Alfred Pennyworth times two, Asgard’s number one son, and DOOM!
Since Thor’s triumphant return from the dead this book has been
solid, if not a bit meandering at times; or so I believed. It’s obvious that Straczynski has been building up to this Birthday celebration. Thor is kicked out of Asgard after murder his Grandfather! Balder is now the King of the Norse Gods! Thor tosses Norman Osborne across town like a ten pound cat! And Asgard is moving to Latveria by invitation of Dr. Victor Von Doom?! All thanks to Loki, that devilish, naughty little boy... I mean girl. It’s a great day to be a fan of the God of Thunder, and I’m seeing a great future for this book. My Score: A
This may not be the greatest work James Robinson has ever done, but he’s still a top act when it comes to writing and plotting and this issue is proof of that. With the help of Geoff Johns, Robinson has turned the world of Superman upside down. A world where his long lost people consider General Zod a hero and are suspicious of the man of steel; add the growing mystery of Nightwing and Flamebird, mix in the very unusual paring of Lex Luthor and General Lane, and top it off with the destruction of the Phantom Zone and the return of Mon-El, and we’ve got one terrific ride for Superman and the gang. A ride that feels like it’s just begging to take off. My Score: A-
Batman and the Outsiders Special #1
With all the great books that have come out this week, I still enjoyed this one the most, and the reason why is in two words: Peter Tomasi. This man has not only captured the world of Batman, but the world of DC proper. The opening scene with the beautiful goodbye to Alfred was worth the price of admission to the next chapter in The Outsider history. I like the new/old line up and have high hopes that Tomasi and crew are going to take this book to new heights. My Score: B+
It’s pretty obvious by now that I have pretty much detested the entire R.I.P. storyline and its creator, but the after shocks have been entertaining, if not down right mesmerizing at times. Like Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s first part of this oddly mysterious but highly entertaining look at everything Batman. Again, Alfred is one of the central characters that push the narrative along; with Selina Kyle being the other spotlighted focus. I’m not even going to try and explain the story, but if the second part of this two part story is as good as the first, it will once again prove that there are so many more writers that can tell a somewhat bizarre but still excellent story. My Score: B