Spoiling this Week DC Comics : June 27th 2012

The Scarecrow returns, the Justice League has a new Villain and  Aquaman commits murder. All this and more in this edition of Spoiling this Week, so keep reading or get lost.

All Star Western # 10

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Justin Gray and Jimmy Pamiotti: Writers, Moritat: Artist, Garbiel Bauitsta : Colorist

Rob Leigh: Letterer, Ladronn: Cover, Kate Stewart: Assitant Editor, Joey Cavalieri: Editor.

The Rundown

Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham return to Gotham to find Talluah Black, an old flame of Jonah’s, thrown out a window. Talluah was trying to exact her revenge on her enemy Lucius Bennet. Bennet is a wealthy and tyrannical land owner that apparently took Talluahs family’s land. Jonah takes Talluah to Armadaues house so she can recover. Meanwhile the Court of Owls is displeased that the Followers of Cain have tried to move in on their turf. They propose to try to manipulate Jonah and Talluah into taking care of Bennet who has ties with the Followers. Amadeus Arkham interviews a Chimney Sweep who has gone mad because he thinks he saw a Talon. Amadeus is attacked and led out of the Chimney sweeps cell. As he leaves he hears a noise. Amadeus re-enters the cell and sees that the sweep and the guard murdered.

Backup story

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Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez : Artist, Patricia Mulvihill: Colorist, Rob Leigh: Letterer

The story focuses on Bat-lash a charismatic cowboy with a streak of good luck. Lash is accused of impregnating a woman and is now forced to marry said woman. He figures out that the child is not hers and gets the woman to admit it.

My thoughts

I’m enjoying the odd couple like relationship that Jonah and Amadeus have. I’m also glad that they are continuing with exploring who and what the Court of Owls are. The back up story while fun to read really was to open and shut for my tastes.

Aquaman #10

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Geoff Johns: Writer, Ivan Reis: Penciller, Joe Prado and Andy Landing: Inkers,

Rod Reis: Colorist, Nick J. Napolitano: Letterer, Reis,Prado and Reis: Cover

Sean Mackiewicz: Asst. Editor, Pat Mccallum: Editor

The Rundown

One of Aquaman’s allies, the Operative, breaks in to Black Manta’s lair and finds out how Manta found the rest of the Others. The Others are a group of adventures that all have abilites from Atlantean artifacts. Aquaman was the leader of The Others. Mera confronts Dr. Shin about his ties with Manta. He reveals that after Manta attacked Arthur at his home one day it caused his father to have a heart attack and die. In a fit of rage Aquaman seeks out and attacks Manta on his boat and kills him. Only it wasn’t Black Manta but Manta’s father. Black Manta witnessed Arthur with his hands around his fathers throat. Meanwhile Aquaman fights Black Manta in the city.  The Prisoner and Aquamans old flame Ya’wara try and stop the two from killing each other. They need to find out what Black Manta wants with the Atlantean artifacts that each of the Other’s have. Manta steals Ya’wara’s orb which allows him to teleport to Dr. Shin’s lab were he confronts Shin and Mera.

My Thoughts

This issue goes by too fast. I like the new twist on the relationship between Manta and Aquaman. I wish they would update Manta’s costume; the giant helmet is so old fashion. Scuba divers never would wear something that huge on their head in today’s age. Geoff Johns is very good at telling an story with b list characters, but my one problem is he tells the story at a snails pace. This arch could easily be 3 issues long, but instead its 5 issues long.

Batman the Dark Knight # 10

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Gregg Hurwitz: Writer, Davd Finch: Penciller, Richard Friend: Inker,

Sonia Oback: Colorist, Dezi Sienty: Letterer, Finch and Friend with Jeromy Cox: Cover

Rickey Purdin: Assistant Editor, Mike Marts: Editor.

