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Christmas is so close I can taste it. This week has been a whirlwind so far, and it’s only going to get crazier. However, I still got time to read some comics!
The Guild: Vork one-shot
The Guild creator Felicia Day continues expanding the hilarious universe of her web series with this latest issue. This time, instead of a mini-series following the misadventures of “Codex”, we get one issue focusing on a different member of the Guild. The first installment features Vork, the leader of the Knights of Good, and his path towards learning to be a better leader.
Fans of the hilarious web series will eat this up, and the fact that Jeff Lewis, the actor who plays Vork, co-wrote the issue with Ms. Day only makes the story even more of a believable Vork tale. If you’ve been in the dark on The Guild, you owe it to yourself to check it out. I even put a link up for you (hint, it says “hilarious web series”). You don’t need to be too involved in the web series to get the charm of this issue, and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Batman, Inc. #2
Once again, I’m here to admit that I enjoyed the latest issue of Batman, Inc. Bat-mastermind Grant Morrison’s script is a fantastic adventure piece, and it actually concludes this issue! Yes, for the first time in what seems like forever, a Batman story has been told in only TWO ISSUES! Apparently Morrison’s goal for this series to tell quick, action-packed Batman stories, and while it may be too soon to say, I think it’s been working well.
Batman’s battle with Lord Death Man continues, and the legacy of Mr. Unknown is revealed, which was a twist that I wasn’t really expecting, and puts an interesting spin on the “detective” side of Batman. Essentially we learn that Mr. Unknown is now two different heroes. While the original Mr. Unknown became too old to fight crime physically, he still can use his detective skills. With this in mind, he has one of his employees become the Mr. Unknown that will go out and knock heads. This revelation definitely was a surprise, and puts a whole new spin on the roles that both Bruce and Dick Grayson now play as Batman.
Yanick Paquette’s art still shines, and his action scenes at the beginning of the book are pretty spectacular. No one can draw a giant squid sticking out of the side of a Tokyo building like this guy, and that moment in particular may go down as one of my favorite comic book moments of the year. Batman, Inc. continues on its action-packed path, and for the first time in awhile I’ve been actually looking forward to a Grant Morrison Batman book wholeheartedly.
What If?: Dark Reign one-shot
After last week’s bummer of an issue, we get another What If? story that starts off strong, but eventually fails to deliver. Unlike last week though, this issue was surprisingly predictable.
Back when Norman Osborne was in charge, during last years Dark Reign “non-event”, Hawkeye made a threat in New Avengers that he was going to kill Osborne, stating that he couldn’t stand by and let a known murderer and criminal be in charge of the country’s security. Regardless of the fact that Spider-man should have been the one on the team to hold this viewpoint, Clint Barton eventually decided against killing Osborne. This issue of What If? asks “What if Hawkeye killed Norman Osborne?”. Well guess what……he gets shot. Yep. The entire issue is just Clint Barton hanging out in Central Park, waiting out the whole bruhaha over killing Osborne. I honestly can’t believe that Marvel let this issue go to print, as it honestly just kills time between Clint killing Norman and him getting shot and killed. We barely even get any reactions from his Avengers teammates! I really hope that next week’s Siege themed issue is more worth my time, but at the rate this year’s What Ifs? have been going, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
*These will just be regular reviews.
Today’s WEDNESDAY, and two HUGE books were released this week. Let’s get to ’em!
Batman and Robin #16 (SPOILERS!)
Well here we are, at the end of Grant Morrison’s long (and confusing) Bat-tale revolving around Dr. Hurt, traveling through time, Dick Grayson as Batman, and the omega beam, and guess what? Mr. Morrison actually has some answers for us fans who have been scratching our heads (or pretending not to) ever since Batman R.I.P. wrapped two years ago.
Batman and Robin issue 16 is the final part of “Batman and Robin Must Die!”, as well as the final story in the series by Mr. Morrison. Bruce Wayne has returned to the present day (somehow, as The Return Of Bruce Wayne STILL hasn’t finished) and has joined with Dick Grayson and Damien to fight off Dr. Hurt, the 99 Fiends, and of course, Professor Pyg. Morrison’s knack for crazy out of this world stories is out in full force here, but unlike his other recent work, this story is actually fairly easy to follow, despite the fact that every other Batman book is late.
We finally learn the truth of who Dr. Hurt/”Thomas Wayne” really is, as well as his connections to Darkseid. Now that it’s been revealed, it was the most obvious person all along. His origin was fairly interesting, and this is coming from a Batman fan who prefers the Dark Knight to not meddle with too much hocus pocus. Hurt’s “battle” with the Joker was awesome, as was Mr. J’s short-lived decision to switch sides before being sucker-punched by Bruce Wayne, but it seemed like Morrison wanted to move on from it before we got anything from it. The Joker working “with” superheroes could have had a lot of potential, and unless Mr. J keeps this new outlook, it will probably be forgotten by his next appearance. We also get more Professor Pyg, which is never a bad thing.
