Amazing Spider-Man #615 (Marvel Comics) ($2.99)
A cool story as Spidey turns detective in search of a missing girl. Mayor Jameson has touching moments as he remembers his days at the Bugle. (3/5)
Batman #694 (DC Comics) ($2.99)- read more
Adventure Comics #5 (DC Comics) ($3.99)
An uninteresting Blackest Night tie-in that features Superboy Prime. A good back-up feature starring Superboy. This title needs to shift its attention back on Superboy where it should be. Its unfortunate that the second feature got across a more entertaining story in less than a 1/3 of the pages. (3/5)
New Avengers Annual #3 (Marvel Comics) ($4.99)- read more
Batman and Robin return this week with another installment on the Revenge of The Red Hood arc. The story opens where it led off last issue with a confrontation between Batman and Robin and Red Hood. Penguin's been thoroughly beaten and is on the run. Red Hood gets the best of them when Robin jumps the gun. Flamingo makes his presence known in Gotham when Gordon discovers his abandon jet full of women with their faces eaten off. Then Flamingo comes to Red Hood's hideout and shoots him in the head with a sniper rifle.
Grant Morrison and Philip Tan continue to provide a solid title following the events of Battle for the Cowl. This book provides the dynamic between Batman and Robin more than other Bat-title.
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Ultimate Comics return this week with a new issue of Spider-Man. In this issue Mysterio continues his stranglehold on New York and releases a fear agent that has people running for their lives. Meanwhile, at work Peter runs into his old flame MJ and the teen drama begins. The shouting match leaves each passing the blame. Peter can't figure out why MJ called their relationship off and MJ wonders how Peter could hook up with Gwen so soon. Johnny Storm has returned and is now crashing at the Parker residence. He confides in Aunt May and discusses where he has been since Ultimatum. Sue Storm makes an appearance, and gives her blessing for Johnny to stay with Peter, who she reveals "looks up to him."
The writing on this title continues to shine under the helm of Brian Michael Bendis. The art on this series so far has been hit or miss for me. David Lafuente's drawing style is annoying. The way he draws things like faces and hair is so different then what we see in any other comic its jarring to look at. Different isn't always better in my opinion. However, I have to give credit to him for his layouts. Its very simplistic and spaced out. In this case different is better. Comics tend do over do the overlaying of panels or not containing action within a panel. When he does its only to emphasize action and does so impressively. Justin Ponsor also lends hand with his beautiful vibrant coloring.
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