The Rundown

The Scarecrow is back and causing havoc in Gotham. After sewing his mouth shut the Scarecrow fear gases a young girl and sets her loose on the streets of Gotham. Batman foils a high speed pursuit. The guy running away was caught dropping off the young girl that was gassed by the Scarecrow. He claims that the Hollow Man gave him money to drop the kid off. Batman tries to get the young girl to open up to him about the Scarecrow. Bruce gives Damien the cold shoulder when Damien tries to open up to him. Bruce’s fling breaks up with him, because she feels there is no connection with him. Commissioner Gordon is gassed at his house and wakes up with the Scarecrow breathing down his neck.

My Thoughts

Although this is the best written Batman the Dark Knight since the book began, I still don’t see the point to having this comic around. Sure David Finch does some really good art, but there are at least two other books that feature Batman that are better than this. Also again with the Scarecrow people. C’mon Batman has one the best rogue galleries out there and you had to pick one that was featured a few months ago.

Batman Incorporated #2

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Writer:Grant Morrison, Artist: Chris Burnham, Color, Nathan Fairbairn

Lettering: Patrick Brosseau, Cover: Burnham and Fairbairn

Variant Cover: Cameron Stewart, Assistant Editor Rickey Purdin, Associate Editor: Brian Smith

Editor: Mike Marts

The Rundown

We are treated this month to a recap of the life of Talia al Ghul. Raised by the evil Ra’s al Ghul and given everything a child of an evil eco terrorist could ask for except for a mother. She rebels against her father and Mothers a child with Batman. In the present day Talia takes control of Ra’s operation.

My thoughts

Finally an exploration on how the events in Batman Inc. sort of fit into the new Continuity. However I swear there is a scene that resembles events in Infinite Crisis with a pre-flashpoint Black Adam. Bad form for that panel, but otherwise a great recap that is needed more in this rebooted universe.

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #10

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Tony Bedard: Writer, Tomas Giorello: Penciller, Nathan Eyring and HI-FI: Colorists,

Dave Sharpe: Letterer, Cover: Kirkham, Batt, and Ruffing

Sean Mackiewicz: Asst. Editor, Pat Mccallum: Editor

The Rundown

The rest of the New Guardians arrive at Odym, the home of the Blue Lantern’s, to witness the Reach destroying the planet. Saint Walker is trying his best to fend off the Scarab invasion, but without a Green Lantern a Blue Lantern doesn’t have too many offensive options.  Akrillo and his Weaponeer arrive along with Fatality and Kyle Rayner.  Even though the battle is turning  Kyle convinces Saint Walker to abandon the planet. Saint Walker believes that the Reach was led to Odym by the keeper of the Orange Light: Larfleezee.

My thoughts

I think I’m not the only one who thought that without a Green Lantern a Blue Lantern is next to worthless. I’m glad this issue proved me wrong. Blue Lantern’s are capable of holding their own in a fight. Like all the Lantern books I’m holding my breath waiting to see what will happen. Each group of Lanterns all seem to have separate tragedies happen to them. This is all leading up to the giant Third Army Crossover this October.

I, Vampire #10

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Joshua Hale Fialkov: Writer, Andrea Sorrentino: Artist, Marcelo Maiolo: Colorist

Patrick Brosseau: Letterer, Clayton Crain: Cover, Chris Conroy: Editor

The Rundown

Andrew Bennett is challenged by Mary for control of the Vampire horde. While Mary pulls out all the tricks in her bag; she is no match for the magic fueled Bennett. Meanwhile the kidnapped Professor Troughton and Tig debate with their kidnappers the Van Helsings. The Helsings are ancient vampire hunters who date back to egyptian times. They take vampire hunting to whole other level by doing whatever it takes to kill, even murder humans. As the fight between Andrew and Mary comes to a close they are treated to a Napalm strike by the Helsings. Andrew Bennett invited the Helsings in hopes that he can convince them that the horde is not a threat. The Helsings double crossed Bennett, because they just can’t pass on a good vampire slaughter. As the vampires burn paratroopers drop down to finish off the vampire horde. The Professor and Tig are in one of the planes that are dropping napalam when the pilots jump out. On the ground the Helsings that are killed are rising from the dead.