Fraser Irving, Cameron Stewart, and Chris Burnham split up the art duties, and all do a commendable job. Unlike other books that have more than one artist, B&R 16 has each artist tackle a different “act” of the issue, and result is one that is far less jarring than recent books with more than one artist.
While this issue definitely gets my recommendation, I’m still not entirely sold on this upcoming “Batman, Inc” event because to be honest, it seems to me to go entirely AGAINST what Bruce Wayne’s personal quest is about. *SPOILER* Bruce revealing in a press conference with Dick and Damien behind him that he has been “financing” the Batman for the past several years is very strange, and you can’t honestly tell me that no one can connect the dots that a billionaire whose parents were murdered is actually Batman. At the very least, Grant Morrison has piqued my interest in the first issue of Batman, Inc., so I will try and give him the benefit of the doubt until I read it. Even if no one thinking to themselves “Hey, Bruce Wayne’s kid looks like he’s the same height as that new Robin that’s been running around” is a bit of a stretch. Then again, no one STILL can connect that Clark Kent and Superman are the same guy……
Invincible is Robert Kirkman’s OTHER awesome comic book. Unlike The Walking Dead, Invincible follows the adventures of Mark Grayson, a twenty-something superhero who protects earth as Invincible. Throughout the series, he has been betrayed by his father, Omni-man, graduated high school, gone to college, joined the Guardians of the Globe, left the Guardians of the Globe, and got his girlfriend, fellow superhero Atom Eve, pregnant (but he doesn’t know that yet). The landmark issue 75 is the latest part in the “Viltrumite War” storyline, in which Mark joins with his redeemed father and younger brother to fight off the evil race that they belong to.
While its cover may lead you to believe that Invincible isn’t a particulary gory book, previous issues have out-gored most horror books. This issue is no exception. Kirkman’s story pulls no punches, and artist Ryan Ottley gives us the treat of SIX 2-page splash pages. Heads are ripped off, arms dismembered, and like Walking Dead, Kirkman has no problem with messing with seemingly untouchable characters. The space action in this issue rivals many current science-fiction movies, and makes me yearn for the day that we get an Invincible TV show/movie, which may be a reality after the stunning success of the “Walking Dead” premiere last Sunday.
If you’ve been missing out on Invincible, I strongly suggest you go back and snag the first trade. Like Kirkman’s zombie epic, the tale of Mark Grayson is best experienced from the beginning, and once you start, you won’t be able to stop. Trade-waiters of this series are in for a big treat when this bad boy is released as a single bound edition.
|Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian as Robin|
WOW. It is too hot out. Way too damn hot out.
Today was the first day at North Hampton, and besides melting in my shoes, it went really well! The student I’m working with is a pretty funny kid, and the staff are all really great. All in all it’s been a pretty sweet day. But now we’re going to get into some comic book news. News that I’m sure is going to cause a pretty big divide amongst my fellow nerds.
DC’s blog “The Source” has revealed its plans for the “Batman” franchise when Bruce Wayne makes his inevitable return in a few months. Up until now, Bruce Wayne was thought to be dead, when in fact he was really just stuck in time, moving from one time period to the other. Meanwhile, in present day Gotham, Dick Grayson, the first Robin, took up the mantle of the Bat and became Gotham’s new Dark Knight, with Bruce’s alleged son Damian becoming the new Robin.
However, DC started publishing The Return Of Bruce Wayne, leading many Bat-fans (myself included) to ask themselves “so…what will happen to Dick Grayson?” Up until now, I was really enjoying Dick Grayson as Batman, something I will admit that I didn’t think I was going to at first. But now that Bruce Wayne IS coming back, apparently there is going to be two Batmen: Dick Grayson will remain in Gotham, while Bruce Wayne will travel the world, assembling a team of “Dark Knights”.
|Bruce Wayne’s “new” costume|
To me, this could go two ways. It could be really cool, or really, really awful. And considering Grant Morrison’s recent track record of Bat-books (Batman and Robin excluded) doesn’t fill me with much hope. Maybe it’s because I got used to Dick Grayson as Batman, or maybe its because Marvel already did this with Cap, but I’ve got a really bad feeling about this, especially when DC editor in chief Dan DiDio says that Bruce’s intentions are to “build a Starbucks-style franchise of Dark Knights”.
Maybe it’s because I grew up reading 90’s comics, but for me Batman works best as a character when he has fewer allies and more trust issues. Creating a team of Bat-men does fit into Bruce Wayne’s obsessive desire to fight crime, but one of his big deals and flaws is that he can’t trust anyone. Bruce Wayne is Batman because he has trained himself to absolute perfection, and doesn’t trust anyone to complete a task(see JLA: Tower Of Babel). Again, I could be completely wrong about this, but my initial reaction to this news is that it’s really out of character for Bruce. Hopefully Grant Morrison has some crazy good idea for his motivations.