Saturday, April 28, 2012

Outside of Gotham, April 28th, 2012

This week saw the release of All Star Western as it continues to stay super outside of Gotham, and Teen Titans which his nearing the earnest start of "The Culling" cross over, starting next week with the release of the Teen Titans Annual.

All Star Western #8

Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham's adventures in New Orleans continue. As Hex's fight with Z.C. turns into a violent make out fest, Arkham decides to do some "research" on opiate consumption in a local opium den, and ends up getting arrested. Later while Z.C. bathes with Hex, she tells him that the August 7 (racist band of terrorists) have offered him a job, but they need to see he's aligned with their cause, and gives him a test of blowing up a ship full of immigrants. Hex meets with Nighthawk and Cinnamon, where he's apparently going to go through with it, because that's the kind of man Hex is when he goes for his mark. Meanwhile, the New Orlean's police telegraphed Gotham and found out he was telling the truth about "research" they also find out he was with Hex. Turns out the Captain is also with the August 7, so when Hex shows up to get the explosives, he finds Arkham tied up, with the 7 ready to throw the both of them on the boat when they blow it up.

I enjoyed this issue more than the last. The fight scene between Hex and Z.C. was really well choreographed on Moritat's part, and I won't lie, I'm a sucker for the fight-turned-booty call cliché. You really got the sense of how much of a badass/dick Hex is, given his convictions, and even though he's a pretty ruthless dude, you can't help but enjoy reading him. What will be interesting to see is how this next issue is going to tie into the Court of Owls, given where this left off. Mike Marts last interview made it clear that the issue would be set in New Orleans, but where this issue left off really doesn't leave enough room (seemingly) for next issue's Owls. Then after that we're supposed to get a war between the Court and the Religion of Crime? Color me interested/confused.


Teen Titans #8

So, the basic rundown of this issue is that the Teen Titans have been captured by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and are mentally being probed by Omen (Lilith Clay) as they're being prepped for The Culling, which is an event where Harvest (leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.) pits the metahumans he's captured against each other, leaving the survivors to become elite agents known as Ravagers. That's the general rundown of the issue. What's really interesting to me is Kurt Lance.

Kurt Lance you say? Who is that? Well, if you've been reading Birds of Prey (like you should) you will know that there is a subplot (I guess main plot now) about Black Canary aka Dinah Lance, killing her husband three years ago, by shattering his skull. Yet, here in Teen Titans, in a set up for a plot that'll follow "The Culling" where we see Amanda Waller of Suicide Squad fame surveying some of the damage the team left in New York, Waller is talking to a guy she first calls Kurt... okaaaaaay... then Agent Lance... what the fuck is going on here?! Better yet, Kurt even referenced being on Team 7, the same team Steve Trevor (Justice League liaison, loves Wonder Woman, that guy) was on. This certainly seems like an odd title to bring Kurt into, but you have to remember up until recently Teen Titans and Birds of Prey both had Bobbie Chase as an editor. This, along with the Team 7 implications are very, very interesting.

Oh, and it's definitely the same dude, as you can see in the image of Kurt Starling came across in the last issue of Birds

Anyways, getting back to the issue itself, I thought it was alright. It just seemed to be treading water, waiting for "The Culling" to begin. I mean, do get me wrong, I'm excited for this story, but, you know... I was just kind of bored with this one specific issue. Ig Gurara also provided guest art (due to Brett Booth drawing the annual) and while I usually like Gurara's style, and he did well here, it came off a bit inconsistent at times.



  1. Any Gotham content in the last I, Vampire chapter of the JLDark crossover?

    1. It's set in Gotham yeah. Batman makes a non speaking appearance in JLD 8, that's about it.