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Batman #4

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2016

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Batman #4The discovery of the bodies of 27 dead soldiers lead Batman down a dark path which will fill-in the truth about Gotham’s newest super-heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl and their origins as part of Amanda Waller‘s Suicide Squad. Solving one mystery, how Waller’s plan to help Gotham using the Psycho-Pirate and Dr. Strange backfired, leaves an entirely new problem for Batman to face: how to deal with a murderous unhinged super-being looking to stop the city he’s sworn to protect from ever hurting another one of its citizens.

As easy as it is for Batman to find Task Force X’s secret Gotham bunker it’s going to be that much harder dealing with the mess Waller has left in his lap. While Gotham Girl appears to not be a danger to anyone (at least not yet), Gotham is a loaded gun Hugo Strange has turned on the city all to facilitate his own escape.

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Suicide Squad #1

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2016

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Suicide Squad #1Although Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 kept the latest Task Force X to a small group involving only the foursome of Rick Flag, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn, the first issue of the new series enlarges the group to closer match the team seen in the recent Suicide Squad movie. The smaller team actually worked for a tighter story and by not introducing all the characters in the Rebirth issue the comic has to cover a bit too much of the same ground the second time out.

Joining the foursome on their trip to Siberia to track down a cosmic weapon are Katana, the Enchantress, and Killer Croc. While I like these characters to varying degrees we don’t get enough of any of them to get a great idea yet of what this comic will look like.

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Green Arrow #5

by Alan Rapp on August 24, 2016

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Green Arrow #5

Green Arrow and Diggle storm the castle, or the bizarre floating bank museum, of the Ninth Circle. The ensuing battle not only frees Black Canary from her captors but also opens the door for Emiko to choose Oliver over her Shado and her obligations to the Ninth Circle.

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Mockingbird #6

by Alan Rapp on August 24, 2016

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Mockingbird #6Chasing some questionable intelligence, and removing herself from the circus of Hawkeye‘s upcoming trial, Mockingbird boards a super-hero-themed cruise ship where the source’s need for secrecy, an encounter with a former boyfriend, and a murder all stand in the way of Bobbi finding what she seeks.

Mockingbird #6 finds a way to tie-in the events of Civil War II without forcing the reader to know more than the basics about Marvel’s latest big event. The series continues its goofy style with the latest issue, complete with a Corgi convention on the same cruise line and Bobbi’s consistent struggle to find any useful information on a boat headed straight for the Bermuda Triangle (and likely even more trouble).

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2016

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1Following the events of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batgirl and Black Canary chase down Huntress whose vengeance over mobsters has criss-crossed their search into the new criminal Oracle. The comic’s events turn the adversaries into reluctant partners in the search for both Oracle and Fenice (whose snake soldiers are likely to give the gals trouble over the next few issues).

I really wanted to like this issue but there’s simply too much that doesn’t work for me starting with the art of Claire Roe and ending with the implausibly quick turnaround for Babs and Dinah to align themselves with a murderer. Throw in the fact that apparently none of their secret identities is actually secret and the comic’s lead arc is off to a very shaky start.

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