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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part 1

Action Comics 875

by Greg Rucka and Eddy Barrows

Eddy Barrows starts the art with a cool action perspective shot, and the change of pace in the creative team does perk up my interest a bit. There are a number of rogue Kryptonians loose on Earth, and Nightwing and Flamebird have taken it upon themselves to apprehend them, and imprison them within the Fortress of Solitude. These rogues are all sleepers, put into play by General Zod.

They also reveal the identities of these two heroes, and the woman was easy enough to guess. People had been trying to guess that Connor would somehow be resurrected and be Nightwing, but it’s somebody else. Without spoiling things too early, it’s someone who has been curiously absent, and is having very strange, dramatic growth spurts. The writing and art are both good, and it will be up to the creative team to make it work. Superman’s absence from the title is risky, but if anyone can pull it off, Rucka has a good chance.

Booster Gold 18

by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund

Whatever old rules there were for time travel, they obviously do not apply any more. Booster is able to appear to his slightly-more-recent past self and draft him into the cause, while Rex Hunter takes Michelle and Skeets on a trip to the end of time. Considering how well Booster knows himself, he should have been able to detect future-Booster’s “trust me” attitude. If I was the sort of person who knew how often I flew by the seat of my pants, would I necessarily trust my future self? Then again, perhaps Michael Carter’s endless faith that things will work out helps him to go along with future-Booster.

Anyway, without making your head hurt more than it already is, Skeets warns the two that their presence courts disaster. Maybe their near-presence won’t destroy timelines, but something about the possible consequences has Skeets nervous. The two plan to place everything where each item needs to be, having secured the past against more tampering. However, Michelle has been shown her death, and how Rip Hunter rescued her from the explosion that was supposed to take her life. She knows what should have happened, and that knowledge brings her to tears. How will she cope with this information?

And where is Rip, we haven’t seen him in a while. Interesting questions for this title, and continued good art by Jurgens, with Rapmund finishing the inks. A solid read.

Green Lantern Corps 34

by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Sodam Yot’s mother has come to ask for help for Daxam, the new HQ of Mongul and company. Sodam recounts the nightmarish things his parents and the other authorities on his planet did because of their xenophobia. The guy obviously still has issues, but he does go to their aid in the end. On Daxam itself, Mongul is victorious over Arkillo, which was predictable to most of us, but it was a fun fight to watch.

Kyle and Soranik have gotten heavy into their romance, and boy if that isn’t convenient. Man, I’m gonna try telling random people that they are destined to be together, and see if it convinces them to hook up. These two really did not exhibit any romantic feelings toward each other until the Star Sapphire showed them visions. It opens up the whole catch-22 of destiny, and if they were steered towards this fate, if it was avoidable, and so on. But the fact is, these two just took the Sapphire’s vision at its word, and jumped together.

I hope this is explored further, but both are old enough to know that they could lose their rings when the Guardians find out. And for wise old beings, it is certainly strange to think that they don’t have some type of observational powers, some sense that would clue them in already. They have bigger issues to deal with, though, as Scar has made her move and released a Red Lantern. The consequences will lead directly into the Blackest Night storyline, something most fans have been looking forward to reading.

This is a nice, tight story that adheres to the regular Green Lantern title closely, making them great to read together.

R.E.B.E.L.S. 2

by Tony Bedard and Andy Clarke

As much as I like Andy Clarke’s art, and as much as this title has started off well, there is a big problem with the way future characters have made their way into DC’s past. Getorix and Tribulus are a prototype Tharok and Validus from the Fatal Five, as if having a female Persuader over in Terror Titans wasn’t revolting enough. DC, please please please, have your writers stop raiding the good ideas from past writers and invent some new villains. These precursor rip-offs take away from the status and importance of the originals in the future.

Seriously. They were pushing things as it was with L.E.G.I.O.N. for the heroes, by taking Legion concepts and casting them in the past. By also dropping villain templates into the mix, they are seriously distorting things, and diminishing their rich stories. They are also creating a repetitious situation. I mean, who really wants to see a proto-Legion battle a proto-Fatal Five?!?! I’d rather go pick up the original books and read them again.

That rant aside, the sequence of events, the art, and Brainiac’s machinations were all great. He goes against Brainiac Five’s advice, and continues to be… well, basically a bastard, confident in what he wants, and much more willing to do things that a human might not desire. This helps to capture his essence from the old L.E.G.I.O.N. title perfectly. If they can keep from ripping off too many villains from the future, and put a good enough twist on this proto-Legion idea, this will be a good book. Despite my reservations of the concepts they are mucking with, the actual read was good.
Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.

Action Comics #875 - I too enjoyed the art work tho I'm left scratching my head. Don't have the issue in front of me but I swore there was some dialog that suggested the sleepers have been on Earth for "18 months". Say what now? When did this happen?

The "aging" character - a lazy writer concept that I loathe - still does not register with me and if he died tomorrow I wouldn't miss him. I hope DC isn't planning on doing with him what I think they are planning. Flamebird also needs a whole lot more fleshing out.

GLC #34 - Overall a pretty good issue but it does fall short in a few places. Don't know about you but I felt the Sodam/Mom scene was way too wordy though the final panels packed a punch. Too bad Arisa had absolutely no characterization to work with.

I also felt the *yawn* fight between Mongul and Arkillo was difficult to enjoy because the art seemed, I dunno, too detailed. It lost perspective or something. Maybe it's the colors. I noticed it more in the Guy scenes when it seemed every single panel was drawn from a dramatic angle and seemed to chop off everyone's heads/arms/etc. Plus Kilowog's dialog was off (too hipster?).

I agree with you totally about the Kyle/Soranik love interest. Completely rushed with a feeling of manifest destiny. Hopefully it's on purpose (and not the product of bad writing) and that it gets explored as the story unfolds. Decent ending too.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #2 - Agree 100%. Hate this fabricated premise. Plus I find nothing worth rooting for in Vril Dox. At least in the old book, he was all for taking down criminals even if he did do so with his own brand of justice. Here he's just after what he wants and I'm not caring all that much if he gets it. In fact it seems like he deserved to loose his lofty station. The ending was odd but did make me chuckle for some reason. And when did Kara go platinum blonde?

-- Posted by: David at March 18, 2009 5:12 PM