Weekly Comic Review for 10/16/13

OK. I think I’ve finally got the site back to normal. Now I can finally get back to my posts and I’m starting with a now well overdue comic review.

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 – It’s part 2 of the big rescue of Bloodshot. The H.A.R.D. Corps team takes on Harada’s psiots as they try to escape with a crippled Bloodshot. To save the team, Maniac makes the ultimate sacrifice while fighting Harada. Even though Bloodshot got away, Kozol isn’t satisfied that Harada still has the nanites. So, the team gets ready to head back, short one member but with a new leader in the form of Bloodshot. With the new team and just Major Palmer left over from before, H.A.R.D. Corps may not be so bad after all. I was ready to drop the book as soon as the title changed but I’m sticking around for now.

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1 of 6 – After the Crime Syndicate takes over and Ultraman moves the moon, the Rogues find Central City in shambles. Between the devastation the Syndicate caused and that done by Grodd, the Rogues are far from happy. While they are criminals, they are still protective of their city. I think the level of integrity they have despite being criminals is one thing that’s always drawn me to them. The Syndicate sends a team of (lame) bad guys after the Rogues. When they fail, Power Ring and Deathstorm take matters into their own hands. This can’t be good for the Rogues. I can’t wait to see what they do with 6 issues of fighting other bad guys here.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #24 – Lights Out part 3 – Oa is gone but the entities are back. They think Kyle is the answer to their situation and the six of them (all of them except the ones with Atrocitus and Sinestro) enter Kyle’s body. With the help of the Guardians, he gets them under control but comes to the realization that they actually need to help Relic. If he’s right, who knows where this is all going to lead to. I can’t see them getting rid of Green Lantern and all the others, but the green and blue lanterns are already destroyed.

Justice League of America #8 – Forever Evil tie-in – The Justice Leagues are dead… or are they? Even though the Crime Syndicate could have killed the heroes and told everyone they did kill them, they decided to just put them in virtual reality worlds. I mean, come on. Anyone could tell this would backfire on them. We start with Stargirl and the Martian Manhunter in one reality. J’onn goes off with what looks like Jason Rusch but doesn’t mentally read like him. They find Wonder Woman, Flash, Shazam, Superman, and Simon Baz. Each one is trapped in their own “reality” though. No clue where this will all lead to.

Kings Watch #2 – We have a Flash Gordon who is just meeting Dale and they haven’t explored space yet. Mandrake appears for one whole page through a fire summoning that Lothar makes. Everyone is still trying to find out what’s going on except for the bad guy who knows he wants the 2 crystals to activate the Kings Watch. I really thought this would be better. I thought this would be about the more developed characters. I also thought there would be more about Mandrake the Magician who was my favorite. This s a real disappointment. I think this is supposed to be a mini-series and I usually won’t drop a mini-series part way, but I might make an exception in this case.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #4 – Forever Evil tie-in – The destruction of the box sends Pandora to Earth 3 where she sees that the Crime Syndicate did to their world. She also meets the Martian Manhunter of that world who is blind and crippled. She ends up killing him while trying to find out how to get home. When she does get back, she takes the parts of the skull to her weapon maker to get it fixed but it’s beyond him. She then turns to Vandal Savage (whom she had a really interesting relationship with that I’m enjoying) who directs her to the Outsider. It should be interesting to see if and how she gets the box repaired and where things go from there in the long term.

Uncanny X-Men #13 – Battle of the Atom chapter 8 – With both teams of future X-Men in one place, the battle ensues. It is revealed that the black and red cloaked character is Wiccan. Another revelation is that the original X-Men can’t seem to go back in time, at least through the time cube. Throughout the battle some of the future mutants don’t end up making it. This includes Molly, Deadpool, and Xavier Jr. Only a couple more chapters to go until we find out what this is all leading to. Magik was able to take Beast and Iceman through time so maybe she could take the 5 back to their proper point. I mean, if they don’t go back, none of the history where they all appeared could happen. And since the new X-Men (Wolverine, Colossus, etc.) were formed to save the original team, none of that would come to be. So, they need to go back but where will that leave their title. I guess we’ll find out real soon.

And, with that, the review is finally done… except for the top 3. Those spots are going to Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Uncanny X-Men this week.

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