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The Next Issue Comic reviews – 3/12/14

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Batgirl #29


Writer: Gail Simone

Artists: Jonathan Glapion, Fernando Pasarin

Reviewer: Aitch Cee

This would have been a really fun romp last year around September and October. Batgirl fighting vampires!!  Now, don’t take this the wrong way, I really did like this 2 issue arc introducing us to Silver, but with how everything has been coming along with Gothtopia and Forever Evil, these 2 issues either just threw you off or gave you a break from the craziness that has been the DC Universe as of late.

Either way, Simone adds to the mystery about what’s going on with Silver’s appearance in Gotham to kill the Bat family as Barbara and Strix confront him over a missing child. Once they do confront him, they get more than what they bargained for before finding out some very unnerving truths which puts Silver in a different light. Even when the story ends, it leaves me feeling like there are so many unanswered questions about Silver and his ally Miss Targa in which I hope to see them again in this book.

Jonathan Glapion’s art (with Blonde’s colors) are pretty sharp in this book especially when the action unfolds was an added plus.   Out of all of the Batman books, this is still one of the best reads of a book that doesn’t contain Batman.

4 out of 5 stars

 Justice League #13


Writer: Matt Kindt

Artists: Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

Reviewer: Oz Longworth Jr.

While Justice League has managed to finally shine throughout its Forever Evil story arc, its little brother title, Justice League of America, has held its own, but hasn’t really proven to be essential reading for those following Forever Evil. Still, the team-up between Stargirl and Martian Manhunter makes for some decent superheroing while offering some well written backstory via Martian mind meld flashbacks as they venture out to rescue the Justice League from their psychic prison (or something).

With all that said, this issue managed to almost unapologetically drop the ball like the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter. Don’t get me wrong. Matt Kindt did a great job tying off Stargirl’s origin, finally revealing her real motivations for getting into the world-saving business. And the fight against Despero made for some passable action. However, the “twist” ending made the whole damn thing crumble like Bruce Jenner’s face in the sunlight. When you know how the conflict is (or isn’t) resolved, it makes the whole issues-long journey feel so completely worthless, it’s as if Kindt channeled M. Night Shyamalan himself. And the insight into Despero’s origin felt shoehorned and unnecessary. The New 52 seems to have a tireless penchant for shining a light NOBODY asked for on the inner workings of characters whose inner workings are irrelevant.

Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira share artwork duties although Barrows did most of the work this time around since the issue spent a lot of time focusing the Stargirl/Despero fight while the flashbacks were handled by Ferreira. The two styles are nice to look at….as long as they’re not in the same book. They just don’t work well together here. It feels as if I’m going between reading Justice League of America and Sabrina the Teenage Witch at times. This was a decent story arc I wish I hadn’t finished so I could just savor the times when it was enjoyable.

Bottom Line: Shame. It was doing so well and then DC decided to be DC.

2 out of 5 stars.

Unity #5


Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: CAFU

Reviewer: Ray Willis

After the events of last issue with Toyo Harada, Livewire has joined MI-6 in order for protection from the most powerful psiont. Now team with members Ninjak, Eternal warrior Gilad Anni-Padda, and X-O Manowar to stop the nefarious plans of Dr. Silk. As our story begins Livewire searches a wrecked ship thats on land but she becomes missing for twenty four hours which prompts Ninjak, Aric, and Alad to find her. The story is really interesting delving into the past to find out who was Dr. Silk and a back story of a team created for World War II  told by Gilad which includes Silk.  Silk is a scientist that created a super hero team during World War II that failed and because of each ones faults through alcoholism, technical failures, and killing machines with no conscious.

Interesting enough you get to see the early beginnings of  Bloodshot but it may not be the Bloodshot of today. The story is your typical one character gets captured and the others must rescue them but the way everything flows is really nice. Each character gets their time with Ninjak doing what he does best, Alad being the character of reason and showing his knowledge of the past and well Aric is Aric if you read X-O Manowar. The art in this issue is really with the fluidity of Ninjak making a graceful sneak attack against enemies or each character presented in this issue. Also I really do love the Clayton Crain cover one of my favorite artist. I can’t wait for the next issue of Unity;  it’s a really good title along with the other Valiant titles.

4 out of  5 stars

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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