Thursday, November 30, 2006

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The Return of Comic Book Day! November 30, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Picked up a few goodies yesterday when new comics came out, so let's take a gander at what I took a gander at. Shall we?

After a two-week delay The Flash #6 finally came out, concluding his rivarly with The Griffin. It was decent, but I found the finish to be a little anti-climactic. I've been wondering what happened to all The Flashes since they vanished in Infinite Crisis, and it gets summed up here in about two pages. I guess I was expecting something a little more grand. Not a bad issue, though, and I'm curious as to what the other evil speedster, Inertia, is up to.

I love one-shot comics, and one that came out yesterday really hit the mark. Batman & The Spirit is a charmingly old-school tale about these two masked vigilantes saving every cop in their cities from every villain in their cities. The Spirit is a cheerful, upbeat foil to Batman's brooding and lurking and the whole issue is a great read. It's a great story that just made me feel good about comic books in general. Pick this one up.

Thank you, DC Comics, for making up for last month's Aquaman delay by releasing two issues in three weeks. *glee!* Aquaman #46 recounts a tale of the original Aquaman's first meeting with the dastardly (and drunk) King Shark. Barfights, murders, ancient prophecies and an eel-ectrifying harlot are the highlights of this undersea adventure... and King Shark makes for one hell of a narrator.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #10 is the conclusion of Nextwave's fight against the last of the New Paramounts... Forbush Man! I liked his outfit as a kid from "Not Brand Echh!" so it was great to see him back in comics, albeit in a bit of a mercenary villain's role. This title never, ever fails to crack me up, especially Machine Man's trip into Forbush-Vision, and the conclusion was the right amount of ridiculous. Thumbs up from me.

And finally, it's week thirty of the magnificent 52. This week we see what Batman, Nightwing and Robin have been up to. Batwoman kicks some butt, deals with some drama and remains a hottie (even if she's "not my type"). Not major plot revelations this week, but still an entertaining read.

Since I missed it last week, I'd just like to point out how much I enjoyed last week's 52 as well, especially the scene between the last members of the JSA and Lex Luthor's Infinity Inc. I have a great respect for the really, really old-school heroes (both the characters themselves and their creators) that laid the foundation for comic heroes today, and I like to see that addressed in recent books, whether it be paying homage, like Batman & The Spirit, or just an argument between the old guard and the new recruits. It's just one of the many reasons I not only enjoy 52, but the genre of comic books altogether.

That's all from me for now.