Saturday, October 10, 2009

The best of the rest.

I read a lot of comic books over the course of a week. Not just the stuff that I post reviews for, but also a lot of back issues. I figured I'd use this post to give a quick rundown of the other comics I've spent the past few days reading through.

-Justice 1-12: Magnificent artwork and an excellent story, up until the end, which really fell a bit flat for me. Everything just wrapped up WAY too neatly for my taste. For a score I'd go with a 9 out of 10.

-Son of Superman: This was a prestige format Elseworlds story about(what else?)the son of Superman and Lois Lane. Basic coming of age super-hero story stuff. Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.

-War of Kings: Ascension 1-4: A War of Kings x-over which starred one of my longtime favorite c-list heroes, Darkhawk. Good clean fun, although the massive overhaul of Darkhawk's origin did bother me a lot. Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.

-Green Arrow: Year One 1-6: This was Green Arrow's origin story and for lack of a better term, it was awesome. As a GA fan I was a bit hesitant going in, but this comic did a great job presenting Ollie's origin. Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.

-Batman War Crimes TPB: This trade detailed some of the aftermath to the Batman: War Games storyline which led to the "death" of Spoiler. It was OK, but I was definitely hoping for more from this one. Score: 7 out of 10.

-Batman/Ra's Al Ghul TPB: I'm currently in the middle of this trade, and I should have it finished up by the end of the night. It's a telling of Ra's Al Ghul's origin(some of it anyway)along a Batman story set in the present. So far it's alright, but not much more.

There you go. If I can find the time, I'd like to make this a weekly post, but every time I try to do a weekly post it never works out, so I definitely won't be making any promises!


  1. Is that Batman trade by Devin Grayson? If so, I remember that story being terribly dull. Something about Ra's being an ecological terrorist? Is that right? I'm having trouble remembering through the haze of boredom I felt from the story.

    That whole Batman: War Drums, War Crimes, War Games etc. story arc was absolutely forgettable. I think the only reason for the entire crossover was to "kill off" the spoiler, which didn't make much of a difference anyway. Wasn't Ed Brubaker the writer for the arc? His work on Batman's books was a bit lackluster, when compared to his other stuff.

    Green Arrow: Year One is just a simple adventure story, but I thought it was really well done. Probably the best "Year One" mini-series put out recently, but that's not hard when your competition is Metamorpho.

  2. Yup, the Ra's trade was indeed by Devin, and yes, it was quite dull and forgettable! I finished reading it last night and I can barely remember it!

    Yeah, wasn't really anything special, although I did enjoy the parts with Joker and Black Mask. Batman seemed WAY out of character through most of that trade. I think Ed may have had a hand in "Crimes", I know he had a hand in "Games", but I have no idea where I threw the trade after I finished it, so who knows!

    You're the forth person to say that GA:Yo was very good, I'm definitely glad I gave that a read. Please tell me you're kidding and there isn't really a Metamorpho Year One out there somewhere!


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