What up world?!
Damn this week in comics was HUGE! I think just about every Marvel and DC book hit the shelves this week. So much to talk about so little space. Let's get into it.
First up to bat is this week's "BLACKEST NIGHT" tie-ins.
GREEN LANTERN #50
Wow! That's what I really have to say about this issue. Knee deep in battling The Black Lanterns, Hal Jordan and company face off against the mother of all Black Lanterns, The Spectre. Attempting to defeat him using the light from every ring, Hal comes to the realization that the only thing that can stop him is Parallax. He explains how The Guardians divided Parallax's essence among four lanterns, Hal then proceeds to allow himself to become possessed by the creature. This issue was huge. From start to finish, it had me laughing and cheering on the characters as they battle for their lives. My favorite part was when Larfleeze was trying to get his Orange ring back from Lex Luthor and Luthor's only response was "s'mine". Blackest Night as a whole is really taking these characters to the extreme with so many references to past titles and story lines. This so far has to be the best and my favorite tie-in thus far.
5 out of 5 scared, shaking Scarecrows.
BLACKEST NIGHT: JSA #2 (OF 3)
Trapped inside the Brownstone as Mr. Terrific attempts to create a light that can defeat the horde of Black Lanterns outside trying to get in, his teammates battle for their lives. Liberty Belle, Atom Smasher and Powergirl are all the victims of a plot to allow one of their re-animated loved ones in the brownstone. What could be so important that Damage would blow up his fellow Black Lanterns? Easy, Superman Earth-2's body that can be reconnected by replacing his Black Ring.
This mini isn't half bad, being a fan of The JSA, I enjoy how James Robinson is utilizing the veterans and their ability to react wisely in bad situations. The only thing I don't really care for is that these mini-series don't make reference to the other ones. Fact in point, Earth-2 Lois Lane and Earth-2 Superman were both in "Blackest Night: Superman" mini, yet no one said to anyone else "Hey if you see them, they're playing an act, don't fall for it. Just kill them."? I mean come on, the Flash made his rounds telling everyone about the Black Lanterns, isn't anyone passing any other information?? And another thing, Didn't Bill Willingham blow up the brownstone in the core JSA book like 2 issues ago??
3 out of 5 Blown up Brownstones
THE ATOM AND HAWKMAN #46
Probably one of the best if not the best "last issue" dealing with Blackest Night. Ray Palmer's entire life since he met Jean Loring has been about nothing more than her. He felt that she could make his life whole and give him some meaning. This is the reason he is granted the Indigo Ring for Compassion. Through all the torment she put him through he still always loved her and had to shrink away to deal with it, now he's got the responsibility of protecting Indigo-1 while she makes contact with the rest of her tribe in an attempt to bring every member of every Corps to Earth for the final battle. Hawkman and Hawkgirl play a pivotal role as Ray's design for the perfect couple and the true meaning of love everlasting. This issue is a really deep issue dealing with Ray and his love for Jean and his compassion for her. Anyone who's ever had their heart broken can relate to this issue and it's got zombie's running around.
5 out of 5 sappy love stories
Moving right along, let's check in on this weeks X-Over, Necrosha
Senyaka, Wither, Blink and Eli Bard have been sent to Utopia to recover the blade that will make Selene a goddess. Wolverine, Archangel, Warpath and Domino aren't going to let that happen without a fight. Meanwhile, Rahne is dying from the baby she's carrying. Hrimhari asks Hela to save Elixir so that he can save Rahne and the baby. Warpath goes to give Eli Bard the blade and is transported with them back to Genosha. Emma Frost tells Wolverine and company that they are going to Genosha and that they are to kill everyone there. The story is heating up and it's really getting good. I thought this was a cheap excuse for Marvel to bring back so many long dead characters but apparently it's a way to just have a reason for X-Force to kill everyone all over again. My one big complaint is that Clayton Crain's artwork is so dark that you kinda get lost as to what's going on visually. If this issue were straight pencils, I think it would've been a lot better. I still wonder, in all of the mutants that Selene brought back, how come she didn't bring Jean Grey back? or for that matter any of the mutants that died in the New X-Men book? We saw Laurie from New X-Men show up in Astonishing as a bio sentinel.
3 out of 5 I miss Jean Grey
X-MEN LEGACY #232
On Muir Island with the newly resurrected Proteus, Psylocke, Magneto, Colossus, Rogue, Husk, Trance and Nightcrawler try to save and possibly dis-possess Blindfold and Destiny from Proteus' control. One by one they all fall due to Proteus' new power of controlling more than one person at a time.
I have to say, I don't really understand what this has to do with Selene and "Necrosha" as a whole. Proteus did come back because he has some kind of link to Destiny since they both died on Muir Island but other than that, it seems like an excuse to bring a long dead villain back into the picture. My other problem with this story line and with the X-Books is that they have no continuity. Magneto and company are all on Utopia over in Uncanny, yet in every other X-book everyone is doing something else or part of the battle in "Necrosha". I think Marvel really needs to take a lesson from the Superman titles and notice how when one thing happens in one book they reference it in or it has an affect in the other books.
