Mash-Up #68

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 had to recreate a fair portion of Hawkman’s wings . . . only to have my handiwork hidden by the logos!

Sunday Reviews


After the fall of the walled city last issue, both the animals and the humans take stock of not only what they have, but who they are in this new world.

It’s a deep issue, this one, with parallel discussions amongst the animals on one side and the humans on the other, each trying to decide what they’re going to become. There are no easy answers as they’re dealing with big questions but the sense I get is that the past doesn’t define you. While this is a quiet issue in terms of plot, the series as a whole has been damn good.


Shrae’s journey comes to an end as his daughter Khalee makes a deal with the dark lords as her father had before her, in order to face up against their captors who are revealed as the Fallen, those first angels who fell but landed on Earth rather than in Hell. But as with every deal made with devils, there’s a price to pay.

This issue finishes with a big “END” on the last panel, but there’s clearly more story to be told. Whether there’ll be a DARK ARK Book Two or a follow on series under a different name is yet to be seen.


The Deathbringers are trashing London and despite his best efforts, Hawkman can only do so much to stop them – he is, after all, just one man. Or is he? Having spent the last nine issues travelling through time and space meeting his previous incarnations, he now manages to summon them to the present day to fight the Deathbringers . . . just before he’s stabbed.

It’s all been leading to this, the final confrontation between the two armies, one of which is made up of different incarnations of the same man. The two page spread showing all the different Hawkmen is nice, though it would have been good to see some throwbacks to previous versions of the character as Easter eggs if nothing else. Still, a good read.


The JL Dark face off against the new Lords of Order who have co-opted magic users to act as their hosts while they invade Myrra; Man-Bat learns from Khalid about Dr Fate having gone off the deep end; and Wonder Woman and Zatanna contact Circe to find out who’s behind all of this.

Once again, and I know I’m repeating myself, but this is really my favourite Justice League book, and still for the same reasons I’ve been saying for the last couple of months – it’s gorgeous to look at, and the dialogue is just spot on.

Sunday Reviews


Shrae and many of his monstrous charges have been captured by the mysterious islanders who, as they take the prisoners to their home, walk them through a forest strewn with the wings and halos of angels they’ve killed. Meanwhile, the other survivors plan a rescue of Shrae.

Freed from the confines of the ark, Cullen Bunn is able to develop a bigger story, bringing in more plots and characters – the forest with angel wings was a nice, gruesome touch and the hint that there are more creatures alive in the post-Flood world than first thought is intriguing. This series was getting a little tired three or four issues ago but I’m glad I stuck with it as this seems to promise more.


Back from his time and planet hopping adventures, Hawkman’s visiting Madame Xanadu in London when enormous Deathbringer robot ships appear above the city. Cue Hawkman jumping into the fray and having his arse kicked by the Deathbringers, now led by his one-time second in command.

Something of a place holder issue, this, where nothing much happens apart from what I outlined above. Still, it looks nice.


Man-Bat tries his hand at magic, thinking of it as a different form of science, while the rest of the JLD either track down magic users to rescue from the Otherkind, or search for Mordru who may be the key to stopping them. Zatanna and Wonder Woman visit various magical places looking for clues while unknown to them, the Oblivion Bar is attacked, forcing Detective Chimp to take the other magicians through to Myrra, only to find that’s exactly what the hidden instigator behind all this wanted in the first place.

This is still my favourite Justice League title, for so many reasons. The art is just gorgeous – even the weird mini-Swamp Thing gremlins that help wait tables in the Oblivion Bar – and the dialogue is natural and occasionally funny without being forced. Thoroughly recommend this book.


Dejah Thoris and Vampirella work together so that Vampi’s fellow Drakulonians are saved from the all-too eager to kill Red Martians, and then manage to restore some water and vegetation to the otherwise barren Mars, before Vampi and her friends leave to head to Earth.

The mini-series comes to an end, and it’s been enjoyable enough for what it is, though this final issue seemed a little rushed.

Sunday Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve done any reviews so thought I throw some short notes out there – might become a regular thing, might not.


Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka have got a fantastic horror story on the go here; the last six issues have been a well written tale of FBI agents on the hunt for a child killer and what happens after they catch him. Each issue flips back and forth between the present and flashbacks, building up the story in stages, the horror of a child killer and the hunt for him in the past, the supernatural horror of what’s happened to the agents in the present. And in this issue, Ennis has gone Biblical in a very literal sense.

Really recommend you pick this up.


Sticking with Biblical horror, BABYTEETH is a tale of a young woman who’s given birth to the Antichrist and who is fighting to just raise him as normally as she can. And then of course a Devil worshipping cult led by her estranged mother gets involved, not to mention assassins and, in the last couple of issues, a trip to Hell itself where, here in #14, they meet Satan. As conversations about child support and absentee fathers go, this is a blast. In almost every issue of this series, just when you think you know where the story’s going, it throws something else at you.

Again, really good.


The tale of the other Ark during the Biblical flood, the one which didn’t hold Noah and all the fluffy animals, but instead held vampires and manticores and all manner of beasts and monsters. The rains have stopped, the monsters have landed and Shrae, the wizard who played the role of Noah to his weird cargo, has just one night for him and his family to enjoy themselves before the monsters turn on them. They are, after all, monsters. But then they’re all attacked, monster and human alike, by mysterious beings who slaughter some and capture others, forcing Shrae and the vampire Nex to team up.

It’s good, but it’s starting to feel a little stretched, like it should be wrapping up rather than introducing another plot line.


The hook on this new Hawkman series is that he’s been reincarnated throughout the centuries not just on Earth, but on other planets. This time round, Hawkman finds himself face to face with a previous incarnation on Krypton, just as the planet’s exploding. It’s a pause in the story of the recently (as in last issue) revealed Deathbringers, the race/army of killers that Hawkman led in his very first life; his constant resurrection cycle is to allow him to atone for the millions of deaths he and the Deathbringers caused. His Kryptonian counterpart gives him some advice just in time for the arrival of the Deathbringers on Earth’s moon.

I enjoyed Robert Venditti’s work on GREEN LANTERN and I’m liking this take on Hawkman and the Bryan Hitch art is gorgeous as ever.


This issue feels like it should have been out around Halloween – four short horror stories introduced by Man-Bat which feature members of the Justice League Dark coming up against manifestations of the Otherkind, the deeply horrid extra-dimensional beings that want to invade our reality and consume all the magic. JLD have been facing off against them since the start of this series and here we get the League as well as a handful of cameos – Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos working for SHADE, for example – fighting the Otherkind.

This is probably my favourite Justice League book right now; not only is the writing really good, but the art is simply stunning, and this issue was a delight!