The Rack Jack #5

March 28, 2009

Marvel and DC, as every fan knows, are going through a number of transitional phases.  Marvel has Dark Reign and all that is involved in outright saying that “yes, our universe is now run by the bad guys.”  And DC has all the fallout from Infinite Crisis, and the apparent build up to yet another series of big events.  However, faith can be restored when both titles take one of their main characters and start putting out good, interesting, well written stories that make us forget all the insanity on a universal scale and focus on the people and characters we enjoy.

Week of 3/25/09

  • Daredevil #117 (Ed Brubaker). Return of the King, Part II. Wilson Fisk is back, and that means one thing, the criminal element has a kingpin again…y’know, besides Norman Osborn. Not just A Kingpin, but THE Kingpin. After hearing about his adventures away from Hell’s Kitchen, I never felt that he was written off just for the sake of plot, it felt natural, as did his return to NYC. But in a world filled with evil, where does Fisk fit in? Why, it’s going to be just like to good old days, right? I honestly don’t know. With promises to return the underworld to glory, he also approaches DD with an interesting proposition; to take on The Hand, who have been encroaching, and Fisk “doesn’t intend on surviving.” Perhaps the Kingpin can help Matt forget about Milla, the legal battles, the federal government, his affair, and get him back to some good old fashioned daredeviling!
  • Battle for the Cowl: Commissioner Gordon (One Shot). Batman is dead. Batman. Is. Dead. What? You don’t believe it? Ask his oldest friend, Commissioner James Gordon, who learns this the hard way. This story takes you on a narrative journey inside Gordon’s head as he has to deal with Gotham now that the Dark Knight is gone. Yet, if you read carefully, I could swear some of these thoughts belonged to Batman himself, it looks like working with the Caped Crusader for so many years rubbed off on the Commish. A poignant and touching story about what happens in a world gone mad, showing what Batman comics have always tried to teach us; you don’t need powers to be a hero, you just need to have a sense of justice, and the commitment to do what is right.

I have a good feeling that both universes are getting the footing again, stabilizing and dealing with the promises they made so long ago for new, COOL stories that will blow our minds in a good way.  Until then, we can enjoy the snippets of little stories and small pleasures.  Thankfully, I have yet to be disappointed by any of the Battle for the Cowl titles, so I highly recommend them.

‘Til Next Wednesday.



One comment

  1. Wow. I don’t often read comic books, but I am definitely picking up “Battle for the Cowl.”

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