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Giant-Size Graphic Breakdown: ‘Deathstroke #7’, ‘Frostbite #3’ and ‘Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 Chapter 1’ Are The Best of The Week

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Looking for a few books to read this Thanksgiving? Well here you go!

Happy Thanksgiving and after you are done eating, read some comic books!

bm66mww77_ch01-d_sfcoverBatman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 Chapter 1 (digital)

Written by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko
Illustrated by David Hahn
Published by DC Comics

This premiere digital issue teaming up the Adam West Batman and the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman is a lot of fun.

As soon as I saw Parker and Andreyko’s names attached I knew I was in for a good time.

And they delivered.

What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul hired Catwoman to steal?

And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane—to his childhood fight against actual Nazis?

Witness the Caped Crusader’s first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman!

The story is great. And the art by Hahn is great. Hahn is an underrated talent and it’s nice to see him shine here. We need more comic books like this. I can’t wait to read the full thing…this is a nice treat before the holidays.

RATING: A-

 

ds_cv7_dsDeathstroke #7 

Written by Christopher Priest
Breakdowns by Larry Hama
Illustrated by Carlo Pagulayan
Published by DC Comics

Watching Superman get yelled at has to be one of my favorite comic book moments in years.

I seriously laughed out loud and that was only the first page.

Again, this issue was so damn good I couldn’t put it down. This is great work by a great creative team.

After Deathstroke confronts the enemy behind Wintergreen’s abduction and the attempted murder of his daughter, he soon finds himself abandoned on a suicide mission where he confronts an unbeatable foe….who may or may not be Superman.

Don’t expect a Deathstroke/Superman brawl this issue…that’s going to be next issue.

But this is a great set up for that upcoming fight. Priest kills it on the writing part and Pagulayan is one of the best artists at DC right now. You put these two together and you get one hell of a comic book.

This is one is the best continuing bright spots in the Rebirth line. It’s an awesome run.

Pick them all up and read what might be the best Deathstroke story ever.

RATING: A

 

fls_cv11_dsThe Flash #11 

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by David Gianfelice
Published by DC Comics

What is going on with this title???

The first 8 issues were great! They had life and a plan in place.

Now, we get cartoony art, and a story that doesn’t meld with it at all.

It just comes off as completely bland and this title can be better than that.

Lost in the infinite horror of the Shadowlands, The Flash and Kid Flash’s new partnership is tested as they fight to uncover the dark secrets of the Shade and his mysterious plans for the speedster duo.

The whole affair just seems pointless. There’s not much to grab onto so you lose interest quick.

The writing is competent and the art is not very good. Here’s hoping that Carmine Fi Giandomenico comes back next issue.

The last three issues? I’ve missed him and his teamwork with Williamson.

RATING: C

 

tns_cv5_dsTeen Titans #5 

Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Brett Booth
Published by DC Comics

This entire issue is basically Wally West running. And it’s not terrible. But that’s the only story you’re getting this issue.

Wally running and reflecting. It does lead to an emotional climactic moment, so I’m okay with giving this a passing grade.

So again, Abnett doesn’t give us much of a story.

But Brett Booth certainly pulls his weight on the art. It’s hard to find an artist with more energy per page than Booth. His panel layouts, his figures, and his sheer fluidity are all impressive.

This hasn’t been a bad book.

I just wish there was a little more meat to go alongside the impressive visuals.

RATING: B-

frost_cv3Frostbite #3 

Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander
Published by DC Comics

This is further proof that Williamson is a fantastic writer. This book is just awesome and I can’t wait to read it in its entirety.

It’s really one of the best releases of the year.

Keaton has managed to get Vic out of Los Angeles, but the trouble is only just starting.

The mysterious Boss Burns knows the precious cargo that Vic is carrying, and he wants it for himself.

He’s put a price on the women’s heads, and now all of the nastiest gangs of the frozen American wasteland are barreling down on them, guns drawn and ready to claim the prize.

This book is exciting with great characters to boot. Williamson does his job well here and makes a compelling story you can’t put down.

And the art? It’s pure awesomeness. This is one of the best Illustrated books this year. It reminds me of a Heavy Metal book, and it’s damn good.

Sick of normal comic books? Pick this up. You’ll be happy you did. Then share it with a friend. Spread the word on this amazing title. It certainly deserves it.

RATING: A

 

dtc_cv945_dsDetective Comics  #946   

Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Al Barrionuevo and Carmen Carnero
Published by DC Comics

“The Victim Syndicate” storyline continues on in this issue.

And the story isn’t half bad.

