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And Then I Read: AQUAMAN 29

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There are lots of clues as to who the big guy is on the cover. The story title might also help, “Olympian.” I guess I wasn’t really trying too hard, I didn’t figure it out until the last page.

Arthur Curry has lost his trident, and the person who has it is going to use it to unlock a long-barred gateway and unleash horrible creatures. They are pretty horrible, actually, good job there on the art and writing. While Aquaman tries to sort that out, Mera is attempting to deal with politics in Atlantis, and meeting lots of resentment. Most of the issue focuses on Aquaman fighting monsters, though, not a bad place to focus. Nice job by everyone involved.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: GREEN LANTERN 29

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While these are desperate times for the Green Lantern Corps, this issue does not feel panicked. Instead we get a breather from some of the impending action for some calmer stories. Hal Jordan visits Earth, then back on Mogo forms a privy council of fellow Corps members, having finally realized he needs help leading the group. Walker debates with Mogo, a secret stash is found,  and finally action is accomplished in an unexpected attack by Hal and company on an enemy world. Nicely written by Robert Venditti. The art is by two pencillers, Billy Tan and Martin Coccolo. Tan’s work looks good, the other not so much, with some rather ugly faces and poses. One has to begin somewhere, I suppose. Overall, not a bad issue.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 29

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What a nice surprise for Alec Holland when The Sureen show up. They’re a cult that worships the avatar of The Green, and they present themselves as ready to help him in any way they can, including allowing him to occupy one of their human bodies for a time, something that appeals to Alec. But if something sounds too good to be true…  Meanwhile the other former avatars that he’s brought back from The Green with him are out making plans of their own that may or may not be in Swamp Thing’s best interests. Writer Charles Soule continues to entertain me on this book, and the art by Jesus Saiz is excellent.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: AQUAMAN 28

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Kind of nice to see Aquaman coming back to human level and dealing with sharks rather than immense monsters. As usual, he’s misunderstood by those he’s trying to help. And where might his trident be after he’s done here? A question that proves important in the issue. Meanwhile, Arthur Curry and Mera, back in the lighthouse on land, are invited to and attend his high school class reunion. Somewhat predictable (fish out of water), but fun. The reveal at issue’s end is going in an interesting direction. In all, I’m warming to the writing by Jeff Parker on this title, and the art by Pelletier and Parsons continues to be quite good.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: THE FLASH 28

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Writer Brian Buccellato is telling a story of ghosts and possession, and who better to guest-star than Deadman? But couldn’t they have used a better logo for the guy on the cover?

Used to be Deadman could only talk to living people when he was possessing one. That made conversation a little tricky at times. Seems no longer to be the case, as we have a long conversation between Flash and Deadman about the current serial murderer case Barry Allen is pursuing. Deadman gives him some good insights into what’s behind the murders, but not good enough to stop some very close to home. The art by Patrick Zircher is excellent.

Recommended.