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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review

Here ya go, got a review in earlier than usual. Hmm, what’s wrong with me?

Booster Gold 12

by Chuck Dixon and Dan Jurgens

Dixon continues his saga involving a villain who actually needs to get away in order for Batman to someday be born. The art is fun, with some silver-age Batman costumes discovered by Booster in the Batcave. The story moves along pretty fast, and reaches a crescendo with present-Booster hitting past-Booster while future-Michelle appears with Rip to grab one of them. Trust me, it’s all very Back to the Future 3. Did they really succeed? And what in the world is up with that guest star at the end of the issue? Oh, I can’t wait for next month.

Final Crisis: Revelations 2

by Greg Rucka and Philip Tan

Philip Tan is outdoing himself on the art chores for this book, with some nice work by the coloring team and the letterer. It is really nice to have an entire creative team firing on all cylinders to give you some primo artwork. Rucka gives us some interesting insights into the linkage between Darkseid and the Order of the Stone, and linking Vandal Savage into the story in a way I didn’t expect.

The rich history between Chris Allen and Montoya brings a lovely tension that oozes sadness, and throws God’s Mercy right into the middle of the whole ball of wax for a bonus. You can feel the action building, and the pacing and story ideas flesh out Final Crisis in a way that was really needed. DC has a small number of books out this week, but their quality is pretty good.

Green Lantern Corps 28

by Peter Tomasi and Luke Ross

Rodolfo Migliari gives us a beautiful cover this month for the Corps. I’m guessing here, but I tend to think even people that don’t know about Green Lantern may have stopped to glance at this cover. Tomasi continues to improve his storytelling, although the opening exchange between the characters is a little rough. There is a tendency to be jarred out of a Tomasi book every now and then, as the action or the dialogue or something doesn’t quite feel right for the book, but this time everything flowed quite well.

Luke Ross can be a guest artist any time, his visuals are gripping. Plus, he makes the effort to work on the alien-ness of it all. They also manage to intrigue me with a subtle cliffhanger at the end of the issue, involving Saarek’s unique talents. I wish he had a different name, I have to make sure I don’t mix him up with Salaak, but that nitpick aside, this is one of the better issues of the Corps recently.

Trinity 15

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

Is anyone else having fun taking out the three linking-cover issues and looking at the entire picture when you get the third piece? This is the most fun covers have been in a while, so enjoy ‘em while you got ‘em. The opening sequences are very colorful and thought-provoking. Notice how the mystical items of significance are being held in an energy field that looks like our representation for an atom? The implied intersection of science and magic can make for fun speculation. Bagley’s art also helps to emphasize that Enigma’s face-mask is just a crumpled-down question mark, for anyone who missed that previously. I know I didn’t pick up on it the first time I saw him from McDaniel’s art.

If it gives you too much of a headache to read backwards, take the pages where you are looking from behind the electronic board and just hold them up to a mirror to see all of the clues from the last few issues. I also like the faint Moore-like statement of Batman to the villains later: “we’ve been here for over an hour.” Nice, and totally Batman. The final spread of heroes is nice, but McDaniel’s two-page spread of the same heroes fares poorly by comparison, and it feels wrong to have placed them so close together in that fashion.

The action is overlapping a little now, as the events of the backup feature are more closely timed to the main story, and things are starting to complement each other better. Although the smaller stories may tempt a lot of people to wait for the trades, and even though I complain often about how quickly the main part ends when the going gets good, I have to admit it is very fun to take in these mini-sagas every week. So much above and beyond Countdown too, for which I am very thankful.

Wonder Woman 24

by Gail Simone and Bernard Chang

There are two parts to this comic, and both are failures. Simone is trying to add in a bunch of cultural layers to Diana’s Amazon heritage, but it is such a mish-mash of things pulled together from other cultures and different time periods, none of them fit well together. The quick acceptance of Nemesis by Hippolyta, I just can’t buy. The entire relationship has been so transparent, so blatantly forced from the very introduction of Nemesis to this series, it feels like a betrayal of the character. Diana’s attitude for him is a poor version of feminist confidence, and reads poorly.

The second part involves a movie being made about Diana, and the apes are the best part, but they are also out of place, with little dignity, and nothing to explain why these guys are acting the way they are. They are present purely for comic relief, in a book that so desperately needs to prove itself seriously first. She also neglects to properly introduce the reader to the Queen of Fables, and while Diana fights, she seems to be caught in a parody of a parody of Hollywood: even as she fights, she can’t help but be offended by the inaccuracies of the picture. And we are supposed to believe Wonder Woman, Amazon, diplomat, princess, warrior, would be distracted by such random thoughts like this in the middle of a battle? Please.

Wonder Woman should be dignified, but Simone keeps injecting her quips as if Diana would use them. It is too much of a writer imposing her own voice and pretending it is the character’s, and not enough of allowing the Amazon’s true character to lead the writer. DC is throwing everything at the Wonder board to see if anything will stick so that Wonder Woman can have as big and clear identity as the other two of DC’s trinity, but this isn’t working any better than their last few attempts. Notice I didn’t make a comment about the art? Yeah, that’s because it’s forgettable, and doesn’t do much to add to this poor slate. Take a big fat pass at this series.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.