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Red Hood and the Outlaws #6

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 comic reviewThe series’ opening arc “Dark Trinity” comes to a close as Red Hood and Artemis work together to stop Black Mask and break his control over Bizarro. This new Rebirth version of Jason Todd continues to walk the edge of the anti-hero line without falling any further. By the end of the issue, even Batman is impressed with what he accomplished (even if it does take a major Bat-villain off the board for the foreseeable future). Jason keeps his work to the Dark Knight, although he has to rely on the questionable logic of Batman Begins to do so where choosing inaction apparently isn’t a choice.

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Jessica Jones #4

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2017

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Jessica Jones #4 comic reviewRelying a common comic book device, Jessica Jones #4 offers a twist to Jessica Jones‘ downward spiral (and explains why the circumstances which caused it haven’t been discussed until now). It seems that Jessica didn’t actually have some kind of breakdown, freak-out, or blow-up. Instead she’s spent the past few months undercover for Carol Danvers in hopes of uncovering a secret network of people who hate super-heroes to an extreme degree.

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #12

by Alan Rapp on January 16, 2017

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #12 comic review

“Bottled Light” comes to a close with Hal Jordan (yah!) and Kyle Rayner (ugh!) showing up in time to help the freed Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps fight their jailers Larfleeze and Brainiac. The arc finale has plenty of action as well as some shock for Guy Gardner and the gang at the arrival of their old friends.

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Batman #14

by Alan Rapp on January 12, 2017

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Batman #14 comic reviewDC Comics notorious New 52 issue Catwoman #1 offered up one of the dumbest issues in the comic company’s history with Batman and Catwoman hate-fucking on a rooftop. Although Batman #14 ends in a similar manner, writer Tom King at least attempts to make the act have meaning this time around. He’s only partially successful.

Catwoman’s short stint with the Suicide Squad is done and Batman is prepared to return Selena to prison by the end of the night, at least until Catwoman convinces the Dark Knight Detective to have a little fun which includes beating up a large number of Bat-villains and even robbing her own house. Had the comic ended there, or even just a few panels later with a wistful goodbye, “Rooftops, Part 1” would be effective.

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Green Arrow #14

by Alan Rapp on January 11, 2017

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Green Arrow #14 comic reviewIn a packed football stadium and framed for the murder of the star quarterback during the middle of the game, Green Arrow #14 reveals the identity of the latest villain to torture Green Arrow to be the Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn. The pair’s fight around the packed stadium may clear the Emerald Archer’s name for now, but with Merlyn still at large there’s likely to be plenty of more carnage to come.

Aside from Merlyn’s return, Green Arrow #14 is memorable for two things. First, an undercover Black Canary gets pushed into action as a member of the Seattle Police Department while snooping for evidence of Oliver being framed for murder. The second is the high body count Merlyn inflicts while fleeing from his adversary (including stabbing football players in their eyes with arrows).

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