RandoMonday: Birds of Prey (2010) #4

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Birds of Prey (2010) #4 by Gail Simone (w), Ed Benes & Adriana Melo (p), Ed Benes & J. P. Mayer (i), Nei Ruffino (c), Swands (l), & Alina Urusov (cover)

My friend Travis often spoke very highly of the Birds of Prey series that preceded this one, so when DC announced that they were relaunching the series post-Brightest Day AND that Dove was going to be in the book, well, I had to buy it. This issue is the last part of four (not really–the characters and set up from #1 continue on in the next issue) featuring a new character that has Black Canary running a little bit scared: the White Canary. The “B” story has Barbara in a precarious situation, but Ms. Simone deftly turns the premise on its ear, and instead of Babs who looks as if she will be pushed in her wheelchair from a very high point becomes the one who saves the person we thought was going to kill her. And Dove punches out the Penguin.

The Ed Benes art (with assistance) is lovely to look at, even if his work is highly cheescaked. There was a particular panel that I loved giving us a flashback to Dinah’s childhood where she’s flying around in Starman’s arm, next to Alan Scott/Green Lantern. I always hoped we see more of these remembrances in future issues, but alas, the New 52 relaunch would arrive soon enough and change everything.

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Pull List Quick Thoughts: 2nd Half of October, 2012

I’m gonna try something a little different (and admittedly a little lazy) and present my quick thoughts (Twitter style!) on the comics I read for the second half of October, 2012.
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Podcast Episode 33: 52 Pickup, Part 1

This time I just talk about some comics. Specifically, I discuss the following DC New 52 family of titles:

  • Justice League
  • Superman
  • Batman

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Pull List Review: 12/21/11 Comics

First things first: the new Avengers trailer:

Boo-yah! Am I right? :D

Now for week 3 of my quickie December 2011 comic reviews.

Batman #4: Usually I don’t care for adding new stuff to an established character’s origin as if it’s been there all along, but I did enjoy the addition of Bruce Wayne, Lil’ Detective. The Greg Capulo art is getting better (or better with me at least, save for how all of his dark-haired characters look the same sans masks) and that last page incorporating the credits into the maze was neat.

Batman, Inc.: Leviathan Strikes! #1: Does anyone know why DC delayed the release of these two Batman, Inc. issues (what would have been #9 & 10)? Was it just the New 52 launch? Regardless, I got to see Stephanie Brown as Batgirl one last time and was by far the better story of the two in this $7 collection, though, speaking of the second story, was it really a surprise just who Leviathan was revealed to be? I was actually a little disappointed. Despite that, I will be getting this series when it returns later this year.

Daredevil #7: Love love love that cover–it’s so elegant in it’s simplicity. This issue is a nice change of pace from the story that’s been developing, but it was the Nelson & Murdock office party that was the best part of this. 1) Matt comes into the party wearing a “I am not Daredevil” shirt along with devil horns on his head. 2) When Kirsten McDuffie says hello, Matt offers to get her wine but “accidentally” knocks the bottle over so that when they both catch it, they end up touching hands (I bet Matt does this bit all of the time–he’s such a player!). The A story is fine, but really is just a respite before the next big plot.

Fantastic Four #601: Ok, bone picking time. This is how Marvel keeps down cost? A flimsy cover stock? As for the issue, there are some nice moments in it: Spidey’s reaction to seeing Johnny back, Sue’s tears of joy at the same, Ben shedding a tear as well, and Reed (of course) being able to tell Johnny exactly how long he had been presumed dead (2757 hours). By the way, just how much more can Earth-616 take? After the events of Fear Itself, and now this (and who knows what other apocalyptic events that have happened in other Marvel books), the poor populace has taken quite a beating.

Justice League #4: More lovely bits! Cyborg makes a full-on appearance, as does Aquaman, who quips to the assembled almost Leaguers, “I don’t see a leader.” To which Batman replies, “Then you’re not looking at me.” Later, when dick Hal accidentally (or is he copping a feel?) touches Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth and reveals he’s really just trying to impress people, Batman laughs (though not on panel). Oh, yeah, and Darkseid arrives. The art this issue seemed less clean, or maybe it’s just because there are a lot of explosions.

Nightwing #4: Just when I was enjoying the thought of Raya sticking around long-term, the first few pages spell it out: she tells Dick that their fling is just that, nothing more (and that sentiment is reinforced at the end as well). But to complicate matters for the former Boy Wonder, Batgirl shows up, but she does apologize for the way she treated Dick in Batgirl #3, so I liked that bit of continuity. And can we have a moratorium on using the body double trope? That is so hackneyed.

