Hey there, everybody. This past weekend, I took a road trip to Washington D.C. with a friend of mine and didn’t prepare for my absence at all. Honestly, I should have written these reviews earlier in the week and scheduled them throughout the weekend. But them’s the breaks. To make up for that, I’ve written some ‘3-Sentence Reviews’ for some of the issues that I missed while hanging out in the nation’s capital.
Saga continues as Marko and Alana face the Horrors of the night, and it turns out, they’re not so scary after all! With her husband unconscious, Alana must deal with the ghosts who are stuck on the planet Cleave and simply want to interact with the living. Forced to team up with a ghost named Izabel, Alana must get Marko to snow before he dies. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to show the rest of the comic book industry exactly what good writing is.
After a fist issue that couldn’t really make up it’s mind about whether there would be actual “winners” to these extended fights, AvX: VS #2 simply gets lazy. Captain America vs. Gambit is a ridiculous bout – that no on actually wanted – that goes in Cap’s favor for the sake of narrative instead of their supposed power sets. Colossus vs. Spider-Man was totally, completely unnecessary…and then Spidey runs away making Colossus the default winner. I’m sure I’ll continue checking out AvX: VS simply for the art, but beyond that, this mini-series has showed that there’s little value to it’s $3.99 price point.
Red Hood and The Outlaws #9
STORY: Scott Lobdell
ART: Kenneth Rocafort
Probably one of the best “Night of the Owls” crossover issues, Red Hood and The Outlaws #9 introduces Mr. Freeze back into the ‘New 52’, as well as gives readers one of the most compelling Talons yet. The gang splits up with Starfire and Roy attempting to stop Mr. Freeze from controlling all of Chinatown, while Jason runs off after the Talon who was after Freeze in the first place. Scott Lobdell usually falls on his face, but in RHatO, his writing has been golden; the discussion between Jason and the Talon is touching, moving, and actually makes the reader empathize with the undead assassin. Mr. Freeze will be featured in this month’s Batman Annual #1.