Action Comics #881
After the events of Superman #691, the world is none to keen on Kryptonians at this point. The issue begins with Nightwing and Flamebird still on the run from the authorities when they run into Supergirl. It doesn't help Nightwing and Flamebird that, in addition to most of the world, Supergirl thinks they killed Mon-El. A battle ensues between the three Kryptonians that only goes from bad to worse as The Guardian and his crew arrive on the scene and end up nearly overpowering our heroes, forcing them to flee. Elsewhere, Metallo and Reactron are planning a news conference to further fuel the anti-Kryptonian sentiment of Earth. After escaping The Guardian's troops, Nightwing and Supergirl share a brief interlude while Flamebird listens in leading to more in-fighting amongst the Kryptonians that ends up with Squad K on the scene. Looks like the world's a grim place for anyone from Superman's homeworld. I can't wait to see how he pulls this mess out of the fire. Also, the backup tale of Captain Atom continues here and my consensus stays the same as it has been on this story... it's pretty but I still have no idea what's going on.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Batman and Robin #4
Grant Morrison's second story arc begins here with the arrival of Red Hood and Scarlet (the reject from Pyg's outfit). This diabolical duo begin ripping through Gotham's criminal underworld in a way that would make The Punisher proud and sets Dick and Damien on on their trail. The violence and gun-play leads me to believe that it is indeed Jason Todd beneath the red hood and Dick agrees with me near the end of this issue but it isn't confirmed. If this issue is any indication, this is new arc is going to be one Hell of a read! ...and beautiful art from Philip Tan doesn't hurt either.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Blackest Night #3
Hal Jordan and Barry Allen continue their fight against the fallen heroes of the Black Lantern Corps. We discover the fate of the Atom (last hinted at during the opening scenes of Blackest Night #2). The Indigo Tribe finally arrive on the scene and give us details on the origins of the different colored rings. These origins only cement my belief that there will be a White Lantern (Hal Jordan, anyone?) before this whole event is over. Meanwhile, Firestorm goes toe to toe with... Firestorm which leaves him in a very unusual predicament and leaves the Black Lantern with a seemingly unlimited power battery. The issue ends with the return of some villains from the JLA's morgue. All in all, a good issue but I can't give it a perfect 5 this go 'round because it's getting kind of old that every issue of Blackest Night (or the tie-ins) ends with a cliff-hanger ending and the rising of yet more lanterns. But now that the Black Lanterns have their power to full capacity and the rest of the lanterns know about the white power, I think things are going to go all out from here on in. Let's go!
Score: 4.5 out of 5