Wonder Woman #4: Cliff Chiang’s Diana is gorgeous! I love his rendition of the Amazon Princess more and more each issue. And Brian Azzarello’s take on the Olympians has grown on me to the point that I love them all so far. How refreshing to see War portrayed not as a megalomaniac bent on utter destruction? At the end though–did Hera do that to the Amazons? Based on how she was treating Hippolyta earlier, it doesn’t make sense, but then, Hera is known for her mood swings.

I also read Birds of Prey #4 (still liking this book, and the ending to this issue has me intrigued), Blue Beetle #4 (yawn), Catwoman #4 (why does Selina like wearing the red wig so much? And holy cow that last page!), DC Universe Presents #4 (we really have one more issue of this thing?), Lady Mechanika #3 (I love the look of this book, but the jokes are really lame), LSH #4 (yawn), Supergirl #4 (yawn), Thunder Agents #2 (I liked the Frazer Irving cover. The story is so-so.).

Pull List Review: 11/16/11 Comics

Batman #3: This issue literally ends with a bang! Snyder has created some cool stuff in this title, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. That whole 13th floor thing was CREEPY! I am still loving the bat-tech in this title. You don’t really get that in the other Bat titles that I’ve read (in fact, it’s almost as if we have at least four or five versions of Batman, which is not a good thing). I read a tweet from the artist that the physical likeness between Bruce and Lincoln is intentional, which is a complaint I believe I made on one of the LBR podcasts. I found it funny that he felt it necessary to make that announcement.

Birds of Prey #3: Stakes are raised big time in this issue, but before that, Canary takes the group to get the newest BoP recruit: Poison Ivy. Starling and Katana attack Ivy, to which Dinah exclaims, “Guys! C’mon! What the hell?” I got a chuckle out of that. Still good, still buying it.

Blue Beetle #3: I get that they wanted to tell the origin story for this character, but I want Jaime to actually do something besides argue with the scarab. Three more issues and I’m done.

Catwoman #3: You know what? Complain about the sexuality or the treatment of women already portrayed in this comic, but it’s still a pretty darned good read. Selina’s reaction to her fence’s murder (because of her, natch) is good angsty stuff, all drawn to great effect by March. I never thought I’d be reading a Catwoman comic every month, yet, here I am.

DCU Presents #3: So do not care about this Deadman story. This should have been two, maybe three issues tops and move on to the next story, but no, we have two more issues. I will be getting the next storyline featuring the Challengers of the Unknown, but after that, I think I’ll only get whatever characters interest me instead of getting the book monthly.

Justice League #3: Love love love this portrayal of Diana. She’s a fighter and loves it. It’s what I think an Amazon’s mindset would be. Interesting that Steve Trevor is her Pentagon liaison. Many great lines in this issue:

  • Flash to Batman: “I thought you were a vampire or something.”
  • Hal to Barry when Diana arrives on the scene: “Dibs.”
  • Superman to Diana” You’re strong.” Diana (smiling slightly): “I know.”
  • Aquaman to everyone: “So who’s in charge here? I vote me.”

And that two-page spread of Wonder Woman was lovely to look at. :D This is my favorite book of the DCnU.

LSH #3: Unless something really, really interesting happens in the next three issues, I’m done. (And that makes me sad.)

Nightwing #3: I usually don’t like it when writers throw in new people from the main character’s past, but I am liking this new redheaded, childhood friend of Dick’s. I imagine that the other redhead that Dick loves who shows up next issue will cause some problems for our favorite former sidekick. I’m also really digging the Barrows/Pansica pencils in this book.

Red Hood & the Outlaws #3: My last issue, but I still cannot get over the fact that Scott Lobdell is actually making me care about Jason Todd. WTF?! That cherished memory that Jason traded to accomplish his mission was just awesome. Out of character for Batman, perhaps, but for emotional impact, the scene was very cool.

Supergirl #3: Much like Blue Beetle and the LSH, something needs to change for me to continue with this title. I’m bored, and I shouldn’t be.

Wonder Woman #3: What is wrong with you, Internet? Why does this slight change to Diana’s origin make you bleed from your ears? I like this new twist–it makes perfect sense, and sets up a new adversary for Diana. However, to be Diana and have to listen to your mother tell you how you were conceived is kind of gross. The ending to the issue was perfect.