Yet, I miss Eddy Barrows on art. He and Tynion are quite a team and this art team is rather tepid. It’s a shame because it doesn’t help the story much.

What happens in this issue?

Well, Batman is trying his best to hold his team together, but the Spoiler might have every reason to walk out the door…and others might follow!

The conflict is pretty interesting. It held my attention for the most part. Not a terrible issue. But rotating art teams are hurting this title. Let’s hope Barrows makes it back and DC gives him the time to finish each issue. It’d be worth it in the long run.

RATING: B-

 

bg_cv5_dsBatgirl #5 

Written by Hope Larson
Illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque
Published by DC Comics

This was a pretty good first five issues.

I think that mostly has to do with the art by Rafael Albuquerque.

He really hit his stride on the Mark Miller series, Huck, and he hasn’t let up since. He did a great job on this series. Hope Larson also did decent work writing…but I think Albuquerque is the star here.

Without him, this would just be another standard book.

This issue concludes the “Beyond Burnside” storyline.

Batgirl faces down Teacher in the streets of Shanghai, but will fists be enough against the intelligence—enhanced foe? Babs will have to conquer the pathways of her own mind in order to defeat this vicious predator once and for all!

It’ll be interesting to see where this series goes after Albuquerque leaves.

But I’ll be reading. I hope they can keep the quality up.

RATING: B+

 

bmb_cv2_dsBatman: Beyond #2 

Written by Dan Jurgens
Illustrated by Bernard Chang
Published by DC Comics

Well, this is fun. In a kind of bananas way which I love. Dan Jurgens is suited for this book and he seems to be having a lot of fun.

And that’s a good thing.

Terry is tested in a way he hasn’t been since he returned as Batman. In Jokerztown to rescue Dana, he’s not up against one foe but an entire community of clown-worshipping crazies, all led by the deadly Terminal.

Is it possible his crime-fighting career—and his life—will both end just as he’s starting over?

This is a good title thus far.

Terry fights against the Jokerz and it’s been a pretty thrilling ride thus far. Chang does a good job on art duties and it’s all very well done.

I’m enjoying it. And you can’t ask for more from a comic book.

RATING: B+

fq_cv7_dsFuture Quest #7 

Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Evan Shaner, Ron Randall and Steve Lieber
Published by DC Comics

Let’s face it: The Hanna Barbara comics from DC have all been unmitigated disasters.

They just failed on all fronts to create any magic from these characters.

Except this comic.

Jeff Parker kills it, month in and month out showing that a good story, some ingenious ideas, and good art are sometimes all you need to create a good comic book.

Mysterious vortexes are appearing around the world, each unleashing a horrible threat!

With Dr. Quest still missing and the leaders of the world beginning to doubt Inter-Nation, a new team of heroes must rise to defend California…The Impossibles!

Meanwhile, fledgling hero Mightor begins his training with Birdman.

This is so much fun. I actually look forward to this coming out each month. It’s delightful fun.

This book is the only bright spot in the entire Hanna Barbera line. And it’s damn good.

RATING: B+

 

And the rest…

1

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #9
Written by Robert Venditti
Illustrated by Rafa Sandoval
Published by DC Comics
A rather uninspired book yet again. At least the art is good. I really would like this book to reset at this point. It needs it.
RATING: C

Harley Quinn #8   
Written by Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti 
Illustrated by Char Hardin
Published by DC Comics
More of the same from the Harley Quinn creative team…and that’s good news! The writing is always a good time and the art by Hardin is always good! If you like this title, you’ll love this issue.
RATING: B

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #20
Written by Sholly Fisch
Illustrated by Dario Bruezuela
Published by DC Comics
Okay, this is a hell of a lot of fun. The Scooby-doo gang teams up with Space Ghost. I loved this. No reboots…just pure classic fun.
RATING: A-

2Six Pack and Dog Wielder #4   
Written by Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Russ Braun
Published by DC Comics
This series makes me laugh out loud. Ennis and Braun work we together and it has enough dark humor to sustain it throughout. Not bad at all gentlemen.
RATING: B

Teen Titans #2 
Written by Benjamin Percy
Illustrated by Diogenes Neves
Published by DC Comics
I have trouble enjoying this title. The cartoon art doesn’t flow well with the story. We are going too far in the other direction for me here.
RATING: C

Super Powers #1   
Written and Illustrated by Art Baltazar and Franco
Published by DC Comics
An All-Ages title? And it’s a boatload of laughs? Why not! It was enjoyable to read with my seven year old daughter. I’ll let Callie give the grade here.
CALLIE’S GRADE: A+++++++

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