Welcome to this week’s Weekly Readings. Here’s what we cover this week:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #4, in which the Turtles find something relating to their origin.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #8, in which we’re told the tale of Fugitoid.
- Detective Comics #0, in which we learn about who was Bruce Wayne’s last teacher.
- Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3, in which Silk Spectre seeks out revenge for a drug trip.
- Action Comics #0, in which a boy steals Superman’s cape.
- DC Universe Presents #12, in which we get a fun Kid Flash story with dinosaurs.
- Hawkeye #2, in which Clint Barton and Kate Bishop team up to stop a group of robbers.
- Green Lantern #0, in which we are introduced to a new Green Lantern named Simon Baz.
- Fairest #7, in which we’re told the tale of Lamia.
- Earth-2 #0, in which we get a tale involving the Trinity.
- Dial H #0, in which we learn about the power of the dial.
Spoilers after the break.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #4
The Turtles take a break from their search for Splinter, to get some exercise in and hopefully take their minds off of things for a bit. While on the rooftops, they get ambushed by the Foot Clan, who are seeking revenge for the death of Shredder (issue #1). The Turtles are able to fight them off, but Michelangelo gets a pretty bad cut on his arm. At the end of the fight, the Turtles stumble upon a building with the letters “TCRI” on it. These are the same letters that were on the canister of ooze that mutated them. They return to April O’Neil’s apartment that they are staying at to regroup and patch everyone up. They return to the TCRI building the next night. They find their way into the building from the roof. Trying to hide from people they hear coming, they find themselves in the same room that Splinter is being held in. Brain beings using robot bodies scramble to intercept them. They chase the Turtles into a different room, but are very cautious about firing in this room. They spot a door on the other side of a contraption. Michelangelo tries to distract the Brain guys while the others make for the door, but his injury causes him to lose his grip on a cable, and falls into a control panel. This activates the machine that the Turtles are now on. They begin to fade away, and Michelangelo dives onto the machine to join them.
For those of you that didn’t know about this book, this is a colored reprint of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. I’ve read these early issues before, so I know what’s coming up. Spoiler alert, things get weird in another dimension. But as far as this issue goes, it was fun, as usual. Plus, you get a lot for your money. This is a $3.99 book that has 36 pages of content.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #8 – “Fugitoid”
Two years ago, Dr. Honeycutt is a scientist that is working for Krang, testing materials for the Technodrome, using an android that he inserts his mind into named Sal. He hates what Krang is using his experiments for, and wishes they would be used for good. Seeing that evil is infecting his son, he decides to take his family and join the resistance movement. Four months later, Krang finds them and bombs the base. Honeycutt’s family gets trapped in the family quarters, and he has to put his mind into Sal in order to go through the fire to the emergency release, though he knows that by the time he’s finished, his body will be burned. He gets his family freed but watches as they are destroyed by Krang’s soldiers. In Sal’s body, Honeycutt escapes through a portal, and winds up in New York City. Sal has the ability to shapeshift, so Honeycutt goes undercover in Baxter Stockman’s lab to try to sabotage his work for Krang. Honeycutt doesn’t seek help from kind people that he works with (April), but instead seeks to get help from Shredder.
Not much to say about this issue. It was a nice introduction and reveal of a character that has been in the background the entire series. I do like that this seems to be setting up a situation where Shredder and Krang will be adversaries. This might be the end of the mirco-series. Normally, they have an advertisement for the next one, but there isn’t in this issue. Of course, it’s also odd that we’ve had back to back weeks of micro-series issues. In all, this is 3 Ninja Turtles books in two weeks. Come on IDW, get your scheduling together. Just kidding, it’s all good.
Detective Comics #0 – “The Final Lesson”
Ten Years ago, Bruce Wayne traveled to the Himalayas to train with Shihan Matsuda. He trains with him some time between 9 months and a year. Shihan tries to get Bruce to void himself of all emotion. Shihan’s wife tries to convince Bruce that he needs to embrace his emotions so he can control them instead of completely getting rid of them. Bruce meets a girl named Mio, and grows attached to her, despite Shihan’s protesting. One night, an assassin stabs Shihan. Bruce comes in and attacks the assassin, and finds that it’s really Mio. She says she was hired by Shihan’s wife. His wife goes to stab Bruce, but Shihan throws a dagger into her. As she lay dying, she says she did this to get away from his cold heart. Shihan tells Bruce that this is what being close to someone will bring to him. In the backup story, a member of the Kane family (Martha Wayne’s side) tries to intimidate Alfred into giving up the Wayne fortune, since Bruce isn’t around. Alfred forces the guy out of the manor. Immediately after, Bruce Wayne returns.