3 out of 5 Puppet Colossus
The "SIEGE" tie-in's are rolling in and here we go.
NEW AVENGERS #61
The Hood has been given the Norn Stones by Loki. He now tells his crew that he can boost their powers and they can get back at the Avengers. They roam around looking for the Avengers. That's pretty much this issue summed up right there. I'm a HUGE Avengers fan but this issue really doesn't deserve the "SIEGE BANNER" and it really had nothing to do with "SIEGE" at all. I'm sure Bendis has something up his sleeve as far as The Hood and his crew go but right now he's shooting blanks. Also, another issue that has come out that has STEVE ROGERS in it yet, his "CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5" just came out this week so technically he shouldn't even be there but he is. I'm really unhappy with that to the point I don't even want him in any part of anything right now. I'm one of the people who liked Bucky as Cap but let me shut up because I am going to review "CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5".
2 OUT OF 5 MAN I WISH THIS WOULD STOP SUCKING.
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #32
Finally a book that really has something to do with "SIEGE". Taskmaster is all about getting his kill on and making a name for himself in the big leagues. Night Thrasher and the rest of The Avengers Resistance put two and two together and realize that Norman Osborn made the U-Foes go after Volstagg and basically recreated Stamford and the superhero civil war all over again.
This was a great issue, Taskmaster trying to step up his game and make a name for himself among the great like Norman Osborn and Dr.Doom is awesome. I've always liked his character and I always kinda thought that most writers underused him and made him too jokey. Now years later, he's not trying to take over the world, he's trying to run side by side with the villains who will. Diamondback following everyone as they all attack Thor to save her cover and at the same time try to save Thor because she knows they'll need in the end battle is great. She's heading in the same direction as Speedball.
4 out of 5 get your kills on!
Onto "FALL OF THE HULKS"!
RED HULK #1
This issue takes place before last weeks Incredible Hulk #606, LAME! It should have come out first in my opinion. When Dr. Doom is attacked by the Hulk and you got all excited but then you got frustrated because it turned out it was the "Cosmic Hulk", well this is the issue that explains how he got there in the first place. Red Hulk along with A-Bomb head into an A.I.M base where "Cosmic Hulk" is being stored. You come to find out that The Mad Thinker was given the idea to build him because of "The Cosmos Automaton", a device built by Galactus that would have someone or something build a sentient device to record the planet and report back to him about it. Luckily, Galactus hasn't used this in years since it can be distorted and he began using "Heralds".
I like the fact that they're really digging deep into the Hulk's history for this story. I don't like that this issue should've come out last week and I should be talking about "Incredible Hulk #606" this week.
3 out of 5 Badly colored Jack Kirby Galactus'
NOW SOME STUFF I REALLY HATED THIS WEEK....
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #5
WOW WHAT A PIECE OF S***! After all the hype and the planning and plotting and making specific moves towards bringing Steve Rogers back all they had to do was implant the Red Skull's psyche into Steve's body, let the two of them fight, have Steve beat his ass, send Red Skull back into the machine body Zola built for him and have a giant missle blow it up!? That's all it took to kill the Red Skull and bring Steve Rogers back!? CRap! Oh wait Steve has been back since early December according to "The Dark Avengers Annual #1". Come on guys this was just bad all around. It wasn't even a cool idea to have him bounce around his life in some weird dream sequence. I would've liked it better if he just stayed dead and got brought back to life at the end of "SIEGE" when The Sentry turns out to be Jesus Christ. I'm sorry but this was a waste of time and money and I don't think you should buy this and if you did well I'm sorry. You now own a colorful piece of toilet paper.
-1 out of 5 MAKE MINE BUCKY!
and continuing my rant..
New from Dynamite Entertainment comes a great cult film gone bad comic.
This book is supposed to pick up right after the first film.
So, how come "The Old Man" is some crazy vegetable with all these tubes and such coming out of him? At the end of the movie, He says to Robocop "Nice shooting there son, you got a name?" and Robocop replied "Murphy", roll credits.
Edwina Odenkirk takes over for the recently deceased Dick Jones and begins the ED-209B program in which she walks into Robocop's precinct and tells all the cops they're fired and they've been replaced.
How come this isn't how it went down in the second movie?
They even state that the ED-209 program was stopped and they wanted to try continuing research into another Robocop, hence why Kain the villain in the second film gets the robot makeover.
Why aren't they talking about the fact that the "Nuke" drug is taking over Detroit and ruining lives along with the economy falling apart?
Why are you telling a story that has nothing to do with the film series yet you're using it as a reference?
I know it's only the first issue but Edwina as the main "villain" doesn't make me want to read on neither does a battalion of ED-209B's that you know for a fact will kill everyone regardless of programming. I can go on and on and on. This book stinks.
-1 out of 5 sucky prequel sequels.