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Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby GLX » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:47 pm

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A special finale to Jeff Lemire’s run on the series by the creative team that launched Animal Man in The New 52! What is left of Buddy in the wake of “Evolve or Die”?


Digital copy can be found here.

Batman '66 #9

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They’re caught in a trap – and they can’t walk out! Make that several traps, all arranged by Zelda the Great! Zelda’s trying to learn new tricks for her stage act, and she wants Batman and Robin to show her how to escape them…whether they want to or not. Plus: the Dynamic Duo heads west for a showdown with Shame!




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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby GLX » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:04 pm

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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 - 3.83
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
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102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
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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 Spotlight: 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 - 9.26
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
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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
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159. Runaways #7 - 5.25
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08
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164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93
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168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33
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171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.09
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173. Batman and Robin #1 - 8.01
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175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7
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182. Doom Patrol #1 - 5.12
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188. Beasts of Burden #1 - 8.73
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192. Unwritten #6 - 7.41
193. Azrael #1 - 4.11
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195. Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 5.24
196. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 - 6.96
197. Punisher #11 - 7.39
198. Image United #1 - 3.53
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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Punchy » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:08 pm

Animal Man #29

The final issue of Animal Man here, and it’s bittersweet. It’s sad to say goodbye to this book, but of course, it’s not really goodbye, as Jeff Lemire will continue to write Buddy Baker in the pages of Justice League United, but still, that will be a different experience. This was a great epilogue to this run, and provided a nice bit of emotional closure for everyone about the death of Cliff Baker.

Lemire begins inside The Red, with Animal Man striking a deal with Socks and Sheperd. They become the new Totems (and totally digivolve when they do) in exchange for Buddy becoming the Avatar again, and for them to promise that Maxine will be left alone to be normal, and that when he dies, they’ll find someone totally new to be the next Avatar, which is a pretty fair deal all around I’d say.

Back in the real world, Buddy strikes a deal with Ellen too, he can still be Animal Man, but he can’t bring it home, the family has to be kept safe. Of course, all of this has the spectre of Bridgewalker hanging over it, and the promise Buddy made to her about becoming the universal Animal Man. There’s a shot of the creature in the background of one of the panels, and I’m certainly intrigued to see what happens when Lemire gets around to this story in the pages of JLU.

Buddy then goes in to check on Maxine, and she tells him a story. This story is basically a recap of the previous 28 issues, but from a kid’s perspective. It was great to celebrate and remember all of the cool stuff that happened in this run, but the most important thing here is the emotional place Maxine has reached when it comes to Cliff. She doesn’t want to bring him back anymore, as she now realises that, when she and her parents eventually die, they will be reunited, and that, thanks to the Red, she knows that Cliff’s spirit or soul or whatever is safe and happy in the Red. It was actually quite emotional.

The issue ends with Buddy saying goodnight to Maxine and Ellen, before spotting a spider on the carpet. He picks it up, takes it outside and tells it ‘Goodnight Cliffy’. If Cliff is in the Red, he can always talk to him. I doubt Animal Man will ever get over the death of his son, but this is a good place to wrap things up and leave everyone in a good place, especially as it would really cheapen it if he were ever to come back from the dead. Lemire took a real risk when he killed off a child, but it’s paid off.

The art in this issue was a real highlight, as original series artist Travel Foreman returned to tell the main story, and Jeff Lemire himself drew Maxine’s story. Having the artist of #1 and the regular writer draw this finale made it feel special, and managed to heighten the emotions of everything really. This was a great ending to one of the true highlights of the New 52. I’m excited to follow Lemire and Buddy over to the Justice League, but it won’t be the same for sure.

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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Punchy » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:11 pm

Batman '66 #9

Two more funny and fun stories from the Batman ’66 crew.

