-- Have A Happy New Years and See You around The Shop -- Ed
"Cloaked" Dark Horse: This story follows a private eye hired to find out the true identity of a retired gun wielding vigilante. It's an ultra realistic deconstruction of Batman & Robin as examined through the lens of said private eye. It's well written and thoughtfully explores both the P.I.'s tragic life and the reality of being not a child soldier but a child distraction, whisked off the streets to aid in "gangbusting". Really the only downside is the line work and colors are somewhat flat and lacking detail. Imagine a less detailed Mike Deodato Jr. and you're in the ballpark. 6 peed pants out of 10
"King Conan" Marvel: Jason Aaron weaves an exciting tale that connects to his earlier Conan work and appears to be wrapping loose threads in the process. The art is detailed, violent, and bloody without being grotesque or gore filled. 7 snake daggers out of 10
"Batgirls" DC: I really wanted to like this, I was so excited when they announced this title months ago. I just can't stand the interior art. I suppose it fits the tone of the book, but I also can't stand the tone of the book! I'm not expecting the Batgirls to be as dark and gritty as Batman but I was hoping for something more substantial that jokes about old tube tv's and eating cup o noodles for dinner. This is probably really great for the right person, I'm just not that audience.
"Timeless" Marvel: A fun adventure that explores Kang's motivations while hinting at what marvelous stories are in store for the Marvel Universe over the next year. Most exciting of all is the reveal the [Redacted] is returning!