On the list last week were:
- Batgirl #1
- Batman: Streets of Gotham #3
- Blackest Night: Superman #1
- Dark Entries
- Dark Reign: Mr. Negative #3
- Dark Reign: The Hood #4
- Ex Machina #44
- Filthy Rich
- Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #4
- Hellblazer #258
- Invincible #65
- Jack of Fables #37
- Justice League of America #36
- Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers #4
- Power Girl #4
- Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys #1
- Superman/Batman #63
- The Mighty Avengers #28
- The Red Circle: The Web
The big mystery on everybody’s mind was who the new Batgirl will be. The ending of Oracle confirmed that it was not Barbara Gordon, and early teasers definitely didn’t suggest Cassandra Cain (having her smiling and the big rack just didn’t look right). There were little choice left, and finally it turned out to be…Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Spoiler a.k.a. girl Robin a.k.a. one-time Batgirl. While I have no extreme feelings whatsoever for that choice, I just couldn’t enjoy Batgirl #1 that much: the story wasn’t quite engaging, the art wasn’t spectacular…but if Babs and Cassandra make enough appearance for “handing down the mantle” moments, it might work.
One more title from The Red Circle was released, and so far this is the best yet. The Web is not a particularly a noble guy. Taking a twist from Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark’s book, The Web’s alter-ego designed a special suit more for the fame than doing good. That is until his saint of a brother’s death, and a huge change of heart…
I was very excited with the launch of the Vertigo Crime imprint. Depending on the people, it might have looked like they were riding on the wagon of Marvel’s Icon imprint, or they’re stealing its thunder. In any case, the first two books have not been particularly stellar, coming from the accomplished Vertigo. Having Azzarello write Filthy Rich does not make it stand out from other run-of-the-mill noir series. You have the token don-on-his-luck guy, this time injured football player stand-up guy Richard “Junk” Junkin, you have the femme fatale, socialite Victoria, and her imposing rich guy dad.
Dark Entries, the second title, fares slightly better. In an imprint of crime stories, you surprisingly get a John Constantine story. It started out as a decent whodunit (written by Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus series), but the moment Rankin decided to test his supernatural chops out, the story spiralled down to awful incongruity. In any case, it’s a decent debut for the sub-imprint, and let us hope the next books are much better.
Batman: Streets of Gotham #3: Batman and Robin might be an exquisite story, but Streets of Gotham is an exquisite Batman story. Previously, Thomas Elliott a.k.a. Hush has escaped from his cell, and has been carrying the Bruce Wayne’s identity. In an act of revenge, he squandered Wayne’s wealth, and basked in the adoration for his newfound generosity. That was until Dick and Damian called in The Network to keep an eye on him. In the Manhunter feature, Kate Spencer battles against Jane Doe without her suit.
Invincible #65: Conquest is finally dead, Eve gets a bigger bust during her reconstruction…all seems to be well in this epilogue for the Conquest arc, or are they? We see Rex’s funeral, nemesis Angstrom Levy’s rehabilitation, the impending rise of the Martian parasites…and the preserved head of Conquest for the Reanimen project!
Dun dun dun!!!
Power Girl #4: PeeGee is getting really really goood! It has achieved the perfect balance of action and comedy, mixed with a bag load of girl power. This issue has PG spending some quality time with Terra, bonding over movies and bashing an eco-terrorist with powers over fantasy creatures. Cue self-mocking quips about secret identities, superhero costumes, “manga monsters” and more boob jokes! After the wild Saturday night is done, Karen gets on with her apartment-hunting. She found one just perfect for her, just to have the day spoilt by more monsters…