Comics Reviews: Superman 375, Action 535, DC Comics Presents 49, Warlord 61

Superman 375 coverSuperman #375 – “The Stoning of Lana Lang” – Cary Bates/Curt Sawn/Dan Adkins

Last issue, Lana Lang prepared to leave Earth to go live with her alien loverboy, Vartox. Lana received a boon from out of nowhere, a protective aura allowing her to live in the harsh atmosphere of Vartox’s planet. But unknown to anyone, Vartox’s first love (Syreena) has returned from the dead and is the one who gave Lana the protective aura. Syreena hates Vartox for leaving her and has been screwing with his head, hypnotizing him to believe Superman is trying to get Lana for himself. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 375, Action 535, DC Comics Presents 49, Warlord 61”

Comics Reviews: Batman 351, Detective 518, Brave & the Bold 190, Firestorm 4

Batman 351 coverBatman #351 – “What Stalks the Gotham Night?” – Gerry Conway/Gene Colan/Tony DeZuniga

Last issue, Batman was turned into a vampire by a guy called the Monk. The Monk’s sister Dala, is also a vampire and she turned Dick (Robin) Grayson into a creature of the night as well. This issue opens with Batman watching as Dick drops off Vicki Vale, Bruce Wayne’s current squeeze. Dick tries to give Vicki a goodnight bite, but he notices Batman swinging down and pulls back. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 351, Detective 518, Brave & the Bold 190, Firestorm 4”

Comics Reviews: JLA 205, Legion of Super-Heroes 290, New Teen Titans 22, All-Star Squadron 12

JLA 205 coverJustice League of America #205 – “The Final Hand” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Romeo Tanghal

Over the last couple of issues, a new Royal Flush Gang has been taking out Justice Leaguers left and right. So far Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman are all hospitalized in some kind of strange coma, as if their minds are being stolen from afar. Last issue, Ralph (Elongated Man) Dibny and Black Canary tracked some tech to a company called Megaform whose CEO (Reston) attacked them. But after they beat him, he claimed to have amnesia and had no idea what had happened. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 205, Legion of Super-Heroes 290, New Teen Titans 22, All-Star Squadron 12”

Comics Reviews: Superman 374, Action 534, DC Comics Presents 48, Warlord 60

Superman 374 coverSuperman #374 – “Love is Deadlier … the Second Time Around” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Dan Adkins

Last issue, Superman’s old friend Vartox came to Earth for a visit, and to reconnect with Lana Lang. Vartox’s planet is too toxic for Lana to live there, but she acquired a protective aura from an incorporeal benefactor. Instead of being suspicious of this sudden good fortune, Lana and Vartox were thrilled and started making plans for her to go back to his planet together. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 374, Action 534, DC Comics Presents 48, Warlord 60”

Comics Reviews: Batman 350, Detective 517, Brave & the Bold 189, Firestorm 3

Batman 350 coverBatman #350 – “Nightmare in Crimson” – Gerry Conway, Paul Levitz/Gene Colan/Tony DeZuniga

Last issue, Dick (Robin) Grayson found out his ex-girlfriend (Dala) is a vampire. Unfortunately, he found out the hard way, after being kidnapped by Dala and bitten on the neck. He escaped and almost got run down by a priest on the highway. The priest took him to a hospital, where he’s now recovering. Robin has a fevered dream about Dala turning into a gothic monster and trying to kill him, and he wakes up to find Father Green watching him with worry. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 350, Detective 517, Brave & the Bold 189, Firestorm 3”

Comics Reviews: Flash 311, Wonder Woman 293, Green Lantern 154, Jonah Hex 62

Flash 311 coverFlash #311 – “Captives of the Boom-Boom-Boomerang” – Cary Bates/Carmine Infantino/Frank Giacoia

Last issue, Colonel Computron (yeah, I know) reappeared, still looking for revenge against W.W. Wiggins. Computron’s identity is a mystery, but it could be either Basil Nurblin (who developed the Computron toy for Wiggins and got nothing in return) or his wife Francine. It could even be their daughter, Lena, since she’s studying science in college. Anyway, Computron tried to kill Wiggins and Captain Boomerang (who feels he owes Wiggins for giving him his first job) saved him, but Flash told Wiggins not to trust Boomerang. It seems Flash may have been right, because Computron offered Boomerang a deal: if Boomerang lets Computron kill Wiggins, Computron will also get rid of the Flash. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Flash 311, Wonder Woman 293, Green Lantern 154, Jonah Hex 62”

Comics Reviews: JLA 204, Legion of Super-Heroes 289, New Teen Titans 21, All-Star Squadron 11

JLA 204 coverJustice League of America #204 – “The Cut of the Cards” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Romeo Tanghal

Last issue, a new Royal Flush Gang started taking out various Justice Leaguers to establish some quick cred. Firestorm and Aquaman wound up comatose in a Los Angeles hospital and Wonder Woman was knocked out just outside. But the new Jack found out the leader of the Royal Flush (Ace) is actually a robot, reporting to an unseen master called Wild Card. (No, I don’t think it’s George R.R. Martin.) Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 204, Legion of Super-Heroes 289, New Teen Titans 21, All-Star Squadron 11”