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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part 2

Brightest Day 2

by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, and Joe Prado

First, I have to say it’s a real treat to see David Finch come over to DC and give his impression of the DC characters. The cover alone should be enough to convince you to pick it up. Inside, we have a team effort of writers and artists as we visit each of the reborn characters, and start in on the mystery of, “Why them?”

The Atom tries to help out Firestorm, but there’s another presence creating trouble. Is it Hector Hammond? The resulting chaos can result in almost any combination to make up Firestorm next. It’s a nice change just to see people using Firestorm again, one of the best characters to come along in ages. The hoops they’re running him through now are great precisely because the old rule book seems to have been tossed out the window, leaving us to wonder exactly what will happen next.

A familiar theme runs throughout, as J’onn J’onzz’ nemesis comes out of hiding, just as Hawkman and Hawkwoman declare war on Hath-Set, and we know Black Manta put on his suit to go after Aquaman and Mera. Given that the cast of characters is so large, and you can only spotlight so many of them per episode, it’s a good idea they had to put out two issues a month.

Meanwhile, Boston Brand, aka Lifeman, is now being teleported around like Pariah used to be, going wherever the “need” is greatest. Is it going to be a problem, that Geoff Johns simply cannot leave the themes from Crisis on Infinite Earths alone? Because Lifeman ends up in front of the Anti-Monitor, in an awesome final page, and after Infinite Crisis, the Sinestro War, and Blackest Night, you’d think Johns had used Ol’ Glowy Eyes enough by now, but nope.

The regular curmudgeons will complain about the lack of answers, but I’m guessing most, if not all, will be revealed by the time this series is done. The art is great, and the opening so far is good enough to keep me coming back for more.

DCU: Legacies 1

by Len Wein, Scott Kolins, and Andy Kubert

As if Scott Kolins wasn’t a big enough name to get you to try out a series, we get Andy Kubert inked by his father, Joe Kubert (and I have a killer piece by the elder of Sgt. Rock hanging up on my wall, so no, I’m not impartial!). Somewhat reminiscent of Marvels, when Kurt Busiek took us on a journey to the past via another person’s eyes, this first issue introduces us to Paul Lincoln, a young street tough who got to witness the very beginnings of the golden age of super-heroes. But where he took it as a sign to go straight, his pal Jimmy seems to want to keep going down the wrong path.

This introduction sets the stage, ending on the first official meeting of the JSA, and they have a second feature, also by Len Wein, with killer art by J.G. Jones. Little vignettes of Dr. Fate and the Spectre, as revealed by Scott “Scoop” Scanlon, a skeptic. For those who have always had a soft spot for the golden oldies, this is a gem of a series, I‘ll tell you right now. For those who don’t know much of history for these characters, all I can say is give it three or four issues; it deserves a chance.

Legion of Super-Heroes 1

by Paul Levitz and Wayne Faucher

Levitz steps in to pick up right where Geoff Johns and others laid a good new foundation. Sort of like the newest Star Trek movie, we get the best of both worlds: a new direction that follows some of the best cast, without ignoring the most essential parts of previous continuity. The more recent adventures all took place, and the xenophobe Earth-Man gets a spot on the Legion team as a condition of allowing them to retain their HQ on Earth.

We start with about eight Legionnaires, and get to see Earth-Man given a flight ring. We also get to see one of the dumbest moves in a long time, as the idiot skeptic scientists who finally get a working time viewer decide to try to witness the beginning of all creation. Because evidently the disaster caused by Krona wasn’t publicized well enough, and nobody thought to build in a safeguard to prevent against it. This awakens some latent instructions from the old Guardians, and Sodam Yat sees an alien called Dyogene appear and take off with a power ring.

But wait, there’s more! As time and space fall apart due tot the tinkering with time, Saturn Girl’s twins disappear, so she takes the only functional time sphere just when Brainiac 5 wants it. Then, the planet where the time viewer was installed blows up. That’s Saturn Girl’s homewrold, Titan! Dyogene appears and bestows the Green Lantern ring to… Earth-Man? Who just got his Legion flight ring! The art is good, the action is non-stop, and the intrigue is high.

War of the Supermen 3

by James Robinson, Sterling Gates, and Cafu

It’s the end of Nightwing and Flamebird, as Flamebird sacrifices herself to take out the false Rao, and convert the red sun back to its regular status. That saves Superman and Supergirl, but not every Kryptonian survived those moments in space without their powers. Zod’s forces cause incredible damage on Earth and its inhabitants, showing us some heroes victorious in skirmishes, while others are defeated, and possibly dead.

Supergirl starts her personal confrontation with Ursa, and Superman stands in the way of Zod as he approaches Metropolis. If memory serves, this is actually some of the best art I’ve seen credited to Cafu, ever. The one cheap part of the story is where the Nightwing saves Chris, I think by knocking him back into the Phantom Zone. It seems really arbitrary as a way to save the character, when the whole prophecy about the two was that they were both doomed lovers. Aside from that, I am enjoying this entire “war.”

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