So, here we have the first of the #0 issues, and what did we learn? Well, a couple Bruce Wayne eventually saw as a mother and father, also died. Shihan is the person that trained Bruce to be cold-hearted. More importantly for continuity fanatics, we learned that it’s possible that Batman has been active for nearly 9 years. That makes it a bit easier to add in time for all of the Robins. Well, except Stephanie Brown, because she may not exist. Other than those few details, it was kind of a waste of an issue. To me, none of this stuff was important. It doesn’t give any revelations. I highly doubt that it sets up anything for the future, and it didn’t tell a very good one-and-done story.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3 – “No Illusion”
Laurie Jupiter goes on a pretty trippy drug trip, stemming from being drugged at the end of last issue. Sally Jupiter yells at Hollis Mason for not telling her where Laurie is after he got a letter from her. He tries to convince her to just give Laurie some space, but Sally says she’s bringing someone in to find her. Hollis books his flight to San Francisco. The next morning, Laurie wakes up a bit hungover, but her boyfriend Greg is in much worse shape. She takes him to the hospital. Laurie then leaves to get revenge for Greg, but first, breaks into a shoe store to get boots for her Silk Spectre costume. (She does pay for everything.) The Comedian abducts Greg, and forces him to write a letter to Laurie that Comedian has chosen for him. Laurie fights her way into The Sand Doze Club, and attacks Gurstein (drug guy). That night, The Comedian sneaks into her room, and leaves the note for her to find when she wakes up.
Seriously, the first few pages are indescribable. Well, I could describe them, but it would be very difficult, and not make any more sense. It was just a very creative bit. I like the inclusion of The Comedian here. With only one more issue in this mini-series, I’m really interested in where they end this. With this issue, she fully accepts that she is the Silk Spectre. The only question now is how do the 3 main adults in her life affect her and the rest of her life. Well, we know the later aspects in life, but how does she get there.
Action Comics #0 – “The boy who stole Superman’s cape”
We see that the story of Clark Kent order his Superman shirts from a local shop are true. Just not sure which one. He also spends his last day of rooming with Jimmy Olsen playing video games. Here, we learn that Clark has a bit of an obsession with Lois Lane. He then stops an attempted murder of a witness, but gets blown off the building with a bazooka. He gets knocked into an alley, where a kid finds him and takes his cape. Lois and Jimmy try to tell Perry White about what happened, but without solid proof, he doesn’t believe them. The kid returns home with the cape to find his abusive father(?) attacking his mother and brother. He tells the father to stop, and the cape protects him when his father tries to stab him. It also adds to the kid’s punch. The kid and his brother run away. Clark moves into his apartment, with the landlord being Mrs. Nyxly, whose husband is “Mystic Mr. Triple X,” and he’s been in a coma for 7 years. The kids are running away, and try to get on a train when their father find them. Lois and Jimmy, who were going to Clark’s apartment so that Jimmy could introduce him to Lois, see the confrontation. The boy with the cape’s foot gets stuck in a rail, as a train is approaching. The father is going to make his brother watch what happens, when Superman comes and stops the train. The boy gives him back his cape, and Lois and Jimmy saw the whole thing. The boy asks what the “S” stands for, but Superman doesn’t respond. Lois says it stands for “Superman.” In a back up story, we are introduced to a character named Erik Drekken, who is intent on finding out what gave Adam (see last issue) his powers because he thinks it could help humanity.
Unlike Detective Comics, this was a fine #0 issue. Of course, it’s still written by Grant Morrison. We got a touching story about a kid that uses Superman’s cape and some of the details of Superman’s past. We are shown when Superman first fully appeared to Lois and Jimmy, and when she gives him the name of Superman.
DC Universe Presents #12 featuring Kid Flash – “When dinosaurs walked the Earth (that would be today)”
This was really a continuation of a Teen Titans story, where three Dino-teens escaped from Mystery Island and wound up in New York City. Kid Flash doesn’t have much trouble getting the first two, Dac and Teryx, but has trouble with Steg. It turns out that Steg wants to change this world into one friendlier for lizards, which also means stampeding dinosaurs. Kid Flash and Teryx deal with the dinos while Dac searches for Steg. However, when Kid Flash and Teryx meet up with Dac, they found out that Dac was in on the plan. Steg creates a diversion so that he and Dac can get away, leaving Teryx and Kid Flash to clean up the rest of the mess.
This isn’t a series that I usually buy. I bought this issue only because it was Kid Flash (Bart Allen) story written by Fabian Nicieza, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Hell, if Nicieza wrote a Kid Flash ongoing, I’d buy it. The best way I can describe it is that he writes Bart pretty close to how Peter David wrote him in Young Justice. If that means nothing to you because you’ve never read Young Justice, then shame on you. But either way, this was a really fun issue to read, though I’m not really interested in reading the rest of the story in Teen Titans.
Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, Hawkeye and Hawkeye, team up because Clint believes that something is going to go down at a Cirque Du Nuit show to open a 6-star hotel. Also attending this show is a who’s who list of bad guys. Clint and Kate put on special glasses, which is good because the show is hypnotizing the viewers, allowing others to steal from them. Clint and Kate go backstage to catch the culprits. Clint gets himself into a bit of trouble, but Kate is able to rescue him. Although, this does bring about their own bit of shared trouble. But, she takes care of them with 4 shots to the eyes. Clint takes care of the last one with a ricochet shot. They end up taking the stolen property, essentially robbing the robbers of the robbers. The Kingpin is not pleased. Clint asks Kate if she will join him in something he’s working on, and she agrees.
I really like that this book isn’t so far really connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe, or it’s history. Like, I know that there is a great amount of history between these two characters, but all you need to know is what they tell you in the issue. She used to be Hawkeye while Clint was doing some ninja stuff. Kate also serves as a good character to play Clint off of, and I look forward to her continued presence in the book.
Green Lantern #0 – “The New Normal”
So, an Arab-American named Simon Baz stole a van (for a good reason, of course), that happened to have a bomb in it. He escapes from the van, and lets it run into a closed car factory. This of course gets him arrested and taken out of the country. There, he is questioned, continuing to deny that he had anything to do with making the bomb, or even knowing it was in the van to begin with. He drove it into that factory, that he just happened to work out of, because he knew it was empty. He’s about to be tortured, when the Hal/Sinestro malfunctioning ring comes in and selects him. It then flies him out of there. The agents tell Amanda Waller that a suspected terrorist has a Green Lantern ring. The Cyborg tells Batman the news also. And oh yeah, Sinestro and Hal Jordan are alive in some dark place.
Well, two things. First, we have an Arab American Green Lantern now, so the complaint isn’t a lack of diversity, but rather that all of the Earth Lanterns are American. Whatever. Secondly, we know how what’s been happening in Green Lantern relates to the rest of DC Universe. I would say that the entirity of Green Lantern, including War of the Green Lanterns (pre-new 52) happens after Justice League #12. And poof, now it’s not a problem that Hal Jordan’s ring was taken away, yet he has it in Justice League. See, patience does pay off.
Fairest #7 – “Lamia”
In 1946, Beast and Saint George are tracking down a killer named Lamia. They both track to her to a lounge, where she was working as a cigarette girl. There, she was trying lure a man to meet up with her. Beast arrives and everything becomes chaotic. Beast confronts Lamia, but she turns into a snake, and escapes, saying she’s not done yet. Lamia meets up with the guy she seduced, and kills him. Saint George enters, and tries to kill her, but Beast stops him. It’s revealed that Lamia is really his wife. Lamia was persecuted and abused for her beauty. Beauty came to help her, but Lamia killed her. She then took on her appearance and life because it was peaceful. Eventually, she forgot her true nature and believed herself to be Beauty. And this is the Beauty that Beast fell in love with. However, every now and then, the true Lamia shows back up, and Beast has to capture her before anything happens. Unfortunately, this time he had to kill Saint George in order to keep the secret. Bigby warns him that he needs to control her better so no more Mundys are killed. Beast always tells Beauty some lie about where she wondered off to each time it happens. In Haven, it may be about to happen again.
This was a nice, little noir story that I really did not see coming. Though, I don’t know if I like it. Guess I’ll just have to see if they do anything with it in future stories.
Earth-2 #0 – “A Hero’s Tale”
Six years ago, Terry Sloan, also known as Mr. 8, is fighting Darkseid’s army along with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. Something happens to Terry that allows him to see other dimensions and futures, and he believes the solution to the war is in another dimension. Terry sets up opal Kryptonite, which drives Superman insane and causes him to attack Wonder Woman. Despite Batman’s best effort, Terry is able to detonate bombs set up to destroy sections of Earth that Darkseid had gained control of with his Anti-life equation. He does give time for Superman to come to his senses and get Batman and Wonder Woman out of the base, because he knows that they are still required to defeat Darkseid.
This seemed like a pretty pointless issue. We’re introduced to Terry Sloan, but it wasn’t a very good story involving the Trinity on Earth-2. If you’re going to use them and tell a story that we all know the ending to, then you need to make it a good story. And I wish Nicola Scott had done the art in this issue. It’s not that the art was completely terrible, it’s just that Wonder Woman’s chest was ridiculously huge. Like comically huge. It was very distracting. And not in the good, hey those look nice distracting way, but in the how does she do any movement with those things hanging out all over the place way.
Dial H #0 – “Sundial H for Hero”
A woman named Laodice used a sundial on four consecutive days to summon a power to help her defeat the Beast of Babylon. With success, she was anointed as ruler, never truly knowing how she did what she did. Some time later, a woman number Bumper Carla, the power Laodice took, came to this world and killed Laodice. Locked up in the dungeon had been another hero named Slim. He had tried to warn Laodice that Bumper Carla was coming to kill her, because she believed that Laodice had intentionally stolen her powers.
This was an alright tale, but the important detail to know is that the powers the the Dial draws from steals them from another dimension.