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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part One

Okay, a couple of these reviews will technically be a week late, because I didn’t get copies until now, due to damaged comics in the shipping process. But it’s still my first month of DC titles, so I want to cover them all.

Checkmate 27

by Bruce Jones and Manuel Garcia

The name Bruce Jones really doesn’t do much for me, but I remember years back there was a Bruce Jones who wrote some good issues of Conan. Anyone know if it’s the same guy? I’m trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he messes up on the second page with his attempt at describing ancient man’s relationship with the earth. “Man took from the land, the land gave back, and all was in balance…” How in the world is there a balance in anything if man takes and the earth gives more? What did man ever give back to the earth? Either the writing is horrible, or there was a typo, but the way it reads is that man is a taker, and the earth puts up with it, doing nothing but giving. And life was good. Can an editor stand up and say halt to anything these days? Where exactly are the editors, and what do they do anymore, because they sure as heck aren’t proof-reading their comics!

This second issue of Bruce Jones’ run, and he’s still setting up the introduction of Chimera. It’s a little slow for my tastes, but the art is good. Some bonehead decides to issue a device that acts to shut down Chimera, but the security on it is poor. If I had a weapon like that, would I simply issue a shut-down device to every soldier in the field? No I would not. It doesn’t pass the ho-ho test. We’ll see if things pick up in the next issue or two. Checkmate has a lot of potential, but the new creative team isn’t knocking my socks off yet.

Green Lantern 32

by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

I am really enjoying this trip into Hal Jordan’s past. Geoff Johns adds some nice details that show how many things came to be all in a few pages: how Hector Hammond gained his powers, how Tom found out Hal was Green Lantern, how Hal was able to fly again… all this while also adding in some background story that gives us the foreshadowing of the future color corps that we know are coming soon. It’s weird to think of a story that dips into the past to give us foreshadowing when we already know what’s coming. The term for that is backshadowing, when you use a flashback to insert foreshadowing. Don’t try to look the term up in an obscure film reference book, I made it up just now; but we can’t really call it foreshadowing when we already know it’s going to happen, can we?

In case it slips past some readers, Hal’s ring tells Sinestro that there’s a message waiting for him from Green Lantern 2814, which probably means Abin Sur left a little note for him, but we won’t find out what was in the message for an issue or possibly two. Next up, they will be giving us more insight into how the Black Hand ended up with the power and potential to form the foundation for an entire new Corps based on black. If you have ever been a fan of Green Lantern, now is a great time to come back. The characters are being written true to form and beautifully rendered.

JSA Classified 39

by Mike Barr and Shawn Martinbrough

It’s the final issue of this series, and many of the issues were rather lackluster. This one had a good story device behind it, though. A device was able to steal the fighting skills of people, and they were being given to younger boxers who would use them to win fights in the ring. Boxing is not mentioned much in comic books, and that’s a shame. For as many heroes that fight in the streets without powers, you’d think there would be a little more emphasis on it. The art style is reminiscent of an older time period, maybe late sixties, so the old-timers who have been reading comics for forty years or so will probably feel a little nostalgic looking at it and enjoy it.

Teen Titans 60

by Sean McKeever and Eddy Barrows

If I’m not mistaken, McKeever’s writing is slowly improving. He’s not one of my favorites, but he takes care to introduce all of the characters, and to feature enough screen time for all of them. This issue is almost a filler, serving as a tie-in with Final Crisis (via the Dark Side Club) and simultaneously a lead-in to the upcoming Terror Titans mini-series. Given that fact, it was still a pretty good read. The team defeats Clock King and his goons, the others escape from the Dark Side Club, but damage is done anyway, as one of the team leaves. If the writing stays at this level, and the art continues to dazzle, I’d say the Teen Titans are in good shape.

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