Sunday Reviews

AQUAMAN #49

Arthur finally gets his memories of Mera back, but they come with a twist – not only did she reveal her pregnancy to him, but his reaction (of wanting to slink off and think about things for a while) pissed her off so much that it looks like she flipped and accidentally killed him. That was the incident that meant him waking up without memories on the island of the old sea gods.

I’m in two minds about this series since DeConnick took over; it’s well written and the art’s usually good, but the whole amnesia/my wife’s pregnant story line just feels too familiar. How many times have we seen/read a scene where – DUN DUN DUUUUHHHH – the woman says “I’m pregnant!” in order to provide a plot point for the man? This, combined with the amnesia, just seems lazy.

BARBARELLA / DEJAH THORIS #4

The two heroines from different times work together to save the inhabitants of a water-filled Mars, sending them back through time to become their own ancestors and, along the way, ensuring the rise of the Red, Green and all the other Martians, of which Dejah is one.

This has a been a fun series; I’ve not encountered Leah Williams’s work before but this makes me want to track some more down. It’ll probably be collected at some point, and you could do worse than picking this up.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #26

As Martian Manhunter scans the Earth for Lex Luthor, many of the other Leaguers head to the House of Heroes where heroes from the multiverse have gathered to hear Superman and the World Forger ask for help in finding the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor. Meanwhile, Hawkgirl and Mera set about training new heroes while Starman is trying to find the other pieces of the Totality.

This was slower paced than recent episodes, perhaps because James Tynion IV is writing rather than Scott Snyder, but there’s still the whole “the multiverse is dying!” thing which has been going on since forever. As much as I liked seeing the other heroes from the multiverse, this has been dragging on for such a long time now.

A WALK THROUGH HELL #11

We get glimpses of Shaw’s past, while in the present McGregor acts as Shaw’s guide in hell (or wherever they are) showing her what has happened to the agents who went before them, as well as Driscoll who reveals her own, mostly unwilling, part in this whole thing.

Man . . . one issue to go and I have no idea where or how this is going to end, but I’m suspecting something dark and nihilistic.

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #1

The Martians from Mars Attacks – Moonheads as they’re called here – are in full-on attack mode, invading Helium and the other Barsoomian cities. Despite John Carter’s best attempts, the Moonheads are winning, forcing Dejah Thoris to sacrifice herself and Helium, destroying the entire city and most of the Moonheads in one huge explosion. Years later, on Earth, NASA celebrates the successful landing of a craft on Mars but no sooner do the pictures reach Earth than we see Moonheads destroying the landing craft. At the same time, somehow, they attack Earth in their flying saucers. The issue ends with one of the NASA scientists taking a handful of hostages toward Arizona.

I mentioned this when it was solicited back in March and, sure enough, it’s a 100mph ride that doesn’t let up. It’s fun and probably not going to be too serious for the rest of the mini-series so I’m glad I picked it up.

Mash-Up #77

Three times a week I randomly generate two dates, hunt down covers from those dates and then mash them together and force the results on you lovely people, while giving a hat-tip to the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

I’m pretty sure Red Sonja would give Mera a run for her money in the warrior stakes.

Sunday Reviews

ANIMOSITY #20

Jesse and Sandor are taken to a house where some animals want to speak to them; entering, they find the place is full of snakes. Instead of finding the trap they expected, though, they discover the snakes are trying to work out how The Wake – the event that allowed all animals to speak – happened and, through their experiments, they have come to a startling conclusion: magic!

Another solid issue; just when you think it’s starting to get a bit WALKING DEAD in that there’s a situation that’s overcome and they head off only to end up in another situation, Marguerite Bennett throws something new in.

AQUAMAN #47

It’s the final battle against Namma and Aquaman has a multitude of ancient ocean gods on his side. With them, he is able to defeat her and is rewarded with some mystical tattoos and a new trident.

The first story arc of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on the title comes to an end with the promise of an epilogue of sorts next issue where – we assume – Aquaman will regain his memories. I’ve said all along I’m not a fan of “waking up with no memories” type stories as they’ve been done to death; still, the art looks great.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #22

Mr Mxyzptlk has gone crazy and is re-writing reality before the Legion of Doom – complete with a weaponised Bat-Mite to fight Mxy – turn up to try and save the day. While that’s all going on, we get the origin story to pass all origin stories – that of the first Multiverse. Perpetua narrates the tale of how she created the first Multiverse, along with the Monitor, Anti-Monitor and World Forger. Refusing to pass on once her work was done, the Monitor, and his brothers, organise a rebellion against her which ends with the creation of the Source Wall and her imprisonment beyond it, at the same time sowing the seeds for the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Sucker as I am for some continuity wrangling, I really enjoyed this issue and the glimpse it gave us of the Monitor and Anti-Monitor before the first Crisis.

Mash-Up #62

Twice a week I randomly generate two dates and then compare the titles I own from both of them, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together, and then I force the results on you lovely people.

By the way, I admit to being HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

Two Leagues clash as the body-swapped satellite era League go up against the New 52 version.