DC Comics

Action Comics #19 – 3 stars
Animal Man #19 – 2 stars
Arrow #26 – 2 stars
Batwing #19 – 4 stars
Detective Comics #19 – 4 stars
Dial H #11 – 3 stars
Earth 2 #11 – 4 stars
Green Arrow #19 – 4 stars
Green Lantern #19 – 4 stars
Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 – 4 stars
The Phantom Stranger #7 – 2 stars
Stormwatch #19 – 3 stars
Swamp Thing #19 – 3 stars
World’s Finest #11 – 3 stars

Dynamite Entertainment

Masks #5: Digital Exclusive Edition – 2 stars

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #7 – 5 stars
Indestructible Hulk #6 – 4 stars
Red She-Hulk #64 – 3 stars

Best of DC – Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 – 4 stars
Best of Marvel – Deadpool #7 – 5 stars
Best of Other – Masks #5: Digital Exclusive Edition – 2 stars

Top 5

5. Green Lantern #19 – 4 stars
4. Green Arrow #19 – 4 stars
3. Indestructible Hulk #6 – 4 stars
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 – 4 stars

Pick of the Week – Deadpool #7 – 5 stars

  1. wwayne says:

    Look at Green Arrow # 19, page 3: Oliver admits he probably couldn’t have made the impossible shot that Komodo threw at him. A normal superhero would never say he/she is inferior in comparison to his/her villain: Oliver, on the contrary, admits it, because Lemire loves to deconstruct the superhero mythology.
    Second deconstructing detail: at the end of the issue, Fyff asks Oliver what happened, and he replies “Got beat up by a little girl.” A superhero is supposed to be invincible and to defeat even the most powerful villains, so Oliver admitting that a child defeated him is something delightfully nonconformist and unusual.
    Third deconstructing detail: A superhero never escapes flat out, and never gives up. Oliver, on the contrary, decided to wave goodbye to Komodo when he realized he had been encircled. And he ended up in a dump! Can you imagine any other superhero in a situation like that? AWESOME!!!
    Lemire’s deconstructing the superhero mythology in a more evident way in Animal Man. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

    • Excellent analysis! Jeff Lemire has definitely been putting out some good stuff. There’s a reason Green Arrow #19 was in my top 5 for this week. The archer duel with Komodo was fantastic! Defintely the kind of thing I’ve been waiting the whole series to see. I look forward to seeing where he takes the story in the coming months.

      I haven’t been as fond of his work in Animal Man though. Not that there has been anything particularly wrong with it, I guess I just haven’t found it as appealing as a lot of the other New 52 books. The Rotworld arc in particular just didn’t really work for me. I am interested to see what exactly the implications of Buddy’s confrontation with the totems are going to be going forward.

      • wwayne says:

        I didn’t read Rotworld yet, because I wait for the trade (as I do with most of the series I read), but you’re not the first blogger stating that Animal Man ceased to be good when that story arc started. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Thank you for your compliments and for your reply! : )

      • You’re quite welcome! Stop by any time, I’d love to get more of your comics analysis!

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