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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

The only title that might be a good fit for newcomers is Trinity, but long-time DC fans have a lot to rejoice about with this week’s specials and limited titles.

Rann/Thanagar Holy War 2

by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim

This mini-series has a large cast, but they are not being thrown all together right away. Starlin takes his time to show each character in each place in the galaxy, and manages to slowly unite them in a way that feels natural and organic. There’s no cosmic being bringing them instantly to one place, like a Secret Wars or a Contest of the Champions.

For the art, I have always had a problem with the way Ron Lim draws his faces, but he’s at least trying to give everyone their own, individual face, and not draw everyone the same way. He also gets to draw a dinosaur! A cosmic story that also features dinosaurs? Check this title out!

Robin/Spoiler Special 1

by Chuck Dixon, Rafael Albuquerque, and Victor Ibanez

There are two stories in this book, and the first one could have easily taken place inside the regular Robin series. We get to see Tim’s awkwardness at juggling Stephanie being back in his life, when he was already developing something with Zo.

The second story is more worthwhile, as we get to see Doctor Leslie Thompson again in Africa. There was a deplorable storyline written very badly a while back that had Leslie being the one who killed Spoiler. It made zero sense, and butchered a good character for no reason. The way Spoiler was brought back was sloppy, because there wasn’t much explanation given, other than Batman saying things didn’t all add up. That sloppiness is still ten- no, a hundred times better than thinking Leslie had turned into a killer. Dixon also manages to give us some insight as to why Spoiler decided to head back to Gotham, too. The art is not to my taste, but overall it was fairly good.

Superman/Batman 48

by Michael Green and Mike Johnson

Chapter five of six continues the plan by these two heroes to round up all the kryptonite on Earth and keep it out of everyone else’s reach. Who might have something to say about that? Uncle Sam, in the form of the United States government. The previous issue had some bad characterization, featuring Amanda Waller as an overt villain, practically drooling at the thought of killing both Batman and Superman. This issue has that downplayed a little bit, but Green did not really get the sense of her right. Waller is tough as nails and practical, but she’s not really a cold-blooded killer when it comes to super heroes.

The government stooge was created partially from Doomsday DNA, so he looks a little too much like Doomsday for my tastes, since that was a lame idea, and poorly executed at the time. But the story resolves fairly well, with a small surprise that will take us to next issue. Shane Davis’ art is a pleasure to look at. This series is one I do not collect on a regular basis, but pick up from time to time, and I’m picking up this story!

Trinity 1

by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Fabian Nicieza, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

Here’s the next weekly publication by DC, and it’s already a step or two above Countdown. Bagley’s art reminds me of George Perez in some aspects, and praise doesn’t come much higher than that. DC’s Trinity is their big three, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The DC Universe has shown us a lot of these three getting together lately, to talk strategy, argue, etc. The only problem I have with this issue is that there are two stories, and I was really digging the first one. We only get 15 pages of story, and then it is cut off abruptly to go to the second story. I call foul! Busiek also has Superman duplicate the action (or close to it) his own character, Samaritan, from an Astro City story, so he needs to watch that.

The second story brings us a Morgaine Le Fey who is dressed in Apokaliptian(?) style, slightly reminiscent of what would happen if you combined Big Barda with Granny Goodness. A scarred and disfigured character that McDaniels draws to resemble the Riddler then pops up, even before dropping hints like calling him Enigma. Turns out the villains are having dreams just like the big three, so they embark on a search for their own villainous equivalent for their third person. Me, I’m hoping they finish with that by next issue, because I want more of the main meat of this story.

Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.