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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part Two

Batman: Battle for the Cowl: the Underground 1

by Chris Yost and Pablo Raimondi

I was about to pass this one up, but the combination of Yost and Raimondi made me stop and look. Raimondi’s efforts gave each character a distinctive look, and visually it was fun. The linkages in the story felt slightly forced, as this one-shot serves as a starting point for the new Gotham City Sirens series coming out with Harley, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. The scene between Jason Todd and Catwoman was probably one of the best. If you have an extra three bucks, check it out.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds 4

by Geoff Johns and George Perez

Oh my goodness, does anyone care anymore? Final Crisis has been over for months. I haven’t looked into the impact on sales, but it is just plain sad at this point; it feels like the next Crisis crossover will be starting before this mini-series can finish!

It’s sad because the story itself is high-action, tying in Starman’s trip to the past, the Lightning Saga in JSA, and a ton of George Perez art which looks as good as ever. I’ve waited a little more than three days to put up the review, so I hope this isn’t ruining things for anyone. Just in case, SPOILERS AHEAD:

Sun Boy returns to action in a big way, Polar Boy gets a fun little spotlight, and Wildfire and Dawnstar share the most tender of moments right at the peak of the action. The big piece, though, is the return of Superboy. That’s right, Conner Kent is back! The Time Trapper also stands revealed as Superboy Prime. The next issue will close things out, and I have to guess that Conner either dies again or remains in the future, since we haven’t seen him pop up in the past yet. I have no idea if the delay in publishing has caused some problems for the Teen Titans book or not. Lateness aside, Perez has a history of lateness, and he has had health problems in the past, so I was going to get this no matter how long it took them to finish. I’m just hoping everyone’s health is okay, and they can finish issue five a tiny bit sooner.

Madame Xanadu 10

by Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley

The Phantom Stranger finally throws aside subtlety and lets Xanadu see more of the bigger picture, but for all of his calmness and reasoning, there is still nothing like a woman scorned. Even his patience is exhausted at her temper tantrum, and the Phantom Stranger throws in the towel. As a result of her inaction, the Spectre is born, and of course she regrets it as soon as it happens. Hadley’s art has maintained the sense of fun, and a simple sense of majesty and fantasy the whole time.

The end of this arc has Xanadu setting up shop, in a form more familiar with what longtime DC readers have seen of her, so perhaps the incident of the Spectre’s “birth” was a necessary step to make her embark on this path. Next up, Michael Kaluta joins the creative team!

Superman/Batman 59

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mike Johnson and Whilce Portacio

In this strange micro-world, Superman has been distorted, and that’s the only reason Portacio’s art comes across okay. It seems like he has lost some skill over the years, and is not at his best. The story is fairly straight-forward, with the two making sure the CPU is taken out for the master part of the program of destruction that is running. The end has statues erected in a place where time flows differently, mirroring the latest Spider-Man adventure with the Fantastic Four over in Marvel. Nothing too exciting this month.

Trinity 48

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

They may look back to normal on the cover, but they’re not inside! All of the various sides are taking on each other, but Batman has set up his plan, and Krona is captured as they use Morgaine’s own spell. Hey, if it worked for the bad guys, why not use the same trick to reverse all the damage?

The second story focuses on the new “trinity” holding Krona captive, and Busiek moves the focus from the regular trinity to make his larger point: the big three are important, but what’s really important is the ideals they represent. Just as important, the ideals can be present in anyone, and that translates into this: any one person has the potential to do great things if they stay true to their ideals. It may sound a little television afternoon special, and it may make the big three appear a little smaller, after all of the focus on showing their importance, but it does give you hope for the rest of humanity. Not bad for a funny book, huh?

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