as is the average, i snarfed down 3 books on the old lunch break today. let me just say this...none of them were actual Bat-books, but all three featured the star of next week's major motion picture. each appearance put the nonsense that's going on in Batman : W.T.F. to shame, and this week's Detective is gonna have to work DAMN hard to keep up. on with the reviews!
Trinity 6 -- no action for the Big 3 this issue, as instead they begin discussing in earnest just what exactly is going on around them and the many different ways they form a "trinity" at the Hall; meanwhile, Tarot begins to gain some control over her new-found powers and discovers just exactly what the big guns represent: they are all of them in their own unique ways avatars of "Truth, Justice, & the American Way"; at the end of the front half, Gangbuster gets punked by the werewolf-things working for Morgaine who kidnap Tarot away; in the back half, Hawkman captures Nocturna (awesome!) in mid-heist, then follows a lead to another musem where he meets up with Gangbuster and punks Killer Moth; Hawkman tris to dismiss GB who instead tells him where to stick it, and the two "beam up" to the Hall; again, more great character work, more great art from Bags (McDaniel's wasn't so good this time around...i'm not a fan of his Hawkman), and our two stories merge properly; liked it
The Main Course:
FC : Requiem -- just to get it out of the way up front, Mahnke is AWESOME; as to the story, we see J'onn's life, death and funeral properly fleshed out, see his death's effects on several key friends (i am in NO WAY a fan of the Detroit-JLA era, but i did always love the J'onn-Gypsy relationship that started there and continued through JLI...it was great to see Tomasi make Cindy a big part of this issue; you could really see Tomasi's love for J'onn show in this whole issue), and see a special post-funeral ceremony held by 5 heroes in particular, and the isue is absolutely stolen by a simple gesture from the Bat; while i hate DC's choice to kill him, and i agree with Ollie and Hal: "He was my favorite Martian.", i loved this issue; a fine send-off for a hero who will be missed; loved it
Booster Gold 1,000,000 -- Chappy wept. Seriously, this entire series has been as good as superhero comics get, and we should all be ashamed the day it eventually gets cancelled. Blue & Gold wraps up here, Booster is given a glimpse of his potential legacy, quits his new role, faces an old foe, gets a pep talk from the unlikeliest of places, we get a glimpse at his REAL legacy, and a hero returns for good! All this plus a new Rip chalkboard, an epilogue, and a patented Johns "Coming Up Next" page. I admit, i've seen both this issue's two big reveals coming ever since pretty much issue 1, but Johns & Katz still crafted them so perfectly that they hit me right where I live, and it got a mite dusty in the Chap-mobile where i read...i won't spoil the actual events, but i'll give you some lines of interest:
"If I had a dollar --" "You'd spend it."
"If you EVER need someone to talk to -- I'm no Ted Kord, but I'll listen."
"Keep it up, Dad."
my book of the year so far; absolutely, positively LOVED it
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