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Batman The Dark Knight #23.3 Review

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Batman The Dark Knight #23.3
(DC Comics $2.99/$3.99 3D Sept. 18, 2013)

Written by John Layman
Art by Cliff Richards

“Not just another pretty face ” indeed. Alas poor Clayface, I knew him well, but WTF exactly happened here? The cover art looked great. I thought to myself this is a redesign I can accept (even though it wasn’t much of a redesign at all). Then I opened the cover and what we get on the inside looks like a love child between Arcane (Swamp Thing villain, fyi) and Killowog ( Green Lantern) with the anatomy of a Ken doll. What the hell happened between cover to interior for this to go so wrong? This was just awful to look at, it never felt like Clayface to me. I felt like I was reading a whole new character that thought it was a Hulk, but wasn’t nearly as cool. Bottom line, this book sucked. From the shit design to the bad story of a knock off Clayface trying to get into the Secret Society, this was just hot garbage. I expected so much but got nothing. This issue falls into the suck that was Bizarro, Solomon Grundy and The Joker, four big steaming turds. Save your money and just browse through this in the store, if you must. I wouldn’t recommend it even if I hated you and just wanted to see you waste money.

,5 Star

Action Comics #23.3 Review

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Action Comics # 23.3
(DC Comics $2.99/$3.99 3D Sept. 18, 2013)

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Raymond Bermudez

Not an origin so much as a where has he been, Lex Luthor is the star of this weeks .3 issue. Lex is getting outta prison and letting his bad guy flag unfurl. We get to see Lex regaining control of his corporations and setting plans into motion. Like most of these issues Lex is taken to a whole new level of douche bag. He kills some astronauts just to try and lure Superman out of hiding (so Lex believes). The Shuttle debris lands on a guy who was trying to take over Lexcorp (talk about killing two birds with one….space shuttle) When given the opportunity to save said astronauts he chooses to let them die ’cause heaven forbid he tries to save them and fails.This enrages his assistant who tries to turn him in to the authorities but suffers and untimely demise at Luthor’s hands before she can. Yea, I know, seems like typical Lex things to do but IMO they are a little more hardcore than typical Lex fare (multiple times he creates problems he could easily solve and just lets them spiral out of control). Also I must have missed where he got that lovely Two-Face look he had at the beginning of the issue. On the plus side this issue does directly lead into his appearance in Forever Evil #1. I liked the story of an evil CEO, we all know Lex is a dick (an evil one at that). Why not give us his origin story for the New 52?(Maybe they did and I just missed it) Show us why he is who he is ’cause I would hate to think it was solely based on his hatred for the Man of Steel ( I’m not talking about the movie, still don’t get the extreme hate. Loved that movie) The art was not bad on this issue, better than a lot of the other issues. I am interested to see what happens to Lex next in Forever Evil #2

2 Star

Detective Comics #23.2 Review

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Detective Comics #23.2
(DC Comics $2.99/$3.99 3D Sept. 11, 2013)

Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Neil Googe

Harley Quinn gets a tie in and an origin story this issue. Not to far off from her original origin, but a little more detail. Harley is a very intelligent, order drivin girl from a chaotic family ( not sure that delved into her family life previously). Not to much different here, she’s a doctor yada yada yada. She ends up working at Arkham because her regular gig is not challenging enough. She meets The Joker sparks fly (oddly no mention of the fact that she was not his first Harley, see Suicide Squad issue #15). She is pretty much chilling in Gotham reflecting, and trying to figure out what to do next ’cause the Secret Society is not for her. Not a bad issue, defiantly better than some I have read but far from the best. I would have liked to see a little more about the previous Harleys (if that is canon, which who can tell these days). Also, I have to say Googe’s artwork was sub par, I have seen better art in kids books. But if you are into Harley or just a completest, I guess this is a must have.

1.5 Star

The Mocking Dead#1 Review

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The Mocking Dead #1
(Dynamite $3.99 Sept. 4, 2013)

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Max Dunbar

This comic is in the vein of Shaun of the Dead, as it takes a humorous approach to the zombie genre. Obviously a spoof of the Walking Dead, the writer Van Lente has some previous zombie experience (he wrote Marvel Zombies). The book itself is done in black and white with some red for blood effects (very cool addition). The book is about two people who were part of a now defunct government task force called “Tinseltown” who came up with plans in case things from horror films actually happened. Love the premise and the humor of the two main protagonists… one a serious federal agent, the other a nerdy fanboy who runs a torrent site. The mix of these two is comedy gold. If you like Zombies and comedy check out this new parody, I liked it and I think you will too.

