Week 30 2014 | Part 2 | Comic Reviews


By: Cynthia Ayala

Continuing from the pages – I mean post – from Monday I continue to seek the justice in character and plot development! Just call me Super…okay, I haven’t come up with a cool name yet, but I’m working on it. First up is Batman and Robin #33 that leaps off the pages as it continues the epic story line that is ROBIN RISES. Followed by Aquaman #33 that has the neat ball of intrigue and mystery to tie together the two distinct plot lines. And last up is Justice League Dark #33, where Deadman takes center stage and amazes fans everywhere. Happy Wednesday all!

Batman and Robin #33
Batman and Robin #33

Batman and Robin #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)

Robin Rises Part One | Cold Justice

That was AWESOME! Continuing from the pages of ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1, this latest issue of BATMAN and ROBIN follows Batman as he faces off against the Justice League when his son’s body is taken to Apokolips by the forces of Darkside, what Batman want’s, he won’t get. After losing his son only to chase him around the world to lose him again, Batman is on the verge of a breakdown. His family has been torn apart by the Joker, by the death of Damian and by this new loss, and all he wants is to bury his son…or bring him back alive. All of that combined has forced his character to explode in this latest issue.

And Tomasi has done an amazing job writing it thus far. The story is giving fans and readers what they want: a lead into the return of the dynamic duo. Ever since Robin passed away, the title has shifted between guest stars such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Ra’s, Two-Face and Frankenstein. It’s been good, great even because Batman has been going on this emotional journey for his son.

Readers are able to feel the tension and the desperation in the story, and it’s simply amazing because of that. Batman is going against the Justice League, but that doesn’t mean he’s alone, and that’s the groundbreaking moment in this issue.

Tomasi continues to do the Batman and Robin series proud.

WRITER: PETER J. TOMASI

PENCILLER: PATRICK GLEASON

INKER: MICK GRAY

COLORIST: JOHN KALISZ

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

Aquaman #33
Aquaman #33

Aquaman #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)

Meet Your Maker

Freaky! The chimera has come to Aquaman comics and he has one split personality. A fusion of the man who Aquaman saved and the monster that Aquaman killed, this monster is seeking him out to become the new true king of the seas.

It’s a very tension filled issue with Aquaman and Mera dealing with the conspirators who tried to assassinate Mera and who disapprove of Aquaman while the chimera is seeking him out on land in his home in Maine. That place cannot catch a break!

There’s a lot going on and a mystery as well that is coating the story, a mystery that pertains to Arthur’s – Aquaman – reign as king. He is the true king of Atlantis but since he is half human, he finds little acceptance by the people in Atlantis. That right there is a strong foothold in the story, because it’s who he is, a fighter and defender, which brings about the loyalty of those around him. That includes Tula, the younger sister of Orm. But back to the mystery. Event’s continue to occur that put his role as king in jeopardy, and in this issue it’s the sea-quakes that rock the foundation of Atlantis whenever Arthur is there. And the Kraken, the monster that would not respond to him, that should have, that is now the split personality of the chimera.

Everything about this issue flows and ties together in a neat little ball. It’s effortless and easy to read while still maintaining captivating due to the strong definition of characters and intrigue.

WRITER: JEFF PARKER

PENCILLER: PAUL PELLETIER

INKER: SEAN PARSONS

COLORIST: RAIN BEREDO

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

Justice League Dark #33
Justice League Dark #33

Justice League Dark #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)

Paradise Lost

This was such a refreshing read. In this latest issue the main focus is on none other than Deadman, a character who has been given such a fundamental part in the DC Comics as being the first person to wield the white ring of life and to come back from the dead only to die again. Isn’t that tragic. But he’s such a strong character who can do amazing things even if his power is very limited. However, it’s still great to see him be given such a grand part in the DC Universe design.

That being said, I did not see that ending coming!

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to read the issue, but let me just say that it is mind blowing.

Something strange is happening in the house of mystery, connecting to Deadman and showing him a place that should be gone. Now, this seems to have a direct connection to the FOREVER EVIL story line. It takes bits and pieces of those events, especially those in the JUSTICE LEAGUE DAR: BLIGHT take on that story arc, to weave a new destiny for Boston Brand, aka Deadman. J. M. DeMatteis is giving this character a chance to shine in this series so that he is no longer the character in the background that goes head to head with Constantine. His character is simply amazing and defined and it’s so wonderful to see the spotlight fall on his character.

The overall build the that mind blowing last page was done very well, constructed in such a way that it highlighted more oh Deadman’s supernatural abilities, and connecting him to characters like Asa, the Nightmare Nurse. There is also the strong dynamic that he holds within the team. I love how the team dynamic is done in this issue, the constant bickering and the detail on the dialogue and narrative keeps it fun even in the series moments making a less heavy on the drama than others may seem.

Needless to say, this series is one of my personal favorites.

WRITER: J. M. DeMATTEIS

PENCILLER: ANDRES GUINALDO

INKERS: WALDEN WONG & RAUL FERNANDEZ

COLORIST: CHRIS SOTOMAYOR

PUBLISHER: DC COMICS

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