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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part One

Batman 685

by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen

We continue with Faces of Evil, and Paul Dini continues his Catwoman story from the pages of Detective Comics. The Bat-titles are all crossing over stories, back and forth, so for those fans who think that they should have their own theme, or who hate to go get another title to collect the whole story, you’re going to have to be patient for a while. The “evil” part doesn’t fit too much, since Catwoman does nothing but good this time around. As more time goes by, the whole “faces of evil” theme fails to fit in with many of the actual stories and/or characters. Let’s hope Origins and Omens is slightly more coherent.

The story is straightforward, with just about everyone getting what they want, except for the bad guys. Nguyen’s art is as solid as always, and even though his style is not to my particular taste, he seems to be as good as ever. The one problem is that I do not spot much growth in his style as an artist, so I don’t spend a lot of time studying the art on Nguyen comics. The story is average, and next month, the “What ever happened to the Caped Crusader?” story starts, crossing over with Detective.


Justice Society of America 23

by Geoff Johns and Jerry Ordway

The team is doing some soul-searching after their split during the Gog/Magog mess, and Hawkman storms out angry. Will any of the new generation leave the team? Will any other veterans depart? And will anyone old/new join up again? It may take another issue for the dust to settle.

The major development here involves Black Adam finally going to confront Felix Faust over his treachery involving Isis, and that leads to trouble for the now-Wizard Shazam! Ordway gets a writing credit and pencil credit, and longtime readers might spot Bob Wiacek’s inking style at this point. It’s as good a transition from one major story to another as any, so buckle up and get ready for more mayhem with Black Adam.


Superman 684

by James Robinson and Jesus Merino

This issue gives justice to Faces of Evil. The Parasite gets his hands on Mon-el for a few seconds, and uses the wisp of power to escape custody just before the power fades. You get a good sense for the villain’s need to feed, and the style they have chosen to depict him with the skin flowing over his eyes and mouth is creepy-good. Merino’s art is pleasing to my eyes, even as Robinson sets up the Guardian as head of the Science Police. We also get a bit of intrigue with particular certain Kryptonians who remained Earth-bound, and Superman gets a rude shock at New Krypton.

As long as it took to set up, I think it is finally paying off. This is the best issue of Robinson’s Action that I have read so far. I will be very pleased if he can keep up this level of storytelling.


Teen Titans 67

by Sean McKeever and Fernando Dagnino

Brother Blood gets out of Hell due to events in the Reign in Hell mini-series! He gets out via Kid Eternity in a clever idea by McKeever, and we get to see the new line-up of the Teen Titans in action. They don’t do too well, actually. Dagnino gives us some nice action, but he tends not to put too much detail into his backgrounds, as is common these days.

Faces of Evil pays off in this title pretty well, maintaining the focus on Brother Blood and his weird way of figuring out what Trigon needs him to do. It looks like Red Devil’s story is finally going to be revealed to the rest of the team, as Brother Blood just stole his powers, and mentioned something about a demon taint. Not bad at all…


Wonder Woman 28

by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti

Lopresti works hard on showing us Wonder Woman’s gleaming golden armor, but has a ton of blank backgrounds that get on my nerves. Pure white? Really? I don’t want to be reading a webcomic here with no details, folks. Wonder Woman grabs a support team and goes after Genocide. It just so happens that all of the men in the JLA have been knocked out cold, but the women are awake and ready to fight. Gee, what a coincidence. Simone is taking the girl-power theme a little too far.

Meanwhile, the hidden architect behind Sarge Steel’s behavior and potentially Genocide is revealed, and Zeus resurrects what has been mocked around the net as his “Manazons.” Why Zeus is going all sexist on us and focusing only on males is unknown. But his new Olympians are about to sink what may be an American destroyer at the end of the issue. It makes a good tease for next issue.

Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.

Funny, you liked these issues and I thought they were all subpar.

Batman #685 - to say I didn't care about sums up my reaction to this story. Plodding and predictable with underwhelming art.

JSA #23 - I just don't like Ordways's art. I really enjoyed the "us v them" conversation that opened the issue but I felt more should have been devoted to Isis. her change of heart just feels like a plot device to me.

Parasite - er I mean Superman #684 - 22 pages of the Parasite in search of food. ugh. nevermind that, the story defied logic - Superman knows how dangerous Parasite is and yet lets him stand near ANYONE? plus, why exactly didn't Parasite gain Mon-El's weakness to lead in addition to whatever power he mopped up? AND when will it be explained how Rudy returned from the dead since magically re-appearing in JLA #2?

Teen Titans #67 - glad I know all about Trigon because this story doesn't tell us squat about him or why his link to BB is of any consequence (and since Trigon is now apparently a real demon and not an extra-dimensional entity like he was since his debit up until last year - *sigh*, thanks Didio(t)- we should have been told more). actually my real problem is that I felt the Deathstroke one-shot should have been this issue. i never cared for Brother Blood. I did think the Neron reveal to the rest of the team was cool.

Wonder Woman #28 - wake me when this book gets exciting. for a 'god' the Olympian seems less than. plus, i still find her concept muddled. i'm sure there's some sort of big reveal coming but so far i find it hard to understand exactly why the heroes can't take her down. and i'm tired of Diana's proclamation about what the lasso can really do. I'm guessing the notion that she is the true source of the lasso's power has now been retconned away though it would be nice if the story specifically told us the lasso is once again the source and, oh yeah, what that power is. i'm sure that's another reveal yet to come but so far I'm not understanding it - and I thought Final Crisis was a cake walk.

-- Posted by: David at February 6, 2009 12:50 PM

Funny, you liked these issues and I thought they were all subpar.

Batman #685 - to say I didn't care about sums up my reaction to this story. Plodding and predictable with underwhelming art.

JSA #23 - I just don't like Ordways's art. I really enjoyed the "us v them" conversation that opened the issue but I felt more should have been devoted to Isis. her change of heart just feels like a plot device to me.

Parasite - er I mean Superman #684 - 22 pages of the Parasite in search of food. ugh. nevermind that, the story defied logic - Superman knows how dangerous Parasite is and yet lets him stand near ANYONE? plus, why exactly didn't Parasite gain Mon-El's weakness to lead in addition to whatever power he mopped up? AND when will it be explained how Rudy returned from the dead since magically re-appearing in JLA #2?

Teen Titans #67 - glad I know all about Trigon because this story doesn't tell us squat about him or why his link to BB is of any consequence (and since Trigon is now apparently a real demon and not an extra-dimensional entity like he was since his debit up until last year - *sigh*, thanks Didio(t)- we should have been told more). actually my real problem is that I felt the Deathstroke one-shot should have been this issue. i never cared for Brother Blood. I did think the Neron reveal to the rest of the team was cool.

Terror Titans #5 - looks like we agree. i'm much more interested in Rose's story than any of the others so any time she doesn't get the story my opinion goes down. that ending was contrived though. she's a Deathstroke-trained hand-to-hand combatant and yet gets taken down by these D-listers even with her newly revealed powers? yeeeah.

Wonder Woman #28 - wake me when this book gets exciting. for a 'god' the Olympian seems less than. plus, i still find her concept muddled. i'm sure there's some sort of big reveal coming but so far i find it hard to understand exactly why the heroes can't take her down. and i'm tired of Diana's proclamation about what the lasso can really do. I'm guessing the notion that she is the true source of the lasso's power has now been retconned away though it would be nice if the story specifically told us the lasso is once again the source and, oh yeah, what that power is. i'm sure that's another reveal yet to come but so far I'm not understanding it - and I thought Final Crisis was a cake walk.

-- Posted by: David at February 6, 2009 12:56 PM