Art by Mike Maihack
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Writers: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Artist: J.H. Williams III
Batwoman and Wonder Woman descend on Gotham like guardian angels to stop the chaos unleashed by Medusa and her forces. "Serpent's Homeland" is an all-battle story, full of all the good stuff everyone loves to see in a superhero book. Everyone gets a moment to shine amidst the war and destruction taking place. Batwoman's blinding rage, Diana's fight with the Hydra, Cameron Chase's ominous promise, and even the unexpected roles Director Bones and La Llorona play in the drama, are all continuous beats that build on each other to up the ante.
A favorite moment, however, is the timely return of a familiar face that -as cliché as it sounds- rises from the ashes for a last-minute rescue; what is even more exciting about it, is that it is still up in the air whether this is a triumphant comeback or the meanest defeat ever. Medusa's rant about the mother of all monsters is the only part of the story that was probably unnecessary, but is by no means detrimental to the plot; if anything, is informative. Fantastic issue!
Art by J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Ed Benes and Daniel Sampere
For the first time since the New 52 started, we get a glimpse of Barbara's life during the three years she was paralyzed and while it is understandable that she went to a dark place soon after her injury, the real kicker of the story is that she actually never left it, even after her recovery. The way Simone teases readers with that typical moment when the hero's values kick in at the last second -but surprises everyone by actually not making it happen- is proof of her talent.
This move does not turn Barbara into an evil woman, or makes her seem out of character; it actually shows how human she is, flaws and all. Ed Benes and Daniel Sampere do a nice job with consistent artwork that Ulises Arreola makes even more seamless with his colors. The only objection with the story has more to do with the crossover itself than anything else; having Joker everywhere, attacking Batman and his allies all at the same time makes "Death of the Family" look like a poor remake of "Night of the Owls."
Batgirl by Ed Benes & Ulises Arreola
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Batgirl helps the Teen Titans search for Red Robin who has been kidnapped by Joker as part of his plan to eliminate all of Batman's allies. This tie-in to "Death of the Family" is beautifully illustrated by Brett Booth, with inks by Norm Rapmund, and colored by Andrew Dalhouse.