Saturday, March 31, 2012

Outside of Gotham, March 31st, 2012

So this week outside of Gotham, the Teen Titans begin their assault on N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham step outside of Gotham, and with some extra extra coverage, a bunch of familiar faces show up in a great cross over that isn't your little sister's Twilight novel.

Hit the jump for all the not so Batman goodness.

Teen Titans #7

So after this month's Superboy #7, where said Superboy was taken down by his creators, N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Red Robin decides it's time for his team to infiltrate the base to rescue the genetic experiment gone wrong, despite some initial protest. While assaulting the Colony, the team gets separated leaving Tim and Solstice to be on their own. Tim doesn't do any fighting really, but gets some intel on N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Solstice isn't too happy being on a recon mission, and asks why they aren't helping, which Tim explains he needed info to prove his suspicions. This upsets Solstice, as it shows Tim knew what was going on, but didn't do anything since he didn't have evidence. Tim sticks by his guns, in a truly Batman sort of way by not apologizing for his deliberate, methodical ways. Then, as the team is trying to get out, things don't go well, as they meet N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s boss, Harvest.

Overall, the issue was alright. It had the humor that has been consistent through out, and some action. I enjoyed Tim's sorta Batman like aspects, but at the same time, kinda dickish. The big issue I had with the issue was some of the dialogue. It was really heavy on exposition, I mean, just look at the preview where Centerhall literally explains what's happening to the lasers in the room. It was really cringeworthy at times, but other than that, I enjoyed it.


All Star Western #7

I'm reading this book purely for the Gotham connections, and of course, the first issue I somewhat cover, takes place in New Orleans. Alright, whatever. Basic premise is that Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham have tracked Gotham's sanitation director who was running a child slavery ring (and who I believe is a member of the Court of Owls) to New Orleans, enlisting the help of Nighthawk and Cinnamon, two vigilantes who in other continuity, are past incarnations of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. But before Nighthawk and Cinnamon help Hex, they ask for a favor in trying to defeat an anti-immigrant organization known as the August 7. Hex, with his Confederacy connections infiltrates a party their holding, in order to distract them, and ends up in an old west fight club, with quite the pretty looking lady, Z.C. Branke. 

Like I said, light on the Gotham elements, but fun none the less. Hex is such a dick, to everyone, and it's really fun. You know what I really like about the book? Moritat's art, especially how he draws women and his designs for such. I loved the victorian looking prostitutes early in the series, and I love his design for Z.C. over there, and the steampunk designs for the rest of the August 7. Overall, there's nothing wrong with the issue, but I just felt it was alright.


Rise of the Vampires

Bonus content! In this week's Justice League Dark and I, Vampire #7 the "Rise of the Vampires" crossover began in earnest, and guess where it takes place?! Gotham! Not going to be doing a bunch of spoilers for this, but you can check out the page on Comicvine that I've been updating with each issue. These were by far my favorite issues of the week, I was so excited to read this cross over and it didn't disappoint. It was like a crazy horror movie, with two great books, with great art. Plus, Barbara Gordon was a surprise guest star in JLD, again showing up with Dick, Selina, Bruce and Damian briefly in I, Vampire. I'm a sucker for bat family cameos, so that last where you see a bunch of them fighting vampires, was pretty damn awesome. Hope they show up again in next month's issues.

And that's all folks! See you next week.

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