From 2007 DC comics published what is now one of my favorite crossovers ever. Two great comic icons in one great book. One thing I really like about this is it shows the similarities between Batman and the Spirit. There’s Gotham City and Central City, Commissioner Gordon and commissioner Dolan and so on. The story starts out with Gordon in Central city, it seems Jim and Dolan are old friends and they’re telling the tale of how the Spirit met Batman. Dolan and Gordon are headed out to a the Policeman’s Benevolent Association’s Annual Law-Enforcement Convention, on their way Dolan is intercepted by Poison Ivy and put under her spell, while Gordon is seduced by P’Gell. At the same time the criminals from both cities are having their own get together, soon Batman and the Spirit’s villains start working together. That’s alright though because it doesn’t take long for Batman and the Spirit to team up, though I do like that the Spirit doesn’t believe that Batman is real. They work well as a team, as you may have guessed and save the day. This book is really incredible, it’s must read stuff for Batman and Spirit fans. I guess I wasn’t the only one that liked it too because it pulled in the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue, Dave Stewart won the Eisner for Best Coloring and Darwyn Cooke won the 2007 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist. So yeah, it’s pretty good I guess.
June 10, 2014
June 8, 2014
Cable returns for the first time since his recent death in this four part series. He’s trying to save Hope, says he only has twenty four hours to do it before the Techno-organic virus finally takes over and kills him, and he’s here to stop the Avengers. Apparently in the future Hope has died and the Avengers are to blame so Cable takes it upon himself to go to the past and take out the Avengers. He takes them down systematically using weapons and technology from the future. These fights are great, most of them are pretty short but they’re really entertaining, which I think is really difficult to do in this age of comics. This is going to be the setup to some Avengers vs x-Men storyline, and I think it did a pretty good job at that. There are some surprises at the end of the last issue which I won’t spoil because this is still pretty new but I was actually kind of wowed at them. I think four issues was way too short for this; I’d have liked it better if it was like six issues. I was eating these books up faster than they could put them out. Anyone that likes Cable this is a must read because it’s basically four comics of Cable kicking a lot of ass.
May 4, 2014
The second of the Batman/Judge Dredd comics this one was published in 1993 and again written by John Wagner and Alan Grant somewhat sadly we’ve got a different artist this time around. I only say somewhat because Cam Kennedy does a very fine job, I especially like his Batman in this. This time around it seems Judge Dredd comes to Gotham to pick a fight with Batman, soon it’s reveled that he’s actually trying to save Batman’s life which he finds ended in a news paper a Judge had. The death is linked to a plot by the Ventriloquist, an odd villain choice but I like it because you don’t see much of him. There really isn’t much more to the plot besides that, almost half of this book is just Judge Dredd and Batman fighting, which is actually pretty great. At the end it sets up for another Batman Dredd crossover ‘Judgment 3 Die Laughing’ (which is actually the fourth crossover, not sure what happened there. Most of this book really just seems to exist to setup another crossover though, kind of strange but its fine with me because even as filler this was pretty good. Batman and Judge Dredd fans will like this just for the long fight alone.
April 27, 2014
In this unlikely crossover the Danger Girl gang goes to Gotham City to get Donavin Conrad. Batman hears of this, he doesn’t seem to be entirely sure who Donavin Conrad is but he’s sure he’s not on the side of good…also he doesn’t like Danger Girl being in his city. Donavin quickly falls in with the Joker, he intends to strike a partnership with him, the Joker has this mind control device but Donavin has the codes to make it work. Joker quickly double crosses him which leads to an odd situation. Speaking of odd, Catwoman shows up during the obligatory Batman/Danger Girl fight…but doesn’t appear in the rest of the story at all. Anyway besides that it’s a pretty good crossover. A pairing that you wouldn’t think would work out very well does seem to work. I especially love the Joker in this story, but then again it’s kind of hard not to like the best villain ever. Batman and Danger Girl fans will be pretty stoked on this one.
April 26, 2014
This is the definitive must have Liz Prince comic books. The Alone Forever series that was too much for just one book. These are pretty a new comic each page, and they’ve all got some pretty good jokes. These started being posted on the web but now you can pick em up and take anywhere to read. Mostly jokes about hanging out with your friends or being alone. These have everything I love about Liz’s comics and more wrapped up in two great books. Highest of recommendations to people that like comics about day to day life.