Brave & The Bold #1
Man is this good stuff. Pure old school team-up super-heroing, no ifs, ands or buts.
The book starts with a murder mystery involving both Green Lantern & Batman, which leads to them fighting a Kirby-esque energy monster in the Batcave. Then they go to Vegas. I really can't say too much more than this: it's good very good. Mark Waid's writing plays to all of George Perez's strengths and it looks fantastic. I have high hopes for this series and I really think the only way they'll be dashed is if they can't keep to the schedule they've set for themselves (3 monthly issues, one month break, then three more).
The only thing I wonder is that there really doesn't seem to be a lot of press for this series. My shop was down to it's last two copies when I got there at 5:30, so I think this may be a quick sell-out all around.
52: Week 42
Really there's not much to say, pretty much pitch-perfect with good (not great) art from Darrik Robertson.
Happy trails Ralph, you've always been a favorite character. It's sounds weird to say, but I'm happy that I know for sure that there's a Heaven in the DC Universe, because Ralph is now certainly there with his Sue.
The Spirit #3
Not alot to say about this one either, darn good origin issue with shifting narration. It's a good way to get everyone involved with the story, since, well, the supporting cast really doesn't have a lot to do in The Spirit's origin.
Checkmate Volume 1
I picked up the first issue of this series and liked it, but I was cutting back my single issues at the time, so I went to the trade for this one. It's good, really good, but i think I'm missing something because I never read the 80's Suicide Squad series. I'd like to, but unless it's in trades, I really don't like hunting for single issues. I'm lazy, really lazy.
Back to Checkmate. Minus the continuity porn, this is good stuff. Hard-core spy stuff shoe-horned into the DCU, and it's not a bad fit. I'm also happy to see the Chinese Great 10 hanging around after 52. There's alot to be done with those guys.
Overall, if you want your DCU a little harder-edged, this is the place to be. If you want some good super-hero-as-spy-stuff, here you go.
COMICS I DIDN'T ACTUALLY BUY
Since I recently received my 15 year chip from my comic shop, I now pretty much have the right read anything on the shelf without having to buy it (at 20 years, I'll get a bathroom key!). Mind you, Idon't really do this often, just when I feel like I need to read something in order to justify my dislike. ( if not my abject hatred).
I can't bring myself to completely hate this book, it was just so underwhelming. Not the art, mind you, McNiven's stuff is great, but he's not given a lot of story here. It all ends up feeling like a giant set-up to WWHulk in a few months. At least with Infinite Crisis, there was a set end with some type of resolution. All we get here is a giant "to be continued". It's a lot like House of M, but at least with that one, most of the regular books were able to just ignore it. I feel bad for Brubaker, I hope his great run on Captain America isn't completely derailed having to deal with the left-over BS from this debacle.