It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a chance to do a rapid reviews column (Not since November by my count!).  For the uninitiated, this column is just what the title suggests: A quick review of some recent comics and whether you should check ‘em out or not. Are they Rad or are they Bad? Read on and find out my opinion on the subject.

Daredevil # 8
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Kano. Marvel Comics

This a series that keeps getting better and better. Part 2 of “Devil in the Details”,The latest issue finds Daredevil teamed up with Spider-man as they attempt to clear the fair name of the Black Cat. As the story begins, it picks up right where the last issue of Spidey left off with Black Cat attacking the wall-crawler, thinking he had set her up. With some help from old Hornhead, Spider-man is able to explain that he’s not behind her misfortune. So the trio head off to find the real bad guys. A quick turn of events leads to Daredevil and Black Cat stealing a pricey piece of technology and returning it to the rightful owner. In the end, the two get into some heavy petting and before one thing can leave to another, Foggy Nelson calls Matt and reveals a horrible piece of news for the blind lawyer. I am really enjoying Waid’s take on Daredevil as he’s really paid attention to giving back some strong character moments to Matt Murdock. This was even more evident as Waid also took on the writing duties for the first part of this story in the pages of Amazing Spider-man. The way he changed perspective between the issues, he did a great job of showing you the scenes from both Spidey and Daredevil’s side of things in their respective titles. The art of Kano does a great job of playing up the cheeky nature of this new Man without Fear. Pick up this book today.

Morning Glories #14
Written by Nick Spencer. Art by Joe Eisma. Cover by Rodin Esquejo. Image Comcis.

You may remember I very much enjoyed the last issue of this book. Not much has changed with this issue. This book was especially good for me this time around as it revealed further back story on my favourite character, Zoe. She’s a go-getter who’s had a horrible childhood filled with death and lies and this has made her a very complex person. As she and Hunter continue to compete as teammates in Woodrun – Morning Glory Academy’s version of Capture the Flag – things get a bit out of hand with lazers, harsh words and even knife play. And all of it set to the backdrop of the further history of Zoe’s troubled past at her local high school. The ending of the issue has is a bit of a shock, but with Morning Glories, it’s par for the course. I’m looking forward to see how Zoe lands on her feet after this one. Great dialogue and pacing as usual, and the art is a delight as always. Can’t say enough good things about this series.

Batman #5
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo. DC Comics

Wow. This story has been a nail biting mystery so far. This issue takes a turn into the weird. Batman has been missing for almost a week as he tries to conquer the maze of the Court of Owls. He slowly loses his grip on reality as he is fed mind altering drugs through the water supply and shown illusions that feel all too real. Snyder hasn’t made it easy for the Caped Crusader and the at the end of the book you get the feeling things will be getting much, much worse. Some interesting choices are made in the layout and art style. I don’t think I’ve ever had to “spin” a comic this much before. It gives a jarring feel as intended and really helps put you in Bats’ place as he descends into madness. This is the best Batman story I’ve read in years. And with the recent announcement of DC’s summer event for the Batman books, I know that this tale will not be wrapping up any time soon.

Be sure to tune into this week’s show (Friday, January 20th @7pm on www.realityradio101.com) as I will be giving my review of Steed and Mrs. Peel #1, written by Grant Morrison.

Well, that brings us to an end of another Rapid Rad Reviews. Feel free to leave your comments. Until next time, keep you’re eyes out the gutters and take things panel by panel.

And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!