Friday, September 30, 2011

Hollyweird Living Halloween Iron Fist and Luke Cage Power Man Promo!!

The boys of Hollyweird Living are getting prepped for the Halloween!

Hollyweird Living continues its run, Check out the entire collection to see what happens and how it all goes down here at Essential Webcomic Showcase.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Princess Bride: Part 1 Inigo Montoya

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time. My favorite sword fight seen is the classic one between Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review the DCnU: Suicide Squad #1

The concept of the Suicide Squad is something that I have always felt was interesting.  I always like the books where the bad guys are the antagonist in the story.  The Suicide Squad is a similar concept to the Secret Six and Marvel's Thunderbolts.  It seems like its a natural fit for the new DCU.

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by Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, and Adam Glass

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This is a book that when I first saw the promo pictures for I was immediately unsure of.  The costume design of Harley Quinn really disappointed me as I really didn't think it reminded me of the character at all.  So going into the book here I was really unsure of what it would be like.  Saying I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. 

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This was just an all around great book.  Glass does a really great job of introducing all the characters here.  Fan favorites Harley Quin, Deadshot, and King Shark do not disappoint.  The characters live up to the classic expectations one would wish from them.

The issue opens up in a pretty brutal scene, in which the entire team has been captured and is being tortured for information.  In a clever series of flashbacks we see how they all ended up in prison and how they were assembled for their first mission only to realize it was a trap leading into the opening scene.  What lies ahead for the team you will have to read to find out for yourself.  But this is a great episode that shows you just how tough and in some cases crazy these characters are.

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The trio of artists on this book do a great job of capturing the spirit of the characters as well as detailing out the gruesome scene that is laid out before the eyes of the readers.  At times the artwork really meshes well together.

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Outside of the costume redesigns these are essentially the same characters here and that's a good thing.  They are as violent, insane, and loyal as you would expect of them.  The book is sure to be a lot of fans favorites coming out of the new DCU.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The first issue is great and really established these characters for just who they really are.  The artwork really works here and I think this is going to be something that a lot of people are going to be enjoying.  The book gets an A and looks like its going to keep delivering solid reads for the fans of these characters.

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WILL IT SUCCEED: Without a doubt this book will be one of the bright spots in the new DCU. I think that this will quickly pick up the fans of the old series and maybe even some of the Secret Six's as well.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: This book does everything you expect it to do and more.  This should hopefully be one of the top all around books in the new DCU.

Review the DCnU: Resurrection Man #1

I will be one of the first to admit that prior to the DC reboot I knew very little about the Resurrection Man before picking it up to review.  Its an interesting pick by DC to get its own title but one I am sure to make the characters fans happy.

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by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Fernando Dagnino

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Mitch Shelly returns from the dead once again in the DC relaunch of Resurrection Man. Mitch has a pretty cool and rather unique power where no matter what happens to him, when he dies he comes back from the dead, each time with a new power set.  That alone is a pretty cool concept and something that can't be said that many other characters possess.

The premise of the first issue is that Resurrection Man's many returns from the dead has not gone unnoticed by those in hell and the heavens above.  There is something unique about his soul as it signs brighter each time he returns to the land of the living.  And of course both sides want his soul.

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The fact that the entire issues can more or less be summed up in two sentences really doesn't bode well for the issue in my opinion.  It was  a pretty simple book, nothing overly bad but nothing overly great or fantastic that really stuck out.  The character itself, Mitch, really doesn't give us much information about the character or why it is we should really be caring about him or what happens to him. The artwork as well is nothing spectacular nor is it anything horrible either.

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The book really just was borderline mediocre and if wasn't for the characters interesting power it would be just that, average.  The book does however do a good job of explaining to us what Mitch's power is, and how its both a blessing and a curse.

I just wished that the team would have done more in this issue to establish where they are planning on taking the character.  The idea about heaven and hell being after Mitch is an interesting concept that should make the book more interesting in the coming issues.  But for now the book really doesn't do much to impress.

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GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The book gets just a C+ as its not average, but its not much greater then average either.  The book is pretty forgettable as not much of the book really stuck out to me.  Neither did the artwork, the artwork was just so so and really wasn't something that you would be wowed by.

WILL IT SUCCEED: The lack of the character really be a well known character I think will hurt it in the long run.  The averageness of the first issues is going to come back to bite the creative team as their was nothing really to set it apart from the back and as such nothing to really make the reader want to come back for more.

