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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Brief Mentions: From Pharaohs to Heroes

Booster Gold #18

Written By: Dan Jurgens

Art By: Norm Rapmund

The greatest hero you’ve never heard of may very well be the greatest comic book you’ve never heard of. Booster Gold is a comic book that has really flourished after post-johns era and continues to produce great story telling. Written by Dan Jurgens (who originally created the character) with art by Norm Rapmund, Booster Gold #18 provides a classic comic experience: good guys, bad guys, and big fight at the end. My first exposure to Booster Gold occurs in the pages of 52 and I’m not going to lie – I hated him. He was just that character that was easy hate. He was a sold-out superhero who put himself primarily before anyone else. Where I saw a horrible character Geoff Johns saw potential. After two story arcs with Johns, Booster Gold has been in the capable hands of Dan Jurgens. Issue #18 is the finale of the “Reality Lost” story arc. Booster Gold along with his sister Goldstar and sidekick Skeets, travel time with out the time master, Rip Hunter, and try to track down the creation of a certain dagger. This trip ultimately leads to Egypt. One underlines theme to this book is a look at how fragile time is. Events that occurred of 4000 years ago directly affect the lives of the heroes today. If you are a fan of Back to the Future (ALL 3 OF THEM!) then you will love this time traveling trio. Norm Rapmund provides excellent pencils that really enhance the story telling. It is a great book and I hope to see in the hands of more readers in the future… or maybe the past…time traveling is confusing.

Batman Confidential #27

Written By: Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir

Art By: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

So Bruce Wayne is gone. He is no longer throughout the pages of Batman Detective Comics and Batman. So maybe your asking yourself: What is a Batman book without Bruce Wayne? Well I have good news for you. For those Bruce Wayne Batman fans you can find refuge throughout the pages of Batman Confidential. Batman Confidential is a series that is focused on the early years of Gotham’s Caped Crusader. This story as well provides excellent comic reading experience and also focuses on minor characters throughout Gotham as well. Batman Confidential #27, written by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, is part 2 of “Riddle of the Sphinx” story arc. King Tut is going around Gotham using The Riddler’s m.o to attack a museum’s board of trustees (who dress quite scantily might I add). So in this issue we see a SUPERHERO SUPERVILLAIN T-TEAM UP! Nigma and Bruce join forces to discover who is behind these attacks and how to stop them. It’s excellent to see The Riddler’s humor juxtaposed to Bruce’s serious attitude. These two distinctly different personalities provide for great character interaction and dialogue. So if you need a little Bruce Wayne in your life, then check out Batman Confidential. Enjoy!

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