3 Star

The Flash #23.2 Review

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The Flash # 23.2
(DC Comics $2.99/$3.99 3D Sept. 11, 2013)

Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Brian Buccellato

Reverse Flash gets the origin treatment this issue. I liked this issue but his origin had it’s hokey moments. I didn’t care for his suit being part of the monorail fused with him from the explosion. Outside of that it was a good issue. I am curious if he will be the father of the missing Wally West (wishful thinking). Loved how he was closely tied to Iris (her brother). Not sure I am 100% happy with the changes made but I guess it’s better than a nut job from the future who is a fanatic that wants to kill the Flash. Looking forward to getting the rest of this story in next months issue 24.

2 Star

Watson and Holmes #1 Review

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Watson and Holmes #1
(New Paradigm Studios $2.99 July 17, 2013)

Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Various

I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, so when a friend (Junior co-host of Comics Remixed) told me about this series I had to check it out. Basically it is the same characters anyone who is a fan of Sherlock has come to know except they are a little more urban (or if you prefer, African American). A really interesting take on one of literature great detectives. This first issue introduces you to medical intern John Watson and his first meeting with Holmes. Not much has really changed about these characters aside from the ethnicity (Lestrade is a chick also) and a modern update. Picked up both Issue 1 and 2 and It looks like I am in for the long haul. If you are into Holmes check this out.

2.5

TMNT Villains Micro Series #5 Karai Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro Series #5 Karai
(IDW $3.99 Aug. 28,2013)

Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Cory Smith

This is a great view into the villains of TMNT (current ongoing), this issue the spotlight is on Karai. We get a look into what made Karai the bad ass she is and how she took the foot clan from mediocrity to greatness. It also deals with the fallout of Shredder choosing Leonardo (he was brainwashed by the Foot) as his second in command. Karai is talking with the old master, who trains new Foot recruits, about things looking for answers as to how she should deal with the current situation. Leonardo shows up and disrespects Karai and a fight ensues, during which Karai realizes he is slower than past fights. She lets him win and takes it as a victory for herself. She now has to figure out how to sway her grandfather’s opinion of his Chunin. Excellent issue, these are great views into events that are unfolding and tie directly into the main series. IDW is just killing these new TMNT tales, a wonderful mix of old and new into something familiar yet different. This is one of my favorite books to read every month and if you are a fan of any incarnation of the Turtles this is definitely worth checking out. These comics kick major shell.

3.5

The Walking Dead #114 Review

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The Walking Dead #114
(Image Comics $2.99 Sept. 11, 2013)

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard

Just when I was losing interest in the story it pulls me back in. Last issue Rick and co seemed screwed, all seemed lost. Enter Jesus (not the biblical one) and Ezekiel to save their collective asses. After they fend off the attack by Negan and his goons, Jesus has a talk with Rick. He tells Rick he needs to be more careful, that Rick is important to all they are undertaking. Rick is a leader that people believe in and will follow. Next issue Negan prepares for War! I love the Walking Dead and will read it ’til it ends but I have to admit it is best read in trades. These issues seem to just blaze by always leaving me needing more. If you don’t read TWD do yourself a favor and go get the trades ’cause this is one of the better non super ongoing comics there is currently.

2.5

Constantine Comes to Arrow

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For months, fans of the NBC show Constantine campaigned for the show to return for a second season. When that fell through, we held our breath that another network would pick up Matt Ryan/Constantine and crew. Alas, that also didn’t not come to fruition. Yet when Stephen Amell of Arrow tweeted he would like to see Constantine join the CW line up, we felt maybe just maybe there was still a small light at the end of the tunnel. Well that light has ignited in to a full blown fire as it was annouuced today that the Constantine character, played by Matt Ryan, would be appearing in the upcoming season of Arrow. I dont know about you, but as a diehard Constantine fan, this is tremendous news. I, for one, am hoping a positive response to Constantine will bring a new show to the CW line up. #ConstantineLives

X-Men #4 Review

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X-Men #4
(Marvel Comics $3.99 Sept 11, 2013)

Written by Brian Wood
Art by David Lopez

Battle of the Atom pt 3, the tie in that saved this series for me for at least two more issues. Young Jean and Scott are on the run with the future and present X-Men after them while Kitty and Rachel stay behind and watch over Young Bobby and Hank. Kitty and Rachel decide to go after them which ends in a confrontation between the two of them, the future X-Men and The Jean Grey School X-Men. While the adults are arguing Jean and Scott take off again but this time they head to the Uncanny X-Men. This is a really low key event, not at all the Battle I was expecting. Still enjoying it though. IMO, bringing the original 5 X-Men to the present was a great idea and I am curious to see how it all plays out. I wasn’t really a big fan of the X-Men book but this storyline is helping out. Will probably be done with it after this event runs its course.

2.5