And I'm here to tell you a bit about them.
Another installment in the Ra's Al Ghul storyline running through the Bat books that I'm not reading, except for here. Next issue, Peter Tomasi, Rags Morales, and Michael Bair take over as the new creative team, but I wouldn't mind if Fabien Nicieza, Don Kramer, and Carlos Rodriguez stayed on the book. Despite my not knowing the rest of the story -- and this issue stood on its own better than the previous one -- this was a nice take on Dick. As much as Wolfman's run on the book was a breath of fresh air after Jones butchered Dick's personality, Nicieza has made Wolfman look like a hack. Marv was writing Dick like he had just become Nightwing or some such. Serviceable, but Dick's not fresh out of the Titans, anymore. But Nicieza writes a more mature Dick, someone who mentors, comforts, leads. His scenes with Tim were awesome, conveying the true feelings of almost-brothers that they are. And it was nice seeing I Ching, too, even if he's probably not the version of the character I remember from way back. And Dick has never looked better.
Most of the parts might be interesting, but they aren't adding up to a whole that can come close to touching 52 yet. We've got OMACs. We have the search for Ray Palmer narrowed down. Jimmy's still in a bit of a fix. Piper isn't as crazy as it appeared when Trickster was killed, and he's still the best part of the book. And Mary isn't completely turned to the dark side and can actually think for herself when she wants. The book/story doesn't really seem to be going anywhere, and yet, there's a feeling of inevitability to it. My enthusiasm for this is waning.
Green Arrow and Black Canary 3
So, Everyman's impotence, plus his superior strength is what led to Dinah killing "Ollie." Okay, a bit lame, but I'll accept it, because I'm really enjoying this book. The Amazons tie-in fits with Countdown, in that Granny Goodness in the form of Athena, but not with the current Wonder Woman book. I wish I knew where that fits in continuity. At any rate, Mia was fun, and the overall banter was enjoyable and what I expect from the Arrow family. They're just so much lighter and happier than the Bat family. I'm glad we weren't kept in suspense until next month's issue to find out whose body Ollie is cradling, and we don't know that that character is dead, so there's hope. And no, I'm not spoiling it. There's no need to say anything as it's the last page and quite dramatic. I loved Dinah's reunion with Ollie and I'm glad that wasn't dragged out over more issues. And Cliff Chiang can stay on this book forever as far as I'm concerned. The art is light, yet not cartoonish. The faces have expressions, the women sexy without being slutty, and shirtless Ollie was fairly hot. And the coloring has been great. Connor hasn't been colored as white. Nice.
Wonder Woman 15
Much as I loved last issue, I loved this more. It felt less scattered as Gail settles in now that she's established the plot threads she'll be dealing with in this first arc or two. The Dodsons, like Chiang, draw sexy, not slutty females, and Diana Prince got to shine as much as Diana. The secret of the night of Diana's birth is getting more intriguing with every panel. I'm hooked.
Booster Gold 5
It was just as I'd thought and much more. The chance to prevent Barbara Gordon from being shot by the Joker was too much for Booster to pass up, especially since it's the last thing he needs to do before Rip Hunter will give him the chance to save Ted. And yet... and here I need to include a spoiler..... Rip lied to make a point. Babs was destined to be crippled and become Oracle, same as Ted was destined to be killed by Max Lord. Booster risks death to keep trying to stop the Joker, and his stubbornness, bravery, and dedication. Booster is understandably pissed, but that last page... well, I won't spoil that. It was super cool. It was also nice seeing Babs in action as Batgirl and the echo of the art from A Killing Joke was well done.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 9
A satisfying conclusion to the Faith arc, with no pat ending when it comes to Faith and Buffy. Faith and Giles do come to terms and a partnership, and I'm reminded all over again how much I miss the tv show. This is good stuff.
Still to come: Green Lantern, Suicide Squad, Simon Dark.