chop Suzy – Addicted To You
No doubt who’s the winner this week as we roll into Bruce Wayne’s official return to the DCU (though you can thank delays on the Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series and the Road Home one-shots for messing things up a bit). Batman and Robin #16 finally brings us the conclusion of 2 years worth of threads Grant Morrison has brought about to the Batman universe. While it can be daunting to piece those together, you can’t help but respect the different direction Morrison has brought to a character going 70+ years strong. Where he takes this next with Batman Inc. will be interesting.
Scarlet #3 is one of the better of Bendis’ books I’ve enjoyed. Nothing revolutionary in terms of plot about a girl wronged by society and fighting against corruption, but it’s the gritty style that Alex Maleev brings to the art that makes it stand out. I’ve also enjoyed the content in the back with the letters and upcoming projects too
Lastly, Superboy #1 makes its long-awaited debut from Jeff Lemiere of Sweet Tooth fame. I honestly haven’t caught up much with the character since his death in Infinite Crisis (who knew comic book characters can come back from the dead, right?), but it still was a fun re-introductory read for me to Connor Kent. Not sure where it’s going, but you can never judge a book on its first issue.
Many thought Batman and Robin #15 would get the prize this week (as most other comic book sites seem to be giving it to), but I just can’t get enough of Cullen Bunn’s epic tale in The Sixth Gun #5. Mystery, suspense, gun-slinging, the undead – these are just a sample of what’s in this fantastic series. And it’s continually building its own mythology by giving us a taste of where this series could go next once this story arc ends.
This is not to say that Batman and Robin #15 was left out in the cold. Another solid issue continuing Dr. Hurt’s pursuit of the Bat demon Barbatos. Irving’s art is breathtaking and the last page reveal is no shocker given what DC is promoting next month, but is still a solid cliffhanger to whet our appetites for what Peter Tomasi has in store next for the series.
Brightest Day #12 briefly detours out of the Blackest Night part 2 domain and back into Martian Manhunter’s storyline. A lot of comparisons to the Garden of Eden tale, which makes it all the more compelling when Manhunter continually refutes his newly discovered Martian companion’s, D’Kay, attempts at starting a relationship and re-creating Mars. We all knew what was coming next out of this, but it still doesn’t take away from one of the better sub-plots coming out of this year-long event.
No Green Lantern talk!
Okay, a little Green Lantern talk. Tim reviews the DVD Green Lantern First Flight, which I should be watching this Friday. There’s been some buzz about the new Marvel and DC DVDs and anime being made, such as Wolverine (which is really, uh…Japanese), Ironman and Hulk (both of which look amazing). We should do a movie podcast down the line.
I review issues 2 and 3 of Mike Carey’s The Unwritten. This is getting good, literary references, secret identities, magical powers, and mystery everywhere. I recommend it with my other new Vertigo favorites, Fables and House of Mystery.
We take a quick look at Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin. Meh.
Tim reviews the end of the Spider-Man arch American Son, with spoilers so you are hereby warned. He also gets into the new X-Force, which is headed up by Wolverine. How he finds the time to do this we don’t know, must be a mutant or Canadian thing. I make a mental blunder confusing my X-titles (like that’s never happened to you).
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There was an entire wall at the comic shop dedicated to Blackest Night Prelude, so I picked up Green Lantern 41, and Tim got a few Green Lantern Corps. We talk a little more about Blackest Night and how DC is preparing you for it. Something that should be interesting when Blackest night begins next month is the Batman crossover. Night Wing has won the cowl, but when will Bruce Wayne make a return? Steve Rogers is coming back much sooner than we expected, so is the Blackest night story line the right time to bring Bruce back?
I found another great title in the Vertigo line called The Unwritten, which is written by Mike Carey of Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men: Legacy, and others. He’s also the author of The Devil You Know, and several other dark fantasy books. For The Unwritten, think if Harry Potter was based on a real boy who been struggling to be free of the association, but when he does he discovers that it may have been more real than he knew. Very interesting work, didn’t grab me like House of Mystery or Fables, but I enjoy Carey’s work and will follow the series.
Tim finishes up with what’s been going down in Spider-Man. He brings us up to speed with the whole re-editing Peter Parker’s history (One More Day) to the current story line, American Son, which has been called one of the best Spider-Man arcs ever. And then there are the usual tangents into things like Book’s of Magic, and the new Batman and Robin series written by Grant Morrison.
We’re also thinking about creating a social community site for Comic Book Fury to get more of you involved. More about that in later posts.