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Nightwing #22

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2017

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Nightwing #22 #comic reviewWhile Tiger Shark works behind the scenes to further his influence in Bludhaven, Nightwing has a more immediate problem with the arrival of Blockbuster, however things aren’t exactly what they appear to be.

The introduction of a new Blockbuster, whose motives are far more complex than the last one, certainly adds a wild card to events in Dick Grayson‘s adopted hometown. There are certainly big questions here: can Nightwing trust the new Blockbuster, just what is the man’s end game, and if Blockbuster isn’t the threat which Tiger Shark set in motion for the city’s hero than what is?

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Darth Vader #1

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2017

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Darth Vader #1 comic reviewSet earlier than Marvel’s previous Darth Vader series, the new comic begins shortly following the events of Revenge of the Sith with a newly resurrected Darth Vader sent out to prove his work to the Emperor and earn himself a new lightsaber. The logic of his mission seems a bit off, even for a Sith proving himself to his master, and I don’t know how I feel about the comic’s goofy explanation for where red Kyber Crystals come from.

While the setting allows for far more storylines than the previous comic (set between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) it also means we’re unlikely to see much in way of appearances of core Star Wars characters. The issue also includes a more humorous back-up story set far later in Vader’s timeline (mainly to justify a higher pricepoint for the comic).

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Jessica Jones #9

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2017

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Jessica Jones #9 comic reviewThings have hardly been easy for Jessica Jones since her new comic launched. Released from prison and working undercover to help Carol Danvers take down a dangerous threat, she finds herself right back in prison after choosing to antagonize Sharon Cater who comes calling when S.H.I.E.L.D. learns the missing Maria Hill has hired the private eye.

While the involvement here of Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D. brings the comic into the Secret Empire storyline it’s done in such a way that Jessica Jones #9 doesn’t really become a tie-in issue. The focus of the comic remains Jessica’s inability to take authority figures seriously, which lands her in prison until an old friend can manage her release, and her continuing attempts to repair fences with Luke Cage and put her family back together.

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Batman #24

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2017

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Batman #24 comic reviewBatman #24 teases a major change for Batman. There’s little to no action here as the comic focuses on two separate conversations. The first involves Batman discussing the future with Gotham Girl, where she might go from here, and his own reasons for crime-fighting. This conversation leads into the other part of the story with Batman seeking out Catwoman and making a very unexpected proposal.

Over the years both Bruce Wayne and Batman have had several different love interests. Every Bat-fan has their favorite, but each is flawed in some way. Talia al Ghul is the daughter of one of Batman’s most fearsome enemies. Vicky Vale is a reporter. And Catwoman is, despite the stretches during which she’s attempted to go straight, a criminal.

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #26

by Alan Rapp on June 7, 2017

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #26 comic reviewWhen the city is attacked by kung fu dragons Mystery, Inc. calls in some help to deal with the situation. Who do you call when kung fu dragons attack? Hong Kong Phooey, of course.

The latest Hanna-Barbara character to show-up in the pages of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up proves to be more successful than some of the others. The comic has fun with the sheer ridiculousness of the character, a talking canine master of kung fu who never actually hits anything while still falling into the classic Scooby-Doo trope of a reasonable explanation for the bizarre circumstances the Scooby Gang stumbles into.

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