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Hit the jump for the Moments of the Week.
Nice reference to Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger. Screw Bob Kane, the hack that used ghostwriters and artists throughout his career and sold the rights to Batman with the demand that he be the only one credited as the creator of Batman.
That car is awesome. Where's my toy version at?
We need to have Alfred as the Joker made canon. This was my favourite eulogy from this issue. Not sure how any, if Gaiman continues with them next issue, will top how "the butler did it".
Loved the, "I'm the goddamn Riddler", line. Nice All Star Batman reference.
Any guesses as to who the woman is? She says Batman isn't dead yet, so I'm not sure what to make of it. Leslie Thompkins? Talia? Catwoman? Martha Wayne?
CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI13 #10
You can check the full meeting between these two on CBR or various other websites with previews, but I just wanted to highlight at least one page of the confrontation. Kirk draws an amazing Doom and I hope he shows up more in this storyarc, even if only to mock Dracula some more.
It'd be interesting if Dracula and his vampire army ended up serving Doom, adding to his recent acquisition of the entire Asgardian population, thanks to Loki. Combined with Namor's Atlantean honour guard, which joined up with Doom back in the summer of last year, and Doom has quite the army at his disposal.
Vampire blood rockets. The world is now a better place with this idea in the collective consciousness.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33
I found it hilarious Mongul's arm is just flying around on its own, killing and destroying everything it is path.
Did it mention what the penalty for defying the new law forbidding inter-Lantern relationships was? I imagine these two will be caught eventually, but no idea what the Guardians will do. Expel Kyle, who single handedly rebuilt the Corps?
Sucks we'll have to wait another month for the actual fight between these two. Was surprised to see they remembered to draw Mongul's eye missing and his arm even has the yellow construct glow on it showing how it's held in place after being cut off a few issues back.
Whole mess of hints and speculation from this one page at the end of Nightwing. Is that Robin or Damian in the Batman costume up top? The costume is really baggy on whoever is wearing it, so I assume it's one of them wearing Bruce's costume. Also, it looks like Dick is training Damian in the Batcave with Talia looking on. Did Talia move on to Dick with Bruce dead?
And looks like Batgirl is back up in the top panel, which implies many of the rumours about Barbara not being Oracle anymore might be true. Finally, I wonder if the third evil Batman from Morrison's run is the one with the gun to Nightwing's head or if it's Jason Todd in a Batman costume, as this one isn't nearly as baggy on the assailant as the one in the uppermost panel.
Loved this opening image, so just sharing it with everyone.
Seems Bor was worthy of wielding Mjolnir. Makes sense, but I wasn't expecting it to happen, so caught me off guard.
This was awesome when I first read it, but...
The more I sit on it, the more it feels like pandering to fans. There's literally no reason for the Dark Avengers or even the real Avengers to show up here as no one is currently in Thor's Odinforce power range (maybe Sentry, depends on who's writing) and all Thor was doing was calling his friends to die to Bor if they had shown up.
Add in the fact Sentry and Ares, the only two heavy hitters on the Dark Avengers that could have made a difference, aren't in this issue for some reason and it's like the Thor vs Iron Man fight from earlier in the series. This one lacks the political soapboxing the Iron Man fight had, but still only seems to pander to fans looking for fights and kind of undersells these new Dark Avengers, who've not even had a major outing in their own book yet.
Every one of them were taken out in the span of a panel and Thor simply threw Norman Osborn through a building in a Team Rocket-esque "bad guy shows, gets taken out instantly so we can get back to the main show" battle.
Ah well, it was still enjoyable, but just don't think about it too much.
Beautiful page marred by that huge sound effect at the bottom. This issue, in particular, had a lot of instances of overly large sound effects for some reason.
While Coipel did an amazing job on the rest of the issue, I think his Doom falls short of the bar set by Leonard Kirk's version in Captain Britain & MI13 this week. Still, the fact all of Asgard is moving to Latveria to seek refuge with Dr Doom is moment worthy enough on its own.
I couldn't post the entire Mini Marvels (believe, I wanted to), but I think "Zombie Thor" is probably the best part of this one. They should just give Chris Giarrusso a monthly Mini Marvels already.