Hey everybody. It is time for some Short Stack Reviews. This time around we have three comics based on ladies that kick butt, and one comic that smells like it. Let’s get in to it.
Batman #706: Tony Daniel continues to pull double duty with writing and drawing Batman. DC recently announced that Daniel will soon only be writing the book, and like my good friend Dylan said, they have that backwards. I get what Tony Daniel is trying to do here, but that doesn’t mean it is any good. The book opens with Batman getting schooled by none other than the Riddler’s daughter, whom didn’t exist until last issue by the way. Then he has to be saved by Robin. After some detective work, Batman is once again at the mercy of another bad guy. These aren’t even the plot points, these are just things that are happening. It feels like there are so many different threads going on in this book, not to mention too many different characters to count, and none of the threads look like they are resolving anytime soon. If DC is dead set on having Daniel write a Batman book, then they should give him his own title. The main flagship title of a character should be reserved for top-tier talent only. It is the same problem that is currently on the main Superman title as well as Wonder Woman. These are the books that are most likely to be picked up by someone wandering in to a comic book shop, and if these titles are not delivering “A+” material then those wanders are not going to come back.
Supergirl #60: This is the first issue of Supergirl since Sterling Gates left, and it kind of reads like a first issue. Actually, it reads like a jumping on point for people. There were parts of this issue that I liked, like the side story of the new villain that is being introduced. Then there are parts that I don’t like, such as Lois Lane eating lunch in a crowded restaurant with an ex-employee of Cadmus Labs that is trying to expose shady business practices of Cadmus Labs, and wants Lois to keep her anonymous. If you want to remain anonymous then don’t go out to lunch with Metropolis’ top news reporter! People are going to see you slip her the classified file! Also, the Parasite, Banshee, Kryptonite Man, and Metallo randomly attack Supergirl. I’m wondering if these are the real villains or people dressed like them, only because Supergirl is holding her own. Not that she’s a poor fighter or anything, but that two of the villains, Kryptonite Man and Metallo, are kryptonite-based villains. She should be on the ground puking her guts out. Instead, she’s going toe to toe with everyone. Back to Lois, do you know what was so classified? That Cadmus Labs was experimenting with Krytonian DNA, and this shocks Lois. This is the very same Cadmus Labs that created Superboy from a sample of Superman’s DNA, the same Superboy that lives in Smallville with Superman’s mom, Lois’ mother-in-law. So she really can’t be that shocked that Cadmus Labs is doing the exact same thing that they have been doing for years. That’s like walking in to McDonald’s and being shocked that they serve French fries.
Power Girl #20: This has got to be in the top 5 books that DC is producing right now. Right up there with Batman, Inc. and Green Lantern. You know what’s funny? Power Girl is fighting creatures from Cadmus Labs that were created with Kryptonian DNA. HAHAHAHA! That is beautiful. I usually roll my eyes at heroes fighting monsters, but it seemed to fit here. Plus, this Max Lord storyline is awesome. Not to forget, but Sami Basri’s artwork is phenomenal. I am disappointed that I have to continue the story in another book, one that I don’t read, but that’s really a minor complaint. This is an excellent book.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40: You know that feeling that you get when you see an old friend, the two of you catch up, and then a little while later he or she leaves again? That’s how it feels here. This is the last issue of season 8, but creator Joss Whedon promises that season 9 is right around the corner. Since this is the final chapter, the issue focuses on resolving season 8 as well as setting up for the next season. Everyone is pretty ticked off at Buffy for saving the universe. Because in doing so she had to get rid of magic. So Willow, and all the former slayers feel as if Buffy turned her back on them. It seems like our hero can never catch a break. It was also great to see Buffy actually getting ready to fight a vampire. I forgot that it’s been quite a while since she’d done that. This was a great way to cap off season 8.
Quote of the Week: Power Girl “No! No, you didn’t! You cloned Krypto? What kind of sick @#$#$…This is Superman’s dog, for crying out loud! Is nothing sacred?” – from Power Girl #20.
Book of the Week: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40.
If you live in the Phoenix area, all of these titles can be purchased at Atomic Comics.