Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1
Grant Morrison/Chris Sprouse
3 of out 5 bullets.
The Flash #2
Geoff Johns/Francis Manipul
Its early in the title but its Geoff Johns so I am willing to give him at least the first arc to get things set up and rolling. If you are a Flash fan or a Johns fan definitely worth picking up (and #1 as well if you missed it).
4 out of 5 bullets.
Brian Bendis/Oliver Copiel
This....is....it! After 7 long years, the 'epic' Bendis story reaches its final resolution. The war of Asgard is over and things shift to the final confrontation with Sentry in all his Void-ness. The core of the original Avengers reunite to find a way to take out Sentry and save the world bringing to an end all the turmoil that has beset the Marvel universe in the last 7 years. The art was great but this event ultimately disappointed because it was a rather lackluster finale for me. I was never a Sentry fan (a blatant Superman rip-off) so I am glad to see that they finally did something with him after years of him moping around being crazy.
Still, while the Bendis grand sweeping saga had some interesting moments, I guess I wonder what it got for us in the end? Steve Rogers is running S.H.I.E.L.D and the rest of the Avengers are back together and buddies again. The Registration Act is gone and everyone can go out in jammies and beat up criminals again. I am looking forward to the beginning of the Heroic Age and putting this dark period of Marvel's history behind me. 3 out of 5 bullets.
Iron Man - Legacy #2
Fred Van Lente/Steve Kurth
I am enjoying this title but am surprised that they didn't slide this under the new Astonishing line which seems to unhinge the title from current continuity. I am not overly familiar with Steve Kurth's art but have liked what he has done with this title so far. Looking forward to the rest of this arc.
4 out of 5 bullets.
Booster Gold #32
Keith Giffen - J.M. DeMatteis/Chris Batista
I was ready to drop this title and I have been pulled back in with one issue by the new (old?) creative team. Giffen/Dematteis are no strangers to Booster having written him during one of his defining time periods as a member of the Justice League International. Their sense of timing and humour are still evident here but more they working with a more competent Booster who is not quite so slapstick as he was in those days. The story opens up as Booster has been tasked by Rip Hunter to retrieve an artifact in the 30th century. It just so happens that Booster arrives to pick up said artifact on the same day that Darkseid enslaves the Daxamite people and gives them the powers of Superman and has them doing the heat vision version of carpet bombing the surface of the planet.
The style of this issue was a throwback to an old day. There were lots of panels and stuff going on. No decompression here. Batista does a great job fitting in all the dialogue and still putting in some great details. There was a bit of unevenness with the story, however. While I did like some of the lighter tones to the book at one point it didn't seem to fit with what Booster was seeing. Still, I chalk that up to the new (old?) writers returning to a familiar character but attempting to work with him in his more mature state. I think there is enough good stuff going on here to warrant checking it out.
4 out of 5 bullets.
Keith Giffen-Judd Winick/Joe Bennett
I loved the scene between Max and Booster near the end of the issue that was very reminiscent of the scene between Max and Blue Beetle that kicked off the events leading to Infinite Crisis. I'm eager to see what Max is up to and why he was one of the one's resurrected at the end of Blackest Night. 4 out of 5 bullets.
Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1
Eric Wallace/Fabrizio Fiorentino -Mike Mayhew - Sergio Arino -Walden Wong
I'm a Deathstroke fan but even I hope that someone drives a sword through this title's gut like we saw Deathstroke doing on the front cover of the issue. I suspect that DC is hoping to put the actual hero impaled on the sword on any 2nd prints of this issue. Hopefully there won't be any. :)
2 out of 5 bullets.