Sunday, 25 October 2009

Who'd Like A Cocktail? #58

As I was away last week, this week's Cocktail post is bumper sized double issue!
  • Blackest Night: Batman #3 - hmmm, seemed to finish on something of an anti-climax, I think.
  • Booster Gold #25 - genuinely touching moment between Batman and Booster and Rip Hunter's chalkboard was entertaining as ever!
    • Blue Beetle co-feature - come on! Anyone really believe Black Beetle is Jaime from the future?
  • Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #6 - if I have to re-read all six issues to make sense of this, I think I'd be more inclined to read the whole of the Bloodlines crossover again.
  • Green Arrow/Black Canary #25 - Green Arrow is apparently going to be an important character next year in the DCU; I kinda hope Andrew Kreisberg isn't writing him when that happens.
    • Black Canary co-feature - well, that was a waste of ten pages.
  • Green Lantern Corps #41 - oooh, just when things look their bleakest, the Indigo guy turns up!
  • JSA vs Kobra #5 - as I've said all along, this is a really nice series both writing and art-wise and it'll be a shame to see it end.
  • The Punisher #75 - crap - I missed #74! Still, nice collection of stories here and great to see the preview featuring Steve Dillon's artwork.
  • Secret Six #14 - Catman shows he's still a bad guy at heart.
And what made me smile:
There were rumours for years about those two, you know . . .

And here's what I picked up this week:

  • Blackest Night: Superman #3 - wow, Krypto really is a good dog!
  • The Brave And The Bold #28 - you know, I think it took me until Flash took his mask off to realise that was Barry Allen! I'm so used to Wally being the Flash, I just didn't realise . . .
  • Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #6 - so, only FCA: Ink to go and then we can all put Final Crisis behind us.
  • Justice League of America #38 - the new era starts here, then? So what have we got? A teaser of a hidden villain; a return to Happy Harbour to reconnect with the old League; lots of self-doubt; reference to the end of a mini-series that hasn't actually ended yet; a completely pointless attack by an old villain; a realisation this version of the League's not worth continuing with; and a tie-in to Blackest Night. For a new era, it all sounds quite familiar.
  • Power Girl #6 - whereas this is still fun and fresh month after month! A situation that would normally turn into a fight is handled differently here and that's so refreshing.
  • The Punisher #74 - I missed this last month so picked it up this week. Not the best storyline ever, but Parlov's art is still great.
  • The Stand: Soul Survivors #1 - this is the first issue of this adaptation that's felt a bit weak - knowing the book as well as I do, the burgeoning friendship between Nick and Tom was a lot richer in the original.
And what made me smile:
Talking of friendship, watching Power Girl and Terra interact is fun enough but having Terra map out the formula for superhero comics? Marvellous!

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