Wednesday, July 7, 2010 11:07 AM
The Take
 by Fëanor

Fëanor's (semi-)weekly comic book review post.

This post covers new releases from the week of 6/23. Beware spoilers!

New releases
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3
Blackbeard mistakes Bruce Wayne for The Black Pirate, despite the fact that it's obviously that other guy. Naturally they end up infiltrating the Bat-People's caves looking for treasure, and Bruce has to steer them through various traps, before finding past relics of his future self. "Whatever happens, Jack," Bruce says. "Never give up the fight." But years later, an older Jack says, "If I listen closely, I can still hear them now. The bells of the All-Over." Will Bruce really be the cause of apocalypse?? At the end of the issue we jump through time again and learn that next issue will apparently feature Jonah Hex versus a cowboy Batman. Awesome. This is a fun book, with Morrison getting to stick Batman in any time period he wants. It's also clever and eerie.
Thumbs Up

Fringe: Tales from the Fringe #1
I rather enjoyed the last series of Fringe comics, so naturally I picked up the first issue of this new series. Turns out it's another anthology book. The first story follows Peter in Iraq, before he became part of the Fringe gang, and reveals that he was really kind of a bastard. The second story is a weird time loop with shades of La Femme Nikita, in which a woman's glimpse of her future apparently causes that future to occur. Neither story is particularly bad, but neither is particularly imaginative or exciting, either.
Thumbs Sideways

Heralds #4
Luckily, Reed Richards has a black hole-stopping gun, so the problem from the end of last issue is quickly cleared up. Thanks, Reed Richards! Anyway, there's a bit more of an explanation as to why Frankie/Frances is the way she is (I guess the Silver Surfer made her a Herald of Galactus, and along with the power came part of the personality and self of previous Heralds?); there's some relationship drama; and then - uh oh, she's got the kid! Which is too bad, because I really like the way Valeria declares, "Popsicles. Let's go." But seriously, I'm sure she'll be fine. This issue is less interesting than the previous ones, as it's mostly a lot of screaming and melodrama, but it's still intriguing enough.
Thumbs Up

Incorruptible #7
Max's new buddy is going to get herself in trouble, dressing up in Jailbait's clothes like that. And what the real Jailbait's going to do now, I don't know. I was pretty bored with Max's fight with the white supremacist Plutonian supporters, but now that they've found his weakness and exploited it, things have gotten a little more interesting. Still don't like this art, though.
Thumbs Sideways

Joe the Barbarian #6
The metaphors get deeper as Joe finally makes his way to the Queen - his mother - who is still in mourning over the loss of the kingdom's great hero - Joe's father - and in serious denial about the war raging all around her. She wants to hole up in the castle where things are safe and ignore everyone and everything outside. Joe nearly embraces her melancholy paralysis, but then his friends seem to invade his world and drag him back to the fight. When all the heroes join them, it seems like things are looking up - but Joe is soon to come face to face with Lord Death himself. I have the feeling the last issue of this is going to be pretty shattering.
Thumbs Up
Tagged (?): Batman (Not), Comic books (Not), Fringe (Not), Grant Morrison (Not), Mark Waid (Not), The Take (Not)

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