Comic Book Stash: February 13, 2013

Mini-reviews and ratings of comics released February 13, 2013.

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Archer & Armstrong
7
4 stars
Fred Van Lente
Emanuela Lupacchino

Action, humor and historical inaccuracies make this yet another must-read. At one point I found myself wishing that someone would turn this into a movie.

Batman
17
4 stars
Scott Snyder
Greg Capullo

The finale for the largely well received Death of the Family storyline. Bizarre, disgusting, twisted and thought-provoking. Nobody has taken any permanent physical injury, but the "bat family" seems to have been disrupted judging by the ending. Thus bringing to fruition the promise of the series title.

As always, Joker's "death" is ambiguous.

Both writer and artist continue to flesh out characters that we've known for decades. My opinion is that Snyder and Capullo have the potential to go down in history as one of the greatest comic book collaborators of all time.

Bloodshot
8
3 stars
Duane Swierczynski
Manuel Garcia

I'm ready for the end of this arc. Bloodshot comes up against a bunch of Project Rising Spirit freaks, finds some creepy child psiots and their apparently invulnerable "nanny" who feeds on fear. It's all interesting, but it's not the progress I'd like to see.

This is my least favorite title of the Valiant relaunch. Even so, it's not a bad read. I'm just sensing the potential for greater storytelling in the future.

Green Arrow
17
3 stars
Jeff Lemire
Andrea Sorrentino

Technically this should have been on last week's list. I didn't much care for the New 52 take on Green Arrow and dropped it from my list after the second issue. I decided to dip my toe back in the waters after hearing reviews that talked about a change in direction.

And did they ever hit the reset button. Company gone, framed for murder, assistants blown up... it was certainly enough to pique my interest.

As far as the art goes, I'm on the fence. Sometimes I loved it and other times, not so much. I believe they are headed in the right direction though and I'm looking forward to seeing more of Mr. Sorrentino's work.

Iron Man
6
4 stars
Kieron Gillen
Greg Land

This is yet another title that I had dropped previously, but have now picked back up due to a change in direction. Iron Man in space which, I'm assuming, will lead him to a spot with the Guardians of the Galaxy eventually.

In the meantime, he's a man out of his element and this is not a situation that Tony Stark finds himself in often on Earth. The possibilities here intrigue me.

Oh! And if there were a prize for the funniest scenes in comics, Iron Man #6 would be a contender for top honors.

Superboy
17
3 stars
Tom DeFalco
RB Silva

I only picked this up as part of the H'el on Earth arc. Otherwise I'm not interested in Superboy's story.