Sunday Reviews

A WALK THROUGH HELL #9

Man, just when you think you know what’s coming next, this series pulls the rug out from under you again! There’s not a great deal I can say about the plot other than to reiterate just how good this book is. If you like well paced, thoughtful horror, you’ll like this.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN #5

Prospero launches the attack of the fairy world against mankind and all hell breaks loose. At the same time, Moriarty is still trying to track down the League, while Mina and her allies are looking for some way to prevent the end of the world.

It’s a chaotic, Easter-egg filled issue as you’d expect and it’s all building to the next and final issue. After which I’ll probably re-read the whole thing again to work out what the hell’s going on.

THE TERRIFICS #15

Mr Terrific and Ms Terrific (of Earth-23) try a couple of dates to see if they’re compatible with each other, while the rest of the team end up fighting virtual soldiers from a training simulation Stagg Industries have whipped up. Along the way, the team are told someone is coming and, at the end of the issue, they realise they’ve been dealing with manifestations of the Biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt.

Gene Luen Yang takes over the writing with this issue and it’s almost seamless from Lemire’s work – it’s fun and engaging, just what I like.

Sunday Reviews

No reviews last week as Mrs Earth-Prime and I were away. This week, though . . .

BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM #8

Lucy Weber starts to unravel the mystery of what’s happened t Spiral City’s heroes . . . again. This time she has the help of Talky-Walky who seems aware of the reality shift, unlike Lucy.

A little bit of a placeholder issue in an otherwise excellent series.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS #3

The Freedom Fighters strike back against the Nazi regime, hijacking their electronic systems and broadcasting God Bless America by Irving Berlin across the country in an attempt to raise the dormant Uncle Sam. Meanwhile the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler II, assigns his son – the imaginatively named Adolf Hitler III – to bring down the Fighters.

Another cracking issue with a ton of action plus hints into the pasts/origins of the heroes without disrupting the story.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #6

Darkseid continues his quest to build something called Sepulkore that will stem the tide of darkness released by the collapse of the Source Wall, but something seems to have stopped him with some finality. Elsewhere, the League arrive on Tamaran only to find Starfire’s sister Blackfire waiting and holding her to account for their planet’s devastation.

New writer Dan Abnett picks up the threads of the original story and brings in his own stuff; it’s a little better that previous issues and, having enjoyed his work on AQUAMAN, I’m curious as to where Abnett’s going.

SHAZAM! #3

In the Funlands, Billy and the family are hosted by King Kid who tells them his origin and wants to join the family, though Mary is rightly suspicious. When it’s revealed she’s nearly 18, King Kid flips and captures her – only kids are allowed in the Funlands, apparently – and this triggers the rest of the family into becoming their adult, heroic forms which means they all get either captured or thrown out into the various other Magic Lands.

Another fun issue that moves the story along. I’m guessing, based on his origin, King Kid will be revealed to be an adult after all this time and so defeated by his own rules.

THE TERRIFICS #13

Mr Terrific is rescued from the Dreadfuls by Mrs Terrific of Earth-23 who looks just like his late wife and he, of course, looks just like her late husband. The other Terrifics – joined by Offspring and Tesla Strong – track them down in time to stop the Dreadfuls’ final attack.

I’m still liking this series so much, partly because it seems to be the only one in the DCU that remembers there’s a multiverse out there – we get glimpses of six other Earths in the last few pages alone. Pick up the collections if you haven’t already.