Thursday, June 3, 2010

This Week's Comic Stack 6/3/10

A fairly light week....

The Good:
  • Brightest Day #3- I'd pick any other color Lantern than white [okay, maybe not orange or black] damn thing is worse than a Magic 8 Ball. Not only does it give you cryptic answers when asked questions, it throws you into situations you're unprepared for. [Sounds like the entity behind the White Lantern Ring is Jacob from Lost] Deadman found that out the hard way as he wound up fighting the Anti-Monitor. Aquaman tried to get a handle on his summon the DEAD sea life powers, Ronnie and Jason were told they could never become Firestorm again (unless they wanted to be a nuclear bomb) and the Hawks found Hath-Set building a gateway to somewhere with their bones, all of their previous bodies bones. Oh, and Martian Manhunter trailed the murder of the family from last issue by talking to a dog. Strange, but compelling.
  • The Thanos Imperative #1- The Kree/Inhuman and Sh'iar fleets were overwhelmed by the invading Cancerverse, while the Guardians of the Galaxy dealt with a revived Thanos and the evil Revengers attacked the Nova Corps taking Namorita captive. Talk about epic! Next issue looks like it's twice as epic from the the Silver Surfer, Galactus and the Celestials show up! This book is four or five different titles that have been crammed into one!
  • Superman/Batman Annual #4- Paul Levitz writes this "preview" of sorts to the new Batman Beyond series. This issue dealt with the absence of Superman after the events of the JLU episode of the TV series. Levitz got the voice of each character down...and had a real good story. However, it was a little offputting seeing the animated characters drawn realistically, or at least in a style more like the regular DCU. Not bad, just strange. Which also made me think about whether DC wants to have it's cake and eat it too. Clearly Clark and Lois never married in this timeline/universe, yet references to stories that happened in the DCU proper were shown and as mentioned before it refers to the TV series as well. I am excited about the new comic series, but can't figure out if it's a continuation of the TV show, one of the 52 Earths or the official future. BTW I'd be fine with either one of those.
  • Adventure Comics #12- Paul Levitz again...This was a nice retelling or should I say "between the pages" story of Clark as Superboy touring the future Metropolis. I liked how there was a great blend of Silver Age and modern storytelling. It felt like a Silver Age story (Superboy plays baseball, it's him vs. Legion) yet with modern storytelling and dialogue. Apparently many of these Superboy and LSH "rediscovered" adventures are going to influence or be built upon in the Legion title

The Alright:

  • Torch #8- The series kinda ended the way I knew it had to, so it was kind of anti-climatic. I was more excited by the coming soon teaser page at the end. IN SEPTEMBER... THE INVADERS..with Captain America(Bucky), Captain America (Steve), Namor, Torch, Toro, Spitfire, Union Jack and Vision(Golden Age?) I guess it's from the same creative team...but, oh....I would love a Brubaker writing this title.
  • Red Hood: Lost Days #1- This is the history of the not dead Jason Todd before he showed up as the new Red Hood. Winick is hit or miss with me, usually. However this issue had enough in it to keep me until next issue, but didn't blow me away. Interesting the use of Talia and Ra's here given what is going on with Damian and Batman now.
  • The Stand: Hardcases #1- This issue focuses on the pyromaniac Trashman's journey to meet the Dark Man in Las Vegas. The creative team continues their level of work in adapting King's epic novel. Unlike a novel, once finished with an issue there is a months wait for the next issue. Which really gets in the way of the story. Comics (hero) are structured for serialization, not novels. So, while one issue of a comic will take a reader far along in the story an adaptation of a novel goes a lot less further. And that's the problem I'm discovering that is popping up with the Stand series.

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