Justice League #19
An intruder to the Batcave takes out Jason and Alfred before going to a secret level to grab some kryptonite from Batman’s anti-Justice League suitcases. While Cyborg may believe the intruder is human, I am betting on the Martian Manhunter until evidence proves otherwise. Atom’s Ape-Orc battle looks pretty intense and playing till 10am helps me relate to her. I’m really enjoying how Geoff Johns has given her so much personality this quickly. The outside perspective of Firestorm talking to himself is a nice way to show how Atom sees him. Superman and Wonder Woman in Kahndaq puts the Justice League on course to collide with Shazam and Black Adam. The backup gives hints of Mary Marvel and shows the origin of Black Adam. I’m still very excited for the future of this book.
Wonder Woman #19
I loved the start of this series because of the Game of Thrones style conflict for Zeus’ abandoned throne. The downtime naming Zola’s baby has a nice line from Orion, but the mortal Hera and fatherly War don’t interest me. The kiss between Orion and Wonder Woman was a great scene for them and I hope Orion can cool off to return quickly. The manipulation of the First Born by Hades and Poseidon was what I’d been waiting for, but man that took a long time. Apollo and Moon make a great team. The art is alright, but I just keep waiting for Cliff Chiang to return.
Supergirl’s kryptonite poison is affecting Powergirl. Powergirl comes to resuce Supergirl leading to an amazing page of their shared history. I love the way they blend together. The fight with Appex was cool and I look forward to more Lex involvement. The Sanctuary attack doesn’t seem to make sense yet, but hopefully the cliffhanger is explained next issue. I love the art of Asrar. It might have made me mad that Powergirl gets her costume back in Supergirl instead of her own series, but I’m not reading Worlds’ Finest so I’ll survive.
Red Hood #19
The story gets off on the wrong foot with a reference to a book yet to be released to explain why Jason is leaving. The way most faces are drawn bothers me which isn’t helped by the frequent tight shots. The dinosaur fight was disappointing. Roy is never shown firing an arrow or reaching for a new arrow, but dinosaurs still fall over filled with arrows in the face. Also, I’m not familiar with Starfire shooting black beams. I liked how Roy had to fight his demons to rescue Jason, but the art will need to take a step up for me to enjoy the new direction.
Dick has moved out to Chicago to find Tony Zucco, but he’ll have a hard time operating as Nightwing because his new home is aggressively against all masked vigilantes. Dick contacts an information dealer and gambler, Johnny Spade, to get help finding Zucco. Spade is in the middle of a deal with Hutchinson and Mali where you discover that he doesn’t sell information, but instead he bets the information you want from him against something that he wants to know from you. He proposes trading information on Zucco for Nightwing’s name, but a helicopter full of police arrives to break up the meeting. Zucco is working for the Chicago mayor. The Prankster is introduced as a character that punishes evil people. This issue did a great job setting up the new status quo. I really enjoy the art and feel like the style is a nice match for the book’s tone.
Cam’s history as the daughter of a wannabe superhero fleshes out her character and motivation in joining the D.E.O. The effects of Kate’s life as Batwoman aren’t helping her romantic life with Mags being affected by a Scarecrow toxin. Katherine Kane demands that Jacob let her help and comfort Bette. The annotated fight scene was a cool idea, but it was too cluttered for me to get a flow of fight. I missed the tracker Bette placed on Kate initially, but I’ll be interested in where that leads. While Kate doesn’t want to work with Batman, she won’t give up his identity to Bones. His threats against her dad don’t have enough leverage, but he has an ace up his sleeve with the reveal of Beth. Trevor McCarthy’s art has been very nice considering the big shoes that he’s filling.
Steve Trevor and the JLA plan to have Catwoman taken to Arkham so that she can be recruited into the Society of Supervillains. The interactions between Catwoman and Arkham, who wants to cure her dual personality syndrome, were my favorite scenes in the issue. The diagnosis makes logical sense and nobody, including Catwoman, wants to hear they are crazy, she just has fun stealing. My biggest problem with the issue is how Vortex skips one night of pills and brings down the entire Asylum. Catwoman talked him into skipping the pills, but this was so crucial to the story that the conversation shouldn’t have happened between panels. Also, if skipping his pills will bring down the Asylum, there should be care taken to see he actually takes them, or maybe give the medicine through a shot or other method. The art wasn’t great, but it didn’t detract from the story for me.
DCU Presents #19
Beowulf spins out of the Sword of Sorcery backups to star in his own full issue. The Puca shape shifts into the forms of the Justice League expecting to be worshipped as a god. It pleads with Beowulf that they could rule the age of heroes, but Beowulf chops it in half. The scientist following Beowulf, Gwendolyn, sends him back where he came from, but she tags along to learn from the mistakes of his future.
Sword of Sorcery #7
Eclipso visits house Onyx where he gets his first batch of recruits, but Lady Akikra escapes. He then attacks house Diamond where the eldest son, Zushan, surrenders after Eclipso kills his father. Zushan tries to kill his brother, Hadran, but Lady Akikra arrives to save him. While this is happening Amaya and company learn the history of Elipso. House Amethyst is attacked with a huge battle coming next month. The art is awesome. I strongly dislike the Stalker backup.
Waller is sending Vibe on a test run against Kid Flash to learn more about Vibe and the speed force. When they touch Vibe gets a glimpse of Kid Flash’s past, our future, seeing that he is from Earth and not another dimension. Waller observing his mission and having a psych file for his performance in morally trying circumstances is pretty great. The relationship between Cisco and Dante is a great and believable sibling relationship. The cliffhangers of Gypsy escaping along with the mystery arrival have me pumped for the next issue.