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SHOULD IT SUCCEED: The concept of the character is unique and the idea of Heaven and Hell being on the hunt for Mitch because of his ability to come back is interesting.  Yet somehow the creative team managed to make this book just so so with nothing making it stand out.  And as such I think the book is going to slowly disappear from the stands in the future, but the question is will anyone notice or care?

Review the DCnU: Batwoman #1

One of the characters that I have really enjoyed following the last few years is Batwoman.  The character has really grown on me and has always provided some good books.  I was worried that she may not get a fair shake after the DC reboot, but low and behold she was one of the characters chosen to carry her own title.

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by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

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Like Batman the history of Batwoman looks to be more or less entirely intact after the reboot.  That's a good thing being how critically acclaimed the previous history and stories of the character had been and how well received the books had been.

Kate Kane is still Batwoman and her cousin Bette Kane (the former Flamebird) is now working as her sidekick.  While many of the plots from the original take of the character are still there, the first issues does work well as an introduction to the character.

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The action in the series picks up right off the bat with Batwoman rescuing a family from the mysterious Weeping Woman who has been kidnapping children.  The serious introduces a new potential love interest for Kate Kane in a female police detective that also appears to be working the same case from the police side.

The issue also established that Batwoman is now acting as a mentor to the former Flamebird and that the Black Mask may become a potential adversary.  The troubled relationship with her father is also explored in this first issue of the new on-going.

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In one word to describe the new series that would be fantastic.  The book feature interesting characters, powerful artwork, and solid story telling.  The artwork is truly top notch and breath taking.  This book has easily established itself as one of the most well rounded books coming out of the new DCU.

The book is a great set up for the first story arc as well as establishing the relationship the character shares with Batman.  You can not mention this book without commenting on the fantastic artwork done by Williams.  This is simply one of the key selling points of this book.   The book is easily one of the most eye appearing books to come out in recent years.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: A very deserving solid A is given to this book.  From its interesting characters, jaw dropping inspiring artwork, to its compelling story telling this book has it all.

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WILL IT SUCCEED: Even without the Batman association I think this book would be a success.  Its truly one of the most solid books out there so far from DCU.  The book will undoubtedly be one of the big success coming out from the whole new DC line of books.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: Again this is a solid book with awe inspiring artwork and solid storytelling.  This book is one of the best things to come out and should be a strong book for years to come.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review the DCnU: Legion Lost #1

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by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods

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The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of the most rebooted books in the DCU. So it comes as no surprise that in the new DCU its being rebooted once again.  That being said it has two books coming out in the new DCU in an attempt to capture the fans of the Legion. The team often deals with issues of time travel and appropriately enough this is the first book that actually addresses the Flashpoint event and the fact that they know things are not the same.  It sort of presents an interesting predicament as the book will feature characters from the old DCU potentially interacting with those of the new DCU.

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The book opens up with a team of Legion members that include Dawnstar, Wildfire, Tellus, Timber Wolf, Gates, Chameleon Girl, and team leader Tyroc arriving in the present time on the hot trail of fugitive Alastor.  Upon their arrival the team is distressed to discover that their Legion equipment is no longer functioning properly.

The team attempts to locate Alastor and find that they are in fact stranded in the present time and are facing a global disaster that they need to advert from happening. There is a lot going on and those that are unfamiliar with the characters will be quickly lost into whose who and what they can all do.  The book does a poor job in introducing the characters as I had to go back to read the book a few times to figure out the names of all the characters involved here.

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Legion Lost unfortunately proves to be a rather disappointing read.  Nicieza provides and overly confusing and complicated tale and fails to do anything to really capture the readers attention and draw them into the story.   The story is slow and takes forever to really establish who everyone is.  The book even fails to provide the character boxes that most titles give you to let you know whose who leaving the reader to try and figure out who all they are. While hints are dropped about why all the characters have traveled to the past, the actual mission is never really told and the reader is just left guessing hoping that the next issue will clear things up.  The villain and his motives are even left unrevealed and the reader is left questioning rather he is actually a villain or not after one scene involving the character and a little girl.

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The artwork is one of the few strong points of this title.  Woods really delivers when it comes to the action scenes and showing the difference between the various characters.  Much of the issues problem lie solely on the shoulders of the writer here.  Anybody that is new to the book will find themselves quickly lost and most likely left feeling confused with no desire to come back for more here.


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GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The artwork is simply great here.  Unfortunately that's the only thing that is great.  The plot is a jumble mix and is not fully established.  New readers will be turned off as the characters are hard to identify and their individual powers are left unknown to most of the readers until they actually use them.  Some characters you do not see what they can do yet.  The book gets a C- as its hard to really enjoy much of the book outside or the artwork.

