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Red Robin #25
Score: 8.5/10
As this series comes to a close, I was looking forward to the entrance of Cassandra Cain Black Bat even if it was only for one issue. I didn’t get my hopes up though for a big Red Robin vs. Black Bat, covers have let me down before…
Of course we pick up in the somewhat awkward and suggestive moment we left off in issue #24, but luckily for Tim Cass received his transmission and shows up just in time to save then double cross him. Or did she? Entering the chamber and find out what this whole assassination tournament, they try to make a hasty exit as not to be blow to pieces. Tim returns to Gotham where everyone has received word that Lucious Fox death was a ruse to smoke out the assassins. Everyone, including Fox’s daughter Tam, Is furious they were kept in the dark. In the end, Tim has completed renovation on the theatre into one of the coolest apartments on the planet, and lets us know who his next target is…
Another misleading cover. Though the moment between Black Bat and Red Robin that I guess is the ‘versus’ moment is well done, definitely not cover worthy. The story was really well done a great wrap up to the story. The character of Tim Drake/Red Robin is really interesting. Also even though it was a lot of exposition if felt like a good amount of wrap up for a series coming to the end. Though Nicieza also did a great job setting up the next issue and what Tim has planned. The artwork for Cass and Tim was done really well. Emotions were well represented and just to put it plainly, I really liked how the characters looked.
Red Robin is a great series and this issue keeps that up. I am sad to see it ending but glad to see the character living on in Teen Titans. I am sure I will talk more about that though next month when the last issue comes out. For now I am interested to see what Tim has up his sleeve for his new target…

Red Robin #25

Score: 8.5/10

As this series comes to a close, I was looking forward to the entrance of Cassandra Cain Black Bat even if it was only for one issue. I didn’t get my hopes up though for a big Red Robin vs. Black Bat, covers have let me down before…

Of course we pick up in the somewhat awkward and suggestive moment we left off in issue #24, but luckily for Tim Cass received his transmission and shows up just in time to save then double cross him. Or did she? Entering the chamber and find out what this whole assassination tournament, they try to make a hasty exit as not to be blow to pieces. Tim returns to Gotham where everyone has received word that Lucious Fox death was a ruse to smoke out the assassins. Everyone, including Fox’s daughter Tam, Is furious they were kept in the dark. In the end, Tim has completed renovation on the theatre into one of the coolest apartments on the planet, and lets us know who his next target is…

Another misleading cover. Though the moment between Black Bat and Red Robin that I guess is the ‘versus’ moment is well done, definitely not cover worthy. The story was really well done a great wrap up to the story. The character of Tim Drake/Red Robin is really interesting. Also even though it was a lot of exposition if felt like a good amount of wrap up for a series coming to the end. Though Nicieza also did a great job setting up the next issue and what Tim has planned. The artwork for Cass and Tim was done really well. Emotions were well represented and just to put it plainly, I really liked how the characters looked.

Red Robin is a great series and this issue keeps that up. I am sad to see it ending but glad to see the character living on in Teen Titans. I am sure I will talk more about that though next month when the last issue comes out. For now I am interested to see what Tim has up his sleeve for his new target…

Green Lantern Corps #61
Score: 8.5/10
Now the vast aftermath of the WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS begins, and not many will be more affected than Lantern John Stewart for his actions against Mogo. This comic did not go the way I thought, or the way the cover lead you to believe. 
Issue #61 opens to the large amount of the new Lanterns Mogo recruited when he was controlled by Krona. They are giving up their rings. There is one though who doesn’t want to part with her ring, thinking she can do good things with it. Her name is Qurina, a police officer from Sector 282. Seeking advice from the somewhat out casted John Stewart, Ourina receives a distress call form her sector. She is to quell the conflict between two species and with the help of Stewart learns that maybe force isn’t the approach you begin with. She also sees that the other Lanterns need to know how hard his actions during the War were and how harshly they are affecting him.
This cover is vastly misleading. Issue #61 is an amazing look into the inner workings of John Stewart, but he only uses his ingenuity and never anger or force. The cover makes it seem as if Stewart was going to be quite violent, the exact opposite of what the issue portrays. The writing was very well done and intricate. Though it mainly focused on the rookie lantern, we learned so much about Stewart and how he works. This issue has made me appreciate John Stewart even more. Though there wasn’t even that much action in it, the story and what it told was compelling. The art was well done and accented the story very well, especially the last page of the issue. 
This is a great pick up for all Green Lantern fans. If you are a John Stewart fan, this is a wonderful representation of him. If you are someone who doesn’t follow Stewart as much, this is a great look into the character especially after the WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS. My biggest issue is the vast misrepresentation of the cover. I really like where the Green Lantern series is going, great job Bedard.

