Sunday Reviews

Which asshole wants to cop to dropping a house on us?

Prizefighter, COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #4

With DC full ahead with their Future State initiative that I’ve ducked out of, it’s a week of Image comics for me.

COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #4

As the Crisis Command faces off with Empathy’s assassin, the deep conspiracy behind the murder steps out of shadows. It won’t be enough just to avenge Empathy’s death: to save the world, the Crisis Command will have to RESURRECT AN IDEA! The first wild arc concludes with a bang!

I’m really enjoying this maxi series from Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto; the writing’s fun and lean, with good dialogue, and the art matches it perfectly. Alternate universes, a multiverse in peril and a handful of heroes trying to stop it – what more can you ask?

CROSSOVER #3

Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series’ most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don’t miss this one, folks. If you do, it just might drive you…mad.

Now that’s a last page reveal, folks. This series promised guest stars that would surprise you and this issue pays off a hint from the first couple but not in the way you’d expect. Donny Cates cheekily drops in characters from his cancelled-too-soon series PAYBACKS from a few years ago, and amongst the mayhem, still manages to tell a great story.

INKBLOT #5

The mysterious cat wanders further backward in time into an ancient jungle. Ten young sorcerers make camp, but the youngest of the group wanders off in search of a cute little cat.

Charming, I think, is the best word for this series. It was a bit of a gamble – a tale in a fantasy world of a cat who walks through realities and time, and the wizard who finds her – but it’s struggling to find a coherent storyline at the moment. It’s nicely done, though, so not too disappointing.

Sunday Reviews March 2020

The thing about running at the speed of Flash? It’s easy to lose track of where you are.

The Flash pulls a fast one in JUSTICE LEAGUE #42

BIRTHRIGHT #42

The God King Lore’s army has invaded Earth and Mikey, the Chosen One, thinks Lore is sending his werewolves to rescue the witches that Mikey and his family have taken captive. Lore has other ideas, though, and one of the first characters we met in this story comes to an end.

This series continues to be bloody good, both in terms of writing and art – seriously, it’s consistently one of the best looking books I’m getting.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #42

Daxamites under the leadership of the Eradicator have invaded Earth and only the League stand against them. Faced with an enemy they can’t possibly defeat, the League does what it does best and shifts the battlefield, giving themselves the advantage.

Robert Venditti continues to breathe excitement and adventure into the League following the departure of Snyder and his interminable Year of the Villain storyline. Global threats that only the Leagure can stand against – this is what I’ve been missing for some time!

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #19

The JL Odyssey team are holed up with the unlikely ally the Lord of Time, who is planning to rewrite the whole of history minus the bad bits. All the League have to do is take out Darkseid’s assassins – trouble is, they missed one.

There really is little connection to the rest of the League other than the title, by now – this team operates in its own section of the galaxy, its adventures having no impact on the rest of the DCU. That said, it’s still a fun read.

MERCY #1

Something attacks the town of Woodsburgh, forcing the people to attempt to seal it within a mine using dynamite. A stranger arrives following the attack and finds help amongst the dead. Years later, the townspeople still blame Lady Swanson for the attack, even though she lost her husband. Strangers arrive in Woodsburgh, the beautiful Lady Hellaine and her butler, neither of whom are what they seem.

Having enjoyed Mirka Andolfo’s art in DC’S BOMBSHELLS series, I thought I’d give this weird horror/Western a go and I’m glad I did. There seems to be a hint of Lovecraftian otherness about it and it looks gorgeous. Well worth picking up.

Sunday Reviews

Aw, Hell. This is about to get real cosmic isn’t it?

Green Arrow comments on the state of the DCU in JUSTICE LEAGUE #35

GREEN LANTERN: BLACKSTARS #1

The Green Lanterns are no more – as in, they never existed at all! Hal Jordan was forced to wish the entire universe away and replace it with one from the mind of Controller Mu, a reality ruled by the Blackstars where peace is enforced by brutal, fatal means. And Hal Jordan is in the thick of it, about to prepare Earth for the arrival of the Blackstars.

While the rest of the DCU wanders around in the Year of the Villains, the Green Lantern section carries on oblivious to it all, doing its own thing. It’s not a bad issue but we know it’s a three issue miniseries and are expecting things to get back to normal soon enough.

INFERIOR 5 #3

Justin gets the low down on Dangerfield, Arizona, while the other kids wander around getting in to trouble. Oh, and Tasmanian Devil is revealed as a captive of the Dominators (a throwback to the fact he was the first hero to be captured in the original INVASION!) and that he’s the father of one of the missing children.

News arrives with this issue that it’s now a six issue mini-series rather than twelve which is a shame as I like Giffen’s little pet projects.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #35

The League have lost the war against the Legion of Doom and are now regrouping, trying to work out what to do. Around the world and the Multiverse, heroes and villains alike react to the appearance of the sigil of Doom that’s shown up in pretty much every issue of every series. Perpetua travels to the universe of Earth-19 – the GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT universe – which stands against her, and destroys the entire thing. She then sets Lex Luthor to kill the League.

Well, this is all very grim, isn’t it? Justice is done, Doom has won, and billions of lives have been snuffed out by Perpetua. Where do we go now?

Sunday Reviews

“Vulko?”

“My queen?”

“How’s my hair?”

“… wet?”

Mera seeks some advice in AQUAMAN #53

AQUAMAN #53

Tristram Maurer, the sea captain from two hundred years ago, has been summoned to Amnesty Bay, telling Aquaman that hell will follow with him. Before Aquaman can get to the bottom of that, Black Manta attacks, having drawn Mera and the Atlantean forces along with him, to face off against Aquaman.

I get the distinct impressions DeConnick would be happier writing more about Maurer and his mysterious imaginary monsters but has had the whole Black Manta/Year of the Villain thing foisted upon her. Either way, best issue in some time.

CHASTITY #2

Having been kidnapped by human traffickers, Chastity wakes on a ship and promptly escapes, freeing all the other captives along the way, as well as killing as many of the guards as she can. The last guard turns out to be a CIA undercover operative and offers to show her to the armoury.

There wasn’t much happening in this issue – it was basically one big escape story, though the page layouts of the breakout worked well.

INFERIOR 5 #2

Justin, Lisa and Helen survive an attack from the Billy creature before it’s called back in to the Dominators’ headquarters. Lisa’s revealed to be a Durlan, as suspected, and Justin’s mom is being experimented upon to turn her in to a sleeper agent. In the back-up Peacemaker story, we get a glimpse of how messed up he is.

In typical Giffen fashion, next to nothing is explained here – he’s never been a fan of exposition, preferring dialogue to fill in the blanks which makes you work to get the good stuff… and it is good. Oh, and there’s a lovely little WATCHMEN homage in the Peacemaker back-up.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #34

Throughout the various time periods, the various Justice League teams, along with their friends, fight against the Legion of Doom in order to bring together the pieces of the Totality to once more imprison Perpetua. Just as they’re about to win, Hawkgirl’s need for vengeance against Luthor spoils the plan, and the League falls throughout time, allowing Perpetua to rise.

Finally! After months and months of “Something big is going to happen!” something actually happens – the League loses and Perpetua stands ready to reshape the Multiverse. Is this going to lead in to the big changes/crisis that’s coming next year? Who knows!