THIS WEEK'S READ PILE
Honorable Mentions: Stuff worth noting, even if it's not good enough to buy
Batman #30 is vexing. On one hand, it's amazingly well crafted, with tension and action and solid dialogue. On the other hand, its plot makes next to no sense, with an alliance that baffles and a tactical application of force that seems enormously easy to counter. Kite Man continues to develop as a rich, full character (which is amazing and strange, in the same way Catman became a thing) but the events surrounding him are baffling.
Inhumans Once And Future Kings #2 is intriguing, coming very close to making it home. Black Bolt, Maximus and Medusa follow an "alpha primitive" to New York, only to have the foundations of their society questioned. Along the way, Karnak quotes Victor Hugo, Gorgon brings the pain and the CW approach to the science fiction characters had some appeal despite some lagging plot moments.
Justice League #28 had some great moments that showed why Superman is the enduring icon beloved the world over. The plot, however, was glacial, and the threat remained wholly amorphous.
No, just ... no ... These comics? Not so much ...
Re: Iceman #5. Bobby Drake may be an omega-level mutant, but he cannot freeze the speed of light. That's not how any of this works. Aside from a truly pointless Juggernaut fight, that takes the reader out of the issue.
SO, HOW BAD WAS IT?
"Freeze the speed of light?" Sheesh.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
The jump made the week work out so let's say this was a thin win.
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