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Batman: The Return

Batman: The Return: I’d been expecting this Grant Morrison-penned one-shot to provide a nice wrap-up of his five-year-long Bat-opus, but Bruce makes it very clear in these pages: “It feels good to be… at the beginning of something and not the end.” Batman: The Return kickstarts what I’m calling Morrison’s Batman coda with Bruce Wayne’s return to crimefighting and the laying out of a new direction for the Batman family. There are some really great moments in this oversized issue, especially concerning Damian and a new villain with Bat-esque features. Overall, though, it didn’t wow me as much as Batman, Inc. In addition, it seems as though artist David Finch’s pencils have become much scratchier since his New Avengers work, and I’m not really a fan.  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Brightest Day #14: This issue plays a game of cover-trickery by tossing an awesome-looking White Lantern Batman on its front and then not doing much of anything with it on the interior. Instead, we get a fairly by-the-numbers story which explores Deadman’s past. It all has a too-familiar feel; even if we didn’t know the exact details of Boston Brand’s story, it’s nothing we haven’t seen in fiction before. The very last panel, though, is awesome. In addition, artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado provide some really great art during the Deadman sequences. C+ (sidenote: why is this book so thin? What happened to all of DC’s advertising?)
Review by Rebel Rikki

Darkwing Duck #6: “Crisis on Infinite Darkwings” continues in fine and funny fashion as a flock of alternate-reality Darkwings are set loose to wreak havoc on St. Canard. Although this issue seemed lighter on plot and action than previous installments, I can’t get over the way this book balances a comedic tone in keeping with the old cartoon and more typical action comic book plots. And I’m in love with the notion of a Frank Miller-inspired Darkwing that this issue teases.  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Flash #6: Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul’s first arc on Flash wraps up here, as we discover the real reason that Barry Allen’s wanted for murder in the 25th century. All in all I felt this conflict’s resolution was far too 20th-century and a little mundane, but I can’t say enough about Manapul’s art. This issue also teases the next big DC event, but I find myself wondering if I’ll keep reading Flash long enough to get there. B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Green Lantern #59: After many months, the GL books finally dive back into the mystery behind the Indigo Lantern tribe. There are some really compelling revelations to be had, here; I especially love the twist that it’s the Indigo rings themselves that bestow compassion in the Lanterns (which explains how a total jerk like Black Hand can be a part of their tribe). And again, Doug Mahnke excels as this book’s artist. I hope he never stops. Unfortunately, the protracted Flash/GL discussion that takes up most of this issue’s pages seems played out, and the “twist” at the end doesn’t hook me, mostly because I’m sure it will be wrapped up by the end of next month’s issue.  B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Superior #2: Another strong, and touching, outing from Millar and Yu. We see Simon Pooni try to come to grips with his transformation with the help of his best friend, Chris, while dropping several f-bombs and references to the movie Big. A strong issue that is made even stronger by the narration—which I assume is in the voice of Chris—which adds a bit of foreshadowing to the story along with a whole lot of heart. My only complaint: no appearance by the awesome space-monkey. A-
Review by Spaceman Spiff

X-Factor #211: Peter David brings us back on track as we catch up with Madrox and Company in Las Vegas facing down a hoarde of undead Viking warriors. We get a further glimpse into the troubles between Pip and Hela, along with a whole lot of snappy dialogue and some killer action. Oh, did I mention Thor? There’s Thor too… but seriously, anyone who didn’t see that coming after a the first issue in Las Vegas should really take one upside the head. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

tags: batman, brightest day, darkwing duck, flash, grant morrison, green lantern, superior, x-factor

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