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Cleaning the Plate for 9/30/09

Written by Brian Burchette on Monday, October 05 2009 and posted in Reviews

Gods, train wrecks, and a LOT of dead Titans rising this week. {nomultithumb}

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The middle chapter of the effects that the Blackest Night is having on the legendary team of Teen Titans. Second chapters are always the hardest to review since it tends to be the bridge between the first and third acts. If done well, it should not only carry the story seamlessly, but add the emotional depth of character that will make you want to pick up the final issue. J.T. Krul does a more than adequate job accomplishing this. He hits the right tone with Donna Troy and the loss of her husband and child; a young woman who has been through so much is still brought down by the appearance of the child she never saw grow up. The scene’s with the newest Hawk and Dove battling the zombie Hank Hall is also creepy for all the right moments. Unfortunately the Terra/Gar scenes seem to fall flat. Perhaps after twenty-five years and several new Terras’ later – the original coming back doesn’t have the impact it should. Still, the last couple panels made me want to see how this gets wrapped up. But I’ll tell you this, if Donna Troy dies again, we all know what’s going to happen next: another new costume for her. My Score: B-

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No comic book out there right now deserves a huge WTF like this one does. To say this is a car wreck that you just can’t stop staring at is an understatement. Loeb has obviously chosen to throw any kind of reason out the window with this book. In fact, I can’t help but wonder if this book isn’t maybe all a dream. Of course, on top of the mess that is Red Hulk, we also have to get our daily dose of Wolverine on top of it. The reason why feels as forced as putting a square peg in a round hole. Of all the people to possibly learn his identity, it had to be a friend of Logan’s... of course. And don’t even get me started on that last page. Of course the cute little three Hulks on pager at the very end of the book is actually cute. Written by Audrey Loeb, I find it adorable. Jeph needs to take some lessons from her. There’s a reason why I take this book into the can with me, to read. It’s a perfect atmosphere. What I can’t figure out for the life of me, is why I’m waiting for the next issue. My Score: D-

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I was a little doubtful with the first few issues of Willingham and Sturges’ JSA came out; seemed a bit choppy and chaotic. However, this issue has kicked it into high gear for me. This is Bill and Matt at their best. The internal conflict is palpable and the mystery of who the mastermind behind the attacks on the Golden Age team is riveting. I’m still not sold on some of these newer characters, but there’s enough going on right now that makes this book nearly as exciting as it was in Geoff Johns first run. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it continues in this vein. My Score: B

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Hey look, the new Thor is out! “You mean it wasn’t cancelled?” No, just really late, which is unfortunate because it’s still an enjoyable book. The machinations, shaky partnership, and manipulation between Loki and Doctor Doom is fun. It’s good to see Sif back, finally, and the adventures of Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral opening a diner in Oklahoma has serious comedic potential. Could care less about the character that “appears” to have bit the big one at the end, and it’s sad to realize that the unevenness of the release on this book does not help in my caring of the cast. My Score: B-


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