This week we begin with Dick Grayson, end with Tim Drake, and have a little fun in-between…
Batman #687 – This one should have come out before Batman and Robin #1 instead of a week after (same for Red Robin #1, which appears to take place somewhere between the two). Even if the continuity is thusly jumbled a tad, the issue nicely summarizes the state of things post-Bruce Wayne Gotham before finally giving us what we’ve paid to seen in the issue’s final frame: Dick Grayson as Batman. For good measure they threw in a little Scarecrow action, too. Worth picking up.
Uncanny X-Men: First Class Giant-Size Special #1 – This issue will be remembered for one thing, the secret origin of Wolverine. This includes a radioactive wolverine bite, Logan’s time as a Folk Singer, and his early days as a hero battling the likes of the Zombie Clowns of Budapest and B.I.M.B.O. Sadly this is only one of a series of vignettes centered around the new team members, the rest of which you could take or leave. Worth a quick look, but at $3.99 your paying more than a buck for every good page.
Sonic the Hedgehog #201 – Every once in awhile I check in with Archie Comics, then usually quickly remember why I don’t read them more often. Check out that band. Wouldn’t you want to hear them play? I would. Oh, the rest of the comic has something to do with the new queen of Eggman Empire, the return of Monkey Khan, and something about an invasion. Meh. On the other hand, that band has possibilities.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #1 (of 3)- Who doesn’t love some Khan action? The art from Chee Yang Ong captures the look from the original film, and the important moments seem captured well on the page. In case you are wondering, no one ever did a comic adaptation for this movie. IDW Publishing remedies the situation with the first issue of this new three-issue mini-series. Better late than never. Worth picking up for Star Trek fans. Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! Oh, that scene isn’t in this issue? Sigh, guess I’ll have to get the next one, too.
Uncanny X-Men #511 – We’re teased with the possibility of the return of Jean Grey (in body if not in spirit), but what were given is the return of Psylocke. I can live with that.
Red Robin #1 – Much as Dick Grayson and Damian struggle in their new roles, Tim Drake is having some trouble with his. I like the costume of Red Robin and I give credit to Christopher Yost for inserting a plausible reason for Drake’s choosing it as his new identity. As for the story: Fragmented look at Tim’s final days in Gotham and his world tour which has seen him lose focus but not from his ultimate goal, the search for Bruce Wayne. I’m also quite excited by the final panel which tells me one of my favorite Bat-villains (no, not Catman) will be playing an important role in the new series. The Bat-books, at least so far, appear to be in good hands.