Friday, January 30, 2009

Comics of the Week (1/28/09) part 2

Teen Titans #67 - this "Faces of Evil" issue focuses fully on the return of Brother Blood and ties in, loosely, to the events from Reign In Hell. McKeever appears to enjoy writing for the villains of this book and it shows in this issue. The Titans really only appear for a battle and to help rescue Kid Eternity from Blood's grasp. The issue sets up plot lines for upcoming issues.

Faces of Evil: Kobra - this one-shot really takes a lot of the history of the Kobra character, all the way back from its debut in the 70's, and brings it all up to speed. The villain is relaunched with a new take on things, one that should prove to be very interesting in 2009 as the character will be surfacing in other DCU books. Again, a nice focus of the villains.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 - this kid-friendly title is based on the new cartoon of the same name. Like the show, it features Batman teaming up with other heroes. It is written in that same tone - fun, four-color, classic - and even mimics the show in that the first few pages start out with the tale end of some other adventure. This issue the Caped Crusader teams up with Power Girl in London. I also like a feature in the end where there is a half-page bio of the guest hero and guest villain, to bring young readers up to speed on characters they might not know. I hope they continue this as it is kind of fun. The art style is sort of like the show's, but with a little twist too. It is good that books based on the animated shows have their own visual style and this one should work well for the book.

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