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Civil War II #2

by Alan Rapp on June 22, 2016

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Civil War II #2So far Civil War II is reminding more of the unnecessary and regrettable Secret War II than any comic should. For a genius Tony Stark makes a boneheaded move by abducting Ulysses from the Inhumans’ home of New Attilan. Nearly causing a full-scare war in the middle of New York City only to service his curiosity of how the man’s powers work and give into his anger over the death of his friend, only the intervention of Carol Danvers prevents things from escalating.

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Green Arrow #1

by Alan Rapp on June 21, 2016

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Green Arrow #1Picking up the storyline from Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, Green Arrow and Black Canary continue to investigate the underground human trafficking ring of homeless victims in Seattle. An altercation on the docks leads Ollie to also raise questions about his company which, from what we see teased here, has been corrupted by the shadowy movements of the Court of Owls.

Along with comic stealing some Bat-villains to set-up it’s initial story arc (an interesting choice), Green Arrow #1 also gives us Ollie and Dinah together both in and out of costume (although their romantic sparring still seems fairly new to them both). Fleshing out the cast we also meet Ollie’s half-sister Emiko Queen (think Arrow‘s Thea if she had been raised by someone as homicidal as Malcolm) and the appearance of Emi’s mother: Shado.

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Civil War II: X-Men #1

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2016

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Civil War II: X-Men #1Honestly, I don’t know how X-Men fans keep up on what characters are on what teams (let alone which are wearing white hats this month). It’s exhausting. Civil War II: X-Men #1 offers yet another shakeup to the X-Men universe. With a new team of Psylocke, Sabertooth, and M., led by Magneto working to protect mutants from Inhumans, the group comes into contact with another team of X-Men including Jean Grey, Magik, Iceman, Old Fart Logan, and Nightcrawler led by Storm when unleashed Terrigen Mist threatens the lives of several mutants.

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Titans: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 16, 2016

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Titans: Rebirth #1Wally West‘s return to the DCU continues in Titans: Rebirth #1. After being pulled back into existence by Barry Allen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Wally gets a spiffy new costume and sets out to find his old teammates: the original Teen Titans. Of course this is problematic as none of his old friends knows who Wally is.

At first mistaking him for a threat, the group attempts to put the speedster down. But as each member comes into contact with their former ally a spark of recognition (hey, I’m not above using a pun when appropriate) brings back memories of their forgotten friend.

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Detective Comics #934

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2016

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Picking up its original numbering, Detective Comics returns as more of a Bat-Family book than a Batman solo title. Concerned that a new villain has been keeping tabs on Gotham’s vigilantes (Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain), Batman enlists the help of Batwoman to get the younger generation trained for the battle yet to come. A Bat Book Camp, if you will. And, to throw a curve ball in the mix, Batman enlists Clayface to be part of the team.

Sure, there are small things I could nitpick about the choices here. I’d rather see Tim Drake in his pre-New 52 costume than a tweaked version of his first Robin costume. Stephanie Brown should be Batgirl not Spoiler. And Cassandra Cain would feel far more at home in the Bat-Family as Black Bat rather that “Orphan” (what a terrible name for a hero).

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