Saturday, October 17, 2009

The best of the rest.

I managed to read a lot of back issues this past week. Here's a quick look at what I've been sifting through.

-Justice League of America #28(July 1989): This was a strange one... The story revolved around a date between Guy Gardner and Ice. Guy(being a gentleman)decides to take Ice to a pornographic movie theater, which is run by Black Hand(!!!!!!). Yes, the same Black Hand who is currently leading the Black Lanterns in DC's Blackest Night x-over! Black Hand had given up crime(or super crime at least)and when Guy and Ice entered his establishment, he thought they were there to arrest him for his past crimes, even though Ice and Guy had no clue who he was. Needless to say, this was definitely a comedy issue. Come on, you know you want to pick this one up out of morbid curiosity! Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.

-Batman Annual #19: This was a Year One issue, and dealt with the first meeting between Batman and the Scarecrow. We get a full origin for the Scarecrow, along with his first defeat at the hands of the Batman. Pretty good stuff here, especially if you are a Scarecrow fan. Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.

-Girlfrenzy: JLA-Tomorrow Woman #1: This comic dealt with a character called Tomorrow Woman, who was apparently an android developed by Prof's T. Morrow and Ivo to infiltrate and destroy the JLA. We learn that although she is programed to eventually eliminate her teammates, Tomorrow Woman was conflicted. After reading this, I have to say I'm definitely interested in finding out more on Tomorrow Woman. Score: 8 out of 10.

-Rann-Thanagar War #1-6 + Special #1: Those wacky bird-like aliens, the Thanagarians decide to declare war on the science worshipping members of the planet Rann, and a whole slew of DC aliens and heroes wind up getting involved. To be honest, this mini-series really didn't do much for me. However, this mini is notable for the deaths of Hawkwoman and Jade. Score: 6 out of 10.

-Millennium #1-8: A Guardian of the Universe and a Zamaron come to Earth to create a new race of Earth-born immortals. However, the Guardian and Zamaron are opposed by the evil Manhunters, which the Gueardians had created 3 billion years ago. It's up to DC's heroes to stop the Manhunter's from killing the Chosen of the Guardian and Zamaron. This mini-series was an absolute trainwreck. Maybe it was because this series crossed over into a lot of other series(which I didn't have), or maybe it was because this was just a really bad series... I tend to think the latter is most likely the correct answer. Score: 3 out of 10.

-Deadshot #1-5: The assassin Deadshot discovers that he has a daughter he was previously unaware of, and sets out to clean out up the girl's neighborhood while starting up a relationship with the girl's mother, a former prostitute. Unfortunately, Deadshot steps on the toes of the wrong people, and has to deal with gang members, crooked cops, super-villains and Green Arrow. I thoroughly enjoyed this mini-series and I'd happily recommend it to anybody. Score: 9 out of 10.

-Batman: Face the Face TPB: This trade collected the One Year Later storyline that ran through the two main Bat titles after Infinite Crisis. It dealt with Batman returning to Gotham after a year away and relieving Harvey Dent from his role as Gotham's vigilante protector. However, Harvey isn't exactly happy to just hand Batman his job back, and soon after Batman returns, he begins to find members of his rogue's gallery dead, with all signs pointing to the supposedly reformed Harvey. This was an excellent Batman story. Any fan of Batman or Two-Face should DEFINITELY give this one a read. Score: 10 out of 10.

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