With the release of Green Arrow #32, the “Gotham Resistance” story line comes to a close. You can find the previous parts in Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, and Suicide Squad #26. We last left our heroes as they were trying to escape the Dark Robin, with Croc staying behind to attempt to hold him off. They were about to be in the Mad Hatter’s realm when Mr. Terrific showed up, bringing fair play back and everything.
Mr. Terrific helps them escape through a portal, and fills them in on nearly everything that has been going on. He tells them about all of the Dark Batman from the Dark Multiverse. He tells them about the metal cards that the Batman Who Laughs has been handing out to Batman’s enemies for them to reshape Gotham. He tells them that he believes their plan is to change the frequency of enough people at Challenger mountain, and this will cause the Earth to cease to exist in this Multiverse and go to the Dark Multiverse. (more…)
Cover by Stjepan Stejic
We have come to part 3 of the Metal tie-in “Gotham Resistance” story. For the previous parts, check out my reviews of Teen Titans #12 and Nightwing #29. We last left our intrepid band of do-gooders (Robin, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc) having just defeated Mr. Fries. They found another metallic card, and were continuing their search for Batman.
The issue opens with a scene showing Amanda Waller sending the Suicide Squad to Gotham, because things have gotten weird, and she does not know why. I’m not sure why this was needed. I think by this point, it was safe to assume that Waller had at some point sent the Squad to Gotham to check things out. The only thing you really get out of it is Croc saying that Gotham isn’t his city. This comes back up later on. (more…)
Up next in my stack of trades that I need to read is Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest. This story takes place in Green Arrow #16-21 (way back in 2002), written by Brad Meltzer and drawn by Phil Hester. Normally, I’m not someone that buys Green Arrow books (despite my love of Robin Hood), but there were a couple things working in this trade’s favor. First, I do like Brad Meltzer’s writing. Identity Crisis, along with Green Lantern: Rebirth, was the first thing I bought when I got into collecting. Second, I already had the Green Arrow issues directly before this. I had bought the two trades before The Archer’s Quest, Quiver and Sounds of Violence, because they were written by Kevin Smith. So, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get The Archer’s Quest.
Before getting into this story, let’s go over some background. Oliver Queen had died in an explosion, but was halfway resurrected at the end of the previous Green Arrow run. I say halfway, because this Oliver Queen was without a soul, because Oliver was happy in heaven. During Quiver, Heaven Oliver is forced to return to life in order to not allow the shell of him on Earth to be inhabited by someone else.
Oliver is visiting his grave, when Clark Kent shows him some pictures of the people that attended Oliver’s funeral. He recognizes everyone, except one man. Oracle later tells Oliver that this person is Thomas Blake, aka Catman (who is nothing like what he is in Secret Six). Worried what a villain was doing at his funeral, Green Arrow and Roy Harper confront him. Green Arrow finds the instructions for Blake to be at his funeral, and Shade shows up. (more…)
Today’s event is Individual Archery. Since these are superheroes, we’ll assume that they’re further away than normal, and shooting at a much smaller target. Otherwise, they’d always shoot 10s and the match would never be over. Today’s competitors are:
Top of the Pile: Green Arrow/Black Canary #1
My favorite book this week wasn’t even on my list when I went to the comic shop. I collect somewhere around eighteen books a month and only three of them (not counting Countdown, which I’ll address in another post) are published by DC. Two others are published by Image, the rest by Marvel. I’d been meaning to address this disparity, wanting to read more DC but I had no idea where to turn. I considered Batman, Flash, and Green Lantern but the fact that they’re all far into their current titles was a bit intimidating. I like to start at the beginning, and I’m a bit of a completist. I wanted something I could jump right on and didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg for back issues if necessary. I’d always liked Green Arrow, and when I saw a #1 with his name on it I thought I’d give it a shot. I couldn’t be more glad I did. Writer Judd Winick and artist Cliff Chiang won me over and DC earns another spot on my list.
The Rest of the Pile
Booster Gold #3– As confusing as the may be, I love time travel stories. And I love Booster Gold, so this book’s always enjoyable.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24– Part two of One More Day. It seems like they’re building toward some huge deus ex machina to undo the tragedy of Aunt May and somehow affect Peter & MJ’s marriage. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
New Avengers #35– An inside look at the Hood’s new criminal organization. Not much of the Avengers, though.
Punisher: War Journal #12– Frank protects the innocent citizens of a New York neighborhood from a rogue soldier from the Hulk’s army.
Wolverine #58– This story is leaning more toward the mystic, which failed so spectacularly with Jeph Loeb’s Evolution. Why can’t we just just get a good Wolverine story where he plays Dirty Harry and slaughters the bad guys? I guess that’d be too simple.