Babs Tarr's art is awesome; she's great at everything from layouts to character expressions. Look at Dinah in the third panel--that's a "fuck that was close" look if I've ever seen one.
Anyway, one of Barbara's key characteristics has always been her photographic, or eidetic, memory. It's one of those things that made her unique but also made sense, given that she was for quite some time the information center of the entire DC superhero network. That was really cool, and a standout element that nobody else has, right? Well...
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers
Okay, but this makes sense. Monica Rambeau (a.k.a. Spectrum, or "the real Captain Marvel") started out with a good memory. It got better when she got her powers--and then upgraded when she got this new power boost. Plus, that's an entirely different universe! Surely no one else is like that. Or, well...
1.) Those last two panels make a really strong argument for that "Batman's totally gay" group.
2.) Why, exactly, are Batman and Ra's talking like they're old friends? I mean, the least Bruce could do here is slug the guy before he leaves.
3.) I cannot believe we went through all this for yet another red herring. When this book gears up for season two, they'll still be teasing who the mastermind behind all this is. We've run short on masterminds...it's going to fuck around and be the Condiment King or the original Ventriloquist.
Wonder Woman though? She's got the total package--speed, strength, a degree of invulnerability, plus training from one of the greatest armies there ever was. Which explains quite handily why she's able to make short work of all of these guys--and could've done so if they weren't mind-controlled, too.
Anyway, as a whole the Amazo War was a pretty fantastic story. If Geoff can keep this level of quality up for another two or three arcs, there's a good chance people will forget those first two really, really dull arcs.
Miles Morales - The Ultimate Spider-Man
An important moral quandary that every hero has to tackle at least once: Why break up a fight between supervillains? Looks like Miles has finished Basic Heroing 101 and its about time to step it up to the big leagues. Right on time too, because in about two months he's going to be stuck on a completely different planet.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Multiversity - Mastermen
And the entire thing makes me remember that at one point, Geoff, Mark, Greg, and Grant were each meant to write ongoing series that focused on different Earths in the multiverse after 52 ended. It never happened for who knows what reason, but reading this makes me hope once Grant's done with this and Wonder Woman Earth One that he can return to this world, which is rife with potential.
"Cyborg, that thing killed Hawkman and the Atom!" "Well Equinox, if a guy who flies and hits things with a 1600's-like mace and a guy who's only power is to shrink were killed jumping at this giant, laser firing robotic skull didn't stance a chance, I guess everyone's doomed!" Then I guess he rolled his eyes and told her to quit wasting time and get someone with real powers on the phone?
Lastly, now we have a rogue mutant with time control powers out there who's decided she's going to make Scott's parents not meet if he doesn't "screw his head on straight" (meaning act the way she wants him to, I guess), which would have...so many catastrophic effects on time I can't even quantify them all. If they never meet, then no Scott. No Alex Summers. No Starjammers. The X-Men is out one of its best leaders. Empress Lilandra doesn't have Corsair's help when she needs it, which means now we're affecting an intergalactic empire that's light-years away. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt, and this is why nobody likes time travel.
Fuck that. If that's the case, then we've all got blood on our hands because we're indirectly responsible for every murder that happens. But that's absurd, isn't it? You can't blame everyone for every single decision they've made that you didn't agree with--particularly when you're talking about doing something like "sacrificing the few for the good of the many" like this argument leans toward.
(Plus no one ever just asks--how come Gotham's courts don't just have these guys killed instead of constantly sending them to the revolving door that is Arkham Asylum, which is completely bogus.)
Author's Note: Bottom of the Pile is a weekly column (or at least, my attempt at said) in which I cover the comics that found their way to the bottom of my reading stack, thus being the "best". Since bog standard reviews can be found literally anywhere, coverage here can range from mini-reviews to funny comments to commentary on a creator's run or comics as a whole, depending on a wide range of factors including the comic itself, the amount of time I have, and my general mood.