Sorry on the lack of full reviews, and lack of images even in this post. I just want to get in a few reviews here, but don’t have the energy with the holiday hustle to do a full review for each comic. So instead I’ll be doing short paragraph reviews for the following issue 4s: Batman, Birds of Prey, Green Lantern Corps, and Nightwing.
Batman: Like usual, Snyder’s work is amazing. Not only does this dwell further into the Court of Owls, but we get a glimpse of some of the things Bruce went through shortly after his parents’ murder. Grayson also makes another cameo, expressing concern for both him and Comissioner Gordon to Bruce in how he has been dealing with this case. Highly recommended read.
Birds of Prey: First Duane and Jesus good job on creating Starling; she’s a great character. The injuries they are taking like bandaged hands and bruised faces (which I feel often get ignored for things that are easily hidden under clothes) seems like a nice change of pace to me. The story in this progresses nicely, though I’m wondering a little just how much force the Birds are using here. With guns, swords, and lots of blood I’d almost guess lethal force is being used which seems odd. Oh and Batgirl makes a cameo, though unless its for events in the next issue she felt a little tossed in for no good purpose here.
Green Lantern Corps: After the first issue its been a little miss with me as a new reader and only knowing Guy and John. Did not feel lost reading this one with it’s nice pacing Tomasi sets and no overload on characters in the issue. Martian Manhunter does make an appearance too, and seemingly Guy does not know who he is so apparently J’onn either had little activity with the JL, or did mind wipes afterwards. Personally I’m not digging the Stormwatch thing, but J’onn’s appearance in this issue was really enjoyable.
Nightwing: Another cameo by Babs and now she’s in Miami? Her cameo here is far better than BoP, and that matter the interaction between them is far better and feels more true to the characters than from Batgirl #3. Besides the great interaction between Dick and Babs, the development with Raya is also very good. More importantly, I felt like I was actually reading the Dick Grayson I grew up enjoying again, and that I felt the last two issues were lacking.