My thoughts

I love when two seemingly sepreate stories come together. The fight between Mary and Andrew was awesome as well as the threat of that Helsings. I don’t even try to hide the fact that I fucking love this series. Read it!!!

Justice League Dark #10

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Written by: Jeff Lemire, Art by: Mikel Janin, Colors by: Ulises Arreola, Lettered by: Ulises Arreola,

Cover art by: Ryan Sook, Assistant Editor Katie Kubert, Editor Brian Cunningham

The Rundown

Constantine invites the rest of the JLD to the House of Mystery to discuss what they should do with the map to the Books of Magic. The House is an interdiminsional nexus outside of time and space and the Books of Magic are the ultimate magic books. Constantine won the key to the house in a poker game between Father Time ( from S.H.A.D.E.) and Dr. Occult.  Andrew Bennett gets tired of being jerked around by Constantine and leaves the House. Thats when Constantine drops the bomb on the team: Once you willing enter the House of Mystery the owner (Constantine) can summon you back whenever he feels like it. Meanwhile Madame Xanadu has a the same vision of the JLD dead but this time the vision reveals that it is Constantine with the Books of Magic that has killed them.  Deadman wants the map destroyed, and even though Black Orchrid and Doctor Mist work for A.R.G.U.S., they too want the map destroyed. While they discuss what to do with the map the Demon Three attack. Constantine opened the map, triggering Faust’s booby trap.  Faust allowed the team to take the map last issue knowing full well he can’t open the trap it was encased in. With the trap sprung the Demon Three run off with the map. Back at the A.R.G.U.S. HQ Steve Trevor is interrogating  Felix Faust when The Demon Three return and they want access to the Black Room.

My Thoughts

When this series first started it seemed to have a bit of an identity issue. It didn’t know if it wanted to be closely affiliated with the Justice League or its own thing. This new direction seems to find the balance between those two issues. I like that A.R.G.U.S. connects these two series, but while the Justice League acknowledges they are a team, this group is more a group out of circumstance and fate. I’m really enjoying this arch and can’t wait to see what else is in the Black Room.

Justice League #10

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Geoff Johns: Writer, Jim Lee, Penciller, Scott Williams, Mark Irwin and Jonathan Glapion: Inkers

Alex Sinclair, Gabe Eltaed, Tony Avina and HIFI: Colors, Pat Brosseau: Letters

Katie Kubert: Asst. Editor, Brian Cunningham: Editor, Lee,Williams and Sinclar: Cover,

Cully Hammer: Variant Cover

The Rundown

Its revealed that the writer named David Graves was granted powers by the mystical Asuras. Now just referring to himself as Graves he has gathered enough intel from the respective heroes arch enemies to successfully take on the Justice League. Batman realizing that this mysterious new threat is gathering intel calls a meeting of the League. While discussing what Graves knows it is revealed that the League knows less about each other than they once thought. As they are sorting everything out they are attacked by Graves who seems to have the ability to make the League re-live there most painful emotions with crippling results . Graves easily defeats the League and threatens to reveal how they were responsible for the death of Graves family.

Backup story

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Geoff Johns: Writer, Gary Frank: Artist, Brad Anderson: Colorist,

Nick J. Napolitano: Letterer, Katie Kubert: Asst. Editor, Brian Cunningham: Editor

Continuing the origin of Shazam. Billy Batson still distraught over the confrontation last issue visits his only friend: a tiger he named Tawny. Freddy Friedman follows him and says he and the other foster kids are thankful for Billy standing up against the Bryer Brothers. Billy muses that he still wants to get back at Mr. Bryer; Freddy admits that he knows where they live. A smile forms on Billys face. Meanwhile Dr. Sivana releases Black Adam from his imprisonment, and he is pissed.

My Thoughts

Again Johns knows how to take a story a stretch it to the limits. Lucky for him he knows how to write a good story. The little moments make this issue, like when Cyborg reveals that Batman doesn’t trust anyone and Green Lantern asks sarcastically” is anyone surprised by this?” I’m liking the new origin of Shazam and can’t wait to see what happens next.