The first story is from Jeff Parker and Craig Rousseau, and sees the Dynamic Duo up against Zelda The Great, a villain who’s main motives are perfect for this book. She’s an escape artist, and she basically spends the whole issue putting Batman and Robin into ridiculous death-traps which they have to escape from. I loved how Batman was able to keep away vicious scorpions through Tuvan throat singing, and even better was the escape we didn’t actually see because Zelda was too busy talking, that was just hilarious. There is some hidden depth to this story, as the person who Zelda was talking to was Haley, Dick Grayson’s date to Zelda’s show, who is impressed by the villain and in the end runs free and leaves her (presumably) boring life behind. This was a different kind of story than we’ve seen before in Batman ’66, but it was great to see that this book can be a bit more versatile. The only downside is that Rousseau’s art was probably the worst seen so far on this book, but it was still good, he just has great competition.

Competition that includes Chris Sprouse, who draws the second story, written by Tom Peyer. Sprouse is a fantastic, big name artist, so I was surprised to see him here, but he’s a great fit, and I think artists relish the chance to draw short stories like this in between bigger gigs. The story here focuses on Alfred’s criminal cousin, Egbert, who looks exactly like Alfred and knocks him out so he can assume his identity and rob Bruce Wayne. Of course, given that Egbert doesn’t know Bruce is Batman, his cover is soon blown, and Batman and Robin come up with a pretty genius way of outing him. This was a really funny story, and I loved the ending where Alfred got to show his bad-ass side by knocking out his cousin.

This book is just a delight each month, it always puts a smile on my face.

7.5/10

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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:17 pm

My pick for this upcoming week.

This could be a mistake, or it could be a good choice. I'll admit that it's difficult to see which one at this point.

My Pick is, All-New Ghost Rider #1
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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Grayson » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Animal Man #29 - When the Rotworld crossover with Swamp Thing ended, I chose to drop this series in favor of making room for other titles on my pull list. Unfortunately, I really regret that decision. Jeff Lemire is a phenomenal writer and his work on this title is no exception. The finale of this particular volume of Animal Man is wonderful, tragic, whimsical, and foreboding all wrapped into a single issue that serves as a powerful summary of the series itself from the eyes of Maxine Baker. Despite being called "Animal Man," in a lot of ways this series has really been about Maxine and sometimes you forget just how young she really is. It was refreshing to see a child who has been through and witnessed so much tragedy, still view the world with such wonder and optimism.

That's not to say that this issue was light on Animal Man himself. Book-ending Maxine's tale, Buddy takes on a new, old role which serves as a way to reset the status quo of the character without needing to rely on some ridiculously convoluted plot device. They story concludes in a wonderful but heartbreaking scene in which Buddy make piece with the loss of his son in a truly touching way that only a comic like Animal Man could deliver.

There's not much that can really be said about the art in this issue. Travel Foreman returns for the parts of the story that happen in the here and now while Jeff Lemire illustrates the scenes that are narrated by Maxine. It's an absolutely brilliant contrast between two phenomenal artist that adds to the wonder, tragic, whimsical, and foreboding sense that I talked about earlier. Just a gorgeous issue.

10 out of 10
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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby GLX » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:09 pm

Stephen Day wrote:My pick for this upcoming week.

This could be a mistake, or it could be a good choice. I'll admit that it's difficult to see which one at this point.

My Pick is, All-New Ghost Rider #1


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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:41 pm

Animal Man #29

I was convinced for awhile that Lemire was going to bring Cliff back from the dead. I guess I'm a little cynical when it comes to death in comics these days. I was very glad to discover with this issue that Cliff didn't return. Don't get me wrong, I liked Cliff as a character, however I also believe that his death made Buddy a better character. I can't say I'd really like to see that reversed.

The overall story of this issue was just so bittersweet and amazing to read. The single panel splash pages that were used to depict the story Buddy told Maxine were beautiful to look at.

9 out of 10.
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Re: Review Group #422 - Animal Man #29 vs. Batman '66 #9

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:52 pm

Batman '66 #9

Two stories featuring two villains. The first had Batman dealing with Zelda the Great. This wasn't my favourite of the two stories. It wasn't bad, but I found I just didn't really care much about Zelda the Great.

I really enjoyed the second story which featured Alfred's evil cousin Eggbert taking his place at Wayne manor in order to pull off a crime. It was a much simpler story then the first, but I think this simplicity made it stronger.

Overall, I still enjoyed both stories.

7 out of 10.
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