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Booster Gold #11
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Dan Jurgens
Publisher: DC Comics

How do you follow up a fan pleasing multi-issue storyline that reunited Booster Gold with the Blue Beetle? Well for a start you bring back his twin sister (end of last issue) and then you just throw him head first into a new crisis. Pretty much business as usual then.

To be fair there had to be some downtime after that last story-arc so a back to business story is logical enough. We get time twisting multiple times, Batman, Robin and Batgirl. Not to mention Killer Moth. It’s all fun enough, though Booster’s sister really do except stand around asking about the obvious. I’m guessing she’ll play into the Batgirl storyline next issue.

The Last Defenders #6
Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Jim Muniz
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I’ve always been a big fan of The Defenders so I followed this series closely. Thematically it’s quite clever and I like the end result of setting up a Defenders team that echoes the originals without being stuck using Strange, Namor, the Hulk etc. Unfortunately the story that got us there just hasn’t been very interestng. Half of this issue consists of nothing more than info dumps to set up the new status quo.

To make matters worse I haven’t warmed to Jim Muniz art. The cartoony style just doesn’t work for me on what is a serious superhero tale. Your mileage may vary of course.

Astonishing X-Men #26
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Simone Bianchi
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This issue we start to dig into the guts of Ellis’ first story arc as the X-Men go to visit a spaceship graveyard looking for a killer. I like the idea of a third world country that salvages space ships. It makes perfect sense in the Marvel Universe and it was wonderfully illustrated by Bianchi.

Ellis also does a decent job of trying to justify Cyclops current hard ass attitude in a way that doesn’t completely contradict his previous portrayals. Plot wise there isn’t a huge amount happening here. We get to meet a fire starter and Wolverine does his stuntman party trick, but there are hints at something much bigger and just who exactly are the Annex? While last issue was something different to what we’ve been getting from the X-Men lately, this seems back to a familiar situation and while I’m interested, I’m not sure if that’s really a good thing.

Final Crisis: Revelations #1
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Philip Tan
Publisher: DC Comics

Another Final Crisis spinoff, and a good one. This is really the first book where we see how messed up the DC Universe has gotten. It’s not entirely clear what’s happening, but when the Spectre attempts to serve vengeance on Libra it becomes obvious that something has gone badly wrong. And then there’s the matter of Rene Montoya.

The problem here is the same one I’ve had with the whole of Final Crisis though. I have this feeling that it isn’t going to make sense until I re-read the whole thing in trade form.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website eoghann.com..

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