Thursday, November 08, 2007

This Week's Haul: Too Many Kryptonians

I tried so hard to post every day this week, but I failed yesterday. I just can't find time to do anything anymore.

I did, however, get First Runner Up in The Coast's Best of Halifax reader's poll for Best Local Blog! So thanks to everyone who voted for me. I didn't even know that was a category this year!

I read a bunch of comics this week. Here's some of them:

Robin #168

The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghul continues. I don't know why this is "Part 1 of 7" when there were two parts last week. Does that mean there are going to be 7 issues of Robin alone that tie into this thing?

So Damian isn't so into Ra's Al Ghul's plan to use his body as a host. So he hightails it to Wayne Manor to find his dad. Instead he runs into Robin, and Tim isn't happy to see him. They get into it.

Then Damian runs upstairs and finds Alfred, who is awesome. This is actually where I start to feel kinda bad for Damian. Maybe the kid isn't pure evil.

Oh, kid. How many times have I said that?

Tim wakes up after being knocked unconscious, and mistakes Damian helping Alfred up after he trips for Damian trying to kill Alfred. Oops!

Alfred totally tears a strip off of Tim. It's rad:

The comic ends with this exciting page:

Aw, man! Continued in Nightwing? I have to read Nightwing?! Sheesh. That's like "To Be Continued in Trigonometry Class." Boooooo.

Supergirl #23

Yet another creative team for Supergirl. I really like the art. I think the writing is good...but I had no idea what was happening in this issue. I read it twice. No idea.

But I still think the writing is good, because the characterization is good. And it kinda tied into Sinestro Corps, but not enough to put that on the cover.

It started off in Supergirl's apartment, which I thought was cool. She has a mysterious present on her coffee table. It's lead and soundproofed. She finally just decides to open it. This gets her a phone call from Batman.

And here is what Supergirl is good for: calling Batman on his creepy weirdness.

She's right, Batman. Who would actually tie a box up with a big pretty bow?

SG gets the call from Superman and soars into battle.

Overall, I think there's hope for this comic.

The All-New Atom #17

Oh man, this was great! Wonder Woman makes an appearance, giving us a taste of what's to come in Simone's upcoming run on WW. I'm excited.

Especially after this awesome Picoult dig:

Ha! You tell 'im, Diana!

She looks so dope on that motorcycle!

This issue gives us more of the Ryan/Giganta relationship, which, as it turns out, is still happening. Fantastic!

Short Guy/Tall Woman, Super Hero/Villain. I love it.

I also loved this misunderstanding:

What a great comic.

Justice League Unlimited #39

You put Batman and Elongated Man together, and you know you're going to have a good time. Throw Detective Chimp into the mix, and you have a party.

Also, as I've mentioned before, this is the only comic that completely ignores all the depressing continuity and offers month after month of fun stories about dead characters. I love it.

I mean, how can you not love this?

Batman feels the same way about Ralph's gross nose that I do. I'll add it to the list of things we could talk about on our date.

The ending of this comic was solid gold:

Metal Men #4

Another beautiful issue of Metal Men, which should win awards for the covers alone! This is going to make a gorgeous book when it's collected.

Just look at this crazy steam shovel that the Metal Men join together to build:

That's just awesome.

Gold and Lead have exchanged identities, and Lead (now Gold) is trying to cheer his friend up. It's pretty cute.

God, this comic is just so beautiful! I can't stand it!

Superman #670

The Third Kryptonian...again, a very confusing concept, considering there are five Kryptonians on the cover, none of which is the "Third Kryptonian."

I thought this was pretty neat:

Batman has the job of Fortress Keeper. He plays it like John Travolta in Get Shorty:

That is a suit that Superman designed and built. It is constructed to recognize Batman's biometric signature. So in love.

Actually, this comic did come dangerously close to Jeph Loeb-levels of Superman-crushing-on-Batman-through-obsessive-interior-monologues. Superman was thinking of him almost constantly throughout the issue.

So now the Third Kryptonian is gone. We hardly knew ye, What's-her-name!

12 comments:

buttler said...

Oh my god. A dolphin Green Lantern!

Scott said...

I haven't liked what I've seen of the new Supergirl, but these three pages looked pretty great. Superman's comment that "The entire Green Lantern Corps can't get the job done so they came to me, and I'm shuffling it off to you..." is awesome. It's cool that he knows she's better than the 7200 lanterns.

rachelle said...

Yeah! I think that's what I really liked...Superman trusting her with that responsibility. I was so tired to Kara being whiny and Superman being overly-protective. Now she's a straight-up hero.

SallyP said...

Wait...there are Green Lanterns in Supergirl and I didn't get it? Well crappity crap crap.

Hasan said...

"She's right, Batman. Who would actually tie a box up with a big pretty bow?"

Why, The Joker of course.

Scott said...

"Yeah! I think that's what I really liked...Superman trusting her with that responsibility. I was so tired to Kara being whiny and Superman being overly-protective. Now she's a straight-up hero."

It's more like her Silver Age role, when he called her up and sent her on missions when he couldn't be two places at once. It's less of the "new, improved" portrayal and more of a return to a concept that worked before Jeph Loeb got ahold of it.

Rich said...

I can't get over the laser vision bouncing and writing thing. Shades of Jordan/Bird circa '92.

rachelle said...

Ha! We need more comics based on 90s ad campaigns starring athletes.

Maybe Batman could play 1-on-1 basketball with Godzilla...

dave said...

I've been thinking about Nightwing a lot lately, since I read your article on him. I've come to the conclusion that the best thing for Nightwing as a character would be taking Damian under his "wing" for a few story arcs.
The strongest element about Dick Grayson is that he's managed to come out of the "Batman School of Crimefighting" extremely well-rounded, social and charismatic.
It would be great to see Damian place under his tutelage, and could potentially tone down the character's lack of social skills (and give him a better authority figure to work with than Bats.)

It could even be kind of funny, having Damian not unlike an Invader Zim type:
Dick: "Damian, don't you have an algebra exam tomorrow?"
Damian: "THE SON OF THE BAT DOES NOT REQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF THE QUADRATIC EQUATION!!"
Dick: "Ohhhhhkay, how about settling down there, sport."

Writes itself, really.

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Ok am a little lost here who is the Third Kryptonian? there are 5 in the cover but you say none of them is the third... DC really messes up with my head.

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