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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part One

Fair to great stories this week for the main titles.

Action Comics 867

by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

This is a good story, and the art shows potential half the time, but Supergirl looks anorexic on the splash page, and it only serves to highlight all of Frank’s shortcomings as an artist. Johns delivers the goods, though, as he manages to have a touching scene between Pa Kent and Clark, and still manages to get in an appearance for Lois and some of the other supporting cast. It gets a tiny bit strange as Supergirl insists he has never met the real Brainiac in person, but that was basically so they could pretend this was a first actual face-to-face meeting. Although I would still prefer a different artist, I’ll keep reading.

Booster Gold One Million

by Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz, Dan Jurgens, and Norm Rapmund

It’s the one-millionth comic! Woo hoo! Bet you didn’t realize how long comics had been around, huh? No, for any newcomers, there was a DC universe-wide event that showed what everything would look like far into the future. Like many concepts, some stories were fun to read, and others bombed. Geoff johns has a habit of revisiting each of these concepts (a la Infinite Crisis to attempt his hand at a Crisis story, and so on), with mixed results. For one issue, though, we can take it. It turns out pretty good.

After encountering what the future thinks of him, Booster wants to quit, but gets some inspiration from the most unlikely source. If you like guest appearances by a certain caped crusader, you might like to check this issue out. There is also a surprise hero that joins the time-correcting team, as Rip decides there might be some rules he can bend after all.

One of the more interesting things that this title has going for it, as opposed to almost any other, is their version of a preview at the end of the issue. We get four panels of a delicious, tantalizing look at what will be in future issues, and it’s definitely good enough to whet the interest. Does this only work with time-travel concepts? Or can DC borrow this trick for every title and give us a bonus page that hints at good things to come? With Booster Gold, at least, it works to maintain my interest, and that’s what it’s all about.

Detective Comics 846

by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen

Part one of a five-part story, this will tie in somehow with Batman R.I.P. Most of the issue is additional background on Hush, who has one of the least inventive costumes I’ve ever seen. Does the Unknown Soldier know he’s being ripped off? It’s a fair-to-middling start to a story, even though the other villain appearing is rather absurd. But then, with all of the different fetish-freaks Batman has had to fight, I suppose we’re doomed to writers dragging out new ones, each stranger than the last.

Justice Society of America 17

by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross, and Fernando Pasarin

Alex Ross is doing the cover art for every other DC title these days, it feels like. That’s not a complaint, though! Johns and Pasarin deliver again, starting off with a pleasant scene at JSA headquarters, then switching to the field, where everyone is tracking Gog’s movements. In the blink of an eye, he “heals” several Society members. What will happen when the blind can see, when the mad are sane, when the people who do not belong in this world are returned suddenly to where they belong?

The creative team fits in a ton of characters, and the small amount of time with each of them feels substantial, like there is meaning for each and every thing we are shown. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but it feels like the Legion of Super Heroes used to feel like. Not every member would be in every issue, and you found yourself feeling excited at getting to see a particular character again in a group of 30 people. After 100 issues, you have a ton of good stories, but you still want to see more of the characters, because you really only received small portions of each of them for the many years you’ve been reading. It is a rare feeling in a comic book, and a welcome one.

I raise my praise of this comic one notch. It is now a must-buy, in my opinion.

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