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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

Adam Strange Special 1

by Jim Starlin and Rick Leonardi

Pick up this issue if you want to follow Adam Strange on his temporal detour from the Rann/Thanagar Holy War. Just like the Hawkman Special, Adam meets a future-Synnar, and hops through time. Adam is another one of the Aberrant Six, which Synnar will need at some point. Leonardi makes a valiant attempt to portray the strangeness of it all, but this would have been an awesome assignment to give to Steve Ditko. Hopefully we get the rest of the story in the main series, because not enough of merit is happening to make another of these specials worthwhile, unless they tell things in a different way.

Supergirl 33

by James Peaty and Ron Randall

Kelly Puckett is gone, but Ron Randall has stayed to do the art. This is more or less a standalone story, and it works fairly well, while still giving us some perspective of the recent things Kara has gone through. The main nemesis would be a walking cliché, but he’s actually in a wheelchair. Empress is a good character, makes you wonder why she isn’t involved with the Reign in Hell miniseries. Not a bad issue. I am looking forward to the next few, when her title is supposed to be more intricately linked with the rest of the Superman titles.

Titans 4

by Judd Winnick and Joe Benitez

Oh my goodness, has the writing gone south. Lame jokes make up running dialogue that should come out of one or two mouths, but is instead spread through the entire team, almost as if they were having a gestalt stream-of-consciousness monologue. Almost all individuality has disappeared from these once-distinct characters. Benitez tries a lot of panel juxtapositions to try to disguise the fact that we are doing nothing except a super fight between the good guys and the bad guys for an entire issue. The backgrounds are mostly nonexistent, generic with no details. The inking makes these teenagers and young adults look like old men and women. The cover is maybe the best thing about the entire comic.

If this is all Winnick has left, he needs to leave the industry, take a breather, and do something else. You’ve got eight characters, all of whom have shined in the past, and all being underutilized and portrayed almost as identical ciphers of each other. Someone go ask Wolfman and Perez if they want to take another stab at things. Teen Titans is better than this.

Trinity 14

by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Fabian Nicieza, Tom Derenick and Wayne Faucher

Jim Lee and Scott Williams do the cover for an imposing scene, and the team inside paints a great picture of the CSA universe, giving us a big look into how things are set up, the different races and backwards-villains in only three pages. There is more detail here in the first three pages than most of Titans #4. John Stewart’s weird affliction enables the team to use the dimensional inverter to set everything to right with all of the displaced citizens from other universes, but their debate on how involved they should become to bring peace to this backwards world is interrupted by Enigma, who sends everyone back where they belong.

Despero’s goons manage to plant a mystical tattoo on Superman just before they hail him and then detonate at the end of their suicide mission. Too bad, I liked them! Derenick’s and Faucher’s art in the backup story is growing on me; you can tell they really enjoyed working with the Sun-Chained-in-Ink villain. It’s a little funny that it took a large part of the super-hero cast of the DC universe to take these four villains down, and they can’t even complete the job. Instead, the villains manage to achieve their goal. What effect will this have on the Trinity? This is a fun ride, and Busiek’s incorporation of so many other heroes has given me more than I expected. Probably gave the artists more fun that they originally thought they would have as well.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.