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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Peach the Destroyer: Issue 028

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OHAI, my happy happy destroyer fans! Not much to say about this week's comic, so if nobody minds, I'm just going to dive straight into our weekly comic book reviews…


  • Batgirl #2 (released 10/12)

Okay, I know there was a lot of backlash on the Internets about the ending of issue #1. That being said, I think issue #2 built off that ending really well and delivered another solid, grounded adventure. My only nit to pick is…now that we have The Mirror's sad, sad backstory out of the way, I kinda just want to have him punched in the face so we can move on. I don't know why…maybe it's just because I got a glimpse behind the curtain so now there's no mystery. After I finished reading, I thought to myself y'know…we probably won't see The Mirror up to something in x number of months/years. That's my problem…he feels a little bit like a "one-story" villain. Granted, I could be way off. His backstory could just be another mind game or he could easily be working for a new, bigger threat. But hey, I still enjoyed the issue, plus Barbara Gordon got to show off her detective skills (oh, and we get a little glimpse of her roommate as a no-nonsense character…I can't wait to see her get fleshed out some more).
  • Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 & 2 (issue 1 second printing released 10/12, issue 2 released 10/12)

I'm a Hellboy fan. This book is Hellboy meets the DC Universe. In hindsight, I should have picked this book up a lot sooner. I love all the little namedrops we get to the DC Universe. Who's S.H.A.D.E.'s science liaison? Why Ray Palmer, of course. Where did the vampire bat-like character gain his powers? An augmented version of the Langstrom serum. Duh! I like books that show the little connections in the DC Universe…it goes a long way to making everything feel like it takes place in a real world (on a related note, next month seems to be guest-star week in DC Comics, with Black Canary dropping by Green Arrow and Nightwing popping up in Batgirl).
  • Green Arrow #2 (released 10/5)

Last week my comic shop got shorted two books: Hawk & Dove (which…who cares? It's Hawk & Dove, for cryin' out loud!), and Green Arrow. Yeah, guess which one I was torn up about.Anyway, this issue continues the "viral video villains" plot (oh god, can you imagine the pitch meeting for that?) from last issue. I know some people hated it, but I certainly don't mind. It's hard for me to really do a "review" of this book as I'm obviously not going to be looking at it objectively, although I seriously have to question whoever made the decision to turn Oliver Queen (pre-reboot) into a freaking clone of Connor Hawke (pre-reboot, compare to Ollie post-reboot [bottom right]). But hey, aside from my little bout of nerd rage, I thought this was an enjoyable issue, with a good bit of world-building and a smidge of setup for future issues.
  • Superboy #2 (released 10/12)

Okay, this issue kind of felt like a summer blockbuster. Basically Superboy and Deathstroke's daughter fight the heck out of giant shark-man aliens. There's not a whole lot more to it (well, other than some flashbacks to the aftermath of Superboy's telekinetic freak-out in issue 1), but there's some very solid action, we get a nice showcase of a lot of Superboy's powers, and we even subvert the tried-and-true "henchmen take a turn pounding on the hero" cliché. Overall, I think this book is still a good mile above where everyone expected it to be back when we only had the initial solicit to go by.


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