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Josie and the Pussycats #8

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2017

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Josie and the Pussycats #8 comic reviewThere’s a full cast of characters when both Josie and the Pussycats and the Archies travel to Tokyo for a concert with the other band from Riverdale set to be the Pussycats’ opening act. Although it’s a bit of a struggle to find room for everyone, there are some fun moments here including Val and Veronica bonding over clothes. The trouble starts, however, when the comic begins to fracture that hard-won peace between Josie and Alexandra.

When the chance at romance blooms for Alexandra and Alan M. the pair take their page from any number of braindead romcoms and choose to hide the fact from Josie (despite the fact that there’s nothing really there to hide yet). As you can expect, Josie discovers it all on her own and overreacts in operatic fashion when she discovers a guy she only sorta likes and isn’t tied to in any way is dating a girl he has every right to see.

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Batman #27

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2017

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Batman #26 comic review“The War of Riddles and Jokes” continues, although without the flashback narration from Batman. This time the central character is not Batman, nor the Joker, nor the Riddler, but an inventor and mechanic of sorts who gets trapped in the games between the other three parties. The ridiculously-named Charles Brown is used as a pawn by the Dark Knight Detective and the Riddler both to draw out the Joker. The plan blows up in everyone’s faces, and costs the low-rent thug what he prizes above all else.

Batman #27 works as a pretty compelling origin story for one of Batman’s D-List villains. Charlie Brown’s love of his son, understanding of wind-dynamics, and adoption of the seemingly innocuous toy used to take his son away from him certainly gives unexpected weight to the origin of someone choosing to call himself Kite Man.

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Detective Comics #960

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2017

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Detective Comics #960 comic reviewDetective Comics #960 continues the arc’s dual storylines. Batman reconnects with Zatanna and attempts to convince her to let him use a powerful and dangerous artifact known as the Gnosis Sphere which can answer any question posed to it. Once again we’re give flashbacks to Bruce and Zatanna’s past and the first time Zatanna offered to show her young friend the device. Now she does all she can to dissuade him from using it.

Given the recent events involving the apparent loss of Tim Drake and Batman discovering that his memories have been altered where the League of Shadows (and possibly other things) are concerned, along with his quest to find the answers about the mysterious god-like force altering the DCU, it makes sense that Batman would seek out confirmation about his decision-making and to find out answers to his questions. However, as Zatanna says, that’s a dangerous path to go down.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #12

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #12 comic reviewAfter arcs centering on Jason Todd and Artemis, the current run of Red Hood and the Outlaws shifts focus to their companion Bizarro whose clone body has begun to break down. Understanding his condition, but unwilling to allow his friends to fight a rampaging Solomon Grundy alone, Bizarro chooses to join the fray.

While the comic has built up a connection between Red Hood and Bizarro over the first few issues, Artemis’ reaction to Bizarro’s condition is a little more surprising. Perhaps it’s caused in part by recent events and losses, or perhaps she has come to respect the creature as a warrior given his help to them in Qurac. Either way, the three strangers have become something of a team, and maybe even more, over the course of the first dozen issues.

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Darth Vader #3

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2017

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Darth Vader #3 #comic reviewIn order to serve his master and earn his new lightsaber, Darth Vader‘s journey leads him to the Mid Rim and the River Moon of Al’doleem in search of a former Jedi in exile. Not simply waiting to be cut down by the Sith, Master Kirak Infil’a puts obstacles in Vader’s path making the journey to the top of his mountain a treacherous one.

We’ve normally seen Darth Vader as an unstoppable force of nature. Here, early in his resurrection from Anakin to Vader, the character is not yet the Sith Lord the galaxy will come to know and fear. Although apparently ready for death should it come, Master Kirak Infil’a is by no means eager to fall to Vader.

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