Hey everybody! I am so sorry I did not post last week. I had to save planet earth from the reapers! My sincerest apologies and I will attempt to write two reviews today to make up for it.
#1 Pick of the Week: Batman Issue 6: I think that one of the best aspects of this book has to be the art. The way that both writer and artist seem to have the same idea of how to tell this Batman story is one of the reasons that Batman is one of my favorite books. The assassin who works for the Court of the Owls has stabbed and beaten Batman almost to near death before he presents the caped crusader to the Court. The way that Batman perceives the Court, through his bloodied eye, is that they are mutated humanoid owls. In reality, the Court of the Owls appear to be just people dressed in white owl-like face masks. As Batman lies on the ground bloodied and broken and the owls are moving in on him, preparing to kill him, he has a revelation. The art slows down and is displayed in nine panels where Batman looks from both the talons of the Court and a portrait of Alan Wayne. We watch as Batmanâ€™s eye goes from the photo and then turns to glare at his enemy while his narrative reads â€œenough.â€ He fights the assassin back in a way that reminds us that this is Batman, he isnâ€™t going to die in a dark corner of the world. He fights off the owls and defeats the assassin while also escaping the labyrinth. The book is awesome and the message is clear. Scott Snyderâ€™s story reminds me why I got my Batman tattoo in the first place. Heâ€™s a character that faces his demons head on and defeats them by any means necessary that remain true to his personal code.
Daredevil Issue #9: Mark Waidâ€™s Daredevil and Scott Snyderâ€™s Batman continue to come out on the same week so I can not help but compare the two of them. Although both books have very different stories and ideas I canâ€™t help but notice the similarities between the â€œMan Without Fearâ€ and the man who uses his own fear to penetrate and fight his enemies. Also after reading â€œTower of Babelâ€ also written by Mark Waid a couple weeks ago where Batmanâ€™s parents are taken, I couldnâ€™t help but notice while reading Daredevil, I saw that Matt Murdockâ€™s father has been taken. Very different stories of course, but I couldnâ€™t help but realize how both characters are pushed by the foundations their parents put in place. In Issue #9 of Daredevil, Mattâ€™s fatherâ€™s casket has been sucked down into the catacombs of the Mole Man. Matt attacks after realizing that the Mole Man is opening up what could be a hundred different coffins searching for someone. The issue ends with Matt battling monsters in this cavernous underworld. Meanwhile, the Black Cat, who Matt recently spent the night with, has broken into his apartment in order to steal the Fantastic Fourâ€™s emblem from Mattâ€™s safe. Sheâ€™s successful in stealing it, but she wavers only a little when she remembers the events of the previous night. I have always been a fan of the Black Cat and thought her a more favorable Spiderman character than Mary Jane, so I like that Waid wrote her into this book.
Fables Issue #114: While Bigby Wolf is in the North with his daughter Winter, who will be the new North Wind some day, Snow White is at home in Wolf Valley with the rest of the children. The issue is entitled â€œCubs in Toyland Part Oneâ€ and has little wolf cub Therese trying to understand why she received a toy boat for Christmas. Yes, thatâ€™s correct, Winter is training to become a god and Therese is playing with a toy boat. But weâ€™re not interested in what Winterâ€™s doing because Thereseâ€™s toy boat is actually an evil toy boat. The boat becomes really big once Therese puts it in the river in the backyard of her house. She hops on board the boat and they go sailing away. This story line makes up eighty-five percent of the issue while the other percent is two pages of the Fables returning to Fabletown. The Fables returning to Fabletown after the North Wind destroyed Mr. Dark was merited two whole pages. Every time I read a new issue of Fables I try and remind myself why I am still reading this book, and it really because I have some hope that it will get better. It will get better.
Superman â€œRed Sonâ€: Because it was such a light week I decided to read and talk about Mark Millarâ€™s Superman story â€œRed Sonâ€. Iâ€™ve never read this story before, but I have read Mark Millar in the past. Since the New 52â€™s Action Comics by Grant Morrison has not been satisfying for the past couple of issues I was recommended â€œRed Sonâ€. Itâ€™s the story of Superman if Superman had not landed in Kansas but in the Soviet Union. The story is great and fast paced. Lex Luther comes out of the book as a hero while Superman comes across, not necessarily an agent of evil, but not the American hero and symbol people have come to know him as. He fights for Russia and he fights to save the human race. I love when I read alternate timelines like this one. I like the idea that no matter what happens Superman will still try and save people, Wonder Woman would eventually leave her home world to help with the cause, and no matter what there will always be a Batman. Superman, given that he is in the Soviet Union, becomes a dictator and takes the power that heâ€™s given and abuses it. He abuses it in a way where he is trying to make the human race better. The ones who do not understand are placed in mind control devices co-created by Brainiac. Brainiac and Superman are working side by side while Lex Luthor is putting together a Green Lantern army in order to defeat them. The book is full of awesome moments and without giving too much away if you havenâ€™t read it, the ending of the book is worth the read. The ending takes the Superman concept and recreates it in a way that is satisfying and also surprising.