Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DC Comics New 52 - Stryder's Weekly Top 5

Did someone say comic books?  Here's my top 5 released July 17, 2013!

Justice League of America #6 - "Who is the evil behind the evil?"

Part two of "Trinity War" carries on from the end of Justice League #22 last week, with the original Justice League, Shazam and the Justice League of America in the middle of a confrontation where it appears that Superman just KILLED Dr. Light!  Wha?!?!

Well, it's not quite that cut-and-dried...there are several other factors at play in this apparent death, including the shadowy Secret Society of Villains seemingly pulling strings from behind the curtain. There's a definite mystery afoot!  Enter The Question, third member of the "Trinity of Sin" (along with Pandora and the Phantom Stranger)!  If anyone can get to the bottom of this, it's gotta be him, right?

In any case, SOMETHING bad is affecting Superman and they need to solve this problem, fast!  The story continues in Justice League Dark #22 next week!  I can't wait!

The other four - after the JUMP!

Supergirl #22 - "Oh, that looks excrutiating...and a little disgusting."
As you may recall, Supergirl is slowly dying from Kryptonite poisoning and has thus fled Earth, wanting to spend the rest of her short life somewhere a little more peaceful.  Thus she's arrived on the planet I'Noxia...a place where the buildings, the ground, even the very citizens are all fully adaptable and able to become anything that their telepathic abilities perceive!  A tempting place for a girl who has lost all of her friends, her family, her home...her very planet!

Not all is well on planet I'Noxia, however, as among the residents, inexplicably, lives Cyborg Superman!  (Technically I suppose this is less inexplicable than it is yet-to-be explained).  He claims no knowledge of his past or how he got to this world, but it's clear that he's not telling Kara everything.  All we know for sure is that he has plans for Supergirl...and he is NOT interested in being denied!

Batman and Robin #22 - "I want the moon, but I can't seem to everrrr reach it."

Part 4 of the 5 stages of Batman's grief over the death of his son is called "Despair" and features Catwoman!  We last saw Selina interacting with Batman in Catwoman #18, where Batman basically beat her up and treated her like crap...in this issue, told from Catwoman's point-of-view, Bruce goes some way to try to atone for that.  Selina needs Batman's help to recover a kidnapped dignitary for the JLA without starting an international incident...Batman agrees to help.  It's better than moping over recordings of Damian, splicing together a "voice mail" from him to Carrie Kelley...

I've been loving this look at the suffering and out-of-the ordinary behavior from the bereaved Bat in the last few issues. Batman and Robin has consistently been the only title to really deal with the fall-out of the events of Batman Incorporated #8 in an in-depth way and I appreciate the character development that writer Peter J. Tomasi has brought to Batman and the guest stars of these issues.  Particularly having the guests provide the narration, leaving us to judge Bruce purely through his actions rather than "narrative box" justifications.  Great issues!  Next month?  Nightwing in "Acceptance"!

Wonder Woman #22 - "No more glorious sight has ever greeted any eyes than that of New Genesis, home of the New Gods..."

Last issue Wonder Woman, Orion, Hera, Zola, and her baby Zeke were forced to flee from the First Born before he demolished them all!  Lennox was there too, but he stayed behind to cover the escape via boom tube (at potentially great cost).  This issue?  Our heroes find themselves in New Genesis, home of the New Gods, including Orion and his father, the Highfather

Problem is, Orion was NOT meant to bring these outsiders to paradise...and now that he has, their fate may be out of their own hands...a condition that Wonder Woman is NOT well-suited to accept!  On the plus side, had she not received medical treatment from these New Gods, Diana would very likely have died from the wounds she received at the hands of the First Born!  Hope she fares better in round 2!

Vibe #6 - "Running confirmed what we always thought about you...that you deserve to be in that cell..."

In a story that I have to assume takes place before "Trinity War", Vibe is learning the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished.  Poor guy's shackled to the wall inside a cell in The Circus - a metahuman holding facility run by Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S....all because he saw a cute girl in trouble and wanted to help.  He's too young to realize that trying to help strange cute girls can often be one of the easiest and fastest ways to screw up your life!  Poor Cisco...

Well, luckily for Cisco he's got a big brother who is determined to watch out for him!  Dante Ramon confronts Agent Dale Gunn (the dude who recruited Vibe for the JLA in the first place) and basically guilt trips him into helping to free Vibe!  Well, at the very least making a good attempt... 

Six issues in and I'm really enjoying this comic so far!  The character development is nice, fleshing out a member of the JLA that I'd never encountered before.  It helps us learn that even though this new JLA has been put together by shady gray-area government forces that it's made up of people who aren't so sinister...it's a good idea!

ANNNNDDDD.....that's it for another week!  New Comic Book day again tomorrow - which means new issues of Superman, Teen Titans, Batman/Superman, Red Hood and the Outlaws, The Flash and many more!  Of course we mustn't forget the continuation of "Trinity War" in Justice League Dark #22!!  The competition will be a lot more fierce than it was this week, it seems...

This week I take a look at how 2013 is going now that we're 6 months in over at Stryder's Dementia!  Go check it out if you've got a minute.

Have a nice week everyone!  Mid-Summer FTW!  Peace!

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