Monday, September 26, 2011

Tim's DC new 52 week four thoughts

With week four (I'm counting "Justice League" as week one) I got a hold of three comics.

But not ones I was eagerly waiting for. More like, well I guess so.

Since I enjoyed "Detective Comics" a few weeks ago I decided to stick to the character and go with "Batman."

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are the creative team on this one and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I kind of liked it.

It starts off with Batman talking about how people describe Gotham City in two words. We get the usual "cursed," "hopeless" etc. But the action kicks off at Arkham where Batman starts describing Gotham through certain villains.

Like Two-Face means Gotham is at odds with itself.

Then a big twist of sorts, Batman teams up with The Joker to kick the crap out of all the villains.

Of course it turns out to be Dick Grayson inside, but still kind of fun.

The big part of the book deals with Bruce Wayne attempting to make Gotham into a better place by modernizing and cleaning up the city.

I've always wondered why he never did that before.

The dialogue is the best part of the issue with a lot of snappy lines and great character moments.

Best line saw Bruce with all three Robins (past and present). He had just put in this special contact lenses that are hooked up to the Bat-computer.

Tim Drake: "Tell me he's not using facial rec for the party."

Damian Wayne: "The party? He's using it to remember who YOU are, Drake."

Grayson: "And...zing."

For the most part I didn't have an issue with the art. Some panels looked a little rushed, but overall it still looked and felt like a Batman comic.

Speaking of former Robins, "Red Hood and the Outlaws" was another one I picked up.

It starts with Roy Harper in some foreign jail and escaping with the help of Red Hood and Starfire.

I read a great description for the book online, someone called it "The Expendables with capes." And it's true, a lot of people die in the first few pages.

Now Jason Todd and Harper have a great chemistry together so the book works, but the glaring sore thumb is Starfire. Especially when it's explained that her race has a very short attention span and she doesn't remember a lot. She doesn't even remember her time in the Teen Titans.

A lot of people were pissed off by this, but my thought is that it is some sort of a plot point. Maybe she lost her memory somehow or it's not even Starfire.

I really dug the art in the book by Kenneth Rocafort. It's very gritty at times, but it fits perfect with the book.

And last, but not least is "Green Lantern Corps."

If "Green Lantern" was a bad first issue for new readers, then this book is the perfect jumping on point.

The whole book is about Guy Gardner and John Stewart on Earth doing regular things.

Gardner is answering questions about being a Green Lantern (all the while answering questions new readers might have) and trying to get a job as a high school coach.

Stewart, who is also an architect, is trying to explain to some building developers how they can make their building safer.

You get a sense of how each Lantern is and who they really are before they go back into space and into the world of the Lanterns.

Of course there is a bad guy in the book. This mysterious one is killing various Lanterns and whole worlds. So, perfect for Gardner and Stewart to handle.

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