Green Lantern Corps #61

Score: 8.5/10

Now the vast aftermath of the WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS begins, and not many will be more affected than Lantern John Stewart for his actions against Mogo. This comic did not go the way I thought, or the way the cover lead you to believe.

Issue #61 opens to the large amount of the new Lanterns Mogo recruited when he was controlled by Krona. They are giving up their rings. There is one though who doesn’t want to part with her ring, thinking she can do good things with it. Her name is Qurina, a police officer from Sector 282. Seeking advice from the somewhat out casted John Stewart, Ourina receives a distress call form her sector. She is to quell the conflict between two species and with the help of Stewart learns that maybe force isn’t the approach you begin with. She also sees that the other Lanterns need to know how hard his actions during the War were and how harshly they are affecting him.

This cover is vastly misleading. Issue #61 is an amazing look into the inner workings of John Stewart, but he only uses his ingenuity and never anger or force. The cover makes it seem as if Stewart was going to be quite violent, the exact opposite of what the issue portrays. The writing was very well done and intricate. Though it mainly focused on the rookie lantern, we learned so much about Stewart and how he works. This issue has made me appreciate John Stewart even more. Though there wasn’t even that much action in it, the story and what it told was compelling. The art was well done and accented the story very well, especially the last page of the issue.

This is a great pick up for all Green Lantern fans. If you are a John Stewart fan, this is a wonderful representation of him. If you are someone who doesn’t follow Stewart as much, this is a great look into the character especially after the WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS. My biggest issue is the vast misrepresentation of the cover. I really like where the Green Lantern series is going, great job Bedard.

Green Lantern #67
Score: 9/10
Wow, I don’t think any story arc has blown me away as much as WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS. This issue was the arc’s conclusion, and I was wondering if they could keep up that shocking track record they had built. Rarely has Johns let me down. I will keep my overview short and vague as to give nothing away, so you will just have to pick up issue #67. 
The conclusion of WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS begins as the Green Lanterns take back their control. The Guardians remain possessed by the emotional entities. Hal gets an idea on how to get major back up, and sends Kyle to do it. Hal goes head to head with Krona and gets help from a very unexpected lantern. After the Guardians are free everything gets turned upside-down. 
Wow, just wow. Issue #67 started a little weak, but it ended so strong. Johns has done it again. WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS may be the best story arc I’ve read since BLACKEST NIGHT. The characters were wonderful, the dialogue impeccable, and the story left me in awe as it came to a close. A weak beginning is the only thing that kept me from rating this my first 10. Although Alamy doesn’t use the same harsh tones of shading in his artwork that I prefer (like Joe Prado), the art was still spot on. The twist was just amazing. 
Even if you wait for a trade version, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS has been a story anyone who is even remotely a Green Lantern fan should read. This story has been great and sadly a little overshadowed due to its simultaneous release with FLASHPOINT. This is a must read. To all those involved, you did an incredible job.  

Green Lantern #67

Score: 9/10

Wow, I don’t think any story arc has blown me away as much as WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS. This issue was the arc’s conclusion, and I was wondering if they could keep up that shocking track record they had built. Rarely has Johns let me down. I will keep my overview short and vague as to give nothing away, so you will just have to pick up issue #67.

