Thursday, March 31, 2005

More Comics: Batgirl, Batman, Legion of Superheroes, Ultimate Secret

Batgirl #62 was the third part of a 3-part arc where Batgirl "finds herself." She learns about her past after being on the verge of death, and then forges ahead to try to make a new future. Of course she stops bad guys along the way. This wasn't my favorite arc of all time, but it ended well.

Batman #638 is the second part of the story with Red Hood and Black Mask. In the last issue Black Mask found out that Red Hood has his load of Kryptonite. In this issue Red Hood makes arrangements to get money from Black Mask in exchange for the Krypto. However Mr. Freeze shows up instead. Red Hood takes out all of Freeze's goones, but he can't stop Freeze. Then we see Red Hood taking out Joker, literally killing him. And on the last page we find out that Red Hood is actually.... well, I'm not going to tell you and spoil it! HA!! You'll have to check this one out for yourself. Let's just say the cover makes more sense once you read the last page.

Legion of Super Heroes #4 was quite enjoyable. I like the direction the book is going. Characters are each being well developed, and each seems to have that classic internal struggle to deal with. In this issue we meet a boy who is not only a genius, but with this great mind has created a compound that can create invisibility. His struggle is that his father also wants this invisibility formula, to give to the Science Police. In the father's goal to help his employer he seems to have forgotten about the feelings of his son. Now his son has taken the formula and run off to join the Legion. Each one - the father and son - want to use the formula for good, but each seems to have a different idea of what exactly that is. In the end the son chooses to stay with the Legion, and even tricks his farther and the Science Police. These stories do a good job of character development, yet also give part of the underlying story of the Legion. There is usually good action too. Fans of Teen Titans and Young Avengers would probably enjoy Legion of Super Heroes.

Ultimate Secret began this week with the #1 issue. It is set in the not-too-distant future where a new science for space travel is being revealed. But of course some kind of bad guy comes along to destroy it. That's where our super hero comes in. Scientist by day, super hero by night, or something like that. In this issue we learn more about the science behind the space rocket technology than anything else. It will be interesting to see what exactly this new hero is, but that seems to be for a later issue, as we didn't get any of that in this first one. He could be some hero that's been around for a while that I just don't know - but since I didn't see his "super name" I can't be sure one way or the other at this point. I did enjoy the first issue, but thought that it started slow and ended too fast. I'm looking forward to getting a bit more background information and finding out what exactly is happening at the launch site.

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