Superman # 10

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Story and Pencil Art by Dan Jurgens, Finished Art by Jesus Merino, Colored by Tanya and Richard Horie

Lettered by Rob Leigh, Assistant Editor Darren Shan, Associate Editor Wil Moss,

Editors: Matt Idelson and Eddie Berganza, Cover by Ivan Reis, Eber Ferreira and Rod Reis

The reporter Vic Barnes reveals to the world that Superman is none other than Spence Becker. This is a shock to Superman who is fighting a woman named Anguish. Anguish has the ability to became immaterial or as dense as she needs to be. Anguish broke into a bank to steal a locket from inside a safety deposit box. While Anguish is fighting Superman she notices the jumbo-tron in down town Metropolis that states that Superman is Spence Becker. Superman realizes that the locket is the key to all of this mess and grabs it out of her hand. Anguish retaliates and knocks Supes to the ground inadvertently destroying the Locket. Pissed off she sets out to find the family of Spence Becker to get revenge. Lois Lane is angry at her boss Morgan Edge for going above her head and airing the story of Superman’s secret I.D.. Edge already has sent Vic Barnes to follow on the story by going to Becker’s house. Spence Becker’s life has been turned upside down by this report and pleads with Lois Lane to retract the story. Anguish shows up at the Becker house hold and attempts to harm Mrs. Becker. Superman interferes and reveals that he has fixed the locket that was broken. Anguish’s anger subsides and she quickly escapes. Lois, Jimmy and Spence arrive at the scene proving once and for all that Superman is not Spence Becker. Becker punches Vic Barnes in the face. Meanwhile in Russia a new threat emerges.

My thoughts

This issue was an excellent example of how to do a simple Superman story. The past few years this magazine has been plagued with over the top epic after over the top epic. Its nice to have this simple story of mistaken identity over an introduction of a new female villain.

Teen Titans #10

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Story by Scott Lobdell, Pencils by Brett Booth, Inks by Norm Rapmund,

Colors by Andrew Dalhouse with Blond, Letters by Carlos M. Mangual,

Covers by Booth, Rapmund, and Dalhouse,

Assistant Editor : Darren Shan, Editor : Eddie Berganza

The Rundown

The teens are reunited on the Mysterious island of mystery. Kid Flash and Solstice have the beginnings of a new romantic relationship. Tim Drake questions why they should still remain a team. Bunker quells those doubts and convinces him that he is a good leader. Superboy thanks Tim for busting him out of  N.O.W.H.E.R.E.. Lastly Danny the Alley uses his last bit of strength to teleport the teens back home. Meanwhile in Washington D.C. Amanda Waller is plotting against our heroes.

My Thoughts

Have you ever watched Family Guy and tried to remember what happened in the episode, but can’t remember a single joke. You remember the episode being funny but can’t for the life of you remember any specifics. Every issue Scott Lobdell has written is kind of like that. You know stuff happened in the story but it just can’t recall it.

The Fury of Firestorm #10

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Plot by Ethan Van Sciver and Joe Harris, Written by Joe Harris

Pencilled by Yildiray Cinar, Inked by Marlo Alquiza, Lettered by Travis Lanham

Colored by HIFI, Cover by Yildiray Cinar and Ethan Van Sciver, with HIFI

Assistant editor: Rickey Purdin, Edited by Rachel Gluckstern

The Rundown

Jason Rusch and Firehawk try to fuse into one, but is rejected by the Quantum field. They continue to search for Ronnie who has been kidnapped by the Russian Firestorm named Pozhar. Ronnie has lost his left hand and is taunted by Pozhar to try to reform it. After being pushed to the limit Ronnie almost recreates his missing appendage. Pozhar is attacked by the Indian Firestorm Rakshasi who claims that Pozhar has gone rogue. Pozhar defeats Rakshasi easily but is interrupted by Ronnie who has reactivated his Firestorm abilities and formed a new hand.

