Checkmate #24: I’m a bit disappointed. So they spend much of the book uncovering a really nasty Kobra plot. It’s really nasty and ties in nicely with recent DCU history. So then they bring together the JLA and the JSA and a host of international heroes to fight it. Which is awesome. Since this book’s inception I’d hoped to see Checkmate being used as the nucleus of superhero crisis (or should I say Crisis) response. Yeah, the JLA has served as that in the past, but Checkmate has the international reach, resource and legal authority to really make sense in that role. And hey, Mr. Terrific coordinating all the world’s heroes. How awesome is that? So the don’t show it to us. Turns out that Kobra’s kick-ass plan was just a cover for a much less awesome plan. Well, we finally get to see the Rooks, which is nice. Though I’m more interested in why they’re so scared of those four. The latter two, ok maybe, but the first two?
Brave and the Bold #11: Ultraman is aweways fun. He’s *such *a dick. Sir Mixyezpitelik was great. The plot was uncustomarily slow, but the other elements made up for it.
The Death Gods #7: Ugh. I think I see how this thing came together. Grant Morrison came to them with his “Fifth World” concept, and Final Crisis, which rendered the current New Gods obsolete, or at least superfluous. So, needing to build up the hype and being able to dispose of the Fourth World, the opened up the floor. Shame they couldn’t have done more justice to the characters. Well, Morrison is guaranteed to give us something epic and kick-ass if nothing else.
Justice League of America #19: Eh. Not bad. A little bit crossover-y, but not too bad. At least the League seems to know that Salvation is a really bad idea.
**The Flash #238:**I want to like this. I really do. I like how it’s backing ff the kids and recentering on Wally as family man. I like Spin. But I hate the art. It’s not just ugly, it flops a major plot point. Jai asks if there’s going to be an earthquake in Keystone like the news is talking about. This is important because Spin’s power is to manifest the fears of the populace and Wally won’t take Jai out to fight the quake since he assured him there wouldn’t be one. But Jai doesn’t look scared! How tough is it to draw a kid looking scared?
Robin #172: This book is nostalgic for me. It really is. Dixon’s early Robin was one of my first favorite books. Still solid stuff. And then a big reveal.
Countdown to Final Crisis #6: Yeah. I just don’t care anymore. And I usually like these kinds of stories. But it’s not enough to tell us the the world is burning. We have to actually see it.
**Birds of Prey #116:**Heh. My copy has the wrong writer on the cover. Collector’s edition! Anyway, Nicola Scott’s my favorite artist at the moment. Her stuff is just so incredibly gorgeous. I have mixed feelings on Killer Shark turning out so pathetic. It worked, here, but I liked the idea of Zinda having her own nemesis. Babs is too much like Batman at his worse. But I like what McKeever is setting up here with the new city and all. It’s a shame that he’s being taken off this, where he’s starting to really hit his stride, and kept on Teen Titans, where he’s floundering a bit more.