Monday, September 28, 2009

This Week's Haul

Not a bad week…not super-exceptional, mind you, but a few gems stood out amongst the pile…

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #5: But this was not one of those gems. I actually wouldn’t have disliked this series so much if it had a consistent artist from issue to issue, but, alas, tat was not to be the case. It’s not the worst of the Final Crisis Aftermath mini-series, but then again, that’s not exactly saying much.

Justice League of America #37: Honestly, this wasn’t a half-bad three-part story by Len Wein. It didn’t reinvent the wheel or make me reevaluate the JLA or anything like that, but it did nicely bridge the gap between Dwayne McDuffie’s final issue and the start of James Robinson’s run next month. As for my thoughts on Robinson and Bagley’s new team, check back here later today.

Supergirl #45: “The Hunt for Reactron” is on, and the Metropolis Three are coming apart at the seams! As I mentioned before, it’s nice to see the story beats and momentum generated during “Codename: Patriot” continuing here, and that the developments in last months storyline aren’t being quickly forgotten. Jamal Igle also gets points for being the best artist currently working on a Superman title.

The Web #1: I didn’t enjoy this issue as much as The Shield #1, but it was still a fun read. Writer Angela Robinson needs to better explain and establish what the Web can and can’t do; his abilities seem a bit nebulous. The Hangman second feature hinted at further mysteries surrounding the character; here’s hoping that the series lasts long enough to delve into them.

Detective Comics #857: Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful; J.H. Williams III is a genius. Rucka’s not half bad either. Batwoman’s first story comes to a close with some revelations about her relationship with Alice; next month we get some origins. And the Question continues with her crusade for justice. While I like most of the Second Features,The Question seems the best suited to the eight page chapter installment.

Power Girl #5: This series continues to be a whole lot of fun, period. This month, Power Girl deals with some alien party girls gone wild, an exploding space craft, a hunky “service” android, and a dirty cat. Sounds like a regular Thursday to me.

Superman/Batman #64: I think that this issue is a lead-in to a bigger story coming a few months down the road; but I’m not sure. Not sure if that has anything to do with the upcoming stories that Dan DiDio was talking about that tie into past crises/events/storylines or whatnot. To be honest, even Scott Kolins’ artwork couldn’t make this issue interesting. Sorry.

Vigilante #10. Vigilante comes to Gotham. Batman confronts Vigilante. Batman talks about how Gotham is “his city” and that Vigilante needs to leave. Lather, rinse, repeat.

And now, the book of the week is…

Superman: Secret Origin #1: To all of the naysayers out there who are complaining that Superman doesn’t need to have his origin retold…Hush, please. The last time we got a full-on, balls-to-the-wall retelling of this seventy-year old myth was in 2003-2004’s Superman: Birthright written by Mark Waid, which was supposed to be an “Ultimate Superman,” a Superman story that anyone could pick up and enjoy, and later became the official, canonical origin. But no one ever really touched upon it, and 2006's Infinite Crisis seemed to invalidate the story. And before that, it was John Byrne’s The Man of Steel, back in…1986. Yep, 1986. Twenty-three years ago since we really got to see how Clark Kent developed into Superman. So, yeah, it’s about time.

Moreover, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank skip over the stuff we already know – about how Jor-El fired the rocket from Krypton, the Kents found it and raised Clark as their own, yadda-yadda-yadda. They skip to the important stuff, how Clark learned of his powers and tried to hide them, how he confided in Lana Lang, and how he puts on a certain blue-and-red suit for the first time. Wonderful stuff, really.

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