Thursday, February 14, 2013

Resident Troll: Thoughts On Batgirl #17, Batman #17 and Ultimate Comics: X-Men #22.

Comics came out yesterday. Today I tell you what I thought about them.

BATGIRL #17: I don't know if we've gone over this yet, but I really love Gail Simone. She's probably one of my favorite comic writers. To be honest, though, Batgirl wasn't the best thing she had ever put out. I didn't quite connect with the story until the Knightfall story arc, but even then it was a bit touch and go. The Death of the Family tie-ins were pretty good, but turned a bit meh towards the end.

There'd been a large amount of controversy surrounding Gail Simone being taken off of Batgirl (and then put on again), and it generally left most people with a bad taste in their mouth about Ray Fawkes. Not going to lie, I was thinking something along the lines of oh, well we'll just have to suffer these two issues before Gail comes back.

Honestly, though? It pains me to say it, but I feel like Batgirl #17 has been the best we've seen from title in the New 52.

There is also a new artist on board, Daniel Sampere. In the beginning, I wasn't too keep on the style, but it definitely warmed up to me by the end of the issue. Ed Benes was okay, but I actually prefer the new artist.

Anyway, the issue starts business as usual. Barbara is on the computer, going through the police database. This issue definitely featured her out of the costume more than usual, but I personally like seeing her out of the cowl every now and then. The narration is told in third person -- which is different -- but then there's a little twist at the end, and you realize it's not some omnipotent narrator chronicling Babs' life. No, instead it's a rather key character.

Over all, I loved it. Now I'm actually sad to see that Ray Fawkes is leaving after issue #18, because he's doing this title really well.

BATMAN #17: This is the issue that concluded Death of the Family, if you didn't already know. A few months ago Chazz and I made a speculation video about the arc, considering it's close ties to Death in the Family. Guess what didn't happen? Just go ahead and read the name of the arc.

Yeah.

Basically, Batman #17 was very overhyped. Not to say it wasn't good, because that would insult the combination that is Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, but with what it was made out to be -- it was very underwhelming. Perhaps that is the fault of mine, along with other Batman fans, assuming there would be a bit more of a bang. However, we're left with what we have.

Not to say that it isn't substantial. DC promised that DotF would change the lives of the Bat family members, and it certainly has. I just wish it was a little bit more. The ride has been fun, though, and I'm looking forward to next week's issue. Bruce's pending mental stability is going to be questioned, and I'm excited for it.

ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #22: This ended another -- and generally underwhelming -- arc in the UC: X-Men series. There's not a whole lot to say about it. Brian Wood is still very good at what he does, and I love how he writes Kitty. I'm also really warming up to Tony Stark. I've always had this borderline dislike for him, but perhaps I'm coming around because of his willingness to help Utopia.

The art is very fun as usual, and while some might not be fans of the style, I certainly like it. Although I really do wonder: with limited resources, how does every female in Utopia have awesome hair? Comics, everybody.

While I love the kids over at Utopia, I do wants to know more about what's going on with Jean Grey and her mutant nation. I guess we'll find out soon!

Anyway, that's it for now. If you have any recommendations for comics that I should read, leave them in the comments below! I'm always up for picking up new series. Have a nice day!

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