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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:48 pm

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!

The Appetizer:

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

Dessert:

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."
"Mikey!"
"Keep it up, Dad."

my book of the year so far; absolutely, positively LOVED it
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superfictious

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Postby superfictious » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:22 pm

BG 1,000,000 sounds like a good place for me to jump onto the series.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:45 pm

Black_Kryptonian wrote:BG 1,000,000 sounds like a good place for me to jump onto the series.

ehhhhh, maybe/maybe not. it's the last part of what's really about a 12-part arc. it's great old-school stuff, so it actually describes all that came before pretty well and pretty quickly, but a lot of the best bits won't hit home nearly as well if you haven't read what came before. particularly the Batman appearance and the two big "reveals" at the end.
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superfictious

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby superfictious » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:53 pm

chap22 wrote:ehhhhh, maybe/maybe not. it's the last part of what's really about a 12-part arc. it's great old-school stuff, so it actually describes all that came before pretty well and pretty quickly, but a lot of the best bits won't hit home nearly as well if you haven't read what came before. particularly the Batman appearance and the two big "reveals" at the end.


I really don't mind starting from the beginning. I have a few spots opening up on my pull list anyway.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:01 pm

Black_Kryptonian wrote:I really don't mind starting from the beginning. I have a few spots opening up on my pull list anyway.

then i can NOT recommend this book highly enough. IMO it's DC's very best.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:05 pm

hot damn, 44 views and only 4 replies...do i smell or something? :-D
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:11 pm

Well two of your three books are on my pull, so I won't be getting them until the end of the month. I only read the Trinity review this time...
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Zenguru

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Postby Zenguru » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:22 pm

Booster Gold was an excellent choice for dessert. But if I hadn't already read the book, the quotes (or one in particular) would've kinda spoiled it for me. Not completely, but kinda.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:24 pm

Zenguru wrote:Booster Gold was an excellent choice for dessert. But if I hadn't already read the book, the quotes (or one in particular) would've kinda spoiled it for me. Not completely, but kinda.


yeah, i think there's actually two, depending on how well-versed in Booster lore you are. but i couldn't resist teasing some stuff. :-D ;-)
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zombiemichaeljackson

rubber spoon

Postby zombiemichaeljackson » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:26 pm

I don't get any of those books so there isn't really a lot for me to comment on. I KNOW you get JSA, what'd ya think?
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Zenguru

Staff Writer

Postby Zenguru » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:27 pm

chap22 wrote:yeah, i think there's actually two, depending on how well-versed in Booster lore you are. but i couldn't resist teasing some stuff. :-D ;-)
This is why I don't hit the boards until I read my stash. :-D
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:35 pm

chap22 wrote:yeah, i think there's actually two, depending on how well-versed in Booster lore you are. but i couldn't resist teasing some stuff. :-D ;-)


I'm even gladder I didn't read it, then! :shock:
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Zenguru

Staff Writer

Postby Zenguru » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:37 pm

nietoperz wrote:I'm even gladder I didn't read it, then! :shock:
You should still read it, though. It's sooooo good.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:42 pm

twoheads wrote:I don't get any of those books so there isn't really a lot for me to comment on. I KNOW you get JSA, what'd ya think?

that one's next in the queue, soon as i get home from work. round two of Chappy's reviews will be available here later. :-D


but why the hell aren't you reading Booster? :smt017 shame on you... :evil:
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JL_Amato

rubber spoon

Postby JL_Amato » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:43 pm

If need be they should add Doug Mankhe to the main Final Crisis art team.

His art looked really similar to J.G. Jones.

Anyone pick up Captain America:White #0? It reminded me that Jeph Loeb can still write a good comic book when he wants too or when paired with Tim Sale. :lol:

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