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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part One

Adventure Comics Special 1

by James Robinson and Pere Perez

For whatever reason, James Robinson had a lot of extra story he wanted to tell, so DC has published this special issue that finishes Olsen’s attempt to find the cloned Guardian. It opens up on a flashback adventure by Guardian, where he stumbles upon a captive Tellus, who used to be with the Legion of Super Heroes. The original team, not the variants that have popped up over the years. Someone more steeped into DC than me will have to say where Tellus has been, and how he ended up here, if it has been shown elsewhere in the DC universe. I am hoping that more on this will be revealed at some later date.

The major problem Guardian encounters is a bunch of messed-up clone versions of the original Jim Harper, and he name-drops Paul Kirk, who was the original Manhunter, too. What is a little weird is that Olsen, after hearing this story, and knowing he is talking to a clone, asks nothing about the young girl who calls the clone ‘daddy.’ Can clones procreate? Dunno, but if Olsen thought for a minute about it, he might have figured out that Guardian didn’t quite kill "everyone” in that facility.

It’s a relatively good story, but it feels like one piece of a puzzle, with clues that won’t be made obvious until much later. This is one of those tale that would probably read better in a trade collection later.

Justice Society of America 20

by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross, Dale Eaglesham and Jerry Ordway

Power Girl is back, and she’s brought the Justice Society Infinity with her from Earth-2! Ordway and Eaglesham switch off on the art sequences, and everything looks amazing. The revelation sequence with Starman does a great job of explaining the meta-story that has brought DC to this point. Grant Morrison should be jealous that someone else can summarize twenty years’ worth of continuity, while Morrison has opted to minimize his own words in Final Crisis , to the detriment of that meta-story.

Power Girl’s side-trip concluded, the story will go back to focusing on Gog, although this digression has had a sizeable impact on Green Lantern and Mr. Terrific, and may change their original attitude towards Gog. Not only all this goodness, but the creative team has me wanting to read an entire series about Justice Society Infinity now!

Storming Paradise 4

by Chuck Dixon, Butch Guice, and Fernando Blanco

The lack of war comics has been a pitiful state for so long; when this series came along, It was like new life being pumped into the comic book industry. A divergent history of World War II, chuck Dixon has picked a large point of diversion, and now we get to observe every other thing that changes from that point on.

This issue is actually a little choppier than most, because the scene shifts to all of the different characters that we have to keep track of, and it is a teensy bit harder when nobody is wearing a cape. Still, this series manages to capture every aspect of war: the action, the suffering, the numberless indignities heaped upon others through fear and bigotry… this book has it all, folks. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Top 10 Season Two #2

by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon

Just like Storming Paradise, this book fills a large gap in the possible genres that comic books could be offering to its voraciously reading masses. The pitiful imitation of controversy that Marvel tried with its Superhuman Registration Act comes nowhere close to the departmental feeling of this cop action/drama set up in a place where everybody and their dog (for example, Sgt. Caesar!) has super powers. No other comic book on the stands can capture the combination of personalities and procedure that make this comic a rare gem.

Cannon and Ha manage a magnificent job of rotting between the large cast members, and making each one shine through until the reader feels something in reaction. The final scene, as Irma calls Synaesthesia, is very touching in its sadness, as Syn has her own problems that spill out, preventing Irma from getting anything off of her own chest. All this, great art, plus a talking house!

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

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