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Wonder Twins #1

Writer: Mark Russel
Art: Stephen Byrne
Letters: Dave Sharpe

WONDER TWIN POWERS… ACTIVATE!

Despite being moderately obscure, intentionally underpowered, sidekicks, that were created to appease the growing “all cartoons need an educational/moral message” crowd that would ultimately be the death of the Saturday morning cartoon. The Wonder Twins somehow have managed to nostalgically stay along the peripheral of pop culture for over 40 years now.

Well, they are back in an all new series. I’m not entirely sure what continuity this book takes place in, and I’m not entirely sure I care. Mark Russel’s story and dialogue both have a distinctly Superfriends feel to it, with the more established heroes taking on a more lighthearted tone than currently normal...

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YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS CH. 1

Written by Greg Weisman

Art by Christopher Jones

Color by Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letters by Wes Abbott

THE DEAL: I’m going to preface this by warning folks that if you’re an avid DC fan, I’m not the reviewer for you. I’m a comic lover, but I’m not particularly enthusiastic about either of the Big Two. With that out of the way…

Young Justice: Outsiders brings together the scions of the League’s foremost champions: Batgirl, Superboy, Miss Martian … and of course, the ever-present Beast Boy. Together, they fight evil wherever it rears its exposed brain, while working through the challenges that come with being normal hormonal teenagers who hang out on an asteroid and wear spandex every moment of their lives.

THE GOOD: Something I look for in all my comic art is facial expression, and that’s some...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #2-3

At the end of my review of Issue #1 of this five-issue miniseries I pointed out that readers who are new to The Maxx might find themselves a bit lost. I said, “Just roll with it, and enjoy the ride.” If you are that lost person and found you couldn’t heed my advice, stop now. The story isn’t going to suddenly pop into clarity for you in Issue #2.

Issue #1 closed in Arkham Asylum, with Dr. Disparu connecting Penguin into the system that allows him to tap into the subconscious world of The Outback. Meanwhile in The Outback, The Maxx and Batman found themselves in the tentacles of a giant Deadly Poisonous Air Blowfish. Issue #2 opens just a few moments later, with the duo slicing their way free, turning the Blowfish into a Salvador Dali-esque blob, with Penguin’s face...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #1

I can’t remember the last time I was legitimately excited to read Bat-anything. I was excited to read this. The Maxx is a hero I’ve always loved, I his much too short-lived TV run as part of MTV’s Oddities, and I loved the comic. Due to a number of factors, I’ve only read about 1/3 of The Maxx series, even with several reprints over the years, although this title allowed me to discover an upcoming omnibus collection coming in the near future. But that’s another story for another review. Today we are looking at what happens when you drop The Maxx into the slums of Gotham and when you drop Batman into the wilds of The Outback in Maxx’s head.

Issue #1 opens in The Outback of Maxx’s mind, as he gives us a brief setup of something strange happening there...

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Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #1

I think it generally accepted that any major inter-property crossover takes place in some alternate universe, out of the continuity of even the commonly accepted multiverse(s). Rarely has it be so blatantly alternate, as Injustice vs Masters of the Universe. So alternate that I’m not even sure what to think.

Lets split this up a bit, shall we?

On the one hand, we have Injustice. It apparently started as a video game, then spawned some comics, and I fully admit to googling that. There was a page of exposition where Batman tells Prince Adam the history of his Earth. For the casual reader, or at least a reader who doesn’t have to write a review, it was a decent enough summery. Although I still have no idea why there are two Batmans (Batmen? Batsmen?).

On the other side of the crossover, this ...

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