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Review Group Week 173 - BATMAN and ROBIN #1

Postby ****** » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:16 am

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Who's excited for this week's book? I'm excited for this week's book. I'm so excited I'm wearing my super awesome Bob Kane Batman shirt today.

So I actually read Battle for the Cowl and... [spoiler]Batman's a Dick.[/spoiler] Shocking, right? ;)

So where the fuck is Sire? He hasn't even shown up to defend his name being colored violet in the OP for the last month. He had better not make me regret giving him Yoni status in the Members List. Poll on Sunday to determine next week's pick if he never turns up I guess.

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Batman and Robin #1
as selected by GLX[/center]Written by Grant Morrison
Art and Cover by Frank Quitely

"Batman Reborn" begins here! With the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3,New X-Men), this first issue kicks off a 3-part story arc that can't be missed! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

32pg. | Color | $2.99 US


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Amazing Spider-Man #597
as selected by Sire v 2.0[/center]WRITER: Joe Kelly
PENCILS: Marco Checchetto

AMERICAN SON continues. Spider-Man goes up against Venom and Bullseye as he prepares to infiltrate the Dark Avengers headquarters. Meanwhile Harry’s life takes a dramatic turn now that he’s reunited with Lily and wedding plans continue for two lucky Parker pals. Rated A …$2.99


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If you would like to join the group it's easy. Just post a review and I'll add you to the member's list. As long as you stay active, eventually it will be your turn to make a pick.

With $4 comics becoming the norm, the economy being what it is and the growing popularity of mail order services the Review Group recognizes that it's becoming harder and harder to commit to participating each and every week. As long as you can post one review per calendar month you will stay in the member's list. It doesn't matter if you post your review the week of it's release or if you post it later. Going forward, there is no such thing as a "late" review.

The only request I make with the new format is that if you don't plan on posting a review or if you're going to be posting late is that you drop a note in the thread so that I can keep track of who is active and who isn't. The Spreadshee of Doom is thorough, but it can't read your mind.


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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Beyond that, there's no right or wrong.

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If it's your week, you must announce your selection by 5pm EST the day Diamond releases it's shipping list. If you do not announce your pick at that time, I will add a poll to the thread that will remain open until 12pm EST so that the group can make the selection for that week. To ensure that you know it's your week, I will PM you when Midtown's list goes live on Thursdays.

GLX - 8.30 (This Week)
Sire v 2.0 - 9.00
MrBlack - 8.50
SuperginraiX - 7.00
Doombug - 8.00
Chubbles - 8.00
guitarsmashley - 9.00
amlah6 - 9.50
young neil - 9.25
thefourthman - 8.50
Punchy - 8.00
King Impulse - 9.00
ThrillHouse
Daringd - 9.60
Timberoo
House of J - 7.50
McKegan
Kerny - 9.00
48THRiLLS - 7.00
Starlord - 3.00
BubbaKanoosh - 5.00
Mr_Batman - 9.00

BLUE indicates explanation given for not posting a review.
RED indicate that no review or explanation has been posted in two weeks.
RED and BOLD will be deleted at the end of the week unless a review or explanation is posted.


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Each Tuesday I will putting together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Monday.

