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Review: Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight

Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight
Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This first volume left me feeling very pleased and very upset. Pleased because it was actually very well written, and brought back some of the joy I had as a kid when reading super hero books. That enjoyment in simple heroics doesn’t happen much these days as more and more books become darker and foreboding, with stories full of dread and revenge and less and less in the way of heroics. This book pulled out the heroics, mixed in some interesting complexity, and in the end left me hanging on the knife edge of a cliff hanger, thus the reason for being very upset. This is the first volume in a new series, and since it is compiled from a monthly book I suspect that I will have at least six months or more wait time for the next volume. I do not wait patiently when dealing with cliff hangers.

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Review: Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits

Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits
Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After having read a fair bit of his work I can honestly say that when given a chance to bring a story to a natural conclusion Brian K. Vaughan knows how to finish a story. He did a great job of it with Y The Last Man, and he did a great job of it with Ex Machina. This volume was a perfect conclusion for the series, and he brought the story to an elegant conclusion.

Most would say that the sign of a good book is that when it is over you want more. In the case of Vaughan’s work I think that being able to say that you are satisfied, and the story is now over is a better example of the quality of his work. Anybody can keep churning out issue after issue, stringing a story along long past the point where it was actually interesting. It takes talent to know that a story has a finite limit, and to elegantly bring the story to that conclusion in such a manner that even the fans can look at it and know that it is done, and they are happy with how it ended. Too many times you never get that conclusion to a story because the book gets cut before the writer can wrap it up or because it just keeps going forever with no actual ending.

This story is now over, and while I don’t necessarily want more of this story I do want more of Vaughan’s work to read. Time to wander around and see what else he may have worked on that I haven’t already read…

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Review: Batgirl: Redemption

Batgirl: Redemption
Batgirl: Redemption by Adam Beechen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really love a story that lets me get into the head of the hero, to learn what drives them, what motivates them, and the mental process as they work. This book is doing an excellent job of letting me see into this character, watching her evolve as she confronts the ghosts that haunt her and overcomes them. I eagerly anticipate reading the next volume.

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Review: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really well crafted story, and it kept me solidly engaged to the end of the volume. The only thing that I didn’t like was the inconsistency in the artwork. Most of it was very well done, but there were some segments where the quality really changed, and not for the better. I am eagerly waiting for the next volume to be available.

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Review: Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis
Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was ultimately a well crafted story, but to me the downfall for it was that it became overly complex. In the end it was an endurance test for me to finish, something I am not used to feeling when reading Geoff Johns’ work. As always the characters were well crafted, and you really felt for them, but there were so many characters in the cast that in the end I simply stopped caring. It was too much emotional work to care about all these characters, and without that emotional connection the story starts to suffer. I suppose that it doesn’t help that I am familiar with the ultimate outcome as I am reading this book to fill in some gaps, and a lot of my more recent reading has been stories more recent in the storyline. If you haven’t already read further in the story this is a great volume to transition you into the more current stories. If you are already past this point and looking back to fill in cracks…you may find yourself with a love/hate relationship with this volume.

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