Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? – “Battle for the Cowl” begins here (and, oddly enough, not with Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1,out next week, but DC’s doing their best to make it impossible to follow the timeline of Batman ever since Batman R.I.P. started, so why expect things to start making sense now?). By itself there’s really nothing of much interest here, though longtime fans of Batman may enjoy these slice-of-life vignettes. The issue is broken into short tales of a Gotham without the B-man from the perspectives of Vicki Vale, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Stephanie Brown, and Harvey Bullock. More than anything else it’s simply a reminder that these characters exist and might, might, play an important role in the upcoming Bat-event. It’s not too bad, but it’s far from a must-have, especially considering it’s kicking off the event which is going to revamp all the Bat-books. To bookend these tales we get another appearance by the mysterious Veil (not to be confused with Vicki). Sorry, but I didn’t like her the first time she showed up, and you haven’t given me anything new here to change my mind.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #23 – Although the main story of Buffy and Andrew trying to stop a rogue Slayer isn’t all that interesting it does provide some nice moments including the longest car ride of the Buffster’s life. The action’s okay, but it’s the jokes that make this one worth a look. Still, I’m a bit confused why the writers kept Andrew’s ladies man Angel persona over the more interesting one as the most obvious gay character from the original series.
Secret Six #7 – The latest issue to what has quickly become one of my favorite DC titles is the bloodiest, and yet sweetest, one yet. Deadshot’s betrayal is explained, the team fights for their lives on the outskirts of Gotham, a juiced-up Bane goes crazy, and the team, weary and beaten goes home together. This is by far the most fun dysfunctional family in all of comics. The introductory Get Out of Hell Free storyline is wrapped up (at least for now) with a bloody, and often humorous, flair which is becoming the comic’s trademark. From the opening scenes of Ragdoll asking some hippies for their VW van to Deadshot and Catman burying the hatchet (is it just me or do these guys remind you of a deadlier version of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle from the old JLI days?), this one is worth picking up.