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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part 2

Now for the least attractive Blackest Night tie-ins.

Justice League of America 40

by James Robinson and Mark Bagley

Steel and Vibe try their best to get under the skin of Vixen and Gypsy, but too much of the story is dumping on the Detroit-era League. Believe it or not, I actually liked the art from that period, and even if the stories weren’t the best, they were very entertaining to me when I was younger. Robinson could have tried harder, but mostly it comes across as, “You were in Detroit? You’re lame!” The original Dr. Light goes up against Hoshi, but Arthur seems to know all the intimate details of Kimiyo’s life. I thought the rings only downloaded the memory of the lifeless husk itself. Maybe someone can tell me where I got this wrong, but it seems to me Robinson has made a big mistake in allowing Arthur to know all of Kimiyo’s deepest fears. He was never in a position to know those when he was alive.

Even the coloring that shows the different emotions is “off,” proving to be more of a childish blend than providing the stark contrast effect we have seen in most other comics. There are other inconsistencies too, as Red tornado’s body parts never stay in the same place on the floor; each time they are in a different position. Regardless of whether anyone got close to him, I suppose you could say they kicked his feet and hands around the ground as they fought, but the truth is that Robinson isn’t thinking hard for this, and Bagley is following stage directions without maintaining his own integrity and consistency on the art.

Outsiders 25

by Peter Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin and Derec Donovan

For a change, this issue actually improves a little. Tara Markov gets all the emotions in the Outsiders up to a nice juicy temptation and then goes in for the kill. Even Owlman, looking pessimistic with his arms folded, shows up as hopeful to Terra. Katana and company triumph with the help of Halo’s powers.

The fight with Terra gets a little absurd, as Metamorpho should be able to transform into a gas and evade all the dirt. Plus, you can really tell when Donovan takes over on the art, and the quality takes a dive. Grammar errors also piss me off here, and the creative team tries to use the last page to wrap up their run on the title. I give them a “C,” which means it’s not quite worth the $3.99 they are charging for it. Yikes, next we get to see how Didio writes these guys…

Supergirl 48

by Sterling Gates and Fernando Dagnino

Lana Lang admits she has an incurable disease, but Supergirl gets sidetracked a little from that as Inspector Henderson asks for her help to find the Silver Banshee. Dagnino offers solid stuff that kicks into high gear when Henderson reveals he has one of the artifacts that the Silver Banshee is after, and it’s inside him now! Supergirl grabs one of the artifacts and ends up transformed, seemingly possessed by yet another banshee. The Super-banshee looks really cool on the final page.

There isn’t much here tying into the World Against Superman saga for a change, but that’s not a problem. The surrounding atmosphere is consistent, and the story, though simple, is still entertaining. Sterling Gates has a firm handle on this character, and to my surprise, is maintaining his momentum to keep us captivated.

Superman/Batman 67

by Scott Kolins

Kolins has fun with a bunch of monsters as we conclude the Blackest Night tie-in. The story is fairly simple, with Frankenstein, Man-Bat, Solomon Grundy, and Bizarro all involved in the give-and-take. In the end, Bizarro throws Grundy into the sun, as if we haven’t had too many comics end that way the last few years. There’s not much here to recommend.

Next issue begins the new direction, a sort of in-continuity romp through time, much like the mini-series at Marvel lately, where we go back to some event and see it from a different viewpoint, or get additional little stories that have not been revealed until now. I’ll reserve judgment until I see it, but this is one title that might be better served to go on hiatus until Batman and Superman are actually free to star in the (censored) title!

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