The conclusion of WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS begins as the Green Lanterns take back their control. The Guardians remain possessed by the emotional entities. Hal gets an idea on how to get major back up, and sends Kyle to do it. Hal goes head to head with Krona and gets help from a very unexpected lantern. After the Guardians are free everything gets turned upside-down.

Wow, just wow. Issue #67 started a little weak, but it ended so strong. Johns has done it again. WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS may be the best story arc I’ve read since BLACKEST NIGHT. The characters were wonderful, the dialogue impeccable, and the story left me in awe as it came to a close. A weak beginning is the only thing that kept me from rating this my first 10. Although Alamy doesn’t use the same harsh tones of shading in his artwork that I prefer (like Joe Prado), the art was still spot on. The twist was just amazing.

Even if you wait for a trade version, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS has been a story anyone who is even remotely a Green Lantern fan should read. This story has been great and sadly a little overshadowed due to its simultaneous release with FLASHPOINT. This is a must read. To all those involved, you did an incredible job.  

Teen Titans #97
Score: 8.25/10
This month, the story arc of Rankor vs. one of DC’s newest heroines, Solstice, and the Teen Titans comes to a close. After a long battle that felt a little like a roller coaster, I was excited to read its conclusion. Have we possibly found our newest Teen Titan? 
Issue #97 opens up with one of my favorite heroes, Red Robin, fighting the demon Tataka while the remaining Teen Titans fight back a demon hoard. There isn’t much to summarize, as most of this issue is the final battle with the demons and Rankor told through the perspective of Red Robin. At the end of the battle Beast Boy questions Raven’s loyalties and how she was treating Solstice, though Red Robin tells her not to worry. There is a bit of a touching moment between Superboy and Ravager, about as touching as Ravager is going to get. As the issue come to a close, the moment we’ve all been waiting for arrives, the official addition of Solstice to the Teen Titans!
This arc had a great ending. I know I’ve have been up and down with the strength of the story, but I really believe this has been a good arc overall. Something I want to truly commend Krul on is his transition of Red Robin between comics. Red Robin joined the group in issue #92, and Krul has done a great job with not only keeping true to Tim but making the Red Robin from his solo series and the one in TEEN TITANS one in the same. I feel that the strength of this arc lies in Krul’s character development. Even though I didn’t think the story terribly compelling, the characters we extremely well written in it. The artwork was good, but something was missing. I don’t know if it was shadowing, detail, saturation, or what but there was one more step missing. Though artist Nicola Scott did a wonderful job in characterization throughout this arc.
Overall this was a good story line, I am excited to see Krul in the last three issues before the relaunch. Krul will begin his run in the DCnU with SUPERBOY PRIME. As I said, the issue and arc were all right but the character work was incredible. It will be interesting to see if this continues with a new story as TEEN TITANS begins its wrap up.  

Teen Titans #97

Score: 8.25/10

This month, the story arc of Rankor vs. one of DC’s newest heroines, Solstice, and the Teen Titans comes to a close. After a long battle that felt a little like a roller coaster, I was excited to read its conclusion. Have we possibly found our newest Teen Titan?

Issue #97 opens up with one of my favorite heroes, Red Robin, fighting the demon Tataka while the remaining Teen Titans fight back a demon hoard. There isn’t much to summarize, as most of this issue is the final battle with the demons and Rankor told through the perspective of Red Robin. At the end of the battle Beast Boy questions Raven’s loyalties and how she was treating Solstice, though Red Robin tells her not to worry. There is a bit of a touching moment between Superboy and Ravager, about as touching as Ravager is going to get. As the issue come to a close, the moment we’ve all been waiting for arrives, the official addition of Solstice to the Teen Titans!

This arc had a great ending. I know I’ve have been up and down with the strength of the story, but I really believe this has been a good arc overall. Something I want to truly commend Krul on is his transition of Red Robin between comics. Red Robin joined the group in issue #92, and Krul has done a great job with not only keeping true to Tim but making the Red Robin from his solo series and the one in TEEN TITANS one in the same. I feel that the strength of this arc lies in Krul’s character development. Even though I didn’t think the story terribly compelling, the characters we extremely well written in it. The artwork was good, but something was missing. I don’t know if it was shadowing, detail, saturation, or what but there was one more step missing. Though artist Nicola Scott did a wonderful job in characterization throughout this arc.

