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Batman Inc. #3

Batman Inc. #3: After missing a couple months, Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. makes a welcome return to the stands. This issue, Bruce Wayne travels to Argentina to recruit crimefighter El Gaucho, who you might remember from the earlier “Club of Heroes” and “RIP” arcs. While down south, Bruce and his partner run into trouble at the hands of a few returning villains. Morrison here keeps up the sense of high adventure found in the first few issues, and begins to mix in a bit more of the long-term scheming for which he’s known. Artist Yanick Paquette’s really starting to find his groove, turning in some really well-drawn and designed panels. Colorist Nathan Fairbairn, too, deserves credit for making this book look sharp.  Batman Inc. would be one of my favorite monthly reads if it could only keep a monthly schedule.  A-
Review by Rebel Rikki

Justice League: Generation Lost #21: Last issue focused on the life of Max Lord; this one turns its gaze to the purported death of Blue Beetle. Jaime Reyes’ teammates take a breather and deal with losing one of their own in the ways they know best. For some, that leads to crushing grief and doubt, for others a desire to work even harder, and for at least one a sexual embrace. Winick’s done excellently with team dynamics throughout this entire series, and it’s rare he gets to spotlight them in a quiet moment. I like most of what’s happening here, especially with Booster and Gavril, who’s been a surprise favorite character in this book. Fernando Dagnino, who delivers the pencils, has been my favorite of Generation Lost‘s several artists. I’ll say nothing about the last page, except that I’m sure it will lead to many conversations with people who read my post on this book from a month ago… B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

New Avengers #10: This issue keeps the dual storyline going as our team of New Avengers take on a H.A.M.M.E.R. off-shot led by Superia, and we continue to flashback to the past—1959 to be exact—as Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan build their “Avengers Initiative” team to combat an as-yet unknown—to us at least—threat. Once again we get strong art from Mike Deodato and Howard Chaykin. In the present our heroes attempt to tend to the injuries Mockingbird sustained last issue while the battle still rages on and, in an interesting twist, we see what happens when superheroes need to dial 911. But it was the roster of the “Avengers” team Fury was putting together in the past that really caught my eye. Sabretooth, Kraven, Silver Sable and Namorita among others… this should turn out to be an interesting and pretty dysfunctional team. And I’m putting money down that this storyline will somehow tie into the big, upcoming “Fear Itself” crossover in the Marvel Universe. B+
Review by Spaceman Spiff

iZombie #11: The “uVampire” arc comes to a close with somewhat of an anticlimax. Well, that’s not exactly fair — the climax is more emotional than physical, and the tensions this arc has been building abate themselves more subtley than they might have. I actually mean that as a compliment; I liked the way this issue dealt with the coven of vampires who’ve nested in Eugene, OR (where this book takes place). It leaves a lot of room for potential conflict down the road, as does the wrap-up to protagonist’s Gwen arc, in which she’s forced to confront her past un-undead life, specifically her living family. Artist Mike Allred does wonderfully as always. Together he and writer Chris Roberson produce a consistently solid read which juggles an incredibly diverse cast and lays out some interesting hints for the future.  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Superboy #5: The cover of this issue, splendidly drawn by Eddy Barrows, boasts of the “first Superboy / Kid Flash race.” As these things tend to go, writer Jeff Lemire finds a cute way out of naming either one faster than the other, but the actual race itself is pretty fun to read. The race’s framing sequences, especially those focused on Connor’s school friend Lori Luthor, really make this book interesting; Lemire consistently casts a spotlight on Superboy’s supporting cast, which promises to pay off big dividends. Artist Pier Gallo crafts some great panels here, especially in the race itself, but I’m not sure about his choices for drawing some of these characters, particularly their faces. Scope out the cameo-ing Teen Titans to see what I mean.  B
Review by Rebel Rikki

X-Men: Legacy #246: Part 3 of the “Age of X” crossover! Mike Carey and artist Clay Mann stay on top of their game with this issue in what is turning out to be my favorite X-Men arc in some time. Rogue, I mean Reaper, er, I mean Legacy is on the run after the events in Part 2—told over in New Mutants—as we see Magneto oversee his forces to apprehend her. Rogue gets some help along the way from some familiar allies. Magneto had been built up as the savior of the mutant race in earlier issues and here we get some glimpses of what may be his true nature shining through. This storyline continues to be a whole lot of fun and as we reach the half-way point with this issue it appears the best may be yet to come. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

tags: age of x, batman, batman inc., grant morrison, izombie, justice league, new avengers, superboy, x-men legacy

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