Why does it always take some ridiculous stunt or other for the mainstream press to sit up and notice a well-written comic book character? The Death of Captain America is the most recent of these stunts that spring to mind, and people remembered him for all but a week. DC have followed suit with “Wonder Woman’s New Look”, and I can tell you as a long-time Wonder Woman reader, that it came completely out of the blue.
Archive for JMS
Lasso of Truth is your weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in the DC Universe. Each week, the Red Baron goes through his comics haul to tell you what’s worth buying and what’s best left alone.
Here’s the key:
Must have – there’s no question, you should buy this great book.
Buy it – a high-quality read that won’t disappoint.
Check it out – pick it up if you have some extra cash. May be an acquired taste.
Avoid – a disappointing read. Save your money and steer clear.
Batman & Robin #4
Written by Grant Morrison ǀ Art by Philip Tan
Grant Morrison shifts gears for his next story arc, while Philip Tan turns in his best work since, well, ever. “Revenge of the Red Hood” trades day-glo for bold black and red.
Verdict: Must have.
Blackest Night #3
Written by Geoff Johns ǀ Art by Ivan Reis
I’m sorry, but if you’re not reading Blackest Night, you’re a damn fool. First go back and read every single Green Lantern-related thing Geoff Johns has touched, then come back here when you’re done. The Indigo Tribe make their true debut here, and they bring a lot of answers with them. Of course, if they didn’t bring even more questions, then this wouldn’t still be the most intriguing event book in comics history, now, would it?
Verdict: Must have.
The Brave and the Bold #27
Written by J. Michael Straczynski ǀ Art by Jesus Saiz
Okay everyone, it’s safe to come out now – DC’s put a decent creative team back on the Brave and the Bold! JMS turns in a rather poignant one-and-done story starring Batman and “Dial ‘H’ For Hero”. Sounds like an odd team-up, but he really makes it work. I’m not so sure I appreciate his take on the Joker, though…
Verdict: Buy it.