Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • May 11th
  • Green Lantern Corps: The Edge of Oblivion #5 - Guy getting his senses back seemed to happen a little too quickly for me. But then, this is only a six issue series. As for Guy's plan - that was very much in character for him. The biggest issue I have with this is the idea that the physical forms of the bad guys would influence people's reaction to them to such a degree. Unless something else dropped from them at the same time as their true forms were revealed, I'm not sure I buy the instant freedom of their slaves' minds.
  • Earth 2 Society #12 - At first I was all "yay!" and then I was all "oh crap!" because this issue managed a bit of a surprise cliffhanger. Hopefully not the last. There's still a lot of problems to solve on that world and still a lot of bad guys hanging out trying to make life difficult, but at least one big problem has been taken off the board. So, where does the book go from here?
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 - A crucial decision is made as Batman faces a very changed Arkham gallery. The sense of family was strong in this, with Batman relying on his family while the turtles are reminded of their own family. The end was nifty, but nothing special. The series as a whole was fine for a crossover, but not really anything spectacular.
  • DC Comics Bombshells #12 - And so Mera's story ends with her noble sacrifice for her sailors? But of course, her story is a little overshadowed by the death of a different character. This is an intense book in many ways, but you almost need a scorecard to figure out who is who.
  • Doctor Who 12th #2.5 - A done-in-one with a returning villain that is one of the creepiest around. This one uses the medium to its best advantage to give us a fun little tale that almost any comic book reader will enjoy to some extent. I did like the names of comics in the Whoniverse... lots of silliness going on there. And the Doctor's reactions to them were pretty funny as well.
  • Back To The Future: Citizen Brown #1 - This is a mini-series based on a video game based on a movie series. The intro notes that this series contradicts the story going on in the main book, but that's ok since it's a universe where timelines can change and therefore, everything is canon. I love it. Nicely played. They also suggest that if people want to find out the end of the story faster, they can always go buy the video game, which is still available. Even funnier. Art and story are good enough, I'll say this one looks like a winner.
  • Spongebob Comics #56 - A fascinating end to a fun story that's a tribute to Popeye the Sailor. Lots of little in-jokes and snide asides. A fun tribute with its own twists and turns.
  • Baker Street Peculiars #3 - Trapped and about to be golemized, the kids come up with a couple of plans to help themselves and help each other. Add in an appearance by "Sherlock" and this is a fun but strange issue. While the answer to how to solve this problem is clear enough, I am curious how the team is going to pull it off. Fun stuff, one of the more original books out there right now.