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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 9/21/11 DCnU Week 3

It’s the third week of DC’s reboot, filled with some great issues and a few stinkers.  What’s worth picking up and what should you skip?  Find out below.

Batman #1 – Scott Snyder seems to be the future of DC comics and this issue is the perfect example why. Perfect in every way, the story sets a tone and introduces the characters for new readers, but adds more than enough for the vets. Add in Greg Capullo’s amazing artwork and it’s easy to see why, so far, this is the best of DC’s relaunch. Absolutely fantastic.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5

Birds of Prey #1 – A decent comic focusing on two tough women (so far) that gets you right into the action. The story keeps you on your toes, but it’s just a small slice, and I’m torn as to whether or not there’s enough there to get me interested in the long run. Basically, someone is gunning for Black Canary and EV, but we don’t know who. There’s a few holy shit moments. If a movie opened like this, it’d absolutely get me hooked to see what happens next, but for a comic, it comes off a bit empty. I’ll stick around for at least one more issue to see where it goes.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Blue Beetle #1 – A comic that relies to heavily on stereotypes, this is an origin story of the Blue Beetle, which raises the question as to whether anything in the past is continuity. I’m guessing no. I can go on and on why this is a bad comic, but like Mr. Terrific, it’s a comic that wants to be about minority characters, and places WAY too much emphasis on that, to it’s detriment.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6

Captain Atom #1 – Some very interesting stuff here. The art is pretty cool and the story and character a lot of potential. Captain Atom lives up to his name, and can control atoms. As he’s still new to it all, we’re learning as he’s learning. There’s also this clock tick down going on. My guess is that this is the clock ticking down until he dissipates. A similar plot device was used for Spawn, and here it should seem fairly fresh. Overall, enough to get me to come back for a second issue.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Catwoman #1 – We were told to expect sex and really that’s all there is here in this rather shallow relaunch title. The first panel is a shot of Catwoman/Selina’s breasts which pretty much sums up what you’d expect. The end also attempts to have a Mr. and Mrs. Smith moment between Catwoman and Batman, but in the end it comes off as a cheap ploy that cheapens the character. Instead of a strong female anti-hero, we’re left with big boobs in skin tight leather and not much else inside.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

DC Comics Presents #1 – The anthology comic that seems like it’ll focus on one character for a few issues focuses on Deadman. The story feels like a mix of Ghost, Hinduism and Quantum Leap. That’s not a bad thing. The story is fantastic and I really like the art. The first issue got me to care about Boston Brand and his mission and want to come back for more. This issue has heart, and a lot of it. A fantastic story and issue that I hope finds an audience.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Green Lantern Corps. #1 – The Corps. opens up with a mystery, which seems to be a popular plot device with the DC relaunch. There’s a lot I liked, and it has a feel of the previous volume when it was a bit slower, but very entertaining. What I really liked is the quiet moments featuring Guy Gardner and John Stewart as they discuss trying to have a normal life. Though it’s also being done in the main series, it’s something that needs to be addressed and humanizes the characters.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – What the hell did I read!? Too many characters, too much going on, and way to much referencing the past. I though the DC revamp was about new beginnings, this just seems to be the continuation of a very complicated and continuity filled past.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

Nightwing #1 – Dick Grayson is out of the Bat suit and back as Nightwing. The issue really focuses on his past and how it affects him in the present and while he’s born out of tragedy, he takes a positive spin as to how it makes him stronger. The baddie seems interesting enough too. This is the first time I’ve ever picked up a comic featuring Grayson as Nightwing, and I’m definitely coming back for me.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 – Hmm, what to say here. Rocafort’s art is awesome as expected, but boy do I have mixed feelings on the rest. The three folks on the team have an interesting dynamic, and where I have an issue is how Starfire is depicted. She barely wears anything, but she’s absolutely an object. An object to use in war. An object used for sex. It’s a continuation of the issue that DC seems to have with women in this revamp/relaunch. I want to continue reading this for Rocafort’s art, but not sure if I can bring myself to do it.

Story: 6 Art: 8.5 Overall: 6

Supergirl #1 – And there’s that whole mystery thing again. Supergirl has crash landed on Earth, but who is she? Where’d she come from? The set up and how it’s presented is pretty cool, really playing off the alien from another world aspect. It’ll be interesting to see how she fits in the new continuity and what her story really is. The first issue hasn’t blown me away, but piqued my interest enough to come back for a second issue.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Wonder Woman #1 – What if Wonder Woman was done as a Vertigo comic? This would be pretty damn close. Brian Azarrello isn’t the person I’d think of to pick up this series, I tend to think of him as a crimer/noir writer, but he does a solid job in this first issue. It’s full of mystery (there it is again) and a lot of weirdness, but maybe this is normal in a Wonder Woman comic? The comic is really good, helped with Cliff Chiang’s art. Here’s looking forward to the second issue.  This is the one comic that bucks the trend and presents a strong female lead.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

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