Man it seems like forever since I did one of these. I swear I'm gonna start blogging more than once a week for my loyal readers, especially since X makes me look bad by posting every night. What a jerk :P But today's review is special because for the FIRST time ever at JTCS I will review Marvel Comics as well. JT says what?! That's right guys, Deadpool #19 & #20 featuring our favorite Merc with a Mouth and a team up with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! Also the crossover between Batgirl and Red Robin starts and I'll be reviewing that, along with a few others so lets get into it.
Red Robin: So you're still playing "Dress-Up" then?
Batgirl: Let's not throw stones, "Boy Wonder." I'm not the one dressed like Dr. Mid-nite.
Red Robin #10
Hopefully Chris Yost's part of the story will be good considering he's not one of my favorite writers. The obvious answer would be to say he pretty much ruined Tim Drake for me in less than ten issues but yeah... lets hope he can keep up with Bryan Miller. Anyway this continues from the aforementioned Batgirl #08. So... This was unbelievably good. I liked this more than Batgirl believe it or not. Nice Humor with the Batgirl/Prudence interaction, the past with Tim and Steph was brought up, and I loved the cliffhanger. I gotta say Yost pleasantly surprised me with how good this is, and I'd recommend this to anyone who hadn't read his work because this was a damn good comic, especially for Yost. I'm going to give this an 8.5/10, it wasn't much better than Batgirl but just the fact that it was solid and funny was enough to shock me considering how I feel about Yost's work. If he keeps it up i may have to keep reading Red Robin.
Vicki Vale: Oh I'm not here to see Bruce, I'm here to see Tim Drake.Alfred: Master Timothy... is FAR too young for you.
So, I've been a Deadpool fan for a while. I've been a Spidey fan as long as I can remember, so when i heard the two were in a three issue crossover, I had to get them. So since issue three drops later this month I grabbed the first two and decided who better to be the first ever Marvel entries in JTCS. Plus with the upcoming Deadpool Corps, now's a good time to put the spotlight on a certain Wade Wilson. In this issue Deadpool has decided he wants to become a hero, so he travels to the Big Apple to learn from the one and only Spider-Man. What can I say about this issue? A lot of people don't care for Deadpool and think his comedy is hit or miss. Well it was knocked outta the park in this issue. I loved the comedy between those two, Spidey playing the straight-man to Deadpool's antics works so well it's amazing. Deadpool looking for Spidey and taking out an add in the newspaper that said "Yo Spidey, Holla Atcha Boy" had me laughing so hard. This isn't just jokes as the story was solid too, the villain left me kinda perplexed but hey, I've seen worse. Deadpool issue #19 gets a solid 8/10 from me and left me wanting more.
Deadpool: Spidey! What's up, baby boy? Haven't seen you since Amazing Spider-Man #611!
The series so nice I reviewed it twice... in a row. Or something, anyway this issue picks up where #19 left off. Now that our Amazing Arachnid and the Regenerating Degenerate know who their facing, the super dangerous gun toting simian known as Hit-Monkey. Who thinks of this?! This is so stupid yet genius enough to be a Deadpool villain. Hell who wouldn't fear a trained monkey with guns?! Anyway the comedy continues in this issue and we even get to see our cute and furry and deadly Hit-Monkey in action. Also for those of you that are into it, we see Deadpool in a dress so... um, yeah. Anyway I really liked this issue and can't wait to read the third issue. If Spidey and Deadpool had a comic series I'm confident I'd get every issue but until then a guy can dream can't he? Once again this gets a solid 9/10 from me. I really liked this issue and I can't find anything wrong with it, so bring on issue 21 asap.
Spider-Man: You know it just occured to me that... he can't really kill you, can he?
Deadpool: Well, No. Not... permanently...
Spider-Man: Then why are you so freaked out?
Deadpool: Uhh... because getting shot hurts?!
So far I've loved Widening Gyre so to say I've been waiting for issue #05 to drop is an understatement. I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith's work and the story of Bruce Wayne/Batman, his use of guys like Grayson and Drake and people like Baphomet and Silver Sable has been a breath of fresh air. This issue didn't stand as well as the others. The ending was anti-climactic and with so many stories built from the last issue like Bruce's love Triangle, what's gonna happen with the newest Vigilante in Gotham and Joker's easy dismissal I can't say I enjoyed this as much as I want to. Kevin's really put all his eggs in one basket and I don't know if this last issue will wrap up everything nicely considering there's only one issue left. That's the main problem I had with this issue, it was solid but nothing was really resolved. That's why I give this issue a 6.5/10. Kevin really needs to step it up in this last issue because I'd hate for something that started so promising to end in such a lame way.
Tim Drake: He's relentless. He won't quit. He's like John McClane.
Bruce Wayne: Who?Tim Drake: You've gotta crack open a DVD every once in a while, Bruce.
Justice League: The Rise and Fall Special
This takes place after JLA: Cry For Justice. I just want to say some moments of this comic were really deep. The talk between Wally and Dick wondering if what happened to Roy could have happened to them was really good to bring up, because they were all Titans together. That could have easily been Donna, Dick, Wally or anyone else. The stuff with Green Arrow was really dark and I don't know if I like it or not but as a man who's lost everything at the hands of Prometheus I can't really blame the guy. The line he said to Barry, which I won't mention for spoiler reasons was awesome, and Barry was quick to defend himself which made for great tension. The newspaper at the end was an excellent touch and I can say that for the first time since hearing out about Roy I think this may lead to a good storyline so I'm definitely captivated. Great start to hopefully a great story. This gets a 9/10 from me, here's hoping the streak continues.
Dick Grayson: He's missing a limb and you and I are still going.
Wally West: We're no better than Roy.
Dick Grayson: I know, so have we simply been luckier? And if so, for how long?
So, that's all from me. Six comics, for the most part very good ones I'd recommend. Definitely looking forward to the Deadpool/Spidey conclusion, the continuation of Batgirl & Red Robin and more of the Rise and Fall of Green Arrow/Arsenal. Before I get outta here I just want to wish myself a happy 20th Birthday. Why? Because I'm awesome and this is how I remind you guys :) But thanks for reading, hope to hear from you in the comments. Until next time, you've just been gobsmacked!
- Jason Todd