Hey, look, it’s my thoughts on this morning’s books! More, of course, after the fold.
Booster Gold #6: Basically everyone has been looking forward to this specific issue, and I assure you, it doesn’t disappoint. The series’s high quality standard continues, it’s rather funny – it’s hard to review this book, because I just enjoyed it so much. My only complaint would be that it was rather heavy on the recap, but considering the circumstances I understood, and it’s not like the issue leaves you hanging too much.
Robin #170: It’s… Chuck Dixon’s Robin. Issue 170. It’s not much different in tone from issues 0-100. Dixon is a slow-burn plotter, and he puts a lot on the stove here. Batista’s art is great. A good start, but we’ll have to see how the book continues.
Catwoman #75: Oh, hey, this is what Salvation Run was supposed to be! It’s LOST, except with Kirbytech hatches and everyone is a complete asshole! And it’s awesome! Too bad they gave Will Pfeifer Amazons Attack instead of Salvation Run, since judging from this issue I’d really enjoy reading that. Too bad I never will. Sigh.
Justice League of America #17: Well, you can do worse for fill-in writers than Alan Burnett. Unfortunately, Ed Benes is still fucking horrible, and Rod Reis’s colors make everything look purple. It’s a supremely ugly book for the first half, although the story is a fun and logical Salvation Run tie-in that follows from LAST month’s backup. The backup, by Dwayne McDuffie and Jon Boy Meyers, finally teases some answers to what the fuck is going on with Vixen, and in the process actually makes me interested in her story. Who expected that to happen?
New X-Men #46: In this book, a lot of shit happens. Kyle/Yost have been the weak link of this crossover so far, so them getting the second-to-last installment really almost kills the effect of what should have been some amazing sequences, which is a goddamned shame. Still, the intelligent plotting is still there, and it sets things up for what should be a very intriguing conclusion.
Amazing Spider-Man #547: Better than last issue. I’m enjoying this more than I expected to, although maybe that’s because McNiven’s art is so damned good. It’s not groundbreaking, but Tom Brevoort is right: this is a good Spider-Man book.
Immortal Iron Fist #12: I haven’t read this yet but I’m going to go ahead and say this was awesome because I mean it’s fucking Iron Fist
Flash #236: Mark Waid’s last issue. If you hated this book so far, you won’t like this issue. If you like Waid’s semi-aborted new direction, you’ll love it. I thought it was an effective coda to his run, and I’m excited to see what Tom “Hourman” Peyer has in store.