My thoughts

This comic suffers every time they show off a new firestorm. It seems like every issue there is some new character that is shuffled on the scene and then is quickly shuffled off. Pozhar has been the most constantly intriguing character, which doesn’t bode well for Ronnie and Jason. Ronnie is too brash for my liking and Jason is a giant stick in the mud. Neither one has any likeable traits. This series needs to slow down for a second and catch its breath. It needs to re-establish its main characters before moving too far ahead of its self with its endless supply of Firestorms.

The Savage Hawkman #10

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Plot: Rob Liefield, Script: Rob Liefield and Mark Poulton, Pencils: Joe Bennett

Inks: Art Thibert, Colors: Jason Wright, Letterer: Travis Lanham

Cover: Rob Liefield with Matt Yackey, Assistant editor: Rickey Purdin

Editors: Rachel Gluckstern and Harvey Richards

The Rundown

Hawkman is trapped fighting in a makeshift gladiator game, to show off the Nth metal armor for Xerxes and his potential buyers. Carter defeats each gladiator in spectacular fashion. Xerxes is frustrated and jumps into the ring to take on the winged wonder. Hawkman throws Xerxes around the arena defeating him. Hawkman grabs his lady friend Emma and busts out of the arena. Carter and Emma makes plans to escape but a new threat by the name of Pike is on their trail.

My thoughts

People give Liefield a lot of shit (including myself), but I’m going to say that I actually prefer the direction he is taking this book. However I must say that this new guy Pike seems like a knock off of Deadpool (who is a knock off of Deathstroke).

The Flash # 10

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Script and Cover: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Pencils by Marcus To,

Inks by Ray McCarthy, Colors: Brian Buccellato (pg 1-10) and Ian Herring (pgs 11-20)

Letters: Wes Abbott, Associate Editor: Chris Conroy, Editor: Matt Idelson

The Rundown

Barry Allen back from his recent trip to Gorilla City, has set out to find his girl Patty Spivott so he can reveal that he is the Flash. Patty however has been kidnapped by a Guatemala drug cartel who is affiliated with the Weather Wizard. Patty was investigating Claudio Mardon’s murder which revealed he was the head of the Mardon Cartel. Marco Mardon aka the Weather Wizard is in Guatemala to find out who murdered his brother. The Flash believes that the Weather Wizard has kidnapped Patty, but when the Flash captures Marco he says that he would never interfere with Patty’s work because he wants the same results. It turns out that Claudio’s wife was behind the murder since Claudio wanted to appease a rival cartel. Marco gets pissed and lighting blasts the both of them. Flash is reunited with Patty. Patty tells the Flash that she blames him for Barry’s “death.” Barry decides that if Patty is to move forward in her life Barry Allen has to be dead to her. The Wizard survives the lightning blast and is confronted by the ghost of the Glider, Leonard Snarts (Captain Cold) dead sister.

My Thoughts

I had to do a double take when I started reading this issue. The way the last issue ended I thought I had missed something. The Flash is a great book to read and this has been a great intro for the new Weather Wizard, and it looks like the beginning of the formation of the Rogues.

Voodoo #10

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Writer: Joshua Williamson, Artist: Sami Basri, Colors: Jessica Kholinne

Letters: Jared K Fletcher, Cover: Paulo Siqueira, Cover Colors: Rod Reis

Editor: Brian Smith.

The Rundown

Voodoo tries to retrieve a powerful weapon on Europa for her master Helspont. Priscella and the black razors are in hot pursuit when they accidentally crash on Jupiter’s moon Europa. On the surface of the moon there is an ancient group of Daemonites who were left there to protect the blue flame; the weapon Voodoo was set to return with. The leader of the Daemonite group Mol Stone shows Voodoo where to go to retrieve the legendary weapon. Guarding the flame are two statues that rip apart any who approach.

My thoughts

If it wasn’t for this blog I would never read this book. While there have been entertaining moments here and there in the series, the story is an absolute mess. The book is slowly improving, however I don’t recommend this title.

Book of the Week : I, Vampire #10

Well thats it… whats that drunk Superman?

Thats right I hit a womenz cause she dezerfed it. -as seen in Superman #10 (2012)

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~ by Andrew Braid on July 8, 2012.

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