Time travel seems to be a theme this issue to varying degrees of success, for example Green Lantern & Cyborg are reinvigorated by it, but an editorial oversight spoilt Justice League. Everafter was superb, worthy of a journey to television for sure. Pick up the back issues if you can.
Over in Green Arrow, Ollie proves there is life beyond Star City in his team-up road trip storyline. Savage Things and Injustice 2 made sure that the element of surprise was a way to breath new life into their books. Nightwing, meanwhile, uses this week as an opportunity to change things up by embracing the past.
Looks like its time to start new adventures! This is my look into the DC Universe this week!
EVERAFTER FROM PAGES OF FABLES #12
Writers: Dave Justus & Lilah Sturges
Artist: Travis Moore
Every story has an ending and Everafter is no different.
As Texas becomes the battleground for the Shadow Players, loyalties come into question and a final battle begins.
Feathertop tries to finally lay the crisis at the school to rest. He brings in to Bobby reveal the fate of the students of the horrific siege.
There is little time for respite as Speckland is now a Fable. The balance of power shifts dramatically and the future is uncertain.
The team of Players gather for another mission but will everyone get their ‘Happily Ever After?’
A satisfying end to the series. Everafter has had a groundbreaking and controversial run and this issue was no different, even the art was stylistically breathtaking and up front.
I never read Fables, but I think I shall have to pick up the trade paperbacks because if this is the spin off it definitely deserves attention.
I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we see of the Shadow Players and as this series ends on a cliffhanger its left me really hungry for more.
Justus, Sturges and Moore have delivered a brilliant conclusion and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
GREEN ARROW #28
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Oliver wastes no time infiltrating the Lexcorp building seeking confirmation of the Ninth Circle in Metropolis. Lex humours Ollie before revealing he snubbed their offers of business and misinterprets the visit as a request for money.
Meanwhile, Superman has his hands full as citizens of the Big Apricot begin attempting suicide.
Lex discovers the Ninth Circle are taking revenge on his finances after he rebuffed their offer. The Circle have also launched a cyber attack that has exposed all the secrets of the Lexcorp staff.
As Superman and Green Arrow race to save the citizens, Lex locates and repurposes the malware planted by the Ninth Circle.
The trio of heroes save the day and end up bolstering public opinion of Lexcorp. The trail has gone cold and Ollie learns his next stop is Gotham City!
This was an unexpected gem. I fully expected the issue to focus on Oliver Queen, instead we had a unique look into Lex Luthor and his analysis of people.
I liked the link to Sherlock Holmes and seeing the machinations of the Ninth Circle taking on the ‘greatest criminal mastermind of our time’ and winning, at least for a while.
The ending was schmaltzy and completely out of character for the title but as it was in Superman’s city and was a story about hope, happiness and optimism it worked extremely well. With Gotham being Ollie’s next visit and Bruce being so similar to Ollie, it will be fun to see how that mirrors this issue.
GREEN LANTERNS #28
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Eduardo Pansica
The first of the Green Lanterns have arrived! Brill of Grenda, Kaja Dox of Yod-Colu, Alitha of Galactica, Z’Kran Z’Kran of Mars, Jan-Al of Krypton, Tyran-R of Tamaran and Calleen of the Elemental Cosmos. The power of the green spectrum flows through them but they have no discipline or training.
The newly gifted protectors of the universe quickly fight amongst themselves and display deep selfishness, even as Jessica and Simon offer to tutor them, they abuse their new powers.
The safeguards built into the modern rings don’t exist in this time and with their lack of control one of their number suffers a terrible fate. Baz and Cruz may be newly graduated but they are the only Lanterns that know how to use the rings.
Like it or not they must form the Green Lantern Corps to survive.
Meanwhile Volthoom tracks down his Lantern but if he gets his hands on it the universe is doomed!
I really disliked the Volthoom storyline and the fact that both Simon and Jessica are constantly written to some dated stereotypes. I find this strange as they were created to bring some diversity to the human members of the Corps. I’m not saying that to knock the work on this series, it is something I’ve noticed across the DC Universe.
To see Simon and Jessica step up and offer to train the new Lanterns shows a shift in characterizations and suddenly this arc has become interesting. It was also interesting to see these seven new characters bringing seven (sorry six) new angles to the story. Is Simon going to take an ancient ring? With it not having safeguards does this mