Thursday, September 10, 2009

Speed Reviews for: Batman and Robin #3, Batgirl #1, Justice League: Cry for Justice #3

I've really been neglecting my blog these past few nights thanks to my rather steep load of homework. Since I've been back in school, this semester has thus far been the most trying. With that said, I just don't have the time to dedicate 2-3 hours blogging every night(at least until things cool off at school). Since I still want to be in touch with my fellow comic fanatics(the Legion of Losers in particular), I'm going to try a new review format tonight. Once the weekend rolls around, I should be able to go back to my normal reviews. As always, let me know what you think. On tonight's agenda, Batman and Robin #3, Batgirl #1 and Justice League: Cry for Justice #3.

Batman and Robin #3: Writer-Grant Morrison Artist-Frank Quitely.
What happened- Robin manages to escape captivity from the bizarre Pyg and almost manages to defeat Pyg single-handily. Pyg gains the upper-hand, but Batman manages to make the save after stopping Pyg's germ attack on Gotham City. Pyg winds up getting arrested and Batman discovers another mysterious domino.
What I thought- I thought this comic was horrendous(sorry Robert!)! I know there's a very thin line between insanity and genius, and I think Grant has finally crossed over to the insanity side... Pyg doing a "Sexy Disco Hot" dance for the bound Robin? Sorry, no. However, I think I might finally be warming up to Robin(Damian Wayne).
Score- 4 1/2 out of 10.Can someone please explain to me what the bloody hell is going on here!?!?!

Batgirl #1: Writer-Bryan Q Miller Penciller-Lee Garbett.
What happened- The former Batgirl(Cassandra Cain)decides to quit now that Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman, so she gives her Batgirl outfit to her best friend, Spoiler. Spoiler promised her mother that she would quit super-heroics and go to college, but she can't stay away from the allure of wearing the Bat-symbol on her chest, and she winds up fighting crime as Batgirl. Her mother finds out, to set up next issue.
What I thought- Good for Steph! I've always liked Spoiler and I thought it was shameful how DC tried to downplay the fact that she was Robin. Anyway, this was a very good opening chapter for the new Batgirl. The door is still open for Cassandra to come back(hopefully she won't though)and it should be interesting to see how the other members of the Bat-family react to Steph's new role.
Score- 8 out of 10.While it's important to beat the bad guys, it's just as important to strike a cool pose while doing it!

Justice League: Cry for Justice #3(of 7) Writer-James Robinson Artist-Mauro Cascioli
What happened- The loose assemblage of heroes(the eventual Justice League)capture and torture Prometheus to discover what his plans are. After getting nowhere, they discover "Prometheus" was actually Clayface and to make matters worse, he was acting as a human bomb, and he apparently blows up the heroes. The real Prometheus gives us his origin story and destroys the mind of his colleague, Professor IQ, since IQ knows too much about Prometheus' master plan. This issue ends with the Bobo Bennetti(!!!)and the Shade(!!!!!!)learning from a fortune teller in Opal City(!)that danger and death is coming and that it will touch EVERYBODY.
What I thought- What an awesome comic book this was! First off, the Shade appeared, which is always a huge plus. To me, this comic was nearly perfect. I especially enjoyed Prometheus' parts, it sure looks like James is taking great pains to turn Prometheus into the huge badass he was during Grant Morrison's JLA run. I can't wait for the next issue.
Score- 9 out of 10.Whenever I see the Shade, I think of the Starman series, and whenever I think about the Starman series I'm happy.


  1. Wow man we really disagree this week hey?

    I thought Batman & Robin rocked. _ Loved the creepy Pyg dance - so disturbing.

    And Cry for Justice! - 9 out of 10! - wow we must have read different books, or maybe I was just in a foul mood and that book felt my wrath.

  2. Yeah man, I wasn't even going to read "Cry" last night, but after browsing your blog and seeing you give Cry a 0 out of 5, I HAD to give that book a read to see what I thought! I've got to ask, how can you be so against the dialogue in Cry, but enjoy the insane dialogue in B&R???

    I just can't get into the characters in B&R. I still don't like Damian(although I was digging him this issue)and Pyg just bugged me. Pyg seems like the kind of villain that should be pestering some 4th rate hero somewhere, not Batman and Robin! I'm looking forward to the next few issues with the Red Hood thoough, I'm a HUGE Jason Todd fan.