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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #189
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #189
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Shane McCarthy , Art by Tommy Castillo, Rodney Ramos
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Batman manages to catch the Riddler, but through foresight and planning, Nygma escapes.

Good Stuff: This is the way I think the character of the Riddler should be. Smart, resourceful, a little whiny at times, but also well prepared. I thought it was really cool that he actually managed to outwit Batman in this story, at least in terms of getting what he wanted and getting away. I also appreciated that we did get some nice action scenes with Batman, and that it was obvious that he was also well into his game too. Good stuff.

Not so Good Stuff: I do not like the Riddler’s new look at all. I still want to see him in the jacket and bowler hat, and there’s no reason that he couldn’t wear those and still be a dangerous villain.

I give this book 9/10.


Blue Monday: Painted Moon #4(of 4
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Chynna Clugston-Major , Art by Chynna Clugston-Major
Publisher: Oni Press

Synopsis: Victor agonizes over the kiss that Clover gave Monkeyboy. Bleu is still pining for Mr. Bishop. Erin tells Alan that Bleu is going to tell Mr. Bishop about her crush that evening. Erin offers herself as a potential girlfriend for Alan, and he accepts. Bleu goes to visit Mr. Bishop, and confesses her feelings for him. Unsurprisingly, he tells her that she is too young for him, but Bleu vows to become more mature so she can appeal to him more. Victor finally realizes why Clover kissed Monkeyboy, and he goes to see her and apologize, which she accepts.

Good Stuff: There are some tremendously amusing moments here, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest—I expect nothing less from Blue Monday. I though Victor’s little “Secret Swinging Sex Club” fantasy was absolutely hilarious. There were also just some cool character moments—which I also expect. Victor’s realization of why Clover kissed Monkeyboy was good, as was the whole Mr. Bishop/Bleu scene. Just really cute and cool.

Not so Good Stuff: The biggest problem I have with Blue Monday--the only problem I regularly have with the comic—is the way it comes out so sporadically. It’s a lot of fun, and I wish that Chynna Clugston (not sure about the Major part anymore) could put the comic out more frequently.

I give this book 9/10.

Blue Monday: Painted Moon #4(of 4

Gotham Central #29
Gotham Central #29
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Greg Rucka , Art by Stefano Gaudiano, Kano
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Allen and Montoya go to Keystone City to interview Dr. Alchemy and see if he can reverse the mutation of Officer Kelly.

Good Stuff: There are some nice moments here—no surprise. There are generally lots of little touches here and there in this comic that make it more enjoyable, little bits of detail. For instance, the way that Montoya and Allen instantly recognized the Keystone City cops out of the crowd, the little bit with Montoya and her father, and the conversation between Montoya and the uniformed officer. I also enjoyed the feeling of intimacy between Renee and Daria, and I appreciated the frank portrayal of such as well.

Not so Good Stuff: The scene with Batman was incredibly pointless, as were several other panels (Montoya removing her ankle gun). Also, it seemed as if Rucka was hitting us over the head with the fact that Officer Kelly was really popular, moreso than was required.

I give this book 8/10.


Green Arrow #48
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Judd Winick , Art by Tom Fowler, Rodney Ramos
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Team Arrow takes down the Duke of Oil while Roy works hard to protect the people inside the bank. Meanwhile, Drakon is back in the picture as he is hired by Brick to kill Green Arrow. We find out that he’s implanted a bomb in the bank, which Roy tries to defuse.

Good Stuff: You know, this isn’t the greatest comic in the world, but it’s quite enjoyable. The fight with the Duke of Oil was fun, as was the opening scene with Drakon and the hoods trying to hire him. Winick’s done a very good job in creating Drakon, and made him a very formidable opponent for Green Arrow.

Not so Good Stuff: The one thing this book is really missing is a better penciller. Fowler’s pencils really don’t impress me, and while he does have a nice, dynamic style, he really tends to overdo things with facial expressions—he also has problems making the characters maintain a consistent look as well.

I give this book 8/10.

Green Arrow #48

JSA #71
JSA #71
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Geoff Johns , Art by Don Kramer, Keith Champagne
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: The rest of the team is gathered together, and Degaton’s plot is revealed.

Good Stuff: This is pretty cool. There’s a lot of cool moments, particularly the two-page spread featuring the assembled heroes. It was also nice to see Mr. Terrific cut loose, which we don’t get to see very often. I also appreciate that Al is starting to come back around to his original thoughts.

Not so Good Stuff: No major complaints. The art wasn’t everything it could have been here though. I particularly thought that the facial expressions on the two-page spread looked much more sad than determined, which seemed pretty odd.

I give this book 8/10.


Nightwing # 105
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty , Art by Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Barbara tricks Dick into being there for the first night of Jason Todd’s stint as Robin. Batman has also prepared another surprise for Jason—a bit with Alfred disguised as Two-Face. However, things go awry when Killer Croc—looking to make a name for himself—orders Two-Face brought to him.

Good Stuff: Well, the characterization is spot on. I liked the reaction of Dick to seeing Jason in his old costume.

Not so Good Stuff: I see that the portrayal of Jason as an arrogant punk is still in vogue at DC, which is a shame in some ways. It’s like he never had a chance to become as popular as Dick Grayson or Tim Drake in the role of Robin.

The art really didn’t work so well for me this issue. I’m not sure why it was so off, but it simply didn’t work. Neither does the plot, which has no real drama, nor am I looking forward to seeing Jason and Dick work together.

I give this book 5/10.

Nightwing # 105

Spider-Girl #84
Spider-Girl #84
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Tom DeFalco , Art by Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Pat Olliffe, Al Williamson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: Spider-Girl defeats Venom by allowing herself to be sucked into him so she and Normie can fight him together from within. Phil beats Fury. Doc Magus and Dr. Strange manage to heal Darkdevil. Normie chooses not to turn the Venom symbiote over to the Avengers or the Fantastic Five.

Good Stuff: It’s a pretty good battle all the way around. I suppose that many readers will be pleased to see who’s at the heart of Darkdevil, and I actually thought the byplay between Dr. Strange and Doc Magus was pretty funny. The fights were also well done, with brainpower defeating brawn all the way.

I also liked the fact that Normie didn’t turn the symbiote over, because you know it’s going to make a comeback sooner or later.

Not so Good Stuff: No real complaints. Lots of fun.

I give this book 9/10.


Ultimate Fantastic Four #16
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Warren Ellis , Art by Adam Kubert, John Dell, Nelson, Lary Stucker
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: The Four meet the leader of the aliens, Nihil, who tells them that his universe is dying. Meanwhile, Johnny isn’t feeling so good. He collapses, and his skin has turned grey. It turns out that he’s burning out his cellular structure by using his powers. When Ben and Reed go to see Nihil and tell him that they are leaving, he shatters their space helmets.

Good Stuff: There is a nice feeling of wonder here, as Reed and the others meet the alien.

Not so Good Stuff: Slow. Just slow. Kind of boring too. I really hope that something happens next issue.

I give this book 5/10.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #16


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