|What's wrong with this picture? Batman is doing an awful lot of smiling (OK... smirking... but still...) and Spider-Man has the pallor of a funeral director (except when he's hitting on Spider-Woman... which fell suitably dead). Last week was the polar opposite of my expectations. Gotham City Sirens was good and so was Blackest Night JSA. And the much-hyped FF was more of a bridge than a climactic confrontation with Golden Age fave Mole Man. Nonetheless, there were some memorable moments...Click on the thumbnails for a full-page excerpt.|
The Badder Bidder
Gotham City Sirens #8
Ever wonder where Harley Quinn gets all of those wonderful toys?
Delivery man: Mrs. Quinzel?
eBuy. Via Fed-Lex. Shoulda known.
Dr. Haynus would be proud
Fantastic Four #575
Mole man storms the surface world to enlist the aid of Marvel's First Family to stop the High Evolutionary from bringing his bizarre city to the surface. Of course, he sends an advance party to announce his presence -- one of whom loses his head in a traffic accident. The rest of the party carts the still-sentient noggin to the Baxter Building, where it helps with the all-important expository dialogue.
In the background, the Richards kids -- showing their sci-fi street cred -- know that there's nothing better than a brain in a jar (even is it's still in it's skull).
Franklin: It's OK, Mr. Head. If you need to, you can stay here with us.
"I can deduce by looking into your eyes that you have the legs of a dancer."
Justice League of America #41
Donna Troy, convinced by Wonder Woman that she's the key to rebuilding the League, proceeds to recruit a few familiar Titans faces -- Starfire, Vic "Cyborg" Stone and Dick "Batman" Grayson.
Donna: ...Not bad, "Batman." I see you and the kid are solid.
Wait. Batman was following a trail to another hideout -- possibly in Gotham? That trail wouldn't have been left by a Fed-Lex delivery man, would it?
Speaking of romantic tension...
New Avengers #61
During a stake-out of Avengers Tower, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman share a friendly neighborhood chat. As Spidey lays on the smooth, he catches Spider-Woman looking at her watch. (Happens to the best of us ultra-smooth guys.)
Spider-Man: What is that?
Suckered me in, too
Blackest Night JSA #2
This was the sleeper hit of the week. After months and months of Black Lanterns storming our heroes and steamrollering them into submission, three BLs with JSA ties -- Grant "Damage" Emerson, Johnny Quick and Lois Lane of Earth-2 -- come up and immediately start whimpering for help. Lois begs Power Girl for death, Johnny Quick goes for a joyful run with his daughter, Liberty Belle, who changes into her Jesse Quick/Hooters girl costume. And Damage entreats the gang to stand back so he can stave off the other circling Black Lanterns who are storming the JSA mansion.
Magog: Keep fighting! I'll handle this one!
And, you know what? As implausible as it sounds... I was as suckered in as the JSA.
Kudos to James Robinson.
Of course, it's a ploy. And at the end, the JSA mansion is compromised and the Black Lantern Superman of Earth-2 is re-re-animated.
Stop... he's... getting away...
Amazing Spider-Man #619
The standalone highlight moment from last week, however, was in ASM #619, as Mysterio's trickery has Spider-Man convinced that he's just murdered a thug in the ubiquitous abandoned warehouse. Police Captain Yuri Watanabe, staking out the same warehouse, sees the whole thing.
NYPD officer: Captain, what about him (Spidey)?
No explosions or magic or daring-do. Just a subtle -- yet witty -- quiet moment to underscore how seriously Spider-Man takes even the life of a criminal who had been -- only moments ago -- trying to kill him.
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