I picked up Night Force 3, Frankenstein 9, Resurrection Man 9, Journey into Mystery 637, and Demon Knights 9. Haven't read any of them yet.
What's really cool is that I found the three volumes of Alexandro Jordorowsy and Zoran Janjetov's The Technopriests for half off at an LCS I visit every now and then. Between that and The Celestial Bibendum arriving from Book Depository on Tuesday, I'm having a good week picking up some classic Euro-comics.
Symbolism....oy, that's always tricky.
Okay, here I go.....the fire balloons represent both James Gordon and Babs in their struggle in this issue in particular, and their larger struggles in life. As balloons they embody the desire for freedom, to rise above your current suroundings and go where the wind takes you, but for all the warmth of the expression, and no matter how soft the wind is, 'go where the wind takes you' means that you're being pushed somewhere against your will and have no control over your life. Both James and Babs feel that they have no control over themselves or Gotham, since the city never does seem to improve no matter what they do and their lives keep getting filled with conflict and hardship. They both float up, but they're also still being pushed by the world world around them.
The balloons' status as weapons represents both of their nature as warriors; though well-intentioned and pleasant by nature, they're each fighters and believe in direct action to solve problems. That doesn't mean they're violent, but it means that they have violence within them. However, the balloons were ineffective weapons, draining resources from Japan with absolutely zero gain (Though tragic, the death of a single family had no impact on the war effort itself and did nothing to postpone Japan's surrender. It just caused more suffering for no gain, not even for the villains). James and Babs both fight, both give it their all, but they're both subsumed in just so much of the garbage that is Gotham City that, in the end, they're just damaging the landscape without changing anything.
As Fire Balloons, James and Babs both float up, they both try to change the world and break free of gravity, but with the way the world is at the end of the day they're just breaking stuff for no real purpose.
...I think I just depressed myself.
Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, but if you sit back and relax you get a heck of a ride.
Gotta bunch so here it goes!
Ultimate Comics X-Men 11. I'm starting to get really bored with this. It feels like the last couple of issues have just been people reacting to the sentinals. The covers always feature these cool looking action scenes, and they are never actually in the issue.
Mystery in Space 1. Pretty nice Anthology. A little hit or miss for me, but hey, I had some fun.
Journey into Mystery 637. I don't usually read this book, but I do read New Mutants, so here I am. I liked it. I think I will look into more of this Kid Loki stuff. Plus, Volstagg works at a bakery. THE LOLS, THEY ARE HERE!
Marvel Zombies DESTROY! 1. I, like most people I'm sure, are sick of Marvel Zombie books. But this is Howard the Duck and Dum Dum Dugan vs Zombie Nazis. Kinda hard to pass up on that. So I'm in.
Ultimates 10. This books seems to be taking a long time for stuff to happen, however, at the same time, I'm not as sick of it like I am with X-Men. I can't explain it exactly, but the length of this story seems to be creating tension in a better way.
Batgirl 9. Stopped reading after the first arc, but decided to check this out as part of the Court of Owls and all I can say is that if I can get more like this every month, I am in.
Demon Knights 9. Still Diggin' It.
X-Men Legacy 266. I like it and I don't. I really don't like this whole AvX concept. I hate heroes vs heroes. But I didn't hate this.
Batman 9. Not as great as 8, but still knockin' out of the park.
Fury Max 1. Whoo Boy, Did I Enjoy This One. I am not a Garth Ennis fan. I liked his run on Hellblazer, but nothing else he's done has ever attracted me. I am a Nick Fury fan, so I picked this one up, just to see what it was going to be. I don't remember if its ongoing or not, but I am in.
I'd say the symbolism is more along the lines of how authority can corrupt the innocent. In the historical case, little girls are used to create weapons of destruction.
In the case of the Court of Owls, it's their continued pattern of taking young children and warping them personally into weapons of destruction.
Contrast that with Barbara's own parent, Jim Gordon, who protects the innocent--including his daughter & his city--with every ability he has.