This week: Reviews of Cable #23, Red Robin #9, Superman: World of New Krypton #12 and Wolverine: Weapon X!
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Review: Cable #23
Could it be? With the end finally within reach, Cable and Hope finally start to make it back towards the present. Bishop’s still inexplicably on their tail, of course, which is starting to make me think that his plot isn’t going to resolve until Second Coming – but at least the stakes do feel a bit like they matter, this close to the end. The reappearance of some characters from the book’s earlier days makes for a nice little reference, and gives some emotional stakes to the final scene, but despite the increased pace, it all feels a bit late for the series to start picking up steam now. [JHu]
Review: Red Robin #9
“It’s good to be back”, declares Tim Drake (sorry… Wayne) at the start of this issue – and the feeling’s mutual. Red Robin has never quite felt “right” so far, with the character descending into mopey darkness and stomping around the world on his “find out what’s really happened to Bruce” quest. Now that he has, and now that he’s back in Gotham, he’s acting a bit more like himself – a fact that even he admittedly remarks upon. It’s a fairly straightforward “state of play” setter, then, this – as he bounds around Gotham a bit, encounters the Foxes (with his new major supporting character having a nice connection to the “classic” Batverse), has yet another “awww, you guys” reunion scene with Conner (sick of those yet, much?) and, in an amusing (if slightly oddly-drawn) final page, finds out about Steph’s new costumed identity. It’s all rather lightweight and fun, and feels a bit more like the old Robin series, which can only be a good thing. Although it’s only a shame that bloody-Hush-bloody-posing-as-bloody-Bruce-bloody-Wayne shows up into the mix, as it remains one of the most tedious and annoying character uses since Jason Todd first showed up as the Red Hood. [SP]
Review: Superman: World of New Krypton #12
And so, the story of Superman’s year away from Earth on New Krypton comes to an end. Nah, of course it doesn’t – bearing in mind the fact that DC have spent twelve months publishing a book called “Superman” without Superman in it, it would be far too simple for the “World of New Krypton” story to see out its conclusion (that is, one would expect, the return of Kal-El to his adoptive planet) in the pages of World of New Krypton. And so, after wrapping up the somewhat disappointing murder mystery storyline that has sapped the energy out of a miniseries that actually started out quite strongly, we’re left with the cliffhanger of Brainiac attacking the planet, ready to lead into a new miniseries, Superman: The Last Stand of New Krypton. Great. A quite strong scene between Kal and Zod – with Robinson proving once again that what he’s quite good at is shifting (or at least blurring) the morality of long-reputed “villains” and providing actual proper motivation behind it (it makes perfect sense, at this point, for Zod to be supportive of Kal’s actions). It’s still hard to see, however, what this diversion has really done for the character of Superman, and I’m still impatiently awaiting his return proper. [SP]
Review: Wolverine: Weapon X #10
It’s been years since Wolverine had an ongoing that actually felt like an ongoing (with his main title being reduced to a series of disconnected arcs since long before Daken replaced him as the lead character) so it’s good to see Aaron makes good on a suggestion first brought up in issue #1 that Wolverine would get a regular cast outside of simply the X-Men/Avengers and, indeed, a love interest. Admittedly, things rarely go well for Wolverine’s love interests, but then that’s one of the central points of this issue, which has him chatting to the various women in his life and staunchly trying to ignore the fact that he now has a girlfriend. It’s a great issue, made so by the kind of expert use of continuity than enhances, rather than distracts from a story. Simply more evidence of what makes Jason Aaron a perfect choice of writer for Wolverine [JHu]