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Bane

BATMAN #23.4: BANE by PETER J. TOMASI and GRAHAM NOLAN

Nice to see Graham Nolan’s work again, and it looks even bolder here. Tomasi is usually pretty good, I get the feeling he was really handcuffed in what he could do here, because this was a pointless, muddled book where Bane kills lot of people for no reason at all. Again, there is no real difference between this character and the one before the new 52.

If only the character had been recently redefined and exposed to the general public in a blockbuster movie, then DC could build on that more relevant take, instead of rehashing the old Chuck Dixon stuff. If only.

Poison Ivy

DETECTIVE COMICS #23.1: POISON IVY by DEREK FRIDOLFS and JAVIER PINA

Forgettable. And more Bad Childhood.

Ras Al Ghul

BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3: RA’S AL GHUL AND THE LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS by JAMES TYNION IV and JORGE LUCAS

Another pointless, forgettable issue. Ra’s Al Ghul was a villain that was written spectacularly in the 70’s and 80’s and then the more time passed, the worse he was written. (Except for Mark Waid.)

Zod

ACTION COMICS #23.2: GENERAL ZOD by GREG PAK and KEN LASHLEY

This comic had moments where you could see the sheer ruthlessness and treachery of General Zod, which were good. Otherwise, this was not a rebooted character. If only there was a movie that – ah never mind.

Darkseid

JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.1: DARKSEID by GREG PAK and PAULO SIQUEIRA

An origin for a character that is diminished by knowing more about him. Not a great idea. Somehow Darksied lost the skirt and looks LESS cool. I don’t know how that’s possible.

Deadshot

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.1: DEADSHOT by MATT KINDT and PASQUAL FERRY

A genuinely terrible idea to reboot a character with as strong of an origin as Deadshot had. Out of all the villains they left alone, this one they tweaked. The issue John Ostrander should have written. In fact, no one else should ever write Deadshot. Didio make it so!

Mongul

GREEN LANTERN #23.2: MONGUL by JIM STARLIN and HOWARD PORTER

A decent Mongul story by a master writer (and underrated artist), that mildly changes his origin and tweaks his design…and not for the better. But at least he has piping?

The Rogues

THE FLASH #23.3: THE ROGUES by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and PATRICK ZIRCHER

The Rogues already had a great history of stories, and Geoff Johns had established some really nice character work. There is an attempt to centralize the rogues around one bad decision by Captain Cold, but it doesn’t compare to the previous work. Good to see Patrick Zircher being used so much though.

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