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[spoiler="Not a"]001. Daredevil #82 - 8.13
002. Exiles #77 - 6.29
003. Jonah Hex #5 - 6.26
004. American Virgin #1 - 7.7
005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
008. Aquaman: SoA #41 - 6.67
009. DMZ #6 - 7.65
010. Captain America #17 - 7.43
011. Thing #6 - 7.03
012. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8 - 7.68
013. Cable & Deadpool #28 - 7.45
014. Fell #5 - 8.81
015. X-Factor #7 - 7.84
016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
018. Green Lantern Corps #1 - 5.65
019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
020. New Avengers #21 - 6.12
021. Detective Comics #821 - 8.05
022. Ultimate Spider-Man #97 - 7.86
023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
024. Batman #655 - 7.69
025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
027. The Boys #1 - 7.3
028. Heroes for Hire #1 - 6.25
029. Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 - 5.75
030. Local #6 - 9.1
031. Thunderbolts #106 - 6.14
032. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8 - 8.34
033. True Story, Swear to God #1 - 7.69
034. Criminal #1 - 7.63
035. Fables #1/#54 - 8.83
036. WildCats #1 - 6.51
037. Action Comics #844 - 7.22
038. Incredible Hulk #100 - 7.5
039. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Happy Franksgiving - 4.32
040. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 - 4.34
041. Punisher War Journal #1 - 6.54
042. Immortal Iron Fist #1 - 7.35
043. Spider-Man: Reign #1 - 4.79
044. The Spirit #1 - 7.67
045. New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 7.33
046. Winter Soldier: Winter Kills - 8.27
047. Amazing Spider-Man #537 - 6.94
048. Thunderbolts #110 - 6.75
049. Red Menace #3 - 7.43
050. Moon Knight #7 - 5.86
051. Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis #1 - 6.21
052. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
052. Uncanny X-Men #483 - 6.47
053. Batman #663 - 3.59
054. Civil War #7 - 7.2
055. Runaways #24 - 9.01
056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
057. Blade #7 - 6.08
058. Army@Love #1 - 6.38
059. Blue Beetle #13 - 6.4
060. Avengers: The Initiative #1 - 7.27
061. Nova #1 - 6.92
062. Cable & Deadpool #39 - 5.92
063. Catwoman #66 - 7.06
064. 52 Week Fifty-Two - 7.15
065. Countdown #51 - 6.8
066. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - 6.31
067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
068. Witchblade #106 - 5.81
069. Invincible #42 - 8.35
070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
071. Highwaymen #1 - 7.87
072. Superman/Batman #37 - 4.6
073. Dynamo 5 #5 - 6.28
074. Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 - 6.63
075. Lone Ranger #7 - 7.54
076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
077. Metal Men #1 - 6.18
078. Green Lantern #22 - 7.85
079. Pilot Season: Ripclaw - 5.89
080. X-Men: First Class #3 - 7.53
081. Teen Titans #50 - 8.02
082. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 6.96
083. Punisher War Journal #11 - 5.22
084. World War Hulk #4 - 6.96
085. All-Star Batman & Robin #7 - 6.43
086. Vinyl Underground #1 - 5.73
087. Green Arrow & Black Canary #1 - 8.27
088. The Sword #1 - 6.89
089. She-Hulk #22 - 7.38
090. Tales of the Fear Agent: Twelve Steps in One - 6.18
091. Annihilation: Conquest #1 - 6.93
092. Batman and the Outsiders #1 - 6.87
093. Flash #234 - 5.72
094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
095. Ultimates 3 #1 - 4.8
096. Amazing Spider-Girl #15 - 6
097. Birds of Prey #113 - 7.16
098. Pax Romana #1 - 8.59
099. Hack/Slash #7 - 6.97
100. HULK #1 - 7.19
101. Booster Gold #6 - 7.68
102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
104. Reviewer's Choice
105. Tiny Titans #1 - 6.81
106. Loaded Bible 3: Communion - 8.68
107. Project Superpowers #1 - 5.93
108. Echo #1 - 8.34
109. Mighty Avengers #10 - 7.12
110. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 - 7.73
111. Proof #6 - 8.48
112. Secret Invasion #1 - 7.95
113. Titans #1 - 6
114. Noble Causes #32 - 7.26
115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
116. DC Universe 0 - 4.94
117. House of Mystery #1 - 7.77
118. Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 - 7.36
119. Checkmate #26 - 4.09
120. Final Crisis #1 - 6.91
121. The Boys #19 - 8.3
122. Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 - 5.53
123. Transformers Spotligt: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
125. Jonah Hex #33 - 8.7
126. I Kill Giants #1 - 7.55
127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
129. Wildcats #1 - 7.33
130. Venom: Dark Origin #1 - 7.16
131. Astonishing X-Men #26 - 5.12
132. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 - 7.67
133. Runaways #1 - 7.34
134. Marvel Apes #1 - 6.15
135. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 - 6.22
136. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 - 7.25
137. Back to Brooklyn #1 - 5.58
138. Four Eyes #1 - 9.42
139. Green Lantern Corps #29 - 6.16
140. Ghost Rider #28 - 7.44
141. Unknown Soldier #1 - 8.66
142. Amazing Spider-Man #575 - 6.98
143. Final Crisis: Resist - 6.44
144. Batman: Cacophony #1 - 7.37
145. Deadpool #4 - 6.57
146. Ms. Marvel #33 - 5.97
147. Secret Invasion #8 - 7.15
148. Punisher: War Zone #1 - 7.17
149. Ex Machina #40 - 8.11
150. Immortal Iron Fist #21 - 8.21
151. Incognito #1 - 8.65
152. Punisher #1 - 6.25
153. G.I. Joe #1 - 6.68
154. Hellblazer #251 - 6.94
155. Justice Society of America #23 - 6.53
156. Watchmen - 9.86
157. Batman #686 - 8.84
158. Amber Atoms #1 - 4.25
159. Runaways #7 - 5.25 (Column)
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68 (Column)
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41 (Column)
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08 (Column)
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66 (Column)
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93 (Column)
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.4 (Column)
166. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1 - 7.82 (Column)
167. Ghost Rider #34 - 8.82 (Column)
168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33 (Column)
169. Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 - 7 (Column)
170. Unwritten #1 - 8.56 (Column)
171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.09 (Column)
172. Last Days of Animal Man #1 - 6.23 (Column)
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Postby Punchy » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:19 am