Overall this was a good story line, I am excited to see Krul in the last three issues before the relaunch. Krul will begin his run in the DCnU with SUPERBOY PRIME. As I said, the issue and arc were all right but the character work was incredible. It will be interesting to see if this continues with a new story as TEEN TITANS begins its wrap up.  

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2
Score: 8/10
Few covers have shocked me as much as this. The raw anger and violence on issue #2’s cover was stifling. and I was curious if the contents of the issue would be as intense as its cover.
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #2 opens with Aquaman, Prince Orm, and Siren plotting the assassination of the Meta-Human Terra. Terra is the one who, under the instruction of the Amazons, raised Great Britain half a mile into the air. Despite some warnings form his advisors; Aquaman dispatches Orm and Siren to do the Job. They arrive to find Terra sitting outside, seeming harmless enough. As Orm and Siren are ambushed by a less than welcoming group of Amazons, we flash back to the story of Aquaman. Beginning like many Aquaman stories before, the flashback slowly begins to take that oh so familiar FLASHPOINT turn for the worst. It becomes angry, violent, and truly disturbing. Snapping back to a reality of equal ferocity, Wonder Woman appears and unleashes her “Furies” on the Atlantean flagship. She is on the rise to confront the leader of her underwater foes. And to think, they were once almost married. 
This issue was a complete opposite of CITIZEN COLD. Issue #2 was much stronger than issue #1, though the story of issue #1 was strengthened a bit by Wonder Woman’s #1.  The story flowed better and even though there were some wonderfully shocking moments, the comic didn’t feel to ride their momentum. I felt it dragged a little at times, but Bedard did a great job with his cliffhanger ending. The art is done very well, but something bothers me in how vastly different Aquaman looks before the assassination of Diana’s mother and after. A haircut is not the only difference; his whole body shape and bone structure changed as his first marriage failed. 
I was very happy with issue #2. Tough I didn’t think the first one was awful, I felt issue #2 caught the essence of the anger and tyranny that Aquaman has boiling over. I do however hope either WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #2 or the next issue of EMPEROR AQUMAN goes more in depth into what happened to Mera. She has been in a mess of covers and panels, but we still don’t know the true details of her death. Great issue. Go pick it up. 

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2

Score: 8/10

Few covers have shocked me as much as this. The raw anger and violence on issue #2’s cover was stifling. and I was curious if the contents of the issue would be as intense as its cover.

FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #2 opens with Aquaman, Prince Orm, and Siren plotting the assassination of the Meta-Human Terra. Terra is the one who, under the instruction of the Amazons, raised Great Britain half a mile into the air. Despite some warnings form his advisors; Aquaman dispatches Orm and Siren to do the Job. They arrive to find Terra sitting outside, seeming harmless enough. As Orm and Siren are ambushed by a less than welcoming group of Amazons, we flash back to the story of Aquaman. Beginning like many Aquaman stories before, the flashback slowly begins to take that oh so familiar FLASHPOINT turn for the worst. It becomes angry, violent, and truly disturbing. Snapping back to a reality of equal ferocity, Wonder Woman appears and unleashes her “Furies” on the Atlantean flagship. She is on the rise to confront the leader of her underwater foes. And to think, they were once almost married.

This issue was a complete opposite of CITIZEN COLD. Issue #2 was much stronger than issue #1, though the story of issue #1 was strengthened a bit by Wonder Woman’s #1.  The story flowed better and even though there were some wonderfully shocking moments, the comic didn’t feel to ride their momentum. I felt it dragged a little at times, but Bedard did a great job with his cliffhanger ending. The art is done very well, but something bothers me in how vastly different Aquaman looks before the assassination of Diana’s mother and after. A haircut is not the only difference; his whole body shape and bone structure changed as his first marriage failed.

