Halloween is right around the corner. Its a special Trick or Treat edition of goodies comics wise this week. Which ones are GOOD , which ones are BAD....and which ones just plan suck ?
Teen Titans #88: Months earlier DC revamped Titans and the success of that showed DC they should go ahead and revamp the mother title . Anyhow heres the rundown on this revamp by J.T Krul and Nicola Scott.
The story starts off as we get action with Wonder Girl , Raven , Ravager , Beast Boy and Superboy. The team is facing a new set of rogues called the Feral Boys or as Cassie jokes , either that or the Beastie Boys. Nice one...but this is her team and she finally looks like she is making leadership decisions.
Like having Ravager join. She may not like Ravager's loose morals and how she gets things done. But she needs her on the team for the battles the kids face. Plus they have already lost so much with Marvin and Kid Devil dying recently.
Poor Barney is a normal outsider school kid where nothing works for him. He has few friends , his family barely speaks to him and he's not gonna be missed. Which makes him a perfect candidate for what a new rogue named Dr. Caligan has in store. Its pretty much him who is creating these Feral Boys in experiments.
We get a scene from Gotham as Dick Grayson and Damian are beating bad guys. Damian teases he would stab Brutale but jokes with Grayson he wouldn't. But its here Dick realizes what his young Robin needs....friends.
Back at the Tower we get caught up with each team member. Raven discusses how she can't reveal her feelings for Garth (Beast Boy) but stays around for him. Superboy wants to get close with Cassie but she is busy trying to be leader. Rose checks up on her mom and dad's status on the computer.
Its while Connor and Cassie are gettin close that the alarm sounds and they all scramble. Its there we see Dick as Batman with Damian sittin in the leader chair. Saying that the team needs a Robin to lead this flock , so here he is.
Its a nice new revamp and I for one love having Ravager back in the team. She was a piece missing and not that I won't miss Miss Martin , Bombshell and Aquagirl , but this team just feels...right ya know. It has a good feeling there. Hopefully DC doesn't remove characters and all...because this revamp may fix the Teen Titans . And give it what its been missing since Johns left 40 issues earlier...a spark.
(not the cover for Kick-Ass II)
Kick-Ass II #1 : Mark Millar's classic is back for PART 2. Kick-Ass is back and he's still struggling thru life as a teenager and all. Its months after him and Hit Girl took down a mob boss and kicked...well ass.
Hit Girl is training him as a fighter. Wanting to make him better. She of course kicks his ass pretty easy. But won't go easy on him. Big Daddy as she claims would never go easy. He'd make him do 300 pushups for failure. Anyhow she has him fight 3 brainless fools she hired in his training.
Mindy of course doesn't want her new dad Marcus to know. But he does and shows her the guns she's been stashing in her room. He jokes that he can't expect her to stop what she was born to do. But for him and her new mom if she can try. Mindy agrees reluctantly to try and be a normal teenager for them.
Kick-Ass however wants to form a super hero team . He wants to protect the streets still even if his private life sucks. Girl he likes won't talk to him , he's been turned down a lot. But he has hope which is nice.
We see him patrol the streets with a new hero named Dr. Gravity. Who as an older black guy wants to do the right thing. They run into a group of punks who want a fight and Kick-Ass shows his new fighting skills he learned from Mindy. The friends wanna run in and they take off.
The next night we see Dave (Kick-Ass) try and text Mindy. She of course is at a party and has promised her new dad and mom she won't be a hero anymore. Dave goes on his patrol with Gravity and he gets introduced to a new team of heroes called ...JUSTICE FOREVER. The coolest thing he has ever saw.
Millar hasn't finished Nemesis yet (there is a promo piece issue #4 is coming for it in this) but here is Kick-Ass II. Its pretty nice start and Millar drops hints of future story line with Mist and his group fighting in Times Square and traveling the globe.
As long as Millar stays on these projects he's fine. He can create his own characters and back story for us to read. Plus we have to wonder how fast Kick-Ass II will make it to film .
Batman & Robin #15 : This is the grand finale all leading into Bruce Wayne's return and his showdown with Dr. Hurt in a rematch ! Hurt's schemes seem to have worked. The antitode will make thousands in Gotham raving heroin addicts. We see the Joker teasing Damian and all. Damian manages to shake loose the toxin and threatens to crush the Joker's windpipe .
The Joker tells him he will do everything as ordered or things will go wrong. Damian reluctantly agrees and he manages to free Gordan . He makes Gordan leave back to Gotham as he takes on a bunch of rogues. Which are too many and he gets taken down.
Hurt meanwhile is back proclaiming to be Dr. Thomas Wayne and gonna make a mockery of Wayne , his ill son and his doped up wife. He taunts Damian and Dick then shoots Grayson in the back of the head with a small gun. He claims the pellet won't penetrate the brain for another 12 hours. But by then it will cause a hematoma and fracture his skull.
Hurt wants Damian to accept him as the Devil and become his servant and he will save Grayson. He tells him of the ceremony of the Bat and that Barbartos will come and open the box of Ancient Secrets. Isntead the box on its own opens ...and with a sign that says GOTCHA !
At the end we see this distraction as Hurt stares at the box allows Dick and Damian to get free and smack him into a room. As he lays there we see Grayson taunt him. How he was a fool to come back and now "Devil....meet BAT GOD..." We see an angry Bruce in the shadows..."ITS ALL OVER...."
Nice way to build a suspenseful chapter by Morrison. As we will see how Bruce planned for Hurt over the years time jumping. Morrison is a master and I can't wait for Batman Inc. coming in November.
Deadpool #28: Wade Wilson has just been recruited by Steve Rodgers , the former Captain America. Wade blows up a terrorist cells place and weapons...which pisses off Rodgers. Of course...its not Rodgers. Its failed genetic clones (the others are Black Widow and Moon Night) made by Dr. Bong who is using the clones to do therapy work on Wade now.
Deadpool has no clue about this and really wants to impress Steve Rodgers and be a hero for him. So he runs into him and tries to apologize...and doesn't realize...its the real Steve Rodgers. He pretty much slugs Deadpool and after a couple more hits , Wade GETS PISSED. Bong discusses how as much as Wade hates himself , he can hate his friends worse as he bloodies Rodgers.
The 2 have a hardcore brawl as Bong claims that Rodgers isn't afraid to die. But Deadpool hates to live ! The real Moon Night arrives and finally Rodgers (the real one) admits they need to talk. Bong realizing his work is goin down the tubes suddenly CHIMES and destroys his clones and drops the entire building on everyone as Black Widow watches outside !
I have to say I love that Way is bringing back classic rogues and people from the past run Kelly did. 1st it was Weasel , then Blind Al...now Dr. Bong ! Deadpool foooooreeeevvveeer.
END OF PART 1....Part 2 coming....