Saturday, September 6, 2008

Nightwing 148

The Great Leap part 2
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Rags Morales

Nightwing is still trying to save Carol. He gets her to one of Batman's safe houses and leaves her there promising he will be back soon. He takes his glider back to the batcave to get some medical attention from none other than Alfred. Alfred starts operating immediately. He removes a bullet from Nightwing's shoulder. While on the operating table Dick asks Alfred if batman is really gone. Alfred says he believes he is this time. Dick finally goes to sleep with Alfred sitting by his bed. Later Alfred wakes up with a note in his hand and Dick taking off on a motorcycle. Nightwing moves Carol to yet another safe house. This one is in New York City though. It has everything she needs to survive. Bulletproof windows, doors, ect. Stocked fridges and freezers, HBO, and last but not least an insanely powerful taser gun. As he is about to leave her phone rings and she answers it. Nightwing quickly grabs it and hangs up telling her that she could be traced with GPS if she uses her phone. Luckily Nightwing has a chip that will prevent it from being tracked and puts it in her phone which rings again. She is given the go ahead to answer it and is shocked to find Two Face on the other end. He was just checking to make sure that she was still safe. Nighwing leaves after Carol and Two Face are done talking. He hasn't been gone for very long when an alarm is set off at the safe house that Carol is at. At the same time Alfred calls in and informs Nightwing that the bullets he was shot with are laced with fear toxin. Nighwing decides to head back and save Carol instead of worry about the fear toxin. He breaks through the window to find a room full of villians waiting for him.

Thats all that was in this issue. I've enjoyed this seeing how Nighwing and Twoface CAN get along. But better yet next issue is going to be sweet with all those villians teaming up against Nighwing.

--Black Lantern

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Detective Comics 848

Heart of Hush
Writer: Paul Dini
Pencils: Dustin Nguyen

WOW. Thats all I really have to say after reading this issue. The hush story line just continues to develope amazingly. When I first read rumors about Hush returning I thought this was going to be another Return of Hush mess like the last one. Luckily I was wrong. Hush keeps his promise in this issue that he would strike Batman at a distance. Oh and its good. He doesn't go after someone like Robing or Nightwing. He strikes at the heart. Litterally. He goes after Selina Kyle. After a little scuffel with Hush Selina manages to scratch his bandages away to get a clean shot at the face. When she rips them off all she can say is "No you can't be...." While this all is going on Scarecrow has kidnapped an orphan and has him hidden in a cave somewhere. So Batman goes there unaware to what is going on with Selina. To save the kid. Scarecrow says that his associate says that Batman was in a prediciment like the child. So now Scarecrow knows that Batman too was once an orphan. Oh by the way Scarecrow hooked the kid up with venom and scare gas. The kid is also very afraid of bats. So he goes after Batman, but of course Batman finds a way out of it. After finishing up with Scarecrow Batman recieves a call from Oracle. An ambulance just dropped Selina off at the hospitle. Batman rushes there to find commish. Gordon standing outside the Intensive care unit. He says that she is still alive, but Hush took her heart (literally).

Thats how it ends. An amazing issue, an amazing storyline. I have been very pleased with the way it is being written. I highly recomend this to everybody

--Black lanten

Green Lantern 34

Secret Origin part 6
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Ivan Reis

I have found the Secret Origin run to be very good unlike some people. This issue shows what Hal was really like when he started out. The cocky arrogant angry man he was. And of all people Sinestro was there to help him along the way. In this issue you see a side of Sinestro that we've never seen before. The kind caring man he really is...or was. During Sinestro and Hal's battle well the end of the battle Hal creates a green plane and it runs straight through a yellow barrier and defeats the bad buy. Of course Sinestro doesn't believe him. Carol's father isn't really golfing at Pebble beach. He's sick and I'm assuming from the picture on his deathbed at his house. Carol said that after Hal's father died it tore him up inside. He couldn't get over the fact that he was actually gone. So Hal decides to stay with Carol for a while. Later he meets up with Sinestro and has a long discussion about his "anger issues." After a nice heart felt discussion about anger Sinestro and Hal decide to part ways. They shake hands and a message instantly comes from both rings that they have disobeyed teritorial edict and they should report to OA for disipline immediately. This is how the issue ends.

All in all i was pleased with this issue. The ending, in my oppinion, was the best part. I'm pretty excited for next months. I'm willing to bet thats when Sinestro goes crazy, but then again what do I know.