I was very happy with issue #2. Tough I didn’t think the first one was awful, I felt issue #2 caught the essence of the anger and tyranny that Aquaman has boiling over. I do however hope either WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #2 or the next issue of EMPEROR AQUMAN goes more in depth into what happened to Mera. She has been in a mess of covers and panels, but we still don’t know the true details of her death. Great issue. Go pick it up. 

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2
Score: 7/10
And so it continues. Even though I am not going review each FLASHPOINT tie-in, I am following this big event very closely. This week, the first of the #2s were released. The last issue of CITIZEN COLD was pretty strong, despite some less than stellar things I heard from my peers. It also ended with a big punch, which I was hoping would carry into issue #2. 
Issue #2 opens with Citizen Cold’s ‘Rogues’ breaking out of Iron Heights Penitentiary to seek revenge on the cold man himself. The Rogues bring a special guest with them, Citizen Cold’s sister Lisa. The story then flips to a lunch interview between Iris West and Citizen Cold, who seem to have two very different ideas about the purpose of the lunch. After a text alert, Cold quickly runs out on their lunch. The Rogues, prepping to face their ice hearted foe, quickly find he has already arrived to greet them. I don’t want to give away much of the rest, but Cold ends up in an epic fight with the Rogues to save his sister. This issue ends with a surprise as Cold confronts Iris.
Issue #2 was ok; I don’t think it packed the punch that the first one did. It was a mediocre story with pockets of thrilling moments throughout. This may be more of a personal opinion, but I don’t think I am a big fan of Kolins’ art style either. The characters come off as too cartoony, and their emotional expressions are at times campy. I must say though, his artwork for the ending battle with the Rogues is pretty intense.
Even though I didn’t think this issue was as strong as the opener, I still believe this is a really good series. Flash fans should also enjoy this take on Cold. I am excited to see how this all wraps up in the coming issue.

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2

Score: 7/10

And so it continues. Even though I am not going review each FLASHPOINT tie-in, I am following this big event very closely. This week, the first of the #2s were released. The last issue of CITIZEN COLD was pretty strong, despite some less than stellar things I heard from my peers. It also ended with a big punch, which I was hoping would carry into issue #2.

Issue #2 opens with Citizen Cold’s ‘Rogues’ breaking out of Iron Heights Penitentiary to seek revenge on the cold man himself. The Rogues bring a special guest with them, Citizen Cold’s sister Lisa. The story then flips to a lunch interview between Iris West and Citizen Cold, who seem to have two very different ideas about the purpose of the lunch. After a text alert, Cold quickly runs out on their lunch. The Rogues, prepping to face their ice hearted foe, quickly find he has already arrived to greet them. I don’t want to give away much of the rest, but Cold ends up in an epic fight with the Rogues to save his sister. This issue ends with a surprise as Cold confronts Iris.

Issue #2 was ok; I don’t think it packed the punch that the first one did. It was a mediocre story with pockets of thrilling moments throughout. This may be more of a personal opinion, but I don’t think I am a big fan of Kolins’ art style either. The characters come off as too cartoony, and their emotional expressions are at times campy. I must say though, his artwork for the ending battle with the Rogues is pretty intense.

Even though I didn’t think this issue was as strong as the opener, I still believe this is a really good series. Flash fans should also enjoy this take on Cold. I am excited to see how this all wraps up in the coming issue.

