Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Comic Day 3.31.2010

After a couple of "deeper" blogs, it's back to the ennui....

Medium week this time around, 4 titles.

Blackest Night #8

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and Cover by IVAN REIS
1:25 Variant Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
1:100 Sketch variant Cover by IVAN REIS

The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come. Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world's greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!

Well, I think Blackest Night, as a crossover event, was a pretty successful project. It didn't get too sprawling for it's own good, and it also didn't feel like an apology for 10 years of bad choices. **cough**Siege**cough** that said, I'm really to move on and see what Brightest Day will bring us. Particularly because it feel like a whole-line effort, and that means far more self-contained stories tying to the larger tapestry. Much easier to follow.

OHHHH...More variant covers!! **FACEPALM**

Didn't we learn anything from the 90's?

Detective Comics #863

Written by GREG RUCKA
Art by JOCK
Co-feature Art by CULLY HAMNER

When Batman and Batwoman each face off against a knife-wielding killer, they soon find themselves working different sides of the same case. But will they arrive in time to rescue the missing girl and stop the killer from claiming another victim? Things do not end well in "Cutter" Part 3.

And in The Question, the mastermind behind the human trafficking ring and the gunrunning scheme is finally revealed, and The Question and the Huntress find themselves in the fight of their lives.

Rucka is really kicking it with this title, he's been waiting a long time to do an ongoing with Batwoman, and he's really hitting all the right notes. I'm really hoping DC continues to find a place for a Rucka-penned Batwoman title once we hit "The Return of Bruce Wayne" this summer.

Gotham City Sirens #10

Written by PAUL DINI
Art and Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

Is The Riddler friend or foe? One thing's for sure – he definitely isn't making life easy for Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn!

Ok, I keep saying it, but this time I mean it...I AM DROPPING THIS TITLE. I will probably not even pick up this issue. I kept waiting for Dini to really kick it in and get me wrapped up in the girl's story...He's certainly been on the ball over on Batman: Streets of Gotham. Alas, I can't wait anymore. The new Flash series is starting soon, and I need to clear some slots in the pull list. This and Power Girl, once Palmiotti, Gray and Amanda Conner move on, are the obvious choices.

Justice League of America #43

1:25 Variant Cover by MIKE MAYHEW

Following the decision that occurred in JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE and the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE AND FALL SPECIAL #1, the World's Greatest Heroes must come to terms with who they are and what they represent. Meanwhile, an all-new danger threatens the existence of everything past and present in the exciting finale of "Team History."

I'm buying this for Bagley's art, as I think I've said before. It's worth my money for that, but man...Between the Cry For Justice stillbirth, and what they're trying to do with Green Arrow, Robinson has pretty much written himself into a place where I'm only concerned for the art.

Come on, guys, this ought to be a flagship title, why does it feel like sloppy seconds?

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