Amazing Spider-Man #573
by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr.
This is the end of the six-part "New Ways to Die." Nothing is different between the beginning and the end. There are no real ramifications. Antivenom is temporarily incapacitated and then silently sweeped off to the side at the end, to be used for future stories. There is no payoff at the end. Spidey doesn't even quip a single time.
And MJ doesn't appear at all.
Spidey punches Goblin. Goblin says, "Stop! You're caving in my skull!" Then Goblin punches Spidey. Then Spidey gets real angry and says, "You-you-you suck!" Then he punches Goblin again. Then they stop saying stupid things and just start breaking walls.
Sometimes there are comic books that click so well with me, that I can call it a comic made for me. This is the opposite.
I think we can all agree that Foam-Finger Freddy does not approve.
I'm sorry for what I'm saying, but I really do feel that this arc was a waste of 19 bucks. Nothing meaningful happened through the arc. The only good thing is that Stephen Colbert guest-stars in the back-up for this issue.
Detective Comics #849
by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen
This, on the other hand, was pretty awesome. And by pretty awesome, I mean pretty REALLY awesome.
There's a wonderful opening scene with Batman interrogating Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) at Arkham, and the Joker gleefully watches as a prisoner. It is so rare that we actually see a Batman interrogation scene.
The rest of the issue is Batman getting suckered into Hush's (Tommy Elliot's) trap, and then Hush telling Batman his plans. Hush underwent reconstructive surgery to mimic Bruce's face, so that when Batman's heart slowly dies under his machine, he can later completely ruin Wayne Corps, as well as watch Catwoman's heart fail thereafter.
That is cold. Suffice to say, I am so psyched for next issue.