I picked up a whole summer’s worth of comics, after my self-imposed summer exile to the Catskill mountains.
Countdown # 44-34. I’m liking this series much better. Bart’s funeral was well-done. The Piper-Trickster, Ray Palmer and Jimmy Olsen storylines are definitely keeping my interest; Karate Kid picked up for me when he was referred to Buddy Blank; Mary Marvel and Holly Robinson less so. The backup “multiverse” story actually added some new information, though too much time was spent re-hashing events that took place in the last 3 years. Monarch I haven’t figured out yet.
Legion of Super-Heroes # 31-33. So, it turns out Mekt Ranzz actually framed Cosmic Boy for destroying the Dominator homeworld? Bah - give me a hero who can handle hard realities and moral dilemmas over “never kill under any circumstances” goody two-shoes. The Tony Bedard era so far underwhelms me, and I’m glad Shooter will supplant him soon.
Brave and the Bold # 5-6. Very nice Legion tale, brilliant use of the Challengers of the Unknown, and I loved that two-page spread with all the sci-fi characters displayed.
JSA # 8-9. Very nice character-focused one-shot stories.
JSA Classified # 26-28. Good stories - I like the Sportsmaster’s gambling issue, Jakeem’s education in a reality of super-heroic life (“Can you get me a new TV? I like those flat ones.”). It’s good to see Mister Terrific get a spotlight, though I’m not yet sold on the story.