It’s the start of a whole new story arc in Batgirl, and of course that means that Barbara Gordon is going to have a whole new mess of problems to deal with. Spinning out of events of Batman Eternal and Barbara’s previous adventures, Batgirl #32 is another solid entry in writer Gail Simone’s series, and teases some pretty cool things to come as well.
Currently Barbara Gordon has a lot on her plate. Her kind of boyfriend is suing her father (the famous Jim Gordon); her father is also in jail, she still feels responsible for the “death” of her serial killer brother, and the crime boss Knightfall continues to pester Batgirl at every turn. To make matters worse, Barbara gets an offer from her formerly dead college roommate to Munira to help her spy organization take Knightfall down, and if Barbara rejects Munira’s offer, she may have to kiss her life goodbye. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, this is the second Superior Spider-Man review in a row, but with this being the start of the final storyline, I figured you’d all forgive me for allowing a repeat appearance of OckSpidey. Yes, this is the first part of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncolli’s “Goblin Nation”, where we will finally see the Superior Spider-Man face off with the Green Goblin (or Goblin King, as he’s taken to calling himself now).
Taking place 31 days after the previous issue, we find Otto trying to understand how his all-seeing Spider-bots could have allowed the Goblin army to ransack New York City. After uncovering the flaw in his designs, Otto manages to make his way to the Goblin’s underground lair, where….nah I won’t spoil it. All I’ll say is that Dan Slott is clearly having a lot of fun with this final story arc, and I’m glad that we didn’t have to wait too long for Otto and Norman (?) to meet up. There’s also some more time with Peter Parker attempting to piece together his memories, but with only 31 of them left, he’s going to have a pretty rough time trying to rebuild himself so he can get his body back. Read the rest of this entry
“The Trial of Jean Grey” starts in All-New X-Men #22.NOW, and I gotta say, this opening issue is pretty fantastic. The fantastic Stuart Immonen is back on art, and writer Brian Michael Bendis’ script is an excellent starting point for not only the new storyline, but for new readers as well. The big events of the past 21 issues are quickly recapped in the typical opening “previously in…” Marvel page, and at no point is anything referenced that would cause a new reader to go “wait, I’m confused”. I may hate seeing a giant “#1” on an issue that also has the actual issue number on it, but if it gets people to check this out, I’m okay with it.
The X-Men of the past change allegiances in All-New X-Men #18. With “Battle of the Atom” behind them, the Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen issue sets up the new status quo for the original five X-Men, who have now followed their Professor Kitty Pryde to Cyclops’ team of renegade X-Men.
Like many of the pre-“Atom” issues, not a whole lot happens in this issue plot wise. The only major event that happens is the original X-Men getting new costumes. Yep, that’s it. While that would be a major strike against this book any other month, the fact that this is coming on the heels of a major X-Men crossover gives it a pass. The young X-Men have been through a lot since their arrival in the present day Marvel universe, and if this issue didn’t devote some time to them reacting to their new surroundings the issue would feel rushed. Credit goes to writer Brian Michael Bendis for crafting some entertaining scenes with all of these characters. The scenes with Bobby Drake trying to come to grips with the fact that he may become either an ice hulk or an ice wizard in the future are the best, and the ongoing love triangle between Beast, Jean Grey, and Cyclops is actually more entertaining than it sounds. Read the rest of this entry