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Major Spoilers Late Edition Review: Countdown #36

The Magical Mystery Tour is Coming to Take You Away… Each week I tell myself I’m going to contribute more reviews in addition to all the news content I deliver, but each week something comes up. This week was the double whammy of a new football season that requires I produce/direct the game for our local television station (and streaming on the Internet worldwide), and my parents paying us a visit to see their grandson. On top of that, I woke up Sunday morning with a severe allergic reaction to something I encountered over the weekend. Yeah… no fun all…

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Green Lantern Corps #15

Or – “I’ve Decided To End All Sentences With ‘In Accordance With The Prophecy…’ ” Today, I am reviewing Green Lantern Corps, in accordance with the prophecy. (Yeah, that’s not going to be funny for long… Better just drop it now.) When last we saw our verdant heroes, their largest member was under attack by Ranx, the sentient city and the Children of the White Lobe, a situation that mirrors a prophecy in the lost and suppressed last chapter of the Book of Oa. The Guardians, lacking as they do emotion, are unsure of how to proceed in a situation,…

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Birds of Prey #109

Or – “This Kind Of Awkward Conversation Actually Precedes MOST Marriages…” I remember right before my wedding, when my pal Bruce (of Otter Disaster infamy) took my aside, and shared with me words of wisdom that I will never forget. It was March 31st, and he looked me in the eye and said, “If at any point tomorrow you say the words ‘April Fools…’ I will KNOCK YOU OUT.” Serves me right for getting married on April 1st, I suppose. Still, I don’t have any problem getting restaurant reservations on my anniversary every year, so who gets the last laugh…

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Hero History: Ferro Lad

Or – “A Heart Of Iron, With A Face Even His Mother Didn’t Love.” The kids of the Legion are a pretty diverse lot, spanning the galaxy as well as a spectrum of skin tones.  Some are made of energy, others made of stone, and at least one seemed to be made of nothing much at all.  And even though they’re heroic to a boy, kid, or lass, even the kids of the Legion have their own legends to live up to.  Case in point: a young man from Earth whose face was so horrible that even in the age…

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Thunderbolts #116

Or – “Sometimes Hating The Protagonists Is The Most Fun Ever…” I admit it. I vacillate back and forth on my opinion of some titles every month, like a slightly more out-of-shape version of the Zodiac Man. “Yes! No! Yes! NO! Crapcakes!” Thunderbolts is a special case, though, as I was a fan of the original title, loved Speedball before he was a headcase, think that the awesomeness of Warren Ellis can actually bend spoons from across the Atlantic, and even have a soft spot for Moonstone, bless the arid, sand-blasted Machiavellian waste that serves for her soul. I have…

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Supergirl & The Legion of Super-Heroes #33

Or – “The Boys Are Back In Town!” Sorry for the lateness of the hour, folks… I spent a chunk of the morning taking a friend to the doctor for help with her hacking cough, and then ended up getting sidetracked by several work issues… Bygones. It’s time to talk some comics, and I can tell you right now that this issue of LSH is my favorite of the new Bedard era (does this guy write EVERYTHING for DC right now?) featuring as it does the return to the spotlight of two of my fave-rave Legionnaires (though neither of them…

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Black Summer #2

Or – “Sometimes A Book Will Come Out Of Left Field And Surprise You…” Black Summer is one of those books that I wasn’t entirely sure about, dealing as it does with the murder of the President of the United States (and it doesn’t pull it’s punches, making it clear that the Prez in question is unequivocally the sitting Commander-In-Chief.)  My usual goal in life is to strenuously avoid discussions of politics, religion, or alternate lifestyles, but the setup to this issue (and the Warren Ellis writer credit) piqued my interest.  Issue #0 was as interesting as the premise promised (say…

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The Order #2

Or – “Would It Be Unprofessional To Announce That This Issue Is My Last?” I often worry about the fine line between criticism and opinion, between “I don’t like it” and “I don’t get it.” Certainly, there’s no 100% reliable way to remove the subjectivity from my recaps, and I’ll always have my preferences and peccadilloes, but when a book comes out that obviously SOMEBODY thinks was a great idea, I wonder if it’s just me. The first issue of The Order left me cold, focusing on a character who is supposed to be a hero, but frankly comes across…

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Outsiders – 5 Of A Kind: Thunder/Martian Manhunter

Or – “Two Of My Favorite Super-Heroes Together… So Obviously One Is Getting Fired.” I was initially very skeptical about Thunder as a character. Black Lightning’s creator, Tony Isabella, has stated numerous times that retconning in a daughter that we never heard of makes Lightning look like a deadbeat dad, at best, and a heartless jerk at worst, and that Jefferson would never have let his child grow up without being an active force in her life, and I agree. But the execution of the character has grown on me; with Anissa initially less-than-thrilled to be a superhero but eventually…

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Black Canary #4 (of 4)

Or – “Never Ever Try To Come Between A Mother And Her Child…” For a master assassin, Merlin is kind of an idiot about the simplest things. Black Canary’s adoption of Sin, protegee of the League of Assassins, put her in a role that, while unfamiliar, suited her very well. Unfortunately, a combination of “event comic” and “editorial caveat” combined to put the JLA’s chairperson in a situation where motherhood wasn’t exactly a simple option. Add to that the ongoing efforts by the assassins to regain their premiere killer (since Black Canary had already cost them the services of Lady…

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Hero History: Colossal Boy

Or – “In The 30th Century, Big Man On Campus Takes On A New, Very Literal Meaning.” The Legion of Super-Heroes has room for many different kinds of hero. Some, like Sun Boy, Wildfire, Tom Welling and Ultra Boy seek out the spotlight. Others, like Blok, The White Witch, Star Boy, Tellus and others prefer to work more in the background. But only one Legionnaire tends to BE the background, backstopping his teammates and literally crushing everything in his path. Gim Allon is a straight-shooter, the kind of guy who sees life as a choice between right and wrong. If…

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Countdown #37: Forbidden Fruit

Beware the Great Disaster! Here we go, a week full of revelations and answers to all your questions! Wait…what? This is only week 37? Damn. That means it’s another issue full of twists and turns, as our group of heroes trip through the DC Universe on the way to The End. This week a couple of stories get a much needed kick in the pants, while others get us nowhere fast. Does that mean Countdown #37 is a bad issue? Not at all.

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RETRO REVIEW: Saga of The Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985)

Or – “The Seed From Which Everything Vertigo Will Eventually Grow…” Back in 1985, the choices in terms of comics reading were much more limited in scope than they are now (at least the choices within bicycle range of my house in North Central Kansas.) Sure, Epic Illustrated and Heavy Metal were still around, but those books held the distinction of being: A. Expensive B. Marked 18 and up. C. Distributed differently than the comics, making them harder to find in the drugstores and Pump ‘N Pantries I frequented. When Alan Moore took over DC’s faltering super-hero/horror hybrid title, Swamp…

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Flash #231

The Wild Wests: Growing Up Fast – Part 1 Or – “Welcome back, to that same place that you laughed about” Here we go, the issue we’ve been salivating for ever since we found out Bart was a goner, Wally was coming back, and Mark Waid was coming with him. Not only do we get the return of the Flash title, but the issue numbering picks up right where it left off. In the year since he’s been absent from the DCU, things have changed for the scarlet speedster, and this issue attempts to explain where he’s been and what’s…

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