Batman #42 – Poison Ivy takes over the world or Everyone Loves Ivy

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Ivy has been one of the Bad Girls of Batman for quite some time but has often been overshadowed by the mainstays like Catwoman or relative new comer Harley Quinn. With her ability to manipulate plant life, you would think she would have the power of a God like creature like Swamp Thing but she has never been taken that far. Instead she is often easily defeated by Batman as her mind never seems to be focused enough to do real damage.

Beginning in Batman #41 and continuing in Batman #42, that may have changed. It seems that Ivy has done what few others have been able to do. She has taken over the world without firing a single shot. Bruce realizes that something is wrong and quickly races to the antidote but is only able to inoculate himself and Catwoman from Ivy’s spell.

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With the Justice League under her control, Ivy imprisons the two in Wayne manor but that only lasts so long, and soon the Bat and the Cat are launching a counter offensive. This fails miserably and only ends up with them being captive, hanging upside down in the Batcave, being watched over by a controlled Superman. Which by the way happens quite a bit. Superman held under Ivy’s control. He may be the man of steel but he has a weak ass will.

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Batman taunts Superman with crushing results and ends up…where he planned to be all along?

Two books along in this storyline and I will say it is really worth the read!!

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Xorn – a forgotten mutant



For all those who cry foul over M Day, there are those of us who applaud and appreciateĀ  the culling of the mutants. Here comes exhibit A, Xorn.

Xorn first appeared in the New X-Men Annual 2001 as an imprisoned mutant held by the Chinese Government who then sells him to John Sublime. Xorn must wear a skull like mask designed to restrain his energy because he basically has a small sun for a brain. Despondent, Xorn attempts to commit suicide by removing his mask but that would in turn destroy the Earth so he is stopped by the X-Men and Sublime’s U-Men. Cyclops and Emma Frost offer Xorn a home with the X-Men but he disappears. He is later found by Cyclops to be hiding among a group of monks that say that Xorn has healing powers. Xorn even restores Professor X’s ability to walk. Xorn is also one of the very few mutants that Professor X cannot read their minds, since if he tried he would be blinded by the sun beneath the mask.


In time it is discovered that Xorn is actually Magneto who has been thought to be dead since the destruction of Genosha. It turns out that all of the existence of Xorn was actually a ruse. Consider a badly developed and played out version of the Usual Suspects. Even Xavier had not been healed either, just nanbot fusing his spine together. Magneto goes nuts on everyone and levels the X-Mansion and New York City.


But the dual identity takes its toll on Magneto and he begins to feel Xorn manifest himself in his mind. This madness creates an ultra violent Magneto, mutant deaths and the final act of beserker rage by Wolverine in which he decapitates Magneto.

So one must ask, was there ever a Xorn?





Deadpool vs Old Man Logan



Under the label of comics you are not reading but should be, is Deadpool vs Old Man Logan. This is a book that is perfect for Deadpool fans and gives that irreverent jolt that Old Man Logan has been needing for sometime. While Deadpool and Logan have paired before, as teammates and adversaries; it has never been quite like this.

There is an Omega level mutant that has just surfaced and Logan is sent to find and protect. Only there is also a shadow agency searching for her as well. Her powers, which she has yet to control have the capacity to be world ending. Logan is ready though and able to keep her from the shadow agency out to get her. Only he didn’t count on Deadpool.


Deadpool wants to help but Logan wants no part of him. That of course, won’t do so now Deadpool needs to prove to Logan and everyone else that he can take care of the young mutant and protect her. Only it doesn’t quite go that way and now the two mutants must team up to protect her, but is protecting her what they should do at all?


Okay, the artwork is not the greatest and the story is not the greatest, but this is absolutely a great comic for those who just take comics too seriously. Because that is what Deadpool is and what has endeared him to our hearts when if we take a good look at it; there really isn’t anything about Deadpool to like.

Old Man Logan is the perfect foil. All he is missing is a “Get Off My Lawn!!” shirt.


Together they make for a really good comic.

And yes, there is this awesome new mutant too!

Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton

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Supergirl, Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton is the reboot from the NEW 52 line and may be one of the better origins to come about for the character that has been for the most part, an afterthought in the DC Universe until she became a popular television character. Something the current Supergirl comic book is trying to capitalize upon.

