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Red Hood and the Outlaws #8

by Alan Rapp on March 14, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #8 comic reviewRed Hood and the Outlaws begins its second arc by shifting focus away from the Red Hood to Artemis. Red Hood and the Outlaws #8 offers a bit of backstory for the rogue Amazon including both in Themyscira and in the desert where her world would come crashing down and eventually put her on a path to meet the other Outlaws.

Flashbacks with her best friend Akila, the reason behind Artemis seeking the Bow of Ra, and her first encounter with Wonder Woman are all included here.

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Josie and the Pussycats #5

by Alan Rapp on March 13, 2017

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Josie and the Pussycats #5 comic reviewReturned from their concert in Rome, Josie and the Pussycats are back in the United States on the state fair circuit where Josie is still trying to get over the Alan M. debacle and the band struggles with losing their chance at a record deal when a child prodigy steals their spotlight. An already emotional Josie goes a bit crazy while Val considers leaving the group once again.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16

by Alan Rapp on March 9, 2017

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 comic reviewHal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 is a headscratcher. While it certainly delivers Guy Gardner being Guy for his fans, the entire issue is little more than filler. Having rescued Saint Walker, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner return to Mogo only to find John Stewart and Guy gone. This leaves their story to wilt on the vine while the comic looks elsewhere for plot.

The idea of Green and Yellow Lanterns working together to begin bringing in Sinestro Corps stragglers is largely dealt with in a single montage. The only example we see see expanded is Guy, heading out without his ring, picking a fist fight with Arkillo. It’s a bloody, brutal sequence inter-cut with scenes from a young Gardner’s experience with an abusive father. While the extended sequence isn’t without merit in showcasing what is happening behind Guy’s constant posturing, it’s allowed to go on far too long indulging writer Robert Venditti and artist Rafa Sandoval at the cost of further expanding the arc’s plot.

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Batman #18

by Alan Rapp on March 7, 2017

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Batman #18 comic reviewAfter kidnapping Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Duke Thomas, Bane offers Batman a simple exchange: his friends for the Psycho-Pirate. Despite his history with the Dark Knight Detective, the villain is unprepared for Batman’s response.

The latest issue of the “I Am Bane” storyline features an extended fight sequence between Batman and Bane. Although the villain gets the upper-hand, he’s unprepared for Batman’t contingency plan. Keeping Bane occupied with repeated headbutts to the super-villains’ fists gives Catwoman enough time to free herself and the other hostages and take away all of Bane’s leverage. Batman wins basically by letting Bane kick his ass.

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Detective Comics #951

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2017

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Detective Comics #951 comic review

“League of Shadows” begins here with Shiva and the League hitting Gotham City. Killing the mayor and framing Batman for the crime (hrm, not really happy to see another Batman fugitive storyline), the League of Shadows also expose the local newscasters to Joker venom on-air. And they are just getting started. Wreaking general havoc, the League begins its attack on the city and its protectors. As to just what the League wants, and how Batman for Batman and his team will have to go to stop them, we’ll just have to wait and see. Worth a look.

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