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[Review] Comics Released 02/08/12

Hello all! Since this is the first of what will (hopefully) be a weekly post, I just wanted to explain how I’m planning on writing these. Early each week I’ll try to get you all a list of the comics that will be released that Wednesday ahead of time so you can pick out the ones that you’re most interested in. Then on Wednesdays (or Thursdays depending on when I can get my hands on all the comics) I’ll write a little something about the ones that stuck out to me the most.
Now that business is out of the way here’s the list of the releases this week:

DC COMICS
All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold #16 (Final Issue)
Batgirl #6
Batman And Robin #6
Batwoman #6
Deathstroke #6
Demon Knights #6
Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. #6
Green Lantern #6
Grifter #6
Huntress #5 (Of 6)
Legion Lost #6
Mister Terrific #6
Resurrection Man #6
Suicide Squad #6
Superboy #6
MARVEL COMICS
Battle Scars #4 (Of 6)
Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529 (Final Issue)
Captain America #8
Carnage U.S.A. #3 (Of 5)
Daken Dark Wolverine #21
Deadpool #50
Incredible Hulk #5
Journey Into Mystery #634
New Mutants #37
Powers #8
PunisherMAX #22 (Final Issue)
Scarlet Spider #2
Secret Avengers #22
Venom #13.1
Wolverine And The X-Men #5
Wolverine And The X-Men Alpha And Omega #2 (Of 5)
X-Men #24
 Batman And Robin #6
To start, the cover drew me in like a moth to a flame. Everything about it screamed impending violence, and hot damn did this issue deliver. The art in the panels was amazing in its’ constant use of shadows to draw the reader’s eye to certain details. The last 3 panels especially drip with anxiety, while only using 3 colors. I found myself reluctant to move to the next panel because I wasn’t ready for the amount of stress contained within.
The previous issues introduced NoBody, a character from Batman’s past who is also a vigilante but one who is willing to kill. NoBody persuades Robin that Batman is only holding him back and they both go off together leaving Batman scrambling to find his son and try to convince him that killing would make them no better than the villains they fight every night. I was intrigued because while most other Batman books allude to Bruce’s training before donning the cowl, this issue was one of a few that I could think of that significantly showed the younger Bruce Wayne training under a master detective in order to prepare before returning to Gotham, using a good third of the issue. The other two thirds, without spoiling anything, depicted Batman’s frantic search for his son and NoBody attempting to turn Robin to his way of vigilante-ism.
Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529
Unfortunately, this issue was the end of the series. Over the past couple of story arcs, the Black Panther has been filling in for Daredevil as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen in New York, and the writing has been amazing. Ever since taking over for Daredevil, the Panther has had to deal with Eastern European mobsters, racist anarchists, and The Hand, an ancient order of assassins who have come under the control of Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin of Crime. The art is just as good as the writing and through the inker’s choice in color and shadow depth, shows a grittiness and griminess that is the main characteristic of Hell’s Kitchen.
This final issue wraps up a story arc that has pitted the Panther against Fisk in a battle for control of Wakanda. While previous issues have focused more on the personal conflict between Fisk and the Panther, the writers and pencilers went balls to the wall in this issue and had a massive brawl between the Black Panther and his allies against Wilson Fisk and his Hand minions.  Sabotage, assassinations, and other shadowy attacks have been volleyed back and forth between the two. These past few arcs have shown the Panther coming to grips with his crisis of identity that has plagued him since he relinquished his throne. While this run is over, I expect bigger and better things from this character in the future.
Green Lantern #6
Green Lantern was one of a handful of books that weren’t completely changed by the recent DC reboot. Right before the reboot, Hal Jordan (the first Lantern) was stripped of his power ring and sent back to Earth. Sinestro, a former Green Lantern and main nemesis to the Green Lantern Corps, was somehow reinstated as a form of penance and siphoned off some of his power to give Jordan a replicated ring with limited energy. The ring has completely run out of power by the time this issue starts. This issue has a focus on Jordan trying to acclimate to no longer being a superhero. The greater chunk of this issue deals with Sinestro and his investigation as to why he was given a ring.
The penciler, Mike Choi, was given a tough task with this book having to switch from a familiar Earth setting to the far reaches of space and an different planet with alien life forms and multiple power rings. The character Starstorm, who is breifly introduced as an ex-nemesis of Sinestro’s, is an great example of Choi’s skill. His eyes are drawn in a way that gushes emotion even though they are all black. I don’t want to ruin anything about this character, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was brought back in one capacity or another in the future.
If anyone has any comics they felt I missed or that stood out to them feel free to let me know about them in the comments.


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