Flash: Rebirth #1 (of 5) – Barry Allen is back! So why am I disappointed? It may something to do with how much of this first issue feels like rehashing past events for those unfamiliar with their Flash history, or maybe it’s after waiting 20+ years for one of my favorite heroes to return nothing can live-up to the hype. It doesn’t help that the Flash universe has exploded in his absence and Geoff Johns feels the need to include everyone here. This isn’t a bad issue and it does have its moments including Barry talking with Hal, and our hero’s renewed to his purpose to heroism now that he’s returned. I’m glad your back Barry, and from the last couple of pages I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy issue #2 more.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seaon 8 #24 – Faith and Giles return for a single issue “Safe” in which we learn the following 1) there’s a safe haven for slayers in Dracula country, 2) safe havens aren’t what they used to be, 3) Faith can still kick some serious monster butt. This feels mostly like another interlude that has nothing to do with the main season story arc (which, of course, it is). Nothing special here, although it was fun to see Faith take on what appears to be one of Poison Ivy’s pets that has gotten out of hand.
Irredeemable #1 – What if Superman had finally had enough, fried Jimmy Olsen’s brains, and went bat-shit crazy? It might look something like Mark Waid’s Irredeemable. We’re launched right into the action as the world’s mightiest hero kills a hero and his family with ease and an ice-cold demeanor. For whatever reason The Plutonian has become a cold-blooded killer and is now targeting other heroes of the world, his former partners and friends. Aside from the story, which I enjoyed, I’m really digging the art by Peter Krause and the color, shading, and mixture of hot and cool tones by Andy Dalhouse. I haven’t been a big reader of Boom Studios, but now that they’re doing a more traditional super-hero book I’m on board and interested to see where this story goes from here.