Archive for February, 2013

Review: Teen Titans #17

Teen Titans 17

If you told me that I’d pick up Teen Titans #17 a month ago I would have been skeptical. Teen Titans was weak from the start, in my opinion, and awkwardly shifting continuity and the chaos of the Culling and The Night of Owls only hurt it further. As I mentioned in my review of Red Hood and the Outlaws #17, I’ve found Scott Lobdell to be a writer capable of soaring highs and truly abysmal lows, and possessed of a myriad of flaws in his execution. Teen Titans never reached the jaw-dropping awfulness that still mars its sister title’s good name, but neither did its characterization manage to match the best moments of Red Hood. In a word, it was dull.

How could a book that shared its name, its premise, with Marv Wolfman’s New Teen Titans be so mediocre? How could the same characters that made up Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans be so boring and lifeless? How could I spend $2.99 on something I’m willing to denigrate so? I can’t answer the first two but I know the last one.

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Review: Talon #5

Talon 5

Talon has been an interesting title since it launched. The only title based around a concept or character that had not been introduced before the New 52 reboot, Talon has seemed to be a success for DC. And though it has the support of being a Bat-Family book spinning out of one of the most noted storylines in years, it’s done an admirable job digging out its own niche in Gotham. Batman does appear in this issue, though, and it seems that we’re finding the status quo, or at least a default state, for the series. The question is: what is that niche, that status quo, and should you be following it?  Continue reading

RHatO 17

I can hardly believe that this is my first time discussing Red Hood and the Outlaws. A controversial series, RHatO has embodied much of what is right and wrong with the New 52. After a rather poor showing in the Death of the Family arc and the accompanying cross over with Teen Titans, Jason Todd returns to Wayne Manor to say his goodbyes and rejoin his motley crew of hangers-on and reluctant friends. With Scott Lobdell leaving the title, can we expect the book to tread water, or is there a final return to form in the cards? Continue reading


Way back on August 31st 2011, DC Comics published two comics that would change their brand forever: Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1. This was the beginning of the New 52, and, though there is a strong argument to be made that much has been mishandled and much has been lost in the change, it’s hard to not see Justice League #1 as the dawning of a new era. Almost a year and a half later, we now look at Geoff Johns’ new title, Justice League of America.

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Review: Batman #17

Batman 17

As I mentioned in a previous review, I’m a huge fan of Scott Snyder, but not of his endings. Snyder has a tendency to build up impressive narratives within the creases of Batman’s mythical fabric. While this leads to epic storytelling, enhanced by Snyder’s pitch perfect sense of tone and horror, it has often led him to let us down when he hints that things will change forever and he, rightly, leaves things in place for future stories. Death of the Family is finally over. Does Snyder break his record, or will the Joker’s last laugh fizzle? The answers and more poorly chosen metaphors await you beyond the cut.

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Remember that episode of Justice League where Green Lantern is on trial? It’s like that, but with drugs!

Bound and Gagged

As stated in my previous posts, I thought we’d mix it up this week by reviewing something that had to be approved rather than something that was banned. Most books are innocent until proven guilty, however the need for literary content to gain approval before being circulated is far from an abstract concept. Throughout history and under many governments the world over, written works have required approval for various reasons. For an interesting glimpse into this legacy, be it the Catholic Church censoring books or the Nazis burning them, I recommend Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book.

THE DEFENDANT: “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” and “They Say It’ll Kill Me…But They Won’t Say When”, written by Denny O’Neil, artwork by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, DC Comics

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Superior Spiderman 3

Right on the heels of its predecessor, here comes another installment in the adventures of your not-so friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Since taking over for Peter Parker, our new and ‘improved’ Spidey has taken on a D-list Sinister Six and saved MJ with a web net. That’s essential Spidey, but it’s all been rather tame. This week we finally get to see the superior Spiderman take on one of Peter’s true enemies. Continue reading

Review: Detective Comics #17

Detective Comics 17

Though last month’s issue left me ambivalent, John Layman has turned Detective Comics back into the flagship title it always should have been. We’ll be looking at both stories in this issue before we delve into spoilers. If you’re thinking of peeking, just ask yourself: What would Joker do? Actually that’s a terrible question, let’s move on. Continue reading