I rated the last four comics I read this week all 4 or over … which was a relief because before that, only one issue had attracted as much as a 4. So it was a hard slog through the start of this batch, with a strong finish at the end.
As most of you will be aware, I’m going to wrap-up my One Sentence Review series with next week’s last batch of #8s. I’m currently a full week behind and the leaderboard concept kind of flies out the window with the first round of cancellations and new titles coming online.
I expect to be blogging/reviewing less, at least for a little while, as I’ll be starting a new job this month and want to focus some energy on creative writing projects. I’ve written the first two scripts for a comic book and want to write at least six issues, and I have a long-neglected novel in the works that I must reacquaint myself with.
I’ll post read/RANT articles when and if the bug bites me, though.
Anyway, as usual, each comic is scored out of five.
Warning, there could be spoilers ahead, although I try to avoid them.
I’m amazed that the best of the first wave of Night of Owls comic isn’t Batman #8, but this issue, in which Nightwing races to save the mayor, is a genuine home run – 4.5
A fairly straightforward beginning to the Court of Owls event, as a mass of Talons descend on Wayne Manor … I hope I enjoy the event as much as I’ve enjoyed the build-up – 4
A very, very different rake on Silver Banshee, but a very interesting one, in an issue high on character and drama – 4
Red Hood and the Outlaws #8
Some bits, like a scene between Jason and Tim Drake, feel a little off, but otherwise this is quite an enjoyable issue and I’m genuinely looking forward to the next one – 4
Wonder Woman #8
Still a bit kooky but, like last issue, the weirdness is welcome, as you really don’t know where Wonder Woman’s trip to the Underworld in search of Zola is going – 4
This issue starts off fairly boring and predictable, with the protagonist teaming up with a super-powered – and somewhat reckless – thief named Spark, but takes a more interesting twist about two-thirds of the way through – 3.5
Birds of Prey #8
Plenty of action, as a team of villains (or maybe not villains) turns up to arrest Black Canary for a alleged murder, but the story is thin and mostly predictable – 3
Blue Beetle #8
Villain Stopwatch is an interesting character, but not much happens in this issue, other than the appearance of one of the most prolific guest stars in the New 52 on the final page – 3
Legion of Super-Heroes #8
More accessible and enjoyable than other issues for this title, but still a long way off my sweet spot … I did appreciate more attention being given to Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad – characters I’m a little more familiar with – 3
DC Universe Presents #8
The next chapter in the Challengers of the Unknown feature, I found this issue a lot more relatable and engaging … it’s still not quite to my tastes, but at least I ‘got’ this one – 3
Captain Atom #8
This title seems to work best when CA is portrayed as the New 52’s Doctor Manhattan – who ironically was reportedly partially inspired by CA – and while this issue, which features the hero interacting with his future (alternate?) selves and travelling forward in time to stop an impending apocalypse, seems Manhattan-y it doesn’t quite hit the mark – 3
Green Lantern Corps #8
I have always found the political aspect of the GLC – usually involving the Guardians – my least favourite part and this issue has it in spades, along with a healthy helping of Alpha Lanterns, who I also dislike … and on top of all that, it’s such a dull issue that writer Tomasi had to throw a pointless bar fight in to inject some action – 2.5
Justice League #8
Other than the last three pages this issue was just too dumb to be enjoyable, while the Shazam back-up story has also taken a bad turn – I didn’t like it when elements of the Age of Apocalypse started leaking over into normal Marvel continuity and the same goes for Flashpoint concepts – 2
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6 (of 6)
I stopped reading these a long time ago, sorry – NA
If you haven’t already, check out the reviews and from earlier this month: