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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2016

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1Setting up the upcoming Batgirl and the Birds of Prey series, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 introduces to the three key characters of the team while explaining the past relationships of Batgirl and Black Canary. Barbara’s time as Oracle stays in the continuity as does her former partnership with Black Canary. Wiped from continuity is any official Birds of Prey team featuring other members (Huntress, Zinda Blake, and others).

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 works to get everyone up to speed on where these characters are now, with most of the focus on Batgirl. I didn’t like Dinah as much here as the version of the character we’re seeing in Green Arrow and we see so little of the new Huntress it’s too early for me to make a judgement on her quite yet. And, for me, the comic could use a firecracker like Lady Blackhawk to liven things up.

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The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2016

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The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2 delivers on its title as the Shadow is able to narrowly escape a trap set by the Red Empress. Unaware of the danger, or that the Shadow has already made it out safely, Margo Lane runs straight into a building about the explode and to her (less than definite) doom.

The fact that Margo dies off-panel is suggestive. Did she make it out? Was she skirted away by agents of the Red Empress? Or was she injured or trapped beneath the rubble and won’t be found until later in the series? Even with the public manner of her death and the title of the comic I’m guessing there’s still at least a 50-50 chance writer/artist Matt Wagner has a trick up his sleeve.

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Detective Comics #936

by Alan Rapp on July 21, 2016

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Detective Comics #936Betrayal is the theme of Detective Comics #936. With Batman taken down by an elite team of armored Bat-soldiers, Batwoman activates her team of Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Clayface, and Cassandra Cain. Needing all the help she can get, Batwoman also enlists the help of her father Colonel Jacob Kane and that’s when things go from bad to worse for our heroes.

Revealing that the U.S. Military is behind the Bat-soldier strike force which is under Kane’s control, Batwoman’s father uses her misplaced trust to have the team attack the heroes’ base. Neither the betrayal nor her father’s offer to join the sanctioned team shakes Batwoman’s purpose. Getting her entire team out of danger, now the real struggle begins as the heroes will be forced to take on the United States Government, stop whatever they have planned, and save Gotham’s greatest son.

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Wonder Woman #2

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2016

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Wonder Woman #2The structure of this comic is going to drive me nuts. Rather than continuing the story begun in Wonder Woman #1, the second issue of the series (and all successive even-numbered issues for the foreseeable future) will focus on a retelling of the origins on Wonder Woman before she left Themyscira.

As origin stories go, this first chapter of “Wonder Woman: Year One” sets the scene showing us Diana’s first encounter with the golden lasso, shows her yearning to explore the outside world, and delivers the event which would change her life in he sudden appearance of Steve Trevor who crash lands on the island (rather than washing up on its shores).

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Daredevil #9

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2016

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Daredevil #9The follow-up to last month’s issue of Matt Murdock‘s gambling adventures in Macau features a Far East team-up between Daredevil and Spider-Man. Given his trust of Daredevil (because of the unexplained memory wipe Daredevil performed on everyone who knew his secret identity which Spider-Man can sense but not explain), Spidey does have some concerns about what his fellow vigilante is after in Macau and Hong Kong. However, that doesn’t stop the fun the two have together performing a heist and then chasing the plunder Daredevil has spent a considerable amount of effort to retrieve.

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