BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
All apologies for the delay this week as the Post-Crisis Previews come to you a day later than usual and a man short as Kirk is taking the night off. I'm still bringing the goods though as I take a look at my pull list with full commentary. Curious about this week's Uncanny X-Men? I've got you covered. Want my thoughts about the newest issue of Superman: Secret Origin? On it. Want all this and more? Well then hit the jump already!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Andy Clarke
The Dynamic Duo fight it out in the ultimate duel to the finish. Meanwhile, Robin's mother, Talia al Ghul, sends an old adversary of Dick Grayson's to complete the job that her son may not be able to stomach!
Ryan: After I swore off this title for good after issue #8, the glowing reviews for issue #10 sucked me back in. Much to my surprise, I actually really dug that issue. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the good vibes will continue with this issue, though with Morrison these days every issue is a gamble.
Written by Christopher Yost
Art by Marcus To
""Collision"" races to its conclusion as Ra's al Ghul's endgame for Red Robin begins. The Men of Death are on the move in Gotham City, and Red Robin, Batgirl and Prudence set out to stop them from killing everyone Bruce Wayne ever cared about. But before he can take on Ra's, Red Robin has to get past Gotham City's own protectors...
Ryan: The first two installments of the Red Robin/Batgirl crossover were a lot of fun, so I’m expecting the same with this issue. Of course, with Chris Yost and Marcus To handling the creative end of things, I can’t imagine it will be anything but awesome!
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Dustin Weaver
Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Isaac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come.
Ryan: I’ve been trying really hard to avoid getting caught up in new titles that will only make my pull list grow, but after seeing the awesome premise of this series and the gorgeous preview art from Dustin Weaver, there is no way I could avoid this series. This grand experiment is either going to be a colossal misstep or the biggest surprise to come out of Marvel this year!
Written Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank
Superman versus Metallo – for the first time! Witness the origin of one of Superman's most-feared foes, as an attack by Lex Luthor goes awry and gives birth to the evil of Metallo. Can an inexperienced Man of Steel handle a foe with a heart of Kryptonite? Meanwhile, Lois Lane and Perry White are close to revealing Luthor as the monster that he is – but are they willing to pay for that truth with their lives?
Ryan: I had honestly completely forgotten about this series in the time between the last issue and this week’s release. That is a total bummer on my part as this miniseries was one of my favorite books to launch in the last year. Forgotten or not, this should be awesome as Gary Frank is the best Superman artist of the modern era and Geoff Johns has been on a roll as of late.
Written by Jeph Loeb
Art by Arthur Adams
Who—or what—is Ultimate X? As the world comes back from the brink of destruction, those left behind struggle to find some semblance of hope. One young woman in particular--the alluring and mysterious Karen--tries to build her life back together, but seems to be hiding something...or rather running away from it. Why so serious, Karen? Maybe her dirty little secret isn't so little, and might be the key to the mystery of the ULTIMATE X! Brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer JEPH LOEB and legendary illustrator ARTHUR ADAMS!
Ryan: I only picked up the last issue of Ultimate Comics X on the strength of the art by Arthur Adams, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was the single best issue that Jeph Loeb had written since jumping over to Marvel from DC. Can they go 2 for 2? I sure hope so as I’d hate to blow the Ultimate Comics price of $4 on a stinker issue.
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson
The race to find Cable and Hope is on, but who will get to them first? Will it be Cyclops and the X-Men or Bastion and his mutant-hating cabal? Cyclops isn't waiting for the answer to that as he takes the fight directly to Bastion with the New Mutants!
Ryan: Second Coming kicked off in a big way last week, which really ups the ante for this second issue. Kudos to Marvel for putting their best foot forward early on in the crossover with Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson, though I can’t help but think by the solicitation that this one should be taking place in the New Mutants title (which I thought I had been cancelled months ago—my bad!).