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 HEADS UP FOR THE WEEK OF: 052307
BOOK OF THE WEEK: COUNTDOWN #51 & 50
Comic Review by:
Mike Kurnat
Writers:
Story outline by Paul Dini. 51 written by Paul Dini; 50 written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Artists:
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen. 51 art by Jesus Saiz, 50  art by Jim Calafiore
Publisher:
DC Comics
MSRP: $2.99 each
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"Once again DC is looking deeper than the main characters-namely the rouges gallery."
The first issues of the new weekly already are stoking the fires for something special. Once again DC is looking deeper than the main characters, although they are in these stories, to lesser known characters namely the rouges gallery. The first two issues show a team of D list villains calling themselves the Rogues having a little get together. The Trickster and The Pied Piper are considered outsiders for their recent work with The Flash and are asked to show a sign of loyalty. Elsewhere, we see what seems to be the main story start to unfurl. Duela, the Jokerís daughter, tries to kidnap a pop singer and is stopped by The Red Hood. The parallel of Jokerís daughter and Batmanís protťgť fighting isnít lost on Duela. After a little fighting and chasing, Duela is shot down and killed by someone new, an unnamed Monitor. This rogue monitor (after all killing isnít exactly ďmonitoringĒ), proclaims himself to The Red Hood as the protector of the Multiverse and he must purge all in congruency. After The Red Hood gets knocked out another man pops out and looks like a twin of the rogue monitor. The existence of a race of Monitors was one of the reveals in last yearís ď52Ē. The second issue has Jimmy Olsen looking for the scoop on the death of Duela. He finds The Red Hood beating up on a pile of ninjas (isnít it about time for a Red Hood monthly?) and The Red Hood gives him all the information he knows, along with the advice to talk to the Joker. The conversation between Joker and Olsen highlights the issue with the Clown Prince seemingly having the correct answers that Olsen just wonít accept because the Joker is too crazy. Joker proclaims he has no daughter and he screams its doppelgangers gone wild, which would make sense of the multiple Monitors. A couple more things are: the appearance of the powerless Mary Marvel looking for answers, the confrontation between Batman, Black Lightning and The Karate Kid the recent JLA storyline, and Jimmy is apparently in big trouble at the end of the story. So far it looks like a very good start for the new weekly.
IMAGE ROUND UPÖ
Death Dealer #2 of 6
I still like this book up to this point but the issue felt like in introduction to the present time in the story as opposed to the first issue giving the history of the Death Dealer world. Itís still good, but I really hope business picks up when #3 rolls around. There was tension building, some good action and character building nonetheless.

O.C.T. Occult Crimes Taskforce #4 of 4
The art style in this book detoured the story and hurt the experience. The story had flashed where it was almost capturing my attention, but then I felt like there was a jump or a beat was missed. The still pictures just didnít grab the action or emotion that a traditionally drawn book would have shown. I still feel confused about the whole thing thinking back while I review it. I didnít necessarily dislike it, but I know that I didnít love it. Iím going to say pass on this one.

Sidekick #5 of 5
A really funny and clever story highlights this book about a despondent sidekick to four different superheroes all of which are morons. The book pokes fun at superhero teams, the way sidekicks are treated and the glorification of villains. After a moment of weakness where Eddie joins the evil Dr. Scurrilous as Nefarious Boy, he comes around in the end to not save his former superiors but do not let them destroyed. Something for the older comic fan, but the satire alone of the superhero role call at the Council of American Super Heroes a.k.a. C.A.S.H. is worth the price of admission.

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Reviews are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel & Image (DC no longer sends them out). It's not everything that's shipping for the week, but it is a real good cross-section of this weeks releases.

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