Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Welcome back Mr. Levitz, you have been missed by a huge generation of fans. This first issue felt like barely anytime had passed at all. No beats were skipped and I haven't seen Brainiac 5 written so perfectly in more years than I care to remember. Much of the story focuses on Saturn Girl and her kids which look like the beginning of a great arc. I do have to say, though, that wiping out another planet with billions of people is getting a bit old, even for me. DC's writers need to realize that every story doesn't need genocide to raise the stakes in a story. Also I wish Sun Boy would just come out of the closet already. Nice art and great inking and coloring make this a Legionnaire fans wet dream. I'm a happy DC fan right now and really hope Paul Levitz continues to bring his A game in this book... just don't fall into that "wipe out a whole race/city/continent gimmick that so many other DC writers have fallen into. My Score: B+
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this series, but I'm so happy I picked it up. The Golden Age characters, when the story is good, are where this old heart lies. Geoff Johns first run on the JSA is an example of great stories with those characters; as are the graphic novels The Golden Age and The Liberty Files. If this first issue is any indication, this could be the next great story of the Mystery Men. Seen through the eyes of a young boy who borders on playing with the wrong side of the law, the first story really focuses on the arrival of the several key Golden Age characters - focusing mostly on Sandman (Love Wesley Dodd) and the original Atom. The back up story centers on The Spectre and Dr. Fate. This is a great way to reintroduce the original heroes of the DC Universe and I HIGHLY recommend to you young ones that just haven't got the respect that Wesley, Alan, Jay, and Dinah deserve. My Score: A-
X-Men Legacy #236
In chapter eight of "Second Coming" Bastion's trap has been sprung and most of the world's mutants are now trapped on the island of Utopia. Side note, worst name for an island nation ever! These people have lived in anything but a utopia since they moved there. Anyway, a sphere has surrounded the San Francisco area, cutting them off from the rest of the world. Namor confirms this by realizing that it digs deep beneath the floor of the ocean. Try as they might, Angel, Iceman and Psyclocke cannot break through it while another team heads to the city to maintain damage control. That's when Bastion's endgame comes into play as armies of Nimrod's enter through a portal to annihilate the rest of the mutants. Oh, and Hope decides she has to stay and fight since this is all about her. Well written, art was okay, but this chapter pretty much felt like it was that straight line in a roller coaster that you have between the first big drop and the second one that's coming up. Still, can't go wrong with Mike Carey and this book. My Score: B-
Poor Peter David. This has to be hard for a man who has put so much time and energy into a book of characters to make them unique and different from the rest of the X-Books; only to be forced to participate in the next big mutant event. Though this story is okay, it isn't one of the best stories Mr. David has done - average is what I would consider this. I'll be really happy when they let him get back to their own adventures - I mean more Shatterstar and Rictor and especially Monet and Strong Man. Jamie once again prove himself to be a very smart, resourceful leader which was the highlight of this issue for me. Peter also allows each character his or her moment in the sun which includes a nice moment between Jamie and Longshot as well as Darwin and Rictor. I really enjoy DeLando's art here, capturing the facial expressions of each character vividly. All in all, though, this is the first time I've finished an X-Factor book and been less than impressed. I can't blame Peter David and crew though, I have a feeling they are just following orders. My Score: C+
After Legacies this is easily my favorite comic of the week. The cover alone knocked my socks off, as did the anterior art, but Paul Dini has shown through his work in Batman how much he loves and really "gets" DC's premier magician. The return of Brother Night was a perfect villain to open with and the way Zee took down his minions without so much as raising a sweat was a strong way of showing just how far Ms. Zatara has come from her younger days. DC has never had great luck holding on to books with mystical themes (don't get me started about the late great Shadowpact), so I hope that if this one continues as strong as it opened, they will allow it the time and nurturing effort that it will need to find its place in the pantheon of great comic book runs. And I honestly believe that with what we have been shown in just this one issue, Paul Dini and Stephane Roux could very well do just that. My Score: B
Tiny Titans #28
Let me take a deep breath before I begin this review, though there really isn't going to be much to discuss about the book itself. This is actually going to be the last time I ever review this title. Since its inception over two years ago Art Baltazar and Franco have given us one of the cutest books for both kids and grownups alike - a book that has even won an Eisner Award. Personally I've always enjoyed this title, though when I first bought it, it was more for my boys than it was for me. Here's the thing, though; my good friend Alan Coil (or Old Man here at the Outhouse), always got a kick out of this book. Every month when we'd sit together on Wednesday afternoons we'd go through this one together, chuckling at the in jokes and the silliness of it. That makes Tiny Titans more special to me than everything I've collected in my third some years of this hobby. It also epitomizes the true nature of Lew/Alan Coil/Old Man. He loved the silly, the funny, and the cute. He was great with the kids of our group of friends that hang out together, making them laugh with his silly little jokes. Lew had the capability of channeling that inner child when needed and was never ashamed of doing it too. Tiny Titans was a book that gave him that outlet and this book will always hold the most special of places in my heart for just that reason. I'm not going to score this issue but this series gets an A+ from me now, then, and forever. I miss you my friend, I hope that where you are you are surrounded by tons of children that you are able to entertain with those goofy jokes and that wonderful twinkle you always had in your eyes. Until I see you again I will only say this: "Aww YEAH TITANS!"
R.I.P. Old Man.