Woozy With Hunger and Comic Book Love

Hello, loyal readers! It’s Yom Kippur, and I am fasting. Thus, I ask that you excuse any typos or general loopiness. I haven’t eaten in 22 hours. However, the show must go on, and there are comic books to discuss!

I am extremely behind on my reading (and also my blogging), so you’ll all have to forgive me, I’m still reviewing the first issues of some of the DC new 52. But don’t worry, I’ll catch up soon enough! And no, I won’t review every issue of every comic I read.

Anyway, let’s start with Justice League International #1!  It definitely accomplished more as a first issue than Justice League #1 did, but there’s a balance between action and exposition that I’m not sure either Dan Jurgens or Geoff Johns struck particularly well.

I was much more impressed Nightwing #1, which I felt did a great deal in terms of kicking off Dick’s story without inundating us with information. Of course, Nightwing is written from Dick’s perspective, and his narration really helps set the scene. I can certainly understand how this isn’t an option for ensemble pieces like JL and JLI.

My only complaint was that some of Dick’s interior monologue was written a bit stiffly, but then, Dick’s always been a bit uptight.

He is, however, quite the looker.

Last but not least, a short discussion of Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. I’m going to be honest, I’m completely on the fence about this one. I may be alone in this, but I’m a huge fan of Jason Todd, especially as Red Hood, so I have high hopes for this series. It’s witty, appealing, engaging, and it struck that balance I mentioned earlier between action and exposition really well–partially because of the humor.

However, I am a woman (see comment on Dick Grayson above), and I found the portrayal of Starfire to be a little bit offensive. I mean, seriously. She shows up in the skimpiest of outfits looking completely emaciated, and her first line of dialogue reads, ‘Is there anything else I can do, Jason?’ Excuse me while I vomit.  It seems to me she’s liberated sexually, but that’s about it. I find it a bit questionable, especially in a woman who was sold into slavery back on her home world.

But hey, fan service is fan service.

Enjoy your weekends, and happy reading!

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