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 bitĀ 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.

Sunday Reviews

AQUAMAN #46

As Aquaman tries to convince Caille not to give in to the terrible secret inside her, he battles Namma who is intent upon destroying the world. Meanwhile, the gods who sent him and Caille on this quest realise they should have stepped up themselves and summon their powers to battle Namma.

Last month’s issue – which was basically Namma’s secret origin – was a wonderful example of world building; this issue’s just a bit meh in comparison.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

The League are in the Sixth Dimension, supposedly meeting future versions of themselves that have already fought and won against the Legion of Doom and Perpetua. Not surprisingly, given the ending of the previous issue and the cover of this one, not all is as it seems and while we don’t get to see the two Supermen battle each other, we do see Batman being suspicious (no, really?!) and J’onn and Hawkgirl’s future son reveal that the future heroes aren’t really the future heroes.

Not a bad issue, just a little by the numbers.

And yeah, that was it – just two comics this week.

Sunday Reviews

It’s a DC heavy week this week.

AQUAMAN #44

Apart from a three page glimpse of Mera being set up to marry someone from a “worthy group of suitors” in Atlantis, we’re back with the amnesiac Arthur on an island that turns out to be populated by lesser gods of the seas from various mythologies. By issue’s end, it looks like Arthur either has his memories back or at least is on the way to it.

I know a new writer traditionally throws away most of the supporting cast created by the previous team but this is such a radical shift that it’s a little disconcerting for me right now.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS #2

On Earth-X, the new Freedom Fighters have their first big success against the Nazis; they clearly work well together as a team and it’s refreshing to see heroes being heroic. We get a glimpse of Adolf Hitler II as well, and I wonder if he’ll be revealed to be a super-villain as opposed to just the son of the original dictator? Maybe this world’s Kryptonian?

This is shaping up to be a good maxi-series.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #16

Secrets are revealed as Martian Manhunter is linked to some experimental splicing of human and Martian DNA; Thanagar’s wealth and opulence are revealed as being a lie perpetuated by the imprisoned Martian Keep using the Absorbascon; and Starman shows up at the end and takes something from Hawkwoman and gives it to Hawkgirl, completing her missing memoriesĀ  and tells her it’s time to fix the Source Wall.

As entertaining as this is, there’s just so much crammed into every issue that I’m often left wondering what they’re referring to. Maybe the pacing could do with being slowed a little?

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: TEMPEST #4

Where to start? There’s an assassination attempt against M which doesn’t work out; the heroes from the far future are still running around; Mina Murray’s in the Blazing World and realises that Prospero is actually the bad guy who wants to destroy England and return the faerie creatures to the “real” world.

Can’t help thinking this is Alan Moore enjoying himself even more than normal, to the point where the story becomes secondary to the style of storytelling.

SHAZAM! #2

Billy and the other kids head to the first of the magical lands they’ve discovered and while everything looks like fun on the face of it, you can pretty much guarantee things are going to go wrong quickly. Part of that will likely be the reveal of King Kid who describes himself as “the missing seventh champion of the family!” But “Shazam” only has six letters, I hear you say. In a nice twist, it’s shown during the history of Mr Mind (who also gets a first name, by the way) that it “took the combined might of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury and ! to stop and contain” him.

Yep, the exclamation mark in SHAZAM! counts as one of the family, and King Kid is going to want in.

Two issues in, and I’m enjoying this.