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The Meh.

riddler

BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER by SCOTT SNYDER, RAY FAWKES, and JEREMY HAUN

Thankfully, there is no real attempt to reboot the Riddler, but just to provide a slice of his life and create a relationship between him and Bruce Wayne. But imagine this was your first Riddler comic. There’s nothing here to make you want more of this character.

dial e

JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.4: DIAL E by CHINA MIEVILLE and 20 ARTISTS (including MATEUS SANTOLOUCO, JOCK, JEFF LEMIRE and DAVID LAPHAM)

This boiled down to Mieville taking the one really cool thing about the series and beating it to death with a different artist every page. However, it was more lucid than the series had been, so it ended up feeling more satisfying than the usual Dial H issue.

Harley Quinn

DETECTIVE COMICS #23.2: HARLEY QUINN by MATT KINDT and NEIL GOOGE

They tried to split the difference between Harley Quinn revisions. Look, she’s smart, but she plays dumb! (Like a reverse Jenny McCarthy!) Look, she’s funny, but she’s actually deadly! But instead of making her look like a wild card, it seems like indecision.

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BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.2: MR. FREEZE by JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JASON MASTERS

This comic was doomed mostly because the Batman annual did it better. It tries to insert a twist that you can a mile away, but I can’t blame Gray and Palmiotti, because there’s no much else they can do.

Lex Luthor

ACTION COMICS #23.3: LEX LUTHOR by CHARLES SOULE and TBA

This is a forgettable issue with the same Lex we’ve seen before and his ridiculous giant green suits. Didn’t Grant Morrison show people how to write Lex Luthor?

metallo

ACTION COMICS #23.4: METALLO by SHOLLY FISCH and WILL CONRAD

This is not a bad comic, and it’s an attempt to do something new. It’s just not particularly memorable.

Lobo

JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.2: LOBO by MARGUERITE BENNETT and BEN OLIVER

This is not as objectionable a new character as I was prepared to read, although some of the dialogue in the end is a little dodgy. I wanted to this was awful, but it really isn’t. But he shouldn’t be named Lobo, as he is clearly something else.

shadow thief

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3: SHADOW THIEF by TOM DeFALCO and CHAD HARDIN

They made the Shadow Thief a superspy. No one explained why we should care.

The Creeper

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1: THE CREEPER by DAN DIDIO and CRISSCROSS

It breaks my heart to put this here, because the idea behind the character is actually really creative. Instead of being Jack Ryder, pretending to be a ghost, The Creeper is now a murderous Japanese Oni, formerly imprisoned in Katana’s sword and now possessing Jack Ryder’s body without his knowledge. But the execution of the comic falls apart at the end. It’s worth working further, though.

Sinestro

GREEN LANTERN #23.4: SINESTRO by MATT KINDT and DALE EAGLESHAM

For the 10,000th time we retell the Sinestro story. It’s a nice try to do it from a different angle, but did we need a Sinestro origin?

Count Vertigo

GREEN ARROW #23.1: COUNT VERTIGO by JEFF LEMIRE and ANDREA SORRENTINO

The work by artist Andrea Sorrentino is wonderful. But the original Count Vertigo was a bi-polar suicidal royal who was wrapped up in a Civil War. And THAT’S who they rebooted. Now he’s a Scanner with Mommy issues.

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