Dark Reign: The Hood #5- An interesting mini-series that ended on a whimper. That in essence is Dark Reign: The Hood. I can understand that at the end Parker Robbins is further down the magical path than ever before but what the hell happened at the end. That showdown with Force makes no sense. The action jumped all over the place and when did Force and White Fang start having feelings for each other? Didn’t they just meet in this issue? I can’t help but feel there was a rush to clamp everything in one issue and that the series would have been better served if there was 1 more issue in the series.
Astro City: Astra #1- Although I never reviewed it, I did collect Astro City: Dark Age Book 3. It was sadly the first disappointing Astro City series I ever collected (and I have them all) but Astro City: Astra #1 is a return to form. The issue is about Astra Furst who last we saw was entering school; this issue we see her graduating from collage. Yes, the little girl is all grownup. Astro City works best in this format, showing the ordinary lives of the heroes and civilians in Astro City and again this is gold. Thanks Kurt for returning Astro City back to greatness.