Posts Tagged ‘Oracle’

CBF Quick Picks #52 : Batgirl #17

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Better late than never, Quick Picks is back with another week of comic book goodness. And DC seemed to be the one publisher that was a big part of that goodness.

Batgirl continues to be the little book that could. Bryan Q. Miller has such a knack for handling Stephanie Brown and her adventures. And he’s added another character to his repertoire that makes me want to see him to do a solo series – Damian. The plot is not one that will be remembered – it’s the interactions between Batgirl and Damian that makes the whole book. If you ever needed a jumping-on point to this series, I think this is one you can go for.

Birds of Prey #8 continues the “Death of Oracle” story arc in which Oracle is looking to move on to a new persona. But she and Batman-Batman (Batgirl’s words, not mine) first have to deal with more minions hired by the Calculator looking to take down the titular characters. I’ve been enjoying the Oracle/Calculator battles more and more (especially after reading the amazing Oracle mini-series from last year) and Gail Simone is adding her touch to the war with more good characterization of her birds.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #6 gets things moving heading into the War of the Green Lanterns storyline in March. We finally learn what Guy Gardner’s pact is all about that is already starting to cause friction with some comrades. It doesn’t stop him in pursuing the villain controlling some of the Green Lanterns, which ends in an upcoming battle that may not bode well for the hot-headed Lantern.

CBF Quick Picks #25 : E3 and Birds of Prey #2

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Light week for books, but not light on content. For video gamers like me, this was our week what with the E3 conference coming and going. The comic book video game content was pretty impressive too even with Arkham Asylum 2 a no-show this year. It’s a definite improvement when you consider the history of comic book games.

Despite the low amount of books, it was the Birds of Prey that stood out from the pack. Gail Simone has hit her stride these last two weeks with Secret Six taking the prize last week. She has a great affinity for these characters and takes them down really dark down paths and sees what they can make of them. Having a talented artist like Ed Benes certainly helps to express the dark mood too.

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CBF Quick Picks #24 : Batgirl #11 / Secret Six #22

Friday, June 11th, 2010

With the majority of comic book events taking a break this week, it was good to spend some time talking about some sleeper hits under most people’s radars. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of Stephanie Brown’s take as Batgirl and has made me really appreciate her growth as a character since her days as the Spoiler. Having Oracle along for the ride doesn’t hurt either.

But what really takes the cake is what Gail Simone has been bringing to the Secret Six. Unbelievably brutal in both its characterization and in its violence, it makes you laugh and yet cringe at the same time at this rag-tag band of anti-heroes and villains (who really are quite charming and makes you want to go out to a picnic and hold hands with them). As of late, this has been the book about Catman and it has made him one of the more compelling characters as of late for DC. Hit the Play button and you’ll know why.

CBF Quick Picks #20: DC Rules The Universe

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

There was too much going on in DC land to limit this to one or two books to Quick Picks this week. As much as Return of Bruce Wayne deserved a good amount of hype, I was thoroughly impressed by a bunch of DC offerings. DC is hot right now and I’m glad they’re continuing to build other franchises beyond the Batman and Green Lantern names.

This is not to say that Marvel didn’t have a good week too – just that DC did things one better. Marvel wrapped up Siege and officially began their march into Heroic Age. It was nice that they finally wrapped up all those threads, but my review here on iFanboy can give you some insight as to why I felt it could have done a whole lot more.

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