Best Comics of October Part 2

Here's where we continue our mini-series look at the best comics to come out in October courtesy of 8th Dimension Comics.

Nightwing #2

Is it weird that we like Dick Grayson but that we've always considered Nightwing kind of a tool? If we were hoping to have some light shed on why Batman found DNA evidence of Grayson stabbing a man to death in Batman One, then that's too bad. All we have here is Grayson inheriting the circus he used to be a part of and being pursued by a new villain named Saiko that claims that Grayson will become the worst killer in all of Gotham.

Apparently there is some kind of dark secret associated with the circus, but frankly we're not sure if we're keeping up with this one. Saiko isn't much of a nemesis, certainly not as engaging as Mirror is for Batgirl.

Rating: 5 of 10

Justice League Dark #1

Over the years DC has begun using magic as something powerful enough to take down the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman. Why Supes can punch through Green Lantern's constructs and not a wall of voodoo is beyond us, but it stands to reason that if magic is going to play a bigger role in the DC universe, then you'll need a special kind of team as backup for when the regular Leaguers are stopped. It's off to a sloooooow start, but a supergroup involving Deadman, John Constantine, Zatanna and other paranormal experts has some real potential. We're definitely sticking with this one.

Rating: 8 of 10

Blue Beetle #2

To be honest, it's hard to get interested in a Blue Beetle that's not Ted Kord. The new kid being assimilated into an alien war suit run by a galaxy-conquering hive mind is just not nearly as interesting as it sounds.

Rating: 4 of 10

Batwoman #2

We picked up Batwoman hoping to find out what was up with Renee Montoya, her girlfriend and the second Question. Montoya's portrait appears in a wall dedicated to fallen police officers, so we're assuming she's dead. Whether that means there's no Question in the new universe we don't know. We are enjoying watching Kate Kane track down a supernatural child killer based on the La Llorona legend, though. That story always creeped the hell out of us.

Rating: 7 of 10

30 Days of Night #1

If Sam Kieth is involved, we will give it a shot. The new 30 Days of Night series deals with infighting among vampire factions and the work by an FBI agent intent on tracking them down via her Web site. So far it's a hell of a well-written tale, and Kieth's art is better than it's ever been. It takes a lot at this stage in the game to engage us on the vampire front, and 30 Days of Night has done it.

Rating: 8 of 10

The Shade #1

Another new one for us, but we do know that Shade will be a part of Justice League Dark. Even your goth narrator got a little bit sick of the melancholy dialogue, but when it does finally pick up, it has one of the best endings we've ever seen in a #1.

Rating: 7 of 10

Xenoholics #1

One thing you notice when you study testimonies about black Sabbaths and alien abduction accounts is the fact that they generally sound like wet dreams after taking an unusual amount of codeine-based cold medicine. Xenoholics tackles that head on by introducing us to a support group of alien abductees and their incredible hang-ups. They may be right, though, as cement circles appear suddenly in New York. Also, major kudos to artist Seth Damoose, who makes the whole issue look like a Metal Slug game.

Rating: 8 of 10

Wonder Woman #2

Wonder Woman appears to be heading right into horror comic territory. It's not even halfway through the book that we get some pretty impressive murdering done. Our jumping-off point involves Diana protecting a girl carrying the bastard child of Zeus from his wife's legendary wrath. That is something long overdue. Any reading of Greek mythology will leave you thinking Hera may be the bitchiest god of any pantheon. It's nice to see Wonder Woman helping out one of the unwitting girls who had no idea they were boinking a married thunder god.

Rating: 8 of 10

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