Why is 'and' not in capitals?

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Postby ****** » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:27 am

Punchy wrote:Why is 'and' not in capitals?


I don't have to explain myself to you! :x

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Postby Punchy » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:31 am

amlah6 wrote:I don't have to explain myself to you! :x


Also, what is Yoni status? Is it a status belonging to people who have run the group? Do I have it?

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Postby ****** » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:52 am

Punchy wrote:Also, what is Yoni status? Is it a status belonging to people who have run the group? Do I have it?


Sorry, the small print on the Yoni Rule indicates that Brits are exempt. :twisted:

The Yoni Rule allows for former group leaders to take some time off from reviewing while still maintaining their position in the Members List.

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Postby Punchy » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:07 am

amlah6 wrote:Sorry, the small print on the Yoni Rule indicates that Brits are exempt. :twisted:

The Yoni Rule allows for former group leaders to take some time off from reviewing while still maintaining their position in the Members List.


But 2 of the former group leaders are British! Twigg founded the cursed thing!

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Postby ****** » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:17 am

Punchy wrote:But 2 of the former group leaders are British! Twigg founded the cursed thing!


Sometimes life just isn't fair. :smt102

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Postby Punchy » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:18 am

amlah6 wrote:Sometimes life just isn't fair. :smt102


I will destroy you.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:25 am

So this week's book was awesome.

It is a little hard to tell exactly what is going on with the story. There is not a whole lot past exposition here. There is an odd payment and the obvious concern from the police that Batman is dead and gone and the reciprocal glee from the criminal community. Given time, it is possible that Morrison can let this ball unravel as well, but this debut issue is smoke gushing, guns blazing, BATMOBILE FLYING fun! That is an element that has been missing from the core Bat books for some time. Sure, Batman Confidential had its moments and then some guy named Kevin Smith decided to have a little bit of perverse fun with the Joker, but excitement was long gone from the franchise.

To go along with some keen character moments and a script full of explosions and the like, Quitely steps up to the plate. This is not the bright and beautiful Metropolis of All-Star Superman, this is Gotham. This is dark corners and gritty crime. This is the realm of the insane criminal masterminds and it is all reflected in the people and the streets. To contrast this is the sleekness of the new Batwheels. There is an edge to its lines, it stands out.

Read the rest of my review here:
http://brokenfrontier.com/reviews/p/det ... nd-robin-1

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story (8 + a bonus point because the goddamn Batmobile flies!=) 9
Art 8
Overall 8.5

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Postby ****** » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:42 am

thefourthman wrote:score
story (8 + a bonus point because the goddamn Batmobile flies!=) 9
Art 8
Overall 8.5


Old school fourthman getting his review in first. Nice! 8)

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Postby KING King Impulse » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:56 am

I'm back for this week.

Who missed me...?
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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:58 am

amlah6 wrote:Old school fourthman getting his review in first. Nice! 8)

It's been a long time since I was this excited about a book. Can't wait for Punchy to shit on my parade. ;)
The review was done last night, and then it wasn't up this morning, I was like what the hell, then it was up at 7am and then there was no thread... It was like Yoni ran the group or something. Anyone got an email address for Darth?

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:58 am

King Impulse wrote:I'm back for this week.

Who missed me...?

wait, which one are you?

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Postby KING King Impulse » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:03 am

thefourthman wrote:wait, which one are you?

Not the snarky one and not the female one.
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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:04 am

King Impulse wrote:Not the snarky one and not the female one.

so, um, who are you then? ;)

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