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Supergirl: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2016

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Supergirl: Rebirth #1Supergirl: Rebirth #1 relaunches Kara Zor-El in the DCU beginning with Supergirl reclaiming her powers in a dangerous experiment involving being shot directly into the sun. The issue also delivers a Kryptonian werewolf for the returning Supergirl to best. As bizarre as all that sounds, it’s actually kinda fun.

As with the other Rebirth issues, this one is mainly concerned with setting up the hero’s backstory and setting the stage for the new series. There’s plenty to like here with Supergirl returning to a more classic costume (with some unnecessary New 52 seams thrown in for some reason) and less abrasive and whiny personality.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #1Just like Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 proves to be an entirely Red Hood-focused story. This actually turns out to work quite well and, not for the first time, I’m wondering if the character actually needs odd sidekicks to make his own series work.

Setting up Red Hood’s infiltration of Black Mask‘s rising criminal empire, including an introduction Red Hood-style, Jason will run into and old friend and make a new one before the end of the first issue. Jason is swimming in dangerous waters attempting to take down Black Mask from within, especially not knowing what exactly the would-be kingpin of Gotham has in store for the city.

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Daredevil #10

by Alan Rapp on August 17, 2016

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Daredevil #10Daredevil #10 kicks off a new arc with Daredevil‘s protege Blindspot being lured in to an unusual murder scene which contains a wall-sized painting done in blood. Someone is obviously playing with the two heroes, but why? And what’s the broader significance of the painting itself, purposefully left for Daredevil and Blindspot to find?

Along with setting up a new mystery for the vigilante to solve, the latest issue also shows us that everything is not so peachy with Matt Murdock’s day job. His sudden appointment to the District Attorney’s office has earned the ire of several co-workers who were passed over for promotion and still hold grudges against loosing to the former defense attorney in court. That plus loosing the flexibility to control his own schedule foreshadows trouble for Murdock.

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #2

by Alan Rapp on August 17, 2016

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #2Hal Jordan‘s search for answers about the missing Green Lantern Corps leads him into contact with a pair of Yellow Lanterns. News that a Green Lantern has survived, and that that Lantern is his former pupil, doesn’t sit well with Sinestro. Despite his bravado, news that his arch-nemesis is still alive makes his absolute control of the universe suddenly appear not quite as secure.

Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #2 also begins to showcase the remaining Green Lantern Corps members. Small in number, and unable to recruit new ring-slingers, the Green Lanterns have returned. Unsure of the status quo, John Stewart sends a lone Green Lantern to investigate: Guy Gardner.

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Darth Vader #24

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2016

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Darth Vader #24Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side. Vader has been defeated by Cylo-V and trapped within the mechanical body which the cybernetic genius has completely shut down. But just because the Dark Lord of the Sith is down doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out.

Taking place mostly inside the mind of Vader we see glimpses of Mustafar and the choices of Anakin Skywalker that continue to dominate his destiny. It’s an interesting issue to see the events played out from Vader’s point-of-view, we even see Vader responsible for destroying Anakin at one point. The point of the issue is Anakin is dead, and through the power of sheer will the presence that impossibly wills the dormant mechanical body into action belongs solely to Darth Vader.

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