Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Jon0
AFB’s Spoiler Free Top 3 for 5/23
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1. Batman Incorporated #1
Okay so if you are a listener of the podcast, you may have listened to our “DC’s New 52 Review” after the first month of a wave of fresh and amazingÂ titles were unleashed onto our faces and eyes. Â With it brought the AFBoys back into the game. Â You also saw/heard how salty I was because I was a huge huge fan of Morrison’s Batman and Robin run (starring ick and Damian). Â Well, thank the heavens because this issue makes it feel like its BACK. Â Yeah Bruce is Batman in this book but the great great Batman and Damian dynamic is back and is being written the correct way. Â Damian is being written the correct way and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Â This issue was hilarious. Â I lived off of the Damian moments in the old 52′s Batman and Robin and just wasn’t getting it from the new 52′s Batman and Robin. Â This issue was full of those moments. Â The art by Chris Burnham was like a poor man’s Frank Quitely but still way better than a lot of stuff coming out right now. Â A Boxster may be a poor man’s Porsche but its still a Porsche. Â Thank you DC for bringing back the REAL dynamic duo (aka Batman and Damian written by Grant Morrison).
2. Aquaman #9
Wow. Â So let’s see. Â The first issue was pretty good, then it kind of dipped at the end of the first arc, then dipped even deeper in the Mera one-shot, and then it rose a little bit at the beginning of this arc, rose a little bit more in issue 8 and BAM this issue comes out and its a complete game-changer for the character. Â To be fair, even when the issues weren’t good, the art by Ivan Reis is fantastic. Â And it comes out ON TIME. Â Ivan Reis is clearly one of the top guys DC has with a pencil right now and just due to the fact that he has incredible work ethic and gets the book out on time is enough for me to spend $2.99 on this book every month. Â But a lot of credit goes to Johns. Â I’ve been calling this dude a wash since the New 52 started but goddamn 2 weeks and he has impressed me a lot with this issue and Justice League #9. Â I’m really looking forward to his work now. Â Just PLEASE DC put this guy back on the FLASH.
3. All Star Western #9
Kind of the same with Aquaman: started off well, took a few dips, but this book has been consistently solid throughout the last 9 months. Â It has been GOOD. Which I am fine with and keeps me buying this book every month. Â This last arc with Nighthawk and Cinnamon has been pretty damn good though. Â I’m actually a fan of this title. Â Its just not awesome enough to pop me a chub on people about but its not bad enough for me to drop. Â But this is all about to change. Â Steve and I have been praying for this moment since this damn book started last year. Â We have been praying for the motherfucking BAT LASH. Â AND BAT “THUG LIFE” LASH is going to be in the next fucking issue. Â I. Â Can’t. Â Wait. Â Period.
Watch out for Devon’s picks next week. Â And maybe Steve-O the week after that if you guys are lucky. Â But if you’re unlucky, it’ll be me again.