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Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

by Alan Rapp on August 15, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #13 comic reviewBizarro, and his connection to the other two Outlaws, is the focus of Red Hood and the Outlaws #13. With their friend dying, Red Hood and Artemis go to the one person who they believe might be able to save him, the Superman clone’s creator – Lex Luthor. Choosing to help, while threatening legal action for theft of his property, Luthor gets to work on Bizarro as Red Hood and Artemis become introspective about how the odd creature has brought them together. While the first group of Outlaws was thrown together, this group has bonded in large part thanks to a super-powered white-skinned moron.

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Detective Comics #962

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2017

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Detective Comics #962 comic reviewAlthough Batman: Knightfall and its events apparently don’t exist in the new Rebirth DCU, Detective Comics #962 offers some fan service to the storyline that saw Azrael temporarily step-in as Batman. With the former soldier of St. Dumas out of control, the Bat Family put Azrael in a new suit of armor giving him added support against the voices of Ascalon and the programming which is trying to reassert itself on him. That suit jumps happens to have a familiar design.

While it’s probably a good idea to retcon Knihtfall from the DCU, this issue is a nice throwback for fans of those stories. With the suit, complete with an AI based on Batman’s moral code rather than that of a cult of zealots, Azrael is able to fight back the programming and help the Bat Family take down Ascalon.

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Mister Miracle #1

by Alan Rapp on August 10, 2017

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Mister Miracle #1 comic reviewWell… that’s not what I was expecting. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Mister Miracle is one of the New Gods created by Jack Kirby in 1971. A mix of escape artist and super-hero, Mister Miracle is best known by anyone from my generation as a member of the goofiest damn Justice League team ever assembled. This comic is anything but goofy. We’re introduced to a Mister Miracle who isn’t all there. Bruised and battered from a trick that went right (or possibly wrong) Scott heads home with Big Barda only to be haunted and hounded by a phrase (Darkseid Is) and hallucinations.

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Jessica Jones #11

by Alan Rapp on August 9, 2017

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Jessica Jones #11 comic reviewFor the past few issues Jessica Jones has been hunting down the identity of the person who put a hit out on Maria Hill, former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her current client. Things got complicated when evidence seemed to suggest Hill herself was responsible and a Life Model Decoy of Hill attempted to kill Jones in her office.

The latest issue brings private eye and client together in a talky issue with flahbacks (including a secret mission recreated in the version of a throwback comic within a comic, with mixed success), Jessica kidnapping Hill’s father and demanding her client pee in a cup in front of her. Just another glamorous day in the life of a super-hero P.I.

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Batman #28

by Alan Rapp on August 9, 2017

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Batman #28 comic reviewBatman‘s recounting of the War of Riddles and Jokes” continues (as does the return of his narration in a conversation with Catwoman). Things haven’t improved for the good citizens of Gotham. The Joker and the Riddler have each carved half of the city for themselves, enlisting countless villains to their side in a war that rages on. From what we see there the sides appear fairly equal with Deadshot and Deathstroke getting prominent cameos.

The situation is too far out of hand for the GCPD to step in, and Batman is left trying to put out small fires rather than risk even more civilians getting caught in the crossfire.

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