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The DC Guy

Hello there, I’m Chris and I’m the new resident DC nerd. When I’m not reciting the Green Lantern oath by memory while randomly walking around the streets, I’m reading comics. Here are my impressions of some recent DC releases.

Action Comics #881

Starting a new story, the book still has a way to go to prove it can stand alone without Superman. Rucka makes a genuine effort to keep the momentum going, and does pretty well, but Superman’s absence is still affecting my opinion of the book, kind of like how an absence of shoes affects the way you walk.

Adventure Comics #2

Not action-packed, but I love this book. Superboy is still trying to rebuild his life since his return to life. Geoff Johns captures the dichotomy of being born with the DNA of the World’s Greatest Hero AND the World’s Greatest Villain. Who’s the mom, Superman or Luthor?

Batman and Robin #4

Grant Morrison jumps into a new story with artist Philip Tan, and continues the momentum the first three issues had with comic action and fun character moments. Damian is still a little s*&%, though.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #4

Paul Dini gives us a day in the life of “the Broker,” a man that sells lairs to supervillains in Gotham City. Shows the dilemma Broker has when dealing with psychotics like Mr. Zsasz and gives us a cool moment between Broker and Batman, and is unusual because it shows Damian NOT being a little s*&%.

Blackest Night #3

More heart-wrenching moments with Black Lanterns and living counterparts, and turns the stakes up enough to keep it very interesting from a creative standpoint. Great story so far. Looking forward to more.

Blackest Night: Batman #2

Normally tie-ins to big events suck. This one does not suck. Black Lantern Flying Graysons help show the new Batman’s resolve in getting things done, and give a cool bit of insight into what these characters feel when confronted with the murdered remains of their loved ones. Damian being a little s*&%? Check.

Brave and the Bold #27

J. Michael Straczynski jumps onboard the monthly title, and starts with a bang in a Batman/Dial H for Hero team-up. Helps show Batman’s morally guiding side as opposed to his bad-ass striker side, and JMS proves he can bring the emotional guns regardless of his switch from one of the Big Two Companies to the other.

Green Lantern Corps #40

Kyle Rayner vs. Black Lantern Jade means a clash of the exes, a clash where one of them is a reanimated flying corpse. Sound complicated for your feelings? Oh, yeah, it is. But still a good read as Blackest Night keeps on trucking.

Outsiders #22

Tensions in leadership make for a good read and entertaining character moments. It doesn’t hurt to throw some good Bat-villains like Clayface and Killer Croc in the mix for good measure.

Red Robin #4

Tim Drake finds his first piece of evidence that Bruce Wayne is still alive. This book is still a little high on the emo-like moping. If it loses some of that then I’ll consider it a winner.

Secret Six #13

Gail Simone keeps this series flying high with Amazon action and awesome character moments in a team whose members despise each other. Throw Wonder Woman into it and you have an entertaining romp solid as gold bracelets for the entirety of its run.

Superman: World of New Krypton #7

The best Superman book on the shelves is the one that actually has Superman in it. A surprise from General Zod gives an awesome look into the politics of New Krypton, and Superman ascends to a new role with his people and brings those moralistic tools of his with him. This book is very good.

Here’s what I thought of the DC comics I picked up on September 23rd:

Blackest Night: Superman #2 (of 3) by James Robinson and Eddy Barrows:

This was good, showing how a dead Psycho Pirate can turn a small town into a buffet for power-ringed zombies. Not as strong on the emotional level as the first issue, but this story gives what it promises: the Man of Steel vs. Black Lanterns. The last line of dialogue in this issue was a little…weird. Would she say that? Ever?

Detective Comics #857 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III:

Greg Rucka finishes out his opening arc with Batwoman with “Elegy” Part 4. The design and layout work by J.H. Williams III is still phenomenal, and should be worthy of Eisner recognition next year. The story itself is still very strong. Rucka doesn’t even blink at the openly lesbian lifestyle of the main character like some writers would do, making this book a cultural winner and a thrilling chapter of Detective Comics. Without Batman, no less!

Superman/Batman #64 by Joe Casey and Scott Kolins:

Scott Kolins’s art was about the only awesome thing in this issue. Batman flying through space is a little too hyperactive 1950’s for my tastes, but apparently this issue is setting up a story we’ll get in a few months. Entertaining, but not necessarily “good,” and definitely nothing groundbreaking.

Superman: Secret Origin #1 (of 6) by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank:

I can hear the groans already. “Superman’s origin AGAIN? Why does it need to be told?” Well, number one, we’re in a new continuity, number two, because Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are providing the creative chores, and number three, you’re hard pressed to find, when done correctly, one of the single most important stories to the American condition. This story, done on a heartfelt yet epic scale, continues to drive home why the Man of Steel is so important. Don’t think you can “relate” to Superman? Buy this book, and tell me you still can’t in some way. Go on.


Chris Clow resides in Lynden, WA and has been writing since he could speak. He’s an active contributor for convention coverage and comic reviews at Batman-On-Film.com, and works in Bellingham, WA at its oldest comic book store, The Comics Place. He’s currently between schools, applying to universities with the intention of working toward a Juris Doctorate in Law. He doesn’t want to be a lawyer, though. His intention is to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent. He’s also currently S-I-N-G-L-E! How about that, huh? Go for it! 🙂