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  1. 1. Select the titles you like

    • ACTION COMICS #1
      6
    • ANIMAL MAN #1
      5
    • BATGIRL #1
      1
    • BATWING #1
      0
    • DETECTIVE COMICS #1
      1
    • GREEN ARROW #1
      0
    • HAWK AND DOVE #1
      0
    • JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
      0
    • MEN OF WAR #1
      0
    • OMAC #1
      1
    • STATIC SHOCK #1
      1
    • STORMWATCH #1
      0
    • SWAMP THING #1
      4
    • JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
      2


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The changes are bad. He has a team at the tech division of Queen Industries called Q-Corp whose job seems to be coming up with just the right arrow / gimmick that he's going to need by the end of the story. Villains seem to be being painted as darlings of the modern media age, all facebooked up celebs with millions of "friends" basically, which is just ridiculous. And he doesn't have a goatee (but that's a minor niggle - I could easily put up with that if the story was good)

 

It's not worth picking up if you have no love for GA. That there will be a new writer soon is the only reason I'm keeping it going.

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Yeah Green Arrow is pretty bad, but there is hope! Ann Nocenti is taking over the writing around issue 5 or 7.

 

Nocenti? drool....(No, that's not supposed to be sexist.)

I've missed seeing a book by Nocenti. Her DD run is still my favourite work on that title.

I thought Giffen was taking over on Green Arrow?

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Giffen is just doing 2 fill in issues, I think. However, him and Jurgens are taking over Superman. Which might actually make it less bad

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... What is that spike on the chin all about, what possible fucking use is that? ...

Punches in superhero comics always get aimed at the chin. Every costume should include a spike there. But you're right, the rest of the costume is a step backwards.

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If a punch aimed at the chin is going to knock a metal spike into it, that's a liability not a plus, surely?

 

Quite enjoyed the Birds Of Prey first issue (beacue I'm a sucker for exploding heads and I've been wanting to get into this title for a while now), but it feels very dated. What the hell are all those Moore style posture transitions between characters about?

 

Savage Hawkwman is... bad. Nice art, but a very bad script, and some deeply stupid touches like Carter absorbing his Hawkman costume and turning into a mighty morphing power archeologist. I don't think I'll persevere with this one.

 

(Alarmingly, Justice League dark is the best of the three I've looked at so far...)

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Yeah, I sure as hell wouldn't want sharp objects being place where a punch was going to land on my body.

"Ow! Your spike busted up my hand, causing me some pain...but, on the plus side, it drove that blunt object straight through your jaw bones, causing you months of surgery and hospitalization. Ha!"

 

It's a shame that James Robinson dropped off of Hawkman. DC would've had another buy from me.

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Batgirl #1-Picked up another of the reprints. I don't see why people are raving about this book. Nothing really happens in this issue, and the plot isn't exactly engaging. I just don't see much here, unless you're an absolute fan of the character. Her reaction to a gun being pointed at her was sort of interesting, at least it played on the continuity, but it really feels like hitting the reset button for fans who were upset about The Killing Joke.

Both of Simone's New 52 books struck out with me. Firestorm is just awful. While I loved Secret Six, I never cared for Birds of Prey.

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Action Comics #3: another winner. Kind of a slow burn, but script and art are head & shoulders above the current standard for superhero books.

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Action Comics #4 was OK this week. Panels seemed a little disjointed to me, but a lot of GM's stuff feels that way.

 

My favorite bit was the back up tale. Maybe the reason for that is I've just discovered Johnny Cash's wonderful "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer" and am absolutely in love with it.

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There have been so many good musical versions of the John Henry folktale. Leadbelly did one...

Yeah, I really enjoyed in DC:The New Frontier when Darwyn Cooke incorporated the tale of John Henry with the superhero Steel. I wasn't expecting that in a comic covering DC's Silver Age, considering that Steel wasn't created until the 1990s. A very pleasant surprise.

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Believe it or not, Hugh Laurie did a pretty good version of John Henry on his album of blues covers. (Mind you, it is one of the ones he mostly leaves to the backing singers instead of doing himself...)

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