Batman: The Dark Knight #19
Why anyone – including myself – reads this book is a mystery to me. Honestly, I’m probably going to be dropping it after this Mad Hatter story arc comes to a close. Issue 19 was really no big change from what we’ve gotten before in this book, and was the victim of a story that should have been two issues at the most being stretched across many more. The book is unfocused, bouncing between characters in a scattershot manner that makes the issue lose any sense of cohesiveness. This would be Ok to an extent, if the story weren’t so boring.
Batman, Incorporated #10
With Morrison’s series coming to close in only three issues, I was hoping that, in issue 10, he’d pick up the pace a little. Sure, there was a lot to love about this issue. Ra’s Al Ghul’s scene was great, as was seeing Azrael for, if I’m not mistaken, the first time in the New 52. The very last page was also a great moment, but just because a book has a bunch of great moments doesn’t make it a great book. It lacked cohesiveness, and the plot felt a little scattered at times. Knowing Morrison’s writing, it will all pay off in the end, but for now, the pace is slow and the plot scattered. Also, holding out on the Wingman reveal until next issue probably wasn’t the best idea.
The Flash #19
From the start, Talon has been a fast paced, extremely enjoyable ride. I wouldn’t necessarily call it “fun”, but it has it’s moments. With issue #7, Snyder and Tynion deliver one of the best issues yet. The plot is moving in great directions at this point, and the appearance of both Batman and Bane is great. The biggest issue is that parts of the book – especially the Batman scene – don’t get their full due, and the precarious balancing act being played with the plots could cause the book to fall apart. Regardless, Talon #7 was a solid issue, and this is really the best use of Bane in The New 52, so I’m not complaining.
Guardians of the Galaxy #2
Marvel’s cosmic books are shaping up to be some of the bets material the publisher has to offer, especially in the Now! titles. Nova has been a lot of fun, and Guardians of the Galaxy has matched it, and even exceeded it. Bendis does a great job with each of the characters – especially Rocket Raccoon. The invasion of Earth felt a little too sudden, and a little more build up would have been appreciated. Still, the brisk pace of this issue is great, and the getting some of the back story worked awesome as well. The behind the scenes political jockeying was a lot of fun to read, and may have been my favorite part of this issue.
Star Wars: Legacy Prisoner of the Floating World #2
This new Legacy book is another fun Star Wars title coming out of Dark Horse. So far, the main cast is shaping up to be great characters, and the brisk pace that the book moves at is certainly no problem. With the second issue, the plot is already beginning to really thicken, with Knight going after Ania. It’ll be interesting to see what part she, as a Solo, has to play in this conflict with the Sith. I really have very few problems with this issue, aside from a little exposition towards the beginning. The plot does feel a little rushed, but, at this point, I appreciate that. However, as a major Star Wars fan, I have no clue how there’s any Solo’s left that are related to Han Solo. I mean, Anakin and Jacen Solo were both killed, and Jaina’s children would have taken the name the name “Fel”. A bit odd, to be sure, but the series is still great.
Judge Dredd: Year One #2
Being a relatively new Judge Dredd fan, it seemed to make sense to read this book. I’ve read much of the main Dredd canon, and I was looking forward to this book, mostly because I was looking forward to see a different Judge Dredd. One that isn’t so hardened. Alas, what we get with this book is more of the same. The plot is interesting enough, but the character remains the same as always, and that’s where this book’s biggest disappointment stems from. Because, honestly, Dredd couldn’t always have been this hardened Judge who hunts an kills criminals brutally. What this book does is make the character look like a flat, one dimensional character. Not that the series is necessarily completely bad, just disappointing.
East of West #2
Jupiter’s Legacy #1