WILL IT SUCCEED: At this point I do not believe so.  New readers will be left feeling confused and turned off, old readers will just be left feeling disappointed.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:  Nicieza has done a really poor job here.  Its unfortunate because the premise of this book was really interesting when I first read about it.  This book in its current state should not be a long fixture in the DCU and most likely will not be.

Review the DCnU: Grifter #1

Grifter is one of the most popular characters from the Wildstorm Universe.  With the rebooted DCU the Wildstorm Universe has been merged into the DCU.  With the merging all of the characters have been re-imagined and rebooted for new and old readers alike.

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by Nathan Edmondson and Cafu

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Adding the Wildstorm properties to the new DCU is a potentially good idea.  The introduction of all the characters can hopefully provide some interesting stories and team ups for future meetings to come.  The original Grifter was a cocky super soldier who didn't age and was constantly being hunted by the government and aliens. 

This version of the character is not the same.  In the new DCU Grifter is now a former special ops soldier who had disappeard and became an actual grifter and con man. During the first issue he is abducted by aliens who were planning to do something to him that has not been fully told yet.  For some reason Grifter is the only person that has ever been able to escape them.  And because of this he can hear the aliens that are hiding out in human bodies.

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Unfortunately though he can not tell for sure which person the aliens are hiding in until just before they decided to attack him.  To everyone else around it appears that he is nothing more then a man that has lost his mind and gone off the deep end.

So far not much has been reveled of the character and the first issue dealt mainly with him obtaining his new powers and causing a scene on an airplane mid-flight.  While the character doesn't resemble much of the old Grifter yet, I am not ready to completely write this character off just yet. The fact that Grifter is seemingly killing innocent people is sure to gain him the attention of some of the heroes in the DCU who I am anticipating the showdown with some of these characters in the near future.

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Their is a ton going on in this first issue.  The set up for a show down with his brother and former team is set up in the concluding moments of the issue.  The storytelling is unfortunately is all over the place.  Edmondson goes from giving a pretty good story to seemingly throwing things in for no reason at all.  Such as when Grifter puts on the mask seemingly out of nowhere.  There is no explanation at all for why he is putting on the mask or why he picked that mask to wear.

The artwork done here by Cafu is one of the high points of the book.  The action and characters look realistic and the faces show clear emotion.  I was really looking forward to this book but so far I am left feeling unsure of how things will be going from here on out.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: This book is not one of the best books to come out of the DCU and that is a sad thing.  I can see some upside to the book and the potential is there to eventually become better but it didn't do much to hold my attention and seemingly has changed the popular character tremendously. I give the book a C+.

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WILL IT SUCCEED: Like many of the Wildstorm comics I have to question how well that I think that they will do under the DC banner.  I think that the character will have enough fans that will pick up the book, but I don't know how long they will stick around when they see how much DC has seemingly changed the character.  I think that if some of the characters old personality and characterizations begin to come through then the book will do will, if not it will be on the chopping block in the months to come.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:  Right now I don't think the book will do well, while they have changed a lot about the character that I like, the character that they have created here is actually an interesting one that I wouldn't mind seeing where they go with, but the character should not be called Grifter.


Review the DCnU: Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke has always been one of those bad guys that you can't help but love.  The character has been a personal favorite of my own for some time now.  Deathstoke is a cold calculating mercenary and his fans love him for it. So seeing that he has his own book once again under the new DCU banner is one of the things that I like I am sure many others was looking forward to.

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by Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett

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Deathstroke the Terminator is the anti-Batman.  He's the character that was the inspiration for Deadpool, he has taken on just about every incarnation of the Teen Titans, he took out the Atom with nothing more then a laser pointer, he systematically took out the JLA disabling the Green Lantern and stabbing the Flash, you simply can not be more badass then that.

The story starts off to the core of what Deathstroke is, a hired gun.  But in this new DCU things seem to not being going so well for Slade.  His clients have lost faith in him, the other mercenaries don't seem to respect him, and even the people he is hired to kill seem to have forgotten who he is. 

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During this first issue Slade comes back after completing a mission and has a discussion with his contact about a what his next assignment is going to be.  The client has hired Slade to team up with a group of fellow mercs to break into a plane mid-flight and steal something for them.

Deathstroke is appalled to find out that his new team is a group of young mercenaries. The group is just a step above amateurs and Deathstroke is forced to team up with them.  Deathstroke shows them what being a mercenary is all about taking on and completing the mission pretty much on his own.

