Comic Rack – Justice, Sword, Reborn, Secret Six, & more

by alphamonkey on July 3, 2009 · 6 comments

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Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 (of 7) – I’ve been waiting for this one. Unsatisfied with the state of things Hal Jordan decides, rather than wait and simply react to villains, to take the war to them. As a concept it’s got promise, the eccletic group of heroes might be fun, and (as Green Arrow mentions) when Hal gets determined to do something things get interesting. What I’m not sold on however is much of the James Robinson’s writing after those first few pages. And if one more character repeated the “I want Justice!” mantra I was going to throw my comic across the room. I get it, okay. The retarded first grader gets it. Stop already! Aside from having all the subtlety of a Michael Bay film it’s still worth picking up, but it needs to get better by issue #2.


The Sword #18 – And then there was one. Another bloody good time as Dara kills off another of the “gods” in brutal fashion leaving Malia the only one left. Aside from the brutal violence the book does so well it also gives us a nice little twist by allowing us a glimpse of Malia’s plan to take down the new sword wielder by painting Dara as bloodthirsty and crazy (not that much of a stretch, given the news footage of her recent hack sessions), and setting herself up as savior. What a bitch! A must-read.


Captain America: Reborn #1 (of 5) – We finally find out what happened to Steve Rogers. My reaction can be summed up in two words: Um, what? The idea of Cap being untethered in time is kinda interesting (or it was when Babylon 5 did it more than 15 years ago), but as a master plan plan for the Red Skull getting revenge it’s makes almost no sense at all. Other than that revelation nothing really happens here that makes this one worth picking up. See, I just saved you $4. You’re welcome.


The Secret Six #11 – Let’s see, this issue covers slavery, attempted rape, betrayal, more in-fighting among the Six, and Catman tries to disembowel one of his teammates. What more could you want? How about the arrival of a pissed-off Amazon in the final panel which promises more pain and suffering in the next issue? Sounds good to me! As always, a must-read.

And in the big stack of take-it-or-leave-it ranging from meh (Batman and Robin #2) to simply dreadful (Marvel Divas #1) there’s:


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  • .alphamonkey.

    Ah, I thought Batman & Robin #2 was a good setup and better exploration of the trouble Dick has with the Bat mantle (not too mention trying to keep Damien in line). And screw you, Reborn is about the best damn explanation of how one could bring back Rogers without a total “Oh, c’mon” moment. I like the idea that the Skull wanted to be able to torture/corrupt Rogers while the rest of the world would think he was dead. That’s pretty effin’ vicious when you think about it.

    The Fantastic Four this week was a damn fine pentultimate issue for the storyline, though I’m worried they’re going to have to shove so much in this next one that it’ll be almost nonsensical. Though the big ‘reveal’ of who this Grand Marquis of Death really is was a bit of a ‘meh’ for me.

    Cry for Justice was kinda dumb, but that’s what you get when you put Hal in charge.

  • Cap’n Carrot

    I had mixed feelings about Batman & Robin. Yes, the set-up was fine but it didn’t really lead anywhere for me. Dick Grayson starts out whining about what went wrong and that’s how the issue ends. Is it a necessary piece towards becoming the new Batman? Yeah, maybe, but that doesn’t get it off the hook for leaving me in a general malaise towards the character (much like Morrison’s end of Bruce Wayne’s run). It’s a good enough story, it just could have been handled better.

    Fantastic Four put me to sleep. Aside from one of the stupidest names ever, the Grand Marquis of Death isn’t an interesting character, and his arrival did little more than to make Doctor Doom look like an incompetent pussy. Sorry, but let me know when this storyline ends and I’ll pick up the next issue…maybe.

    As for Hal, I know you have your issues with the character, but when done right he’s one scary mother fucker! Here’s a guy with an iron will and no fear, who never second guesses himself (at least about his super-hero experiences, his love life is another matter), who has been given the most powerful weapon in the universe. The beginning of Cry for Justice shows you just how much weight the character can have, how scary powerful he is, even in a room with Superman. Those first few pages really had thinking this was going to be awesome, but the rest let me down. I’m still hopeful once the team is assembled things will pick back up, but, please, nobody cry out for Justice! And screw Freddy Freeman, I want Hoppy!!!!

  • .alphamonkey.

    “Here’s a guy with an iron will and no fear, who never second guesses himself (at least about his super-hero experiences, his love life is another matter), who has been given the most powerful weapon in the universe.”

    Soooo, what you’re telling me is that Hal Jordan is John McCain with a magic wish ring?

  • Cap’n Carrot

    Um, no.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I dunno..that’s starting to make sense. Guy Gardner is his Sarah Palin!

  • Cap’n Carrot

    So… does that make Wonder Woman Nancy Pelosi?

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