What I Bought Today – Batman #22, Superman Unchained #2, Nightwing #22, Batgirl #22, Fearless Defenders #6 (WARNING – SPOILERS)
Well, despite heat and sore feet, I have ventured uptown on this Wednesday and returned to show you all…
*Groan* Well, this was the expensive week. Five books, one week. Thank God three of them were among the cheaper ones out nowadays. Let’s begin with the two expensive ones, starting with Batman #22.
Yeah, I’m calling it right now: Red Hood One is The Joker. Maybe it’s someone else and this is a HUGE swerve, but I’m pretty sure it’s him. And if that’s the case, I would just like Scott Snyder to know that I’m fine with that, so long as we learn NOTHING ELSE ABOUT HIM. NOTHING. The whole point of the character is that we’re not supposed to know who he really is. Otherwise, Zero Year has been superb. I have a slight issue with Bruce and Alfred coming to the point where one actually has to hit the other, but considering it’s Alfred having to slap some sense into a younger and rasher Bruce Wayne, I guess it works. The Riddler proves to be an awesome villain hanging out in the shadows, though I HIGHLY doubt he’ll remain there much longer, as he clearly has plans that will require him to step out into the light. Overall, great issue, can’t wait to see what in the hell happens next.
Superman Unchained #2…When I saw the preview pages for this, my reaction was “Ooh, this looks good!” And you know what? That’s the first frakking time I’ve ever had that reaction to a book starring Superman in the New 52. I’m gonna spoil the first 8-10 pages a bit for y’all, so if you don’t wanna know what happens, skip ahead to the next book I talk about now: Superman flies to Dubai, sees thousands of people trapped in the Burj Khalifa after it’s knocked over (which, for those unaware, is the TALLEST MAN-MADE STRUCTURE IN THE WORLD), and manages to save them all at the last frakking second, even with a giant mech suit trying to kill him…Okay, for realsies? This is the best Superman title going right now, but it really says it all that this is the best Superman title simply because it FEELS like a Superman book and doesn’t do anything to screw up the winning formula for him. Hell, we even see Lex Luthor up to his old tricks! Now, of course, there are some moments that feel SLIGHTLY groan worthy, like Superman later having to fight corrupt soldiers, and once again we find Lois Lane in need of being rescued, but I’ll still fuckin’ take it over the Lobdell titles! Oh, and don’t even get me started on Justice League, that’s a rant for another day!…Oh, and Batman was in this. lol
Nightwing #22 was great. Will Conrad’s art is actually really good, and because of the similarity to Brett Booth‘s work (minus the beefcake) and the fact that the book still has Andrew Dalhouse as the colourist, I honestly might not have noticed the difference too much. The stuff with Tony Zucco honestly makes me wonder if Zucco is actually legitimately reformed or not. Prankster very quickly capitalizes on the mistake Nightwing made by not personally ensuring he gets handed over to the authorities, as he holds Chicago ransom and reveals the sins of the Mayor. Overall, continues to be great.
Batgirl #22………Oh boy. Look, I’m gonna skip what I thought of most of this book, because thank God, most of this book actually works REALLY WELL for me. I’m not really a huge fan of the romantic interest in this series, but this issue helps to sell him for me, and I’m grateful for that. Also, the first page was hilarious. However, I have to talk about the ending, because it encompasses the worst of this book nowadays: Jim Gordon is an idiot right now in Batgirl. I don’t know if Gail Simone is intentionally writing him to be an idiot, but frankly I don’t give a damn. IT’S ANNOYING AS FUCK. I’ll talk more about this in a separate rant, but for now I’ll just say that I’m already fed up with this, and if it gets much worse, I might just be dropping Batgirl, at least until this particular story arc is over.
Fearless Defenders #6 was okay. I really feel bad for the fans, though, since a character they really grew to like has died. I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say for a friend of mine who made a guess on it, it’s NOT Hippolyta. Unfortunately, I can’t feel too bad since I’m rather unfamiliar with her (in fact, note to self: Buy first 4 issues of this book to get caught up). Kinda ends on a pretty sad and uncomfortable note, but we’re left with the promise that it could get better, so I guess we’ll see. I will once again say that it is AWESOME to see all these super-heroines in the same place at the same time. ^_^
So that’s it for this week. Next week, it’s Catwoman’s turn at bat with Crazy Steve-I mean Batman, and Supergirl has an encounter of the Cyborg kind. Ja né!
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Happy Humpday, everybody! XD Time to take a look at what I bought today, and let’s start off with Batman #15.
Y’know, I’m thinking that once Death of the Family is done, I’m gonna do a retrospect on the storylines for Scott Snyder‘s Batman, starting with Court of Owls. I just adore these stories so much, even though it’s pretty clear Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are out to creep the hell outta me with them. Speaking of which, it’s become clear that Joker’s fixation with Batman has grown even more disturbing than we fans have ever thought. I don’t wanna spoil anything, but let’s just put it this way: Slashficcers are gonna have fun with this story. Also, it seems as though Joker may or may not actually know the identities of Batman and his allies, it’s hard to say for sure. Batman seems sure he’s just messing with them, but then again, last year Batman was sure there was no such thing as the Court of Owls. In the meantime, he’s found where Joker is holding up. Once again, don’t wanna spoil anything, but it seems clear that this will be quite similar to a certain Rocksteady video game. Also, Riddler appears in the back-up story that is co-written by James Tynion IV, and thank God they have done away with the question mark mohawk looking thing he had back in Batman #1. lol
I’m gonna miss Gail Simone on this book so much. She has been so wonderful. The only thing I don’t like about this issue is that at one point Batgirl seems determined to shoot Joker, to do to him exactly what he did to her, and take the consequences for it because it would be worth it to put him away. Again, I do not like seeing my DC Superheroes, especially ones with the word Bat in their title, looking to shoot and/or kill people. However, this is at least understandable given the angle they’ve been doing with Barbara for a while now, that since becoming Batgirl again she’s been dealing with post traumatic stress, so clearly she’s not thinking straight. Also, it helps that we can pretty much gather that she’s not going to do it. Otherwise, this issue is a great read, and I suspect the next issue of Batgirl will sell like MAD, given the circumstances.
Something’s been baffling me regarding Batman & Robin lately, and I just figured out what it is: The title. Throughout most of these stories, we’re following Damian WAY more than Bruce. So why is it called Batman & Robin? Why not just make it Robin, thus giving us a Robin solo title for the first time since early 2009 (This is of course depending on whether or not you count Red Robin as a Robin title). Anyway, this issue is…okay. There’s not really much that goes on. It’s mostly just Robin going looking for Alfred, getting captured by Joker, having to listen to him talk and talk and talk about the nature of robins and how Batman’s allies are making him weak, and we get some gross-out visuals here and there too, and finally we see that Joker has some sort of Batman replica standing by for Damian to fight. Oh, and Damian threatened to kill Joker, but that’s not a big deal. It’s only a big deal when he says he WON’T kill, because that’s when he’s usually about five minutes or so away from killing something.
So that’s it for this week. Next week, we check in on our old buddy Nightwing, and if previews for future titles are any kind of giveaway, I think it’s clear this could be one of the most horrible ordeals of Dick Grayson‘s life, and considering the life he’s led thus far…well, pray for this man and his sanity, people. Ja né.