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Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #9

Just disregard the first eight issues The Flash has been one of those characters that you either love or hate. When Barry Allen bit the bullet during Crisis on Infinite Earths, I’m sure readers had some trepidation when Wally West donned the scarlet jumpsuit and took on the identity of The Flash. Wally had a really good run for nearly 20 years before DC decided it was time for Wally to retire with his wife and kids and join the speed force – that is if you believe the hype, which I don’t. I would bet Wally and family are…

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52 – Week 44 – Deaths in the Family

After Sobek took a really big bite out of Amon/Osiris last week, you just knew there was a major battle brewing. This week, Isis and Adam discover not one, but four villains out to bring them and their country down. How do you respond to the Four Horsemen of the Apokolips? It’s obvious isn’t it?

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Avengers Next #1-5

Or – “Hey, Cap’s Daughter Ain’t Dead, And She’s Just As Cute As A Button!” Okay, she’s not actually Cap’s daugher, at least not explicitly so, but they’re sure implying a little sumpin-sumpin went on. American Dream, aka Shannon Carter, Sharon’s daughter, grew up idolizing Captain America, and eventually stepped into a skin-tight suit to emulate him. There’s no mention of a father that I can find in the book, and I think we’re supposed to assume that Sharon either didn’t tell Cap he had a child, or that somehow they came to an agreement that Sharon would raise her.…

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Checkmate #11

Or – “I Thought They Only Had Fiery Latinas On Wacky Sitcoms…” I don’t usually mentally stunt-cast actors in the roles of comic book characters, (and I whine when Mike Deodato does it for Norman Osborn) but whenever I see Fire (aka Green Fury, Green Flame, and Beatriz Da Costa), my mind puts actress Judy Reyes from Scrubs in the scene. This has absolutely nothing to do with this issue, mind you, I just wanted to share. In any case, since Checkmate, Volume II began, White Queen Amanda Waller has seemed to have some sort of hold (blackmail? loyalty?) over…

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Manhunter #28

Or – “It’s Like When You Can’t Quite Break Up With The Unhealthy Girlfriend…” Well, it’s time to review Manhunter, and that means it’s time for… CANCELLATION WATCH 2007!! *cues dramatic music/graphics package* Attention Mr and Mrs America and all the ships at sea! Manhunter, originally cancelled with issue 25, then revived, then recancelled with issue #30, has officially been uncancelled. DC, always a bit manic depressive with cancelling Manhunter, announced at the New York Comicon that Kate’s title is ongoing again, and this time it’s for the long haul. None other than Dan Didio announced at the convention that…

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MAJOR SPOILERS EXTRA: Captain America #25

Or – “No Joke From Me This Time…” Yes, once again I am compelled to do this on the day of release, and once again I must warn anyone reading this that I *WILL* be spoilering large aspects of the story. This will be a full review of Captain America #25. If you don’t want to know what happens right now, DO NOT CLICK the “more” link. This is your only warning, as I’m still completely in shock at the events of this issue, and what few filters I may have aren’t filtering worth a rot…

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She-Hulk #16

Or – “You Know You’re Tough When You Can Fight A Wendigo In Your Underwear…” She-Hulk is one of those series that tends to avoid most people’s radar, with only the occasional mention by the fan press or internet to remind the non-readers that it’s still out there, and that’s really too bad. In any given month, one issue of She-Hulk will give you more for your entertainment value than many of the top ten “Hot Books.” I’ve never walked away from an issue of Dan Slott’s take on the green giantess wondering why I was looking forward to it,…

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Birds of Prey #103

Or – “Things Are Just About To Get (More) Interesting…” I’ll say it again: I don’t see why Birds of Prey isn’t DC’s best-selling title. There’s something for everyone here. The main characters have years of history, tying into JLA, into Batman, into the New Gods, even to the old Charlton comics. (Speaking of which, if Renee Montoya does what it looks like she’s gonna do, I’d love to see HER in BoP, wouldn’t you?) If you’re a continuity buff, it’s in there for you. The plots are always involving, the action fast and interesting, with aspects of Action/Adventure, Cloak…

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Outsiders #45

Or – “Superheroes Make For Some Interesting Fathers…” As a parent, I find it interesting how the superheroes treat their kids. The poster child for this is, of course, Franklin Richards, whose mutant abilities have popped him up and down the power charts like a whore’s drawers. Young Frankie’s parents only refer to him when they want to hurt each other by calling their spouse neglectful, only to return to their experiments/flirtations-with-fishmen the moment their ire cools. The Vision and The Scarlet Witch’s children were wished out of existence, we’ve seen recently the toll that an absentee Batman father had…

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RETRO REVIEW: Plastic Man Volume 2 #4 (September 1967)

Or – “This Is The Dawning Of The Age Of Aquarius!  Aquaaaariuuuuuuus!” Eel O’ Brien is a character who has seen a lot of incarnations, even as comic book characters go.  Originated by Quality Comics back in Dubya Dubya Two, O’Brien became one of the most visually memorable characters of the Golden Age, not merely able to stretch, but change his shape completely, even create complex machinery or be cut into pieces without losing his cohesiveness.  The Eelster disappeared in 1956, when a foundering Quality Comics finally went under, but he certainly wasn’t forgotten.  At some point, DC Comics acquired…

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52 – Week 43 – Family Matters

I could go for a little bite, how about you? Kids tend to be pretty messed up, especially when it comes to guilt. Whether it is the guilt of stealing, telling a fib, or some other negligible action, it can really mess with a kid’s mind. No one is more messed up than Osiris over killing a member of the suicide squad. What’s a demi-god to do? Any other guilt ridden kid would run off to confession, and everything would be cleared up with a couple of prayers, but I don’t think that’s going to work here.

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Thunderbolts #111

Or – “Ohhh OHH! Thunderbolts ARE GO!” That is one uuuugly Venom. He actually looks like Sludge from the late, lamented Ultraverse, doesn’t he? This issue really amps up the volume on the violence, and gives us our first actual glance of the Thunderbolts in action, and I gotta tell you… Somebody in the government owes somebody in the private sector a HUUUUGE apology. I’m talkin’ huge. We do get to see the “Big Guns” concept in action on a villain scale, and it’s a bad scene, on a par with taking the brown acid. It’s your trip, man, but……

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Civil War Frontline #11 (of 10)

Or – “Why Do Ya Do Me Like You Do, Do, Do?” “Mary Sue: A pejorative term for a character who is portrayed in an overly idealized way and lacks noteworthy flaws, or has unreasonably romanticized flaws. Characters labeled Mary Sues, as well as the stories they appear in, are generally seen as wish-fulfillment fantasies of the author.” Why would I start off with THAT definition while reviewing Civil War: Frontline? Two words: Sally @#(*ing Floyd. From day one of this series, Sally has been an unusually annoying and omnipresent character, the central figure telling the “behind the lines” stories…

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Justice Society Of America #3

Or – “A Book You Can’t Judge By It’s Cover…” Okay, I’ll say it. The Alex Ross covers for Justice Society have been bad. Really bad. And this month’s is creepy beyond creepy, with Maxine Hunkel looking remarkably like a young Olympia Dukakis, holding down her dress like Marilyn Monroe (showing a pretty adult amount of leg, hip, thigh and an apparent lack of supportive undergarments), with her hair floating up in the air. And while I understand that Alex Ross=Ratings, making the Dale Eaglesham covers (which have all been superior compositions, actually REPRESENTING what’s inside the issue, an archaic…

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