--Black Lantern

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Justice Society #18

Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Alex Ross

Justice Society keeps getting better and better. And I continue to hate Gog more and more as the story progresses. Most of the Justice Society is still following Gog around Africa as he "cleans" up the towns and disposes of the troops who are raising havoc. Before reading this issue you really should, if you haven't already, read the issues before it. This issue has a few surprises and I don't want to ruin those for anybody. Well theres really not much content to this story execpt the walking through africa, complaining about gog fixing them, and Power girl is still missing. Even with as little as "story" as this one had I still enjoyed it and I hope you will to if you haven't already read it.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None

Ambush Bug has a special place in my heart. It was the first comic book series I collected. I was 12 and my Dad took me to a comic book convention and suggested I looked into the series. It wasn't a newer series it had been out for a while so I found them pretty cheap. I fell in love with the series instantly. So naturally I love the new series as well.

Story + Pencils- Keith Giffen
Dialog- Flemming


Jonni DC had been murdered. She can't for a word balloon so she decides to leave a clue because she knows that the DCU is full of detectives who can figure out who her murder was. Ambush Bug is looking to buy some new major appliances. Unfortunately the store he went to doesn't sell anything without a dead body in it. And of course cheeks the toy wonder is in the issue. Ambush Bug decides to track down Jonni's murder. This whole issue is just a spoof of Identity Crisis. Ambush Bug goes on a wild goose chase across the DCU to try and track down her murder and doesn't find anything. I really don't know what all to say about this issue. It has tons of funny pages but not really much to explain in a review. I suggest picking it up sometime

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Batman RIP #679

Creative Team:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Tony Daniel
Inked: Sandu Florea

Bruce is still running around as Batman Zur-en-arrh. This issue starts out with Batman beating some people up nothing unusual execpt the Zur-en-arrh costume. Then he has a nice conversation with Batmite and a Gargoyle on top of a building. Then beats some more people up. Doctor Hurt came up with the idea to use "Zur-en-arrh" to give him the power to switch off Batman anytime he wanted. Atleast thats what Batmite's telling Bruce. Batman prepared himself for a psychological attack with a backup identity which turns out to be The Batman of Zur-en-arrh. In the mean time Robin is trying to sort everything out and keep himself safe from the Club of Villains at the same time. He leaves a message on the Knights mom's voice mail telling him whats been going on with Nightwing disappearing and Batman going crazy. Alfred puts a call into commish. Gordon asking him to come to the mansion its urgent. When Gordon and a cop with him walk into the mansion. The gates were open as was the front door. The cop was the first one to walk in a bends down and picks up a card with a skull and cross bones wearing a sombrero. Then he is quickly killed by three arrows. It turns out that Wayne Mannor has been booby trapped by El Sombrero. If you don't want to know all the surprises of this issue I suggest to stop reading now. Doctor Hurt is in the Batcave with El Sombrero and Alfred, who is tied up. Doctor Hurt pours some wine on Alfred's head and tells him to wake up betrayer. "The usurper was NEVER my son was he? "It was and Martha my adulterous witch of a wife am I right?" Alfred tells Doctor Hurt/Thomas Wayne that he isn't Thomas Wayne because he knows he isn't Thomas Wayne. Doctor Hurt/Thomas Wayne disagrees and says he is Thomas no more now he is Doctor Hurt.

It was a great issue once again. I think most of us had figured or suspected that Thomas Wayne would show up sooner or later in this series. Atleast I have expected him to show up. This story line continues to get more insane by the minute. I strongly suggest picking this issue up if you haven't already.

I'm starting to wonder if the Joker won't get his chance to finish off Batman like he has always wanted. I think the introduction of Bruce's father poses a problem for the Joker to finish Batman off, but with Grant Morrison writing anything is possible.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Robin 176

Creative Team:
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Pencils: Joe Bennett

Wow this was one crazy issue. When Fabian took over the series I wasn't sure if it was going to be any good. I really enjoyed Chuck Dixon's run on it and wasn't sure if I could adjust to another writer. This issue continues to show how Robin is growing up. He isn't as funny as he used to be and both the Spoiler and Nightwing commented how he was being a tougher Robin. A picture has been sent by cell phones showing that Batman has lost his mind. After Robin gets word of this from the Penguin due to their little deal [issue 175]. This issue is mostly Robin roaming around thinking about this whole situation. Officer Harper checked the pages Robin scanned out of Bruce's diary with Comm. Gordon's records and found nothing alike. This makes Tim start to think that most crimes have been made up in Bruce's mind. At the end you do find out that Batman talked with the Spoiler 49 hours before this issue takes place and tells her that Tim is going to have to carry on without him and she'll have to help too. This issue was good IF your into the whole RIP story line.