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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

Faces of Evil: Prometheus 1

by Sterling Gates and Federico Dallocchio

Prometheus is back, and he’s never been better! From the menacing cover that encapsulates this villain’s shtick, by Mauro Cascioli, to his status as a vegetable because of the Martian Manhunter, this was an enjoyable read. The “real” Prometheus has been in a forced vegetative state ever since J’onn put him in one, but now J’onn is dead, and Prometheus has his mind back.

We get colorful recaps that fill in the reader on who Prometheus is, what drives him, and how his abilities work. Gates also brings us up to speed on the guy who has been running around as Prometheus lately, giving us a villainous twist on the sidekick theme. After the less-than-stellar accomplishments of the stand-in, nobody is going to think Prometheus is a big threat. This one-shot has set the stage with an interesting character. How is Prometheus going to affect the DC Universe in the coming year? They’ve got me hooked.

Final Crisis 6

by Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones, Marco Rudy, Carlos Pacheco, and Jesus Merino

Disjointed. DC has not been able to make the optimal publishing schedule with the tie-ins, so we are going to be reading events out of sequence for the next three months. The art is disjointed. Originally billed as a major piece for J.G. Jones, reality has reared its ugly head, and now the art chores are shared with three other people. It is affecting things in unexpected ways. For example, the Tattooed Man has gone from looking like a hard-core middle-age man to someone barely out of his teens. Shilo, in what I hope is merely a coloring mistake, has turned from a black man into a white man. DC is trying to give us a nice project, but it has to be compared to masterpieces like the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, and that was one artist. For twelve issues, some double-size. This pales by comparison, and has proven more problematic already.

The battles are disjointed. We move from the JLA satellite to… Bludahven? Maybe? Because they don’t bother to tell us. For some unknown reason, Tawny is the one left to face Kalibak, as if there were simply no other heroes left around. It’s sort of like the skinny kid being left on the high school playground to block the over-developed strong guy in football because nobody else would step up to block him. No offense, but Kalibak losing to Tawny is slightly unbelievable, and the pre-eminence of the Marvel family in this entire affair comes out of left field. We were never given any setup for this, it just happens. Mary Marvel was tossed around so much in Countdown, they were free to do whatever they felt like with her, but how did Tawny get to a position where he could take down big bad Kalibak? I thought this series was billed as “the Day Evil Won, not “the Day Evil got Taken Down by a Big Teddy Bear (okay, Tiger).”

From the looks of things, the heroes are all getting ready to leave Darkseid to his victory and run away to a parallel universe. We switch from that plan to Lex Luthor suddenly defeating Libra, after they spent all those issues building Libra up, and making us believe he was a cosmic threat. All of the hype comes undone in two unexplained panels, and the guy who originally was going to be all over the place stirring up trouble… is blasted by a simple energy beam from Luthor. Gee, that was hard.

Next, they finally try some exposition, but only to lamely undo the death of Barry Allen by some gobbledy-gook of “I didn’t die, I just went superluminal,” undoing one of the greatest, most noble things to ever come out of any Crisis. Then, because DC thinks it “needs” a big death in its mini-series, we lose Batman, even though he was supposed to die over in Batman R.I.P. Even though we know he’ll be back. Then we have to put up with more Morrison nonsense, deciding that we are entering the “age of men as gods,” and invoking a “greater menace than Darkseid if they breach the Bleed Wall.” Hey, I got news for you, with the Wildstorm/DC crossovers, they’ve breached the Bleed so many times, they should be getting Frequent Bleeder Miles. I don’t know how they are going to end this, but I’m betting the whole “men as gods” thing will be dumped pretty quickly. It’s hard to believe the humans on Earth will become as gods when they have to have outsiders like Nix Uotan help them to get there.

Ah well, at least they tried to squeeze in some explanation for how Orion kept dying all over the place.

Manhunter 38

by Marc Andreyko and Michael Gaydos

I can’t summon up much energy, because this series ended with a whimper. It opens with childish sex jokes and switches to the Sweeney Todd ripoffs that came from nowhere and have a mad-on for Kate and company. How and why in the world would their hijacking of a truck land them directly at Kate’s son’s graduation?!? It’s all-too convenient, to allow for the bad guys to be beaten up, and for Andreyko to be allowed to wrap up the lines of his characters, so people know where he wanted them to end up. It’s decent for DC to allow a failing series a chance to go out on the creative team’s terms, but those terms were poor writing.

Trinity 33

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

The clues are coming together for the close friends of the trinity, and we learn how more of the alternate history played out. In a couple more issues, we’ll have the full story; each person is recalling more and more of his or her “true” history and powers and abilities as they continue on this journey of discovery. As usual, it feels like you just got started when part one ends.

The second part shows the effect that comes from one of the areas where evil wins, and it is gruesome. Morgaine is re-working reality to suit her, but even Enigma has to admit her version of reality is twisted and sick. Will he be able to go through with this, just to achieve his agenda? This is some quick candy, and probably better if you could wait a week to read the next part with it, but heck, you’ve got it in your hands now, right? Let’s start the betting pool on which issue the trinity comes back. I call issue #40!
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.