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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

Batman: Battle for the Cowl 2

by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea

Two-Face is being led into a fight with Penguin, but Daniels will learn to do better dialogue if DC gives him more chances. Two-Face declares that if “Penguin wants to turn it up a notch, we’ll turn it up ten.” Dent should have said, “…we’ll turn it up twice as much,” or “turn it up two times.” That’s the way Dent is. Florea works hard to have Tim fill out the Bat-suit fairly well, but still have his face relatively young and uncertain. Some of the attempts at witty dialogue, such as Catowman talking about “whatever happened to the Caped Crusader,” are a little much.

The end gets a little uncomfortable, as Tim finds a crowbar conveniently lying at the bottom of a cave, just as Jason Todd is wiping the floor with him. It’s a little too convenient, but the prospect of Jason getting his head beat in by a crowbar just as the Joker did when killing him the first time is a little disturbing, which means it was good to have that in there.

I’m liking the art quite a bit, and the story is not that bad, but it should be regular price. I’m not sure I can recommend this for $3.99.

Solomon Grundy 2

by Scott Kolins

DC continues to let the artist be the writer again for this seven-issue mini-series. Kolins leaves out some narrative labeling, so if you’re not already well-versed in DC lore, you might not recognize all of the players, and his editor should be bringing little things like that to his attention.

The story falls apart a little bit when we have to believe that Bizarro is being transported by a couple of hillbilly union truckers who stop to pee on the side of the road. It’s a little low-tech and low-security for the risk involved with the passenger. For some reason, though, the scene of them munching down hot dogs later makes it all worthwhile. It’s not the greatest issue on the stands, but if you have the change to try out something a little different, I’d recommend this one.

Superman: World of New Krypton 2

by James Robinson, Greg Rucka, and Pete Woods

The cover is fun, and that’s a good start. The Oans have taken notice of the new planet opposite Earth, setting up for some conflict with Green Lantern in a future issue, and the first couple pages show that the coloring is being given some good attention. I wish we had a separate inker, because as good as Pete Woods is, some of his people don’t have very good definition to them

In short order, there are a ton of visual spectacles along with possible complication for Superman thrown at the reader, and it makes for a full comic. The colors are vibrant and the atmosphere is constantly changing. Kal-el fitting in to the confines of a military structure is intriguing, and the way he uses his farming skills to help him is a great use of his Midwestern upbringing. From the guild structure and implied slavery plot, to the possible conflicting agendas of Zod and Allura, to the way that Kal finds himself to be something of an alien to his own people, this comic has it all. Must read material here, and the best that Robinson has done with the character to date.

Trinity 45

by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Fabian Nicieza, Tom Derenick and Wayne Faucher

After this series is over, I’m going to take them all out again and line up the triple covers all in one room, just to check it out.

The Crime Syndicate attacks, and the dramatic ripping of Batman by Owlman looks cool. In the space of a couple pages, it looks like they have a chance, and then the trinity disposes of them with relative ease. It’s one of the best fight scenes I’ve seen lately, and it’s fun to see the good guys on the upper end of the power distribution for a change.

Morgaine figures out to summon Krona, and the deal-making commences with the second part of the story. At this point, it’s important to note that they have integrated the story-telling so much, it really is inappropriate to label any part of it a “backup” story. Krona finds Enigma’s daughter to be the replacement for the worldsoul that Morgaine offers to give him. Immediately Engima and Konvikt turn against the others, and a massive free-for-all ensues.

Now that Krona and Morgaine have found a way to cooperate, the stakes have kicked up a notch, and we enter the home stretch for this year-long extravaganza. The writing and art have stayed at high quality for the entire length of the series, and it’s making for an excellent success story for DC. I don’t know when they would want to try something this ambitious again, but of course if they can do things like this and 52, I think if they give the artists enough lead-time, I would definitely be interested to follow another weekly series. But it has to be closer to this than Countdown!!!!
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.