“…Have you ever had that feeling…like you’ve been asleep for a really long time? For what seems like a lifetime. And you have crazy dreams. Things you didn’t even know your brain could imagine. But when you finally wake up…the dream isn’t over…”

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Three days ago, Kara Zor-El was preparing for her final trials and caring for your infant cousin Kal-El on her home planet of Krypton. Now she is hurtling through space to a planet she knows nothing about with little memory as to what has passed in the last 72 hours. In a matter of minutes she will be under attack from humans and face to face with the infant cousin she left behind in Krypton, only now he is grown into a man older than her.

She learns that Krypton is gone and she is the last daughter of Krypton and that she has powers beyond her imagination. Now she must face an enemy who pretends to be her friend. An enemy who is solely interested in her genetics and her powers and if she can escape him, another threat is on the horizon. A threat from her old home world. A legend, a myth, once known as the Worldkillers.

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Last Daughter of Krypton is a terrific story of a young woman who has lost everything, exiled to a strange planet and then finding out that she is completely different from everyone around her. The one person who could help is impossible to believe. What is really creative here in this series is that unlike Superman and the current high school teenager that is in the current Supergirl line is that she doesn’t try to fit in. She doesn’t

try to lessen who she is to be part of the world she now lives in. Supergirl is relentlessly Kryptonian and she is determined to find out the answers of what happened to her world and her family, something Superman is slow to do if at all.

This is another NEW 52 storyline that started off so well only to be lost along the way to the reboots of titles instead of working with them to develop character and story.

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Bloodshot: Salvation

Bloodshot Salvation Vol. 1: The Book of Revenge by Jeff Lemire picks up from where Bloodshot Reborn leaves off and just kicks the story into another gear. Visceral and bloody and just overall a trip into the darker recesses of mankind. Bloodshot may not be a character his original writers recognize any longer and that is just fine. Because this one brings so much more to the table than just the autocratic soldier assassin.

Ray Garrison is done being Bloodshot and looking forward to the one thing he thought he would never have an opportunity to have. A family. But the past has a way of coming for the things you love and now Ray has to turn back into the thing he was to save his family.


Ray must battle Magic’s estranged family and their hold on her. He must also deal with the fear that they will want his child as well. A family inbred and violent, Ray must face them to free Magic and his child. But while he is gone, the government is figuring out that the nanobots have passed from Ray to his child and they now want the child Bloodshot.


Lemire writes with dark and perverted abandon and in doing so tells a story that is as compelling as it is revolting. This is not the Bloodshot of generations pass. This is a new, dirtier Bloodshot that will leave you wanting much much more!

A terrific comic that will have the reader always looking for more!

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Magnus: Between Two Worlds by Kyle Higgins

Magnus: Between Two Worlds by Kyle Higgins is one of the comics that makes you forget you are reading a comic and not, instead, holding in your hands a science fiction novel that helped to shape and warp your childhood. Like the best in science fiction, this is at heart a morality tale. Does greed overshadow doing the right thing. As in case of slavery in the past, does the AI robot have any rights of its own. What happens when humanity loses its…humanity.

AI beings work alongside human beings, more servants than equals but with many of the same perks. Once of which is vacation time. But where do robots go on vacation? To a digital universe where they have families and children and a home of their own. A universe without humans. But this digital world has had another effect on AIs. A desire to make it real. A desire to have their own lives and families and rights.

When AI’s lose their place in the world, they are taken to Magus, a human psychologist who knows how to navigate between the flesh and blood world and into the world where the AI’s live. She helps them cope and learn to adjust back to the reality of the human world. But she has had other talents as well. She was a hunter once. Someone who went into the AI world and forcibly brought them back into the human world to pay for their misdeeds.

Now the government needs her to do it again. There is a rogue AI who has killed a human and may be planning an even more horrifying act. An act of AI terrorism. Can Magus find the AI and bring him in on time, or worse, how does she deal with the conflicting sense that perhaps he has a point.

This is a really good story and a very fresh take on Magnus the Robot Fighter of the past. This new female Magus understands the angst and pain of the AIs and sees them as far more than the shell of servitude that they represent. But her thinking is far different than others and the concept that the robots could feel any emotion is beyond the realization of the rest of her world. Magnus knows this vacation world very well, having lived there herself for a time. A human girl trapped in the world of artificial intelligence.

At what point is an artificial intelligence its own sentient being? Science Fiction writers have wrestled with this concept for ages. Asimov and Clarke. Blade Runner to Terminator. Robots becoming beings. When does human rights become, universal right?

A terrifically written comic. This one should not be missed!