Birds of Prey #2: Ed Benes is fast becoming one of my favorite artists, and not just because he can draw very pretty women (I love his Black Canary and Dove). I’m sorry now that I didn’t give the original Birds of Prey a chance after that first trade because Gail Simone does an excellent job on these characters, well, Canary and Oracle at any rate. I’m not sure what Lady Blackhawk contributes to this group (yet) besides a pilot and some displaced-in-time character moments. I came for Hawk & Dove, but I’m sticking around for the good characters and lovely art (for the most part–some pages looked rushed, or maybe that’s the co-artist).
Incorruptible #7: This was really nice. I like that we get a slightly slower pace in this story and it fits with what’s going on with Max: he may be invulnerable while awake, but he still needs to sleep. And when he sleeps, as the bad guy says in the story, his powers reset. Plus, we get a few pages of Jailbait and Max talking, with him telling her that they cannot be together anymore, and her lamenting that fact. Aww.
Legion of Super-Heroes #2: I know Ultra Boy was never as smart as Brainiac 5, or even Invisible Kid, but he also wasn’t portrayed as he has been recently as a big, dumb jock type. I don’t like this portrayal, mostly because Jo is one of my favorite Legionnaires, especially after the 5-Years Later run of the Legion back in the 90s. Anyway, I like what Levitz is setting up regarding Earth-Man now that he has a *SPOILER* Green Lantern ring and the “muzzle” the Legion put on him is broken. And I loved how even though Ultra Boy is under the control of Saturn Queen, his love for Phantom Girl still conquers all–I’ve missed that Legion fact for a while now.
Powers #5: Poor Walker. The guy can’t catch a break. He finally finds a woman he loves and who loves him, and she leaves him, sending him into a downward spiral. Which seems kind of odd to me considering how long he’s been around–you’d think he’d take it better, or maybe that’s too cliché. Bendis does set up the next big plot and it looks to be a doozy. Oh, and guess who’s crashing the party? Deena!
Superman #700: I cannot get away from that Gary Frank art (he did the cover). I enjoyed this more than Batman #700, but I’ll expand on that in a future podcast.
Zatanna #2: This is fast becoming one of my favorite books every month and it’s only issue 2! Dini is setting up the big bad, while still showing how bad-ass Zatanna is (of course, the demon she defeats [that’s not a spoiler, is it?] is pretty minor). I hope Dini will return to the one act that supposedly haunts Zatanna: her mind wiping of various people as shown in Identity Crisis.