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As it turns out the mission was really about delivering a message to Deathstroke from the client.  Deathstroke is obviously upset by what he receives.  Upon returning Deathstroke meets up with his team who are out celebrating a successful mission.  In a truly awesome moment Deathstroke announces that he doesn't work well with others and murders his teammates.  All of this is of course to set up a storyline of Deathstroke against the establishment, something that I am looking forward to here.

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Deathstroke is one of the better editions of the new DCU.  And that is saying something as many of the books have been pretty solid.  The book was a great start by Higgins with the character.  The personality of Slade has stayed in tact and the character is ever as much the bad ass as you would expect him to be.  Seeing the character seemingly getting disrespected all the way around is a nice and new approach to the character.  Deathstroke's redesign is also something that is really cool.  The new skull like mask makes the character seem darker and more menacing.  The only thing I really didn't like is the overly large sword that the character is carrying around, the sword is larger then Deathstroke and reallly seems like it would be impracticable for a character that is trying to sneak around and being extremely flexible and mobile.

If you are a fan of the character this is definitely a book that you will want to pick up.  The team is off to a good start and I think they have really made something great here.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The artwork was strong, the story and plot really fit the character.  This was one of the best books out so far.  It gets an A for its creative team.

WILL IT SUCCEED: I think this book will be one of the bright spots in this new DCU.  Deathstroke is already one of the more popular villains and characters in the DCU and giving him his own book again only seemed right.  I think this book will do well and be a strong book for the DC Comics.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: Everything about this book was great.  The creative team really captured the spirit of the character in the artwork, redesign and overall plot of the book.  This book deserves to be on your local comic book shelves for years to come.

Review the DCnU: Batman and Robin #1

Batman and Robin was one of the comics that I expected to be part of the new DCU.  DC had already announced that the history of Batman and Green Lantern were going to be pretty much intact after the reboot, so most of my curiosity of the character was already gone.  But being a huge fan of Batman I knew I would not be able to resist picking up the book and adding it to my pull list.
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by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

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Batman and Robin has been one of the main Batman books for the past year and a half.  Previously a Morrision book that starred Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as his Robin.I had thoroughly enjoyed the book and the character progression of Damian.  Sure Damian was still an ass but he had grown on me over the course of the title.

Now with the reboot having happened in the DCU, Bruce Wayne is back to being the sole Batman of Gotham.  This book features the first time that Bruce has teamed up with his son Damian as Robin.  Its the first time that a Robin working with Bruce is actually his flesh and blood. 

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Peter Tomasi has always proven to be a strong writer in my opinion.  This book actually started off pretty strong.  We see the Batman of Moscow being taken out by a mysterious new villain.  Then we are taken to Gotham where Bruce and Damian are preparing to go out on patrol.

Bruce takes Damian to crime alley to the place that his parents were murdered on their anniversary of their  deaths. There in a somewhat touching moment Bruce tells Damian what it was like being there and proceeds to tell Damian that from this point forward he is not going to mark the anniversary of their deaths, instead he has chosen to celebrate their lives and will remember their wedding anniversary.

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Damian here again shows his usual dick self and shows a total lack of respect for Bruce, his grandparents and what their deaths had meant to him.  In fact Damian in a very bratty moment goes off about how he is not Dick, he's not Jason, he's not Tim, and that at least Dick respected him.  The way Damian acted this issue really seemed like a step backwards for the character while Bruce was taking a step forward and moving on from his parents death.

But then things seemed to take a turn for the worst in this issue.  Bruce and Damian respond to a group of thieves that are attempting to break into a University and steal some radioactive power source.  Damian completely ignores Bruce and goes off after the thieves that have stolen Batman's ride as their get away.  Damian then proceeds to blow up their own ride and seemingly killing the would be thieves in the process.  Damian seems to show no remorse at all for his actions and seemed to ignore all of his recent character progression that he had done over the course of the last year or so. 

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Meanwhile in a seemingly ridiculous situation Batman proceeds to stop the imminent meltdown by bringing down the University's swimming pool that is conveniently straight above the reactor.  Why in the world a university would build a pool above a reactor leaves me speechless honestly.

Tomasi started off the book well but really dropped the ball with the entire second half of the book.  I think he had an idea of what he was wanting to do here, but honestly it doesn't come out as neatly done at all.  Why were these guys stealing the fuel?  Why is Damian suddenly the reckless killing remorseless character again? Why does Batman completely turn back into the dark and looming character immediately after saying he was going to have a different outlook of live?


