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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batman #700

June 12th, 2010 3:26pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batman #700Batman #700
DC Comics
Morrison, Daniel, Finch, Kubert & Quitely

The first of DC’s big anniversary issues this month turns in an outstanding effort by the all-star creative team. The who’s who of big name artists teams with a terrific Grant Morrison story that spans three generations of Batman stories. However, the comic book simply doesn’t feel like an anniversary issue. Using the benchmarks set by Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #600 and Captain America #600 where we are provided a significant page count of original material, this comic book falls into the realm of Incredible Hulk #600 where it’s a low page count padded with material no one really wants. Because of DC editorial, this issue is one to avoid if you are a casual passerby. Who would want to spend $5 on roughly thirty pages of story with a bunch of pinups and a Batcave guide?

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Green Lantern Corps #48

May 29th, 2010 5:41pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Green Lantern Corps #48Green Lantern Corps #48
DC Comics
Bedard, Syaf & Cifuentes

Green Lantern Corps enters a new era with this issue. Not so much in terms of what occurs in the issue, but with the new creative team. This is a title that has been anchored with basically one team for about three years and has seen the title stand on its own through two major crossovers. Now the reins are passed. Rather than trying to make the title their own with some sort of shocking turn of events or radical use of the characters, the title has a safe but enjoyable deployment. While not Earth-shattering the title moves quickly and keeps juggling the large cast we are accustomed to seeing. It’s a good opening issue to the arc and a very nice first step for the new creators.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Scalped #38

May 29th, 2010 4:34pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Scalped #38Scalped #38
Vertigo Comics (DC Comics)
Aaron & Guera

Scalped kicks off a new arc with this issue and it seems to introduce a very key character to the larger story. Up to this point the story has focused on Dash, his mother and the interactions on the reservation, both past and present. However, one central character was barely touched, Dash’s father. This issue seems to open the door for this character, but from the past.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Joe The Barbarian #5

May 22nd, 2010 8:41am by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Joe The Barbarian #5Joe The Barbarian #5 of 8
Vertigo Comics (DC)
Morrison & Murphy

Joe and friends continue their quest as this issue picks up with the group having crashed their flying craft and getting split into two factions. Joe and his rodent friend, Jack, end up moving through a kingdom that was destroyed recently and find themselves in very real danger. The threat hits Joe back in reality as his hallucinations mix to confuse what he is experiencing versus what he thinks he is experiencing. I found this comic book to be touching and to find a nerve that left me pondering the character’s welfare and how the series will complete from here on in. For the most part, this is all you can ask for in a comic book.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batman Return Of Bruce Wayne #1

May 15th, 2010 12:50pm by ComicList Email

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Batman Return Of Bruce Wayne #1Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 of 6
DC Comics
Morrison, Sprouse & Story

As Bruce Wayne begins his journey back home we find him at square one in this issue. Bruce is literally babbling, seemingly incoherently, while living during some part of a caveman period. What we have is a standalone story within the mini series about Bruce. Bruce gains some strength in this issue as he endears himself to one tribe while his instincts as Batman help him against another. It's a very good story pitting a very raw Bruce Wayne against opponents that appear to be every bit as dangerous as the normal cast he finds in present day Gotham.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batman And Robin #12

May 8th, 2010 1:32pm by ComicList Email

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Batman And Robin #12Batman & Robin #12
DC Comics
Morrison & Clarke

If you are looking for a comic book that entertains while juggling half a dozen or so plates, while setting up the next major storyline you have found it with this issue. Not only does this issue push the search for Batman into forefront, but we also get a major development in Robin's characterization and if that weren't enough we get a bombshell on the last page. Oh, and Dr Hurt has some tricks up his sleeve too. A stellar issue.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batman And Robin #11

April 10th, 2010 4:53pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batman And Robin #11Batman And Robin #11
DC Comics
Morrison, Clarke & Hanna

The Return of Bruce Wayne begins here! Well, in some respect you might be able to claim that it is inferred that Bruce is fact "here" and very active in this issue. This issue continues the clue discovery by Dick Grayson (Batman) and the problems that Damian (Robin) faces as he is attacked outside in the Wayne Manor graveyard. This is a very good issue because it begins to unfold a villain plot that seems to tie in with the missing Bruce Wayne while at the same time continues to reshape the relationships of Dick and Damian and the mysterious character Sexton. This issue proves that Morrison has larger plans than a simple six part return story that begins in June.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Blackest Night #8

April 1st, 2010 7:03pm by ComicList Email

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Blackest Night #8Blackest Night #8 of 8
DC Comics
Johns, Reis, Albert & Prado

DC wraps up its latest crossover/event with the finale of Blackest Night. It has a lot of what you might expect from a project of this scope. There are a lot of splash pages, lots of characters, plenty of clichéd dialogue and plenty of loose threads for future storylines. It's a competent issue but doesn't really deliver the powerful ending that I was anticipating. The issue itself is light on the action and seems to abandon many of the elements that we've seen as pillars during the last nine months or so. For some, I'm sure this issue will be revered because it does have a big-stage-like quality to it that lathers up to some of the characters. However, as a finale to a story it leaves too much unresolved to really be satisfactory. This just simply wasn't the Sinestro Corps War.

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