Ok slashers, this is the moment I have been waiting for. With the reboot of the DC Universe I have been waiting for 2 titles. “Batman” and “Red Hood and the Outlaws” are two titles that made me really excited. Since both came out this week, I have pretty much been thanking the comic gods. So without further wait, I present to you my review of these great titles…….and also X-Men Schism #4.
Ok so if you have been reading my reviews since the beginning you know that I am a disappointed Batman fan since Grant Morrison tried to destroy him. Batman was taken away from his kick ass ways, and turned into a James Bond of the DC Universe. That SUCKED. The reboot couldn’t have come at a better time. The new Batman is the old Batman…Bruce Wayne. On top of that, the issue starts with Batman kicking the crap out of pretty much every inmate at Arkham. Two-face, Penguin, Clayface, and all the other were there getting beaten up. Just as Batman is about to lose to the numbers game, he is tossed into Jokers cell, and to the surprise of everyone, they start to fight everyone together. This scene is awesome, and makes the whole reboot worth it. Cut to the Batcave and Batman having fun with a new computer, Joker walks up behind him and starts joking around with him. But wait, Joker is really Nightwing wearing a high tech mask. The banter between Batman and Nightwing is great, plus we get an idea on where all the old Robins fit into the Batman universe. To top it all off, Bruce Wayne then has a party, and we get to see that Bruce/Batman has some big idea for Gotham, which will lead to intriguing stories. Batman is back in a big way, and I for one can’t wait to see more ass kicking, smart detective work, and witty banter. I give this issue a 4 out of 5,because it’s a great starting point for the new Batman. Finally the Batman has come back. Joy . . .
Schism has been a great story so far. We all know that eventually there will be a split in the X-Men, with Wolverine on one side and Cyclops on the other. Schism #4 shows exactly how the split happens. As Wolverine tries to fight off a giant, unstoppable sentinel, Cyclops gets the kid mutants ready for battle. Wolverine arrives to tell Cyclops that he won’t allow him to send the kids into battle, and if he doesn’t stop, then Wolverine will stop him. Cyclops ignores Wolverine, so Wolverine sets up the whole island of Utopia with explosives and threatens to blow it up if Cyclops doesn’t stop. This leads to the beginning of a knock down, drag out fight between the two most recognizable X-Men, just as the giant sentinel was about to attack. The final issue of Schism should be very interesting, and will lead to Marvels “Year of the X-Men”. I really enjoyed this issue, so I’m giving it a 4.25 out of 5 because its going to lead to two very different versions of the X-Men, which could lead to an X-Men civil war……how exciting. TEAM WOLVERINE!!!
From the opening pages you can tell that this is going to be a fun series. It starts with Arsenal in prison in a foreign country, not doing well at all, yet getting a visit from a hefty priest. The priest is then shown hiding Arsenal’s bow in his bible, and we see that the priest is Red Hood in disguise. They break out of the prison, and as they are on the run we get some of the best banter I have seen in recent comic books, including this gem by Red Hood “If I didn’t come to get you then I’d be the worst sidekick ever.” As the boys are racing off in a jeep, we see that a tank is about to stop them, only to be destroyed itself by Starfire, who is wearing an even more reveling costume, if that’s even possible. The DC reboot is portraying Starfire as a forgetful alien girl who doesn’t remember her Teen Titans past, and enjoys the company of men if you get my drift…..wink, wink, nudge nudge. Overall this is just a fun read. Nothing is taken to seriously, and it kind of makes fun of itself at times, which is great. I enjoyed this first issue, and hope they keep this tone. I give it a 3.75 out of 5.
Until next time slashers, you keep reading and I’ll keep writing. (Stole that from Stan Lee….shhhh, don’t tell him)