What Tomasi and Gleason do give us here in this book is a good first half and what appears to be a very cool new villain.  The artwork is strong and I am looking forward to seeing the villain and what he has in store for our favorite caped crusader.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The book started out great, the art was solid all the way through, but somewhere around midpoint the quality of the story really seemed to drop.  The book gets a B from me.  There is tons of room for improvement and I am hoping that a lot of the problems will be rectified in future issues when more of the story can be fleshed out some.

WILL IT SUCCEED: This is one of those books without even reading it that you know its going to be a success.  Batman is one of DC's marque characters and essentially almost anything with the character in it is practically a goldmine for the company.  This books should get stronger as the story progresses and will be around for a long long time.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:  Yes, despite the momentarily setback I felt the book took in the second half, everything else about the book was solid.  The characters are fan favorites and their is no way this book will do anything else other then succeed.

Review the DCnU: Mister Terrific #1

Mr. Terrific is one of the characters that I really enjoyed in the old DCU with the rest of the Justice Society of America.  So seeing that he was going to be brought back and become part of the new DCU I was excited at first.  Then I got to thinking about the character and I'm not completely convinced if the character, as great as he is, is capable of being able to hold his own title by himself.  The addition of Karen Star aka Power Girl helps though.  But I am unsure yet if she is actually going to have any powers in the new DCU, though if she doesn't it would be a real shame to put such a popular character on the sidelines like that.

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by Eric Wallace and Gianluca Gugliotta

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Seeing Mr. Terrific make it into the new DCU is something that I am really glad about. I have always been a fan of the Third Smartest Man in the World.  This is a great character for people that may be new to DC or comics in general to latch onto.

The first issue does a great job of telling the readers just who exactly Michael Holt is.  The fact that he is the World's Third Smartest Man is established.  A rather funny part that is I took as a nod to fans is when a person asks him just who are the other two then and he leaves them wondering.  This is funny to me as a fan because its something I have often seen debated among comic fans.

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The readers are also told about what Michael Holt was like prior to becoming a super hero.  We learn that he has multiple degrees, that he is a former Olympic gold medalist, and that he is a multimillionaire. We also learn what tragedy be struck poor Michael Holt that turned his life upside down and made him an atheist. Eric Wallace was able to take as little space possible to recap who Michael Holt is for both new and old readers alike without having to take up much of the very first issue.

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Michael Holt comes across as a hero that is much like a Bruce Wayne or even a Tony Stark rather then your Superman and Thor's.  He is the everyman hero and is somewhat more relatable when you learn of the tragedy he has suffered and the lost he has endured.

When an everyday person name Edgar Holowitz somehow becomes a genius overnight, Mister Terrific is drawn to the mystery surrounding the events. Mister Terrific is shocked to learn that not only is he a genius now his intelligence is still growing.   As Michael Holt tries to unravel the mystery behind it he too succumbs to the same fate and becomes cold and evil.

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This was a great first issue and really relieved my apprehensions about rather or not Mister Terrific could carry his own book or not.  We even get introduced to Michael Holt's long time friend Karen Starr.  At this point though we do not know if she has any powers are is just a rich friend of Holt's. Wallace did a fantastic job laying out just who Michael Holt is and what motivates him.  The artwork left a little to be desired but it was decent enough to make the book a good read.

I am a strong believer now that Michael Holt and Mister Terrific can carry its own book and that he could easily become DC's version of Tony Stark.  I am just hoping that the lack of name recognition doesn't hurt the book sales in the long run.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: I have always been a fan of the character and I feel that Wallace has done a great job here establishing who the character is and laying out the foundation for a good solid first story arc for the character.  The art isn't exactly top notch but its not any slouch either.  I feel that the facial expressions look a little odd at times and because of that the book only gets a B+.  I feel that this book is heading in the right direction and is another solid first issue for the new DCU.

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WILL IT SUCCEED: As great as the book is I have to wonder if the lack of recognition of the Mister Terrific name might end up hurting the characters chances of getting a following.  Michael Holt as solid of a character that he is, isn't a character many non-comic book fans would recognize.  The addition of Karen Starr may help, but if she doesn't end up being Power Girl it seems like a waste of the character to be honest.  I hope the book succeeds but its one of the books that I would not be surprised to see not make it.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:  I strongly believe that this is going to prove to be one of the bright spots of the new DCU and that the character and storytelling looks to be solid from the start.  I think the book deserves to make it, but like I've said several times already the lack of character name recognition may hinder that from happening. Bottom line is that this book should succeed, rather or not it actually will do remains to be seen.