Friday, March 27, 2009

Comics of the Week (3/25/09)

Batman: the Brave and the Bold #3 - the cover is that of a 60's comic, with a little bait-and-switch about Batman being sworn in as President. Instead, he has to protect the President and he brings along buddy Green Arrow to help. The rivalry of Bats and GA from the cartoon episodes (of which GA has appeared in a number so far) was not there so that felt a little disjointed. Other than that, it was a fun little romp and a good book for new, younger readers to enjoy as well as oldtimers like me.

Justice League of America #31 - the first page was confusing. Either the art was wrong or the dialogue was wrong, because Zatanna was talking to "Dinah" but Wonder Woman (Diana) was shown. That was jarring. The rest of the issue was okay. Basically this is the JLA dealing with the ramifications of Final Crisis and the loss of the Big Three. Another bad point - this issue references events from a mini coming this summer (we actually got a footnote caption!) but we're preceeding that story by months. Not a smooth transition there either. Ah well.

Trinity #43 - the big three strike at the villains, but they seem to still be in "God mode". Will they revert back? Of course they will. But hopefully we'll see that soon as these versions of the characters are pretty cold and sterile.

Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug - DC's zany hero who debuted in the 80's gets the b/w treatment in a nice volume covering all of his early appearances and mini's. Nice to see DC could strike a royalty deal to put out this collection of 80's and 90's issues in one place. Though I own most of the floppies, I got this one for the collection. Just a lot of fun. Looking forward to reading this one soon.

Back Issue! #33 - this issue sports a Perez cover of the New Teen Titans and focuses on teen heroes. Again, haven't read it yet but it is on my weekend enjoyment list. This magazine is always a pleasure to savored every two months. If you are a comic fan of the 70's and 80's, this is one that should be on your list. Rarely am I disappointed by an issue - there is always some great articles to fill in my knowledge of the Bronze age era of comics.

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