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Nightwing #149 — Tomasi & Rags keep bringing the goods; Dick pulls off a one-armed rescue, gets operated on by Alfred, talks to Harvey, discovers the bullets he took had a little extra juice, and flies headlong into an ambush of overwhelming odds. The cliffhanger promises the kind of scene I’ve been begging for YEARS now, but somehow I’m sure I’ll still get cheated next issue based on the status quos of several of the villains thinks he sees at the end. Still, it’s obvious this story’s gonna come down to Dick vs. Two-Face in the end, and that’s good enough for me. The high point of the issue was the entire scene in the cave, from Dick & Alfred’s banter to the two silent pages showing Alfred’s burden, to Dick’s what-me-worry? return to danger; LOVED it .
Fables #75 — and the war ends; wow…this book has been so good for so long that I don’t even know how to read it anymore; I feel confident that this will be the best book I read today, yet I still almost felt let down b/c it wasn’t THE GREATEST COMIC EVER, and I honestly half-expected it to be; nevertheless, it was tremendous; Buckingham’s art was fantastic, the theatres and tactics of the war were ingenious, the usual sacrifices were made (and damn if pairing Prince Charming with Sinbad, two of my least favorite characters in the book, didn’t rocket them up near the top after this issue), and heroes rose to the occasion; the final battle of the war felt a touch anti-climatic, but Blue’s part in it made up for it for me, and the suicide bombing was predictable and easily foreseeable but moving nonetheless; absolutely fantastic, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Secret Six #1 — Whee! Is probably the best way to describe my feelings on this…nothing but nigh-sadistic fun throughout; we meet a terrifying new villain, see the Traveling Blake-and-Lawton Show on display (highlight of the book), meet the 5th member of the 6 in Bane (who is my one problem in the book, but that’s b/c I think even DC’s creators don’t have a handle on who he’s supposed to be), get treated to more RagDoll insanity, and learn of the Six’s new mission, which even Batman is willing to warn them away from for safety’s sake; the usual Simone goodness mixed with Scott beauty, this book was great, I loved it.
Posted originally: 2008-09-05 14:07:37