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Batman Cacophony #1 (of 3) By Kevin Smith Review

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Written by Kevin Smith ; Art by Walt J. Flanagan and Sandra Hope; Cover by Adam Kubert

The first question anyone will ask once they see Kevin Smith’s name attached is whether or not the story will ever finish. Supposedly all 3 issues are done and will be released on time. With that out of the way, this is a very enjoyable Joker story. The Joker is in Arkham and Deadshot has been hired to kill him, so he breaks in to accomplish this for a father who’s son has died from a new designer drug "Chuckles". Before Deadshot can kill him, Onomatopoeia arrives and breaks the Joker out of Arkham and hands him a briefcase full of money. It turns out Maxie Zeus is behind the new drug and there is the inevitable confrontation between he and the Joker resulting in a lot of carnage. I was impressed by the pacing of the story and realize that it has to pay off quickly since it is only a 3 issue mini series. The other really impressive aspect of the book is the art by Walt Flanagan. When I saw his name attached, I had only heard of him from Smith’s films. His artwork is surprisingly solid. I am looking forward to the next issue and have high hopes for the series. It earns 4 out of 5 Bat-Villains.

 4starbatvil

Action Comics #871 New Krypton Pt. 4 Review

ac871 Written by Geoff Johns ; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Alex Ross

The New Krypton saga continues with some very interesting developments. Lex Luthor is recruited to General Lane’s program to try to decipher Brainiac’s files. The General is also behind the source of most of the action of this issue in the form of a newly unleashed Doomsday. Superman and Supergirl take the fight to Doomsday and they are then joined by about a dozen Kryptonians  as they fight Doomsday to the moon. Once there they kill the monster. Meanwhile two disenfranchised Kryptonians decide that General Zod was right and they attempt to release him from the Phantom Zone only to be quickly defeated by the new Nightwing and Flamebird. Johns is quite possibly the best superhero writer in the business right now and this book is fun and action packed. Woods artwork is very detailed, especially his backgrounds. Overall this book gets 4 out of 5 Justice Leaguers.

 4starjla

Detective Comics #850 Batman RIP Review

dt850 Written by Paul Dini; Art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs; Cover by Dustin Nguyen

This is the final part of the "Heart of Hush" storyline which is a tangent to the current ongoing Batman RIP storyline. So far Hush has struck at Robin, Nightwing, and has literally stolen Catwoman’s heart with the help of Mr. Freeze. The story opens with what appears to be Bruce Wayne asking Alfred for help into the cave. Alfred turns on the man and it is revealed Hush has had plastic surgery to look like Batman. Batman arrives and of course there is a fight through the cave incorporating several elements of the trophies. Nightwing and Robin arrive to lend a hand, and Hush attempts to escape only to blow up in the mini Bat helicopter. Catwoman’s heart is restored by Dr. Mid-Nite and she decides to take her own form of revenge against Hush, which is removing the only thing he loves in life: money, with a little help from her friends. Overall nice pacing to the story and we get a little more insight into what brought about Hush’s obsession with destroying Bruce Wayne. The artwork has a slightly muddy feel in some parts and it is clear which parts of the book are drawn by Nguyen and which are drawn by Fridoldfs. Not a bad wrap up to an interesting story. Overall it earns 3 out of 5 Batmen.

3star

Calliope’s Quick Fire Reviews Part 2

Amazing Spider-Man #576

amsp576a   Kind of sappy ending to the Hammerhead story. And it appears Spidey has a new woman in his life. 2 out of 5 Spider-Villains.

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Civil War House of M #3

cwhom3  Relatively interesting story of Magneto’s rise to power, but at the end of the day this story already has its ending. 3 out of 5 New Avengers.    

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Final Crisis: Resist #1

fcr  Great Issue. Mr. Terrific organizes a resistance and plays the OMAC trump card to take on Darkseid. 4 out of 5 JSAers.

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Calliope’s Quick Fire Reviews Part 1

A lot of books this week, so the quick fire is split in two.

Adventure Comics The Guardian #1

adcom1  Not too much happens here except returning the Guardian to Metropolis. Would have been better as a backup feature.  2 out of 5 JlAers. 2starjla

 

Cable #8

cab8  Bishop captured and tortured by the X-Men, Cable fights future bugs. 3 out of 5 X-Villains. 3starxvil

 

Marvel Zombies 3 #2

mz2    I had started to get tired of the whole zombie thing, but this series has been interesting. 3 out of 5 Marvel Zombies.      3starmarv

 

More Reviews to come.

New Comics Shipping Wed. November 12th 2008

 

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Astonishing X-Men Ghost Boxes #1 (of 2)

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COVER BY: Simone Bianchi
WRITER: Warren Ellis
PENCILS: Alan Davis, Frank Cho

Wow, where to begin. This is a summary book of sorts that interviews the mutant from a parallel dimension that showed up in the first few parts of the new run of Astonishing X-Men. He summarizes the take over of the Marvel Universe (Earth 616) and this story only lasts about 10 pages. The second story in the book shows us Earth 889 which is a pretty lame attempt at putting the X-Men in for the characters in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It is a pre-digital world, yet somehow Cyclops still has ruby quartz goggles, while the rest of the X-Men move about in the late 1800’s. This is another very short story. The rest of the book is filled up with writer notes and sketches. They could have just eliminated all of the fluff and turned this into a one-shot or even part of the regular series. So for $3.99 you get 16 pages of actual story, and the other half of the book is filler and ads. For that reason alone I have to give this book 0 out of 5 X-Men.

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