Suicide Squad52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.


By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

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A group of villains who work clandestinely for powerful higher-ups as a way of shaving time off of their sentences, the unit goes on the missions that tend to end up with someone getting killed.  Microscopic-sized bombs are implanted in the back of their neck with a timer to ensure loyalty, allowing for their handler—Amanda Waller—to hold them on a short leash.  These are the people who do government’s ultra-dirty work: Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad.

 

 

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Green Lantern New Guard52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Members of the 7 emotional spectrum teams must band together to protect the universe against a threat never before seen.  Due to the conflicting nature of the individuals and their respective organizations, the group has a hard time working together despite their mutual goals; however, due to the special relationship that Kyle Rayner has with his power ring and the old Guardians of Oa, only he can find a way to lead the group and form them into the New Guardians of the universe.

 

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The Flash New 5252 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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A police forensics scientist was once struck by lightning, allowing him to now become the fastest man alive by tapping into the Speed Force.  He uses his scientific knowledge to better understand his powers, as well as utilizing his new gifts to fight crime in the Gem Cities.  Most of the time, he’s the quiet, seemingly shy Barry Allen, but when he’s needed, he becomes...The Flash!

 

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SW Dawn of the JediFor those who have not yet read the first issue of this series, I’ll give a small recap:  The time is set well before the formation of the Galactic Republic, and the great Schisms that have torn apart the Jedi Order have not yet taken place.  On the planet Typhon, within the Deep Core, beings from several species throughout the galaxy have come to better understand the ways of the Force.  Lightsabers are not yet known to these users of the Force, and balance between Light and Dark in all things is taught to the Je’Daii (Jedi).  And then, the Infinite Empire catches wind of these mystical users and set their eyes on Typhon.

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Justice League Dark52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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The Justice League can’t combat all problems, despite their diverse roster and power-set.  There are mystical and magical enemies and threats that have no basis in science or technology, that disrupt the world on a profound level.  When such threats emerge, those who have experience must form together to take them on.  They are the Justice League Dark.

 

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human torchIt seems as though with the title of superhero (or even supervillain) comes invulnerability the likes of which an Olympian would be jealous of.  Heroes face great odds on a normal basis, and statistically speaking, there’s going to end up a time when their skill—or luck—won’t be enough to keep them from paying the ultimate price.  In fact, this has happened so often that it’s created a trend that is nearly laughable, even to a point where it is poked fun of (within the confines of the storyline) by very minor and throwaway characters.  I am, of course, speaking of heroes and villains dying due to a battle gone wrong...and then coming back to life in extraordinary ways.

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Spider-Man and Peter ParkerThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 


Characters are what make up a comic, be they superhero, villain, or just a supporting civilian that gives funny quips.  Without these people, such things as superhero teams or armies couldn’t function; they’d be empty, and, thus, useless.  Characters are the glue that make comics work, and how they’re portrayed and shown helps the readers empathize—or hate—them to the point where we see them as real people.  And, in a way, they are real people: other people created them, gave them a purpose, wrote how they interact with others, and how they show their feelings to others.

Throughout our experiences, we’ve seen several characters, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that make great characters.  These picks represent who we feel stand out the most in the comic world.

Stormwatch52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Unknown to the population of Earth, as well as the superhero community, a group of powerful individuals keeps a vigilant watch over the world for any approaching violent storms.  They do not consider themselves to be heroes, do not play by the moral code that the Justice League imposes upon itself, and go to great lengths to stay invisible to all eyes.  Ruled by a Shadow Cabinet with an unknown motive, and led by a man as old as the universe, these individuals keep the Earth safe from alien threats.  They are Stormwatch.

 

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catwoman 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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A female cat burglar working in Gotham City, Selina Kyle is not the typical villain; she doesn’t go for maniacal plans bordering on psychotic breaks or convoluted schemes that backfire due to her own hubris.  While she would never be considered a black hat, neither is she a shining night; money and a life of adrenaline run her life.  Romantic possibility for the Batman and irritant for the police department, she is Catwoman.

 

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Birds of Prey Banner and with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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The Birds of Prey are an all-female group dedicated to stopping those who believe themselves above the law.  Their ranks include martial artist Black Canary, master spy Starling, Gotham's vigilante Batgirl, expert warrior Katana, and one-time supervillain Poison Ivy.

 

 

 

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