Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday Is Any Day For All I Care #47

Ambush Bug: Year None #7
Arkham Reborn #1 (2009)
R.E.B.E.L.S. #9 (2009)
R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1 (2009)

Ambush Bug: Year None #7 (DC, 2009, $2.99)
I have a vague recollection of this mini-series improving before it had a near year long delay. Issue #6 was never published, presumably because Keith Giffen finally pissed Dan DiDio off enough to get it shitcanned. Here's that issue, with half the original pages discarded, and the rest recontextualized or rewritten. Art Baltazar drew a bunch of new pages and panels, but I'm the guy who doesn't get his appeal, so that does nothing for me. The results aren't bad, but they're not particularly funny, and the whole effort is a hash. Maybe when Dan gets taught the Jim Shooter shuffle sooner than later, we can see what should have seen print through a trade collection.

Arkham Reborn #1 (DC, 2009, $2.99)
Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has been rebuilt about a half dozen times in my years of reading, usually by the latest nutty member of the Arkham family doomed to inevitably come to a bad end. The cliché set-up takes a few pages, but once writer David Hine delves into the creepy cast of characters now running the place, things picked up. Jeremy Haun's art seems a bit flat at first, but his clinical technique gives way to something effectively tweaked as the issue progresses. Fans of Gotham City and psychological thrillers ought to check it out.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #9 (DC, 2009, $2.99)
The main story is moving along, subplots are flowing, familiar favorites returning, and newer characters are becoming interesting. After a period where I questioned my continued support, I'm finally getting the R.E.B.E.L.S. I felt I deserved, though I still miss Tom Peyer's demented twists.

R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1 (DC, 2009, $4.99)
Those "Tales of the Green/Yellow/Blue/Polka Dot Lantern Corps" have gone over well, so why not apply it to the new Starro Legion? Lord knows the book could use even a quarter of that book's readership. After a shocking first chapter that sees the beheading of a longtime DC character, there's a batch of short origin stories you still won't quite care about with the requisite "what a twist" poetic injustice. Four pencilers are close enough in house style that you might not notice when they trade off, and the story is thoroughly okay. For diehards only.

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