Batman: The Dark Knight #3
Score: 8.5/10
The somewhat spaced out series, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, had its third installment released this week. The ever popular cover artist from BRIGHTEST DAY, David Finch, continues to stretch his creativity by writing and penciling this newer Batman run. I was hoping the lull in time wasn’t going to kill the momentum of this comic.
Issue #3 opens with a demon “who’s bigger contest”, then quickly jumps to the girl who hijacked the Batmobile in the last issue being instructed by Alfred. We then see a tired Jim Gordon and a gluttonous Harvey Bullock. Gordon is talking about the new youngster who is out for his job only to find that he is standing right behind him and doesn’t see this as quite a friendly competition. Held hostage by Killer Croc, Batman finds himself talking to Penguin in his hospital room. Penguin reveals his reason for such a dislike towards Miss Dawn Golden and lets Batman know he left him a little present. Croc high tails it out and Batman quickly gets Dawn. Later and back at the hospital, we discover the identity of Penguin’s newest partner.
Finch’s writing is impeccable. He catches the world of Batman wonderfully. Finch seems to grasp the gritty feeling of Gotham and it’s under belly extremely well. The dialogue flows nicely, and the artwork is just as on point as his covers. Throughout the issue, Finch never loses any of that dark detail I’ve come to love about this Gotham. Also, a quick kudos to inker Scott Williams who did a wonderful job with the deep and dark shadows in this issue. 
This is a great series, and I highly suggest it to any Batman fan. The only issue is that it takes so painfully long for each issue to come out. It’s like the LADY MECHANIKA of DC comics. The comic actually dropped half a point because the sheer fact that the production takes so long, causing the story to somewhat lose its momentum. If it got on a more consistent month-by-month release, this would be one of my favorites DC puts out.

Batman: The Dark Knight #3

Score: 8.5/10

The somewhat spaced out series, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, had its third installment released this week. The ever popular cover artist from BRIGHTEST DAY, David Finch, continues to stretch his creativity by writing and penciling this newer Batman run. I was hoping the lull in time wasn’t going to kill the momentum of this comic.

Issue #3 opens with a demon “who’s bigger contest”, then quickly jumps to the girl who hijacked the Batmobile in the last issue being instructed by Alfred. We then see a tired Jim Gordon and a gluttonous Harvey Bullock. Gordon is talking about the new youngster who is out for his job only to find that he is standing right behind him and doesn’t see this as quite a friendly competition. Held hostage by Killer Croc, Batman finds himself talking to Penguin in his hospital room. Penguin reveals his reason for such a dislike towards Miss Dawn Golden and lets Batman know he left him a little present. Croc high tails it out and Batman quickly gets Dawn. Later and back at the hospital, we discover the identity of Penguin’s newest partner.

Finch’s writing is impeccable. He catches the world of Batman wonderfully. Finch seems to grasp the gritty feeling of Gotham and it’s under belly extremely well. The dialogue flows nicely, and the artwork is just as on point as his covers. Throughout the issue, Finch never loses any of that dark detail I’ve come to love about this Gotham. Also, a quick kudos to inker Scott Williams who did a wonderful job with the deep and dark shadows in this issue.

This is a great series, and I highly suggest it to any Batman fan. The only issue is that it takes so painfully long for each issue to come out. It’s like the LADY MECHANIKA of DC comics. The comic actually dropped half a point because the sheer fact that the production takes so long, causing the story to somewhat lose its momentum. If it got on a more consistent month-by-month release, this would be one of my favorites DC puts out.

Batman and Robin #25
Score: 8.5/10
This week the final part of the three story arc with the Red Hood concluded in BATMAN AND ROBIN #25. So far it has been a very good run and I have really enjoyed Winick’s run, but an entire arc can be made or destroyed if the ending isn’t just right. SO I found out which one it was today.
We first get a little moment with Scarlet who has been taken hostage to lure in Jason Todd. We then quickly jump to the Batmobile where a less than thrilled Batman and Robin are sitting with the Red Hood (Jason) on route to get Scarlet back. After some poking and prodding Jason decides it is time to make his exit. He escapes the vehicle and heads to the meeting on his own. After what seems to be the end for Jason, Batman and Robin show up to help save the day. Just before Robin can escape with Scarlet, Jason grabs her and runs off knowing full well where Batman and Robin are going to send him if they catch him. Even though they chase him he escapes in a very “Red Hood” manner.
This has been a really fun arc. I had enjoyed Winick’s run with the Red Hood in the Mini-Series, THE LOST DAYS and was hoping some of that would rub off on this. Even though it had pockets of lull this was a great story arc and a goof one to read for any Batman or Red Hood fans. The art worked well with it, never passing into stellar but always complimenting the story well. I wasn’t sure if I liked some of the choices made by the artist but overall the genuine quality was really good.
I am glad that this story arc worked out the way it did. I really enjoy the character of Jason Todd. I was hoping when the reboot was announced Winick was going to be the one on RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS but alas he is not, though I know Sarah/TinyBats is excited to see him working on CATWOMAN. I think he’ll do a great job. Definitely a great pick up for Batman and Red Hood fans alike. 

Batman and Robin #25

Score: 8.5/10

This week the final part of the three story arc with the Red Hood concluded in BATMAN AND ROBIN #25. So far it has been a very good run and I have really enjoyed Winick’s run, but an entire arc can be made or destroyed if the ending isn’t just right. SO I found out which one it was today.

We first get a little moment with Scarlet who has been taken hostage to lure in Jason Todd. We then quickly jump to the Batmobile where a less than thrilled Batman and Robin are sitting with the Red Hood (Jason) on route to get Scarlet back. After some poking and prodding Jason decides it is time to make his exit. He escapes the vehicle and heads to the meeting on his own. After what seems to be the end for Jason, Batman and Robin show up to help save the day. Just before Robin can escape with Scarlet, Jason grabs her and runs off knowing full well where Batman and Robin are going to send him if they catch him. Even though they chase him he escapes in a very “Red Hood” manner.

This has been a really fun arc. I had enjoyed Winick’s run with the Red Hood in the Mini-Series, THE LOST DAYS and was hoping some of that would rub off on this. Even though it had pockets of lull this was a great story arc and a goof one to read for any Batman or Red Hood fans. The art worked well with it, never passing into stellar but always complimenting the story well. I wasn’t sure if I liked some of the choices made by the artist but overall the genuine quality was really good.

I am glad that this story arc worked out the way it did. I really enjoy the character of Jason Todd. I was hoping when the reboot was announced Winick was going to be the one on RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS but alas he is not, though I know Sarah/TinyBats is excited to see him working on CATWOMAN. I think he’ll do a great job. Definitely a great pick up for Batman and Red Hood fans alike. 

Flashpoint #3
Score: 8/10
After reading the tie-ins for this week I was excited to see what FLASHPOINT #3 had in store. After leaving Barry in a less than pleasant state, I was wondering how many twists and turns issue #3 would have.
Issue #3 opens with a disheartened Cyborg talking to the President of the United States. After a quick jump back to the Batcave, we see how bad Barry is. He is still determined to try his experiment again because he can feel his memories changing to adhere to the new timeline. After another go with the experiment, Barry and Batman find Cyborg to learn more about this mysterious rocket that feel from the skies years earlier. Cyborg helps them break into a government building and find “Project: Superman”. They quickly find this isn’t going to go quite as well as they had planned.
The story telling was good in issue #3. To be honest, it wasn’t quite as enthralling as the last two but it was still really great. It was nice to see little snippets of all the tie-ins I’ve been reading well integrated throughout the issue. I feel issue #3 was more of an exposition to set up #4, which is looking to be interesting right now. I really like the art. It almost feels like a mix of Manapul and Reis, and I enjoyed that aspect of Andy Kubert’s work.
All in all this was a good issue. Was it the best of the 3 so far? No. Still, it had great moments. I strongly urge people to pick up the Flashpoint run; the first issue is in second printing right now so it wouldn’t be too tough. 

Flashpoint #3

Score: 8/10

After reading the tie-ins for this week I was excited to see what FLASHPOINT #3 had in store. After leaving Barry in a less than pleasant state, I was wondering how many twists and turns issue #3 would have.

Issue #3 opens with a disheartened Cyborg talking to the President of the United States. After a quick jump back to the Batcave, we see how bad Barry is. He is still determined to try his experiment again because he can feel his memories changing to adhere to the new timeline. After another go with the experiment, Barry and Batman find Cyborg to learn more about this mysterious rocket that feel from the skies years earlier. Cyborg helps them break into a government building and find “Project: Superman”. They quickly find this isn’t going to go quite as well as they had planned.

The story telling was good in issue #3. To be honest, it wasn’t quite as enthralling as the last two but it was still really great. It was nice to see little snippets of all the tie-ins I’ve been reading well integrated throughout the issue. I feel issue #3 was more of an exposition to set up #4, which is looking to be interesting right now. I really like the art. It almost feels like a mix of Manapul and Reis, and I enjoyed that aspect of Andy Kubert’s work.

All in all this was a good issue. Was it the best of the 3 so far? No. Still, it had great moments. I strongly urge people to pick up the Flashpoint run; the first issue is in second printing right now so it wouldn’t be too tough. 

Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern
Score: 8/10
FLASHPOINT is FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTER, another tie-in where issue #1 was alright but lacked that ‘umph’ you were hoping for. After being extremely surprised with FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE, I was hoping to feel the same about this issue #2, but I was expecting the worst.
Issue #2 opens to Abin Sur crash landed on Earth in classic Green Lantern fashion. With a shocked Hal Jordan over him, the first bomb is dropped as Abin Sur tells Hal he is going to live. Cyborg and the U.S. government quickly scoop him up take Abin to heal. Abin decides to join the relief efforts only to be confronted by long time friend Thaal Sinestro. Sinestro informs him that he has heard of a prophecy called the “Flashpoint” from Attrocitus (seriously when did Attrocitus become the magic eight ball of the Lantern world, first he called Blackest Night, now this…). Sinestro learns he can alter the timeline however he pleases if he finds the hero called “Flash”. Now all that stands in his way is Abin Sur.
I wasn’t blow away quite as much I was with FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGANCE #2, but this was a very good issue. It flowed much better and seemed more intense than its predecessor. The story works well and it’s interesting to see Abin Sur interacting with Earthlings. All that time as the Guardian of 2814 and he never dropped by to say hello or help with a war two involving the whole world…but I digress. The art was done really well and continued to incorporate the movie style flawlessly.
FLASHPOINT: ABUN SUR was a really well done issue. It read much better than issue #1, and I am looking forward to seeing how this series ends. Also, with the improvement of both FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGANCE and FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR GREEN LANTERN, I am really happy where these tie-ins are headed. I really hope saying that doesn’t come back to haunt me with issue #3…

Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern

Score: 8/10

FLASHPOINT is FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTER, another tie-in where issue #1 was alright but lacked that ‘umph’ you were hoping for. After being extremely surprised with FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE, I was hoping to feel the same about this issue #2, but I was expecting the worst.

Issue #2 opens to Abin Sur crash landed on Earth in classic Green Lantern fashion. With a shocked Hal Jordan over him, the first bomb is dropped as Abin Sur tells Hal he is going to live. Cyborg and the U.S. government quickly scoop him up take Abin to heal. Abin decides to join the relief efforts only to be confronted by long time friend Thaal Sinestro. Sinestro informs him that he has heard of a prophecy called the “Flashpoint” from Attrocitus (seriously when did Attrocitus become the magic eight ball of the Lantern world, first he called Blackest Night, now this…). Sinestro learns he can alter the timeline however he pleases if he finds the hero called “Flash”. Now all that stands in his way is Abin Sur.

I wasn’t blow away quite as much I was with FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGANCE #2, but this was a very good issue. It flowed much better and seemed more intense than its predecessor. The story works well and it’s interesting to see Abin Sur interacting with Earthlings. All that time as the Guardian of 2814 and he never dropped by to say hello or help with a war two involving the whole world…but I digress. The art was done really well and continued to incorporate the movie style flawlessly.

FLASHPOINT: ABUN SUR was a really well done issue. It read much better than issue #1, and I am looking forward to seeing how this series ends. Also, with the improvement of both FLASHPOINT: KNIGHT OF VENGANCE and FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR GREEN LANTERN, I am really happy where these tie-ins are headed. I really hope saying that doesn’t come back to haunt me with issue #3…