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The Week in Comics #3

I had this week's comics read by Sunday afternoon but my school work has prevented me from posting about them...until now!

Legion of Super-Heroes #9 - This issue had some of the cast split into pairs - Brainy and Cham on Durla; Timber Wolf and Tyroc protecting the UP Council; and Tellus trying to meld with a comatose Dawnstar (in a lovely painted sequence). There is nothing vital here but still plenty interesting to a fan of the Legion. Like me.

Detective Comics #872 - Second week in a row that I've read this comic, which catches me up to its current publishing special. I like how a moment in the lead story is the starting point for the back-up. Mirror House gets a bit more creepy and things get more dire for Dick (the Batman of this series). Cool updating on the old undercover Batman staple, though that leads to some of the complications. This is a book to stick with.

Knight & Squire #4 - We get more character work than British themes in this issue and it works very well. I like it when books deal with villains who may not be villains after all and The Knight's armor being imprinted with a weaker part of his personality brings the fun along with that character work. Only two more issue left of this mini-series.

Superman/Batman #80 - We get the Supermen and Batmen of many eras in this issue (including Kent Shakespeare in one panel!), as Epoch's attempt at world domination gets foiled over and over again. Some pretty ingenuous escapes by our team across timelines as well. Chris Roberson marries cool idea with a fun execution. I would buy this comic on a regular basis if he were the writer.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 - This comic came out in Nov. around the same time as the first issue of the current Detective Comics run. Thanks to the wonders of reordering, I'm getting a chance to see what the fuss is about. Nick Spencer is one the hot new writers of the day and he proves why here. This is a reboot of a very old series (about which I know nothing) so I don't know what's new and what isn't. It doesn't matter, though. I won't say much more but I'll be grabbing the next issue or two soon.

Batgirl #17 - I'd read some praise of this issue over at iFanboy and decided to pick it up. This is a fun comic. Batgirl teams up with Robin (the new 10 year-old Robin who is the son of Batman) and their interplay is very winning. It's a character-driven book where the action is secondary and it works very well. I may have to pick up the next issue.


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