Friday, September 18, 2009

Comics Roundup for 9/16/09

A lot of cool stuff this week. Let's get to it:

Daredevil: The List - This issue marks Andy Diggle's first full issue as the new writer for Daredevil. As far as I'm concerned, this could have just been a regular issue of the ongoing series, or issue #500.5 or something like that. Honestly, I was expecting to drop the title when Ed Brubaker left, but I wanted to give the new guy a try. I have to say, this was a fun read. Diggle's really running with the new status quo and making it even more interesting. What convinces me even more is the preview of the next issue, and this series still looks like a winner. Unlike Fantastic Four, I'll continue to pick this one up.

Blackest Night #3 - Another solid issue, and I'm realizing that Geoff Johns is a master at doing exposition. There really is a lot of it in this issue, but it never feels forced or labored. We finally learn a little bit more about the "Indigo Lanterns" who represent compassion, and there finally seems to be a way to defeat the Black Lanterns. However, making that happen is going to be tough, as ALL the lanterns are going to have to work together. Pretty easy for Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet, but Red, Yellow, and Orange are probably going to be a problem. I also like the notion that it isn't the Black that's invading, it's that the Black is fighting back, as light invades the darkness.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #4 - I didn't really get into this issue for some reason, but considering how much I dug the first three, I'm not too worried about it. I figure that by issue 10 or so, I'll sit down and re-read the whole run. It's good to see that Hush is still playing a part in all this, but I have to think that he's going to pull something from up his sleeve soon, as right now he's just being owned by Batman.

Batman and Robin #4 - Nothing special going on here, but it's a solid superhero read. I continue to enjoy the Dick Grayson as Batman storyline, and I like the new Robin more and more all the time. I also think that this new version of the Red Hood who Batman is dealing with is interesting, and I hope that there will be a good payoff to all this. Just like that other Batman title, I think that this one will be better when I read a bunch of issues in a row.

Captain America Reborn #3 of 5 - The story doesn't move too far forward here, but I didn't mind as it was still a fun issue. I'm realizing that this story belongs to the new Cap just as much as the old Cap. I was a bit disappointed that Bucky-Cap needed to be rescued, but it was still pretty cool to see him whale on that Scourge guy after warning him to get his hands off of the shield. Here's hoping that this will have a satisfying ending.

The Amazing Spider-Man #605 - And yet again, I have to say that Mary Jane is more interesting than she has been in a long time. This double-length issue delves into answering some of the questions as to what happened to Peter and MJ's relationship. Obviously, the marriage never happened, but just as Joe Quesada was saying, not much else other than that has changed. Personally, I still don't think that it would have been so awful for him to get divorced, but whatever, the fact is that this remains a fun title, and one can definitely say that the last half dozen issues contain stories that definitely could NOT work with a married Peter Parker.

Dark Avengers #9 - I skipped a couple issues due to a crossover that I didn't really care about, but now that Bendis is back to writing it, I'm back as well. I'm glad that I am, as this might very well be the best issue of the series so far. It focuses on Ares, who has been prominent in the Marvel Universe ever since the first issue of Mighty Avengers, but he really hasn't had all that much to do. With this issue, we get to know him a bit more, and he's a pretty complex guy. I hope to see more.

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