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Cleaning the Plate for 4/29/09 - Spoilers

Brand new month with a new batch of reviews.

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batmanunderground1.jpgBattle for the Cowl: The Underground #1

As the fallout from Batman’s “death” continues, The Underground focuses on the turmoil between Penguin, Two-Face and Black Mask. Yet, its main focus seems to be on Catwoman. In fact, this entire issue is pretty much a build up for the Gotham City Sirens. I very much enjoyed this, even though I haven’t been thrilled with a lot of the “Cowl” saga. This once again proves that Batman’s Rogue’s have such a rich history that they can carry their own book without The Dark Knight. My Score: B+

 


darkavengers4.jpgDark Avengers #4

Curse you Bendis! I’m trying my hardest not to like this. I didn’t want another Avenger book, and especially not one that is really just a cover for a second Thunderbolts book. Yet, I can’t help but get drawn in here. The dialogue is great and there’s a perverse pleasure in watching Norman self-destruct; which is only a matter of time. Now I am not a fan of The Sentry at all. I still believe it is one of the lamest characters created in the last ten years, but seeing him floating there at the end of the issue with Norman’s expression was priceless. I’m slowly becoming a convert to this whole Dark Reign Saga. My Score: B+

 


wonderwoman31.jpgWonder Woman #31

My love for Gail Simone just keeps going as this title continues to its journey as possibly one of the best runs of Wonder Woman of all time. Yeah, I said it, and I’ll stick by it. The origin of Genocide was the standout moment in a sea of them, this issue. Gail has brought her A game to this story with all the usual suspects being used in a variety of new ways; all of which remind us just how great and important our Princess really is. When a hero takes out a nuclear missile with one punch, we are reminded why she is such an important member of the Trinity. Bernard Chang’s pencils are perfect for this book, giving us all the raw emotions that even words can not use; especially the scene between Tom and Diana. My Score: A

 


teentitans70.jpgTeen Titans #70

I am really trying to enjoy this arc by Sean McKeever and Company. Yet, I still can’t get past the feeling that this has all been done before. The new line up, one that I think has the potential for some interesting stories, but has been saddled with playing second fiddle to The Titans Vs, Bad Jericho. Still, really glad to see Ravager back, nobody writes her as well as Sean does! My score: C

 


drthecabal1.jpgDark Reign: The Cabal #1

Remember a couple of reviews back when I said this whole Dark Reign saga is pulling me right in. Well, beware of the bad that seems to be tossed in with the good now a day, when the major companies give us these huge mega events. For every issue like Dark Avengers #4, we get suckered into buying something like this. If you have no clue who Doctor Doom, Norman Osborne, or The Hood are, then by all means pick it up. If you already know these top rate villains and how they think; don’t bother. It’s a waist of money. Not a fan of the art and though the writing is solid, the book is just unnecessary. My Score: D+

 


jsa26.jpgJustice Society of America #26

Geoff Johns says goodbye to a team that he made popular again several years ago with his first volume. I think it’s pretty unanimous at this point that Geoff’s first run was far superior, but this run had some excellent moments. The final issue by Mr. Johns is a wonderful way of saying goodbye to the characters that he has entertained us with for the last several years. His Starman is pitch perfect and the real scene-stealer in this story; but Geoff is careful to wrap up his goodbye gift using the same thread that he originally started with: Stargirl. A nice way to come full circle. Thank you Mr. Johns for an enjoyable, though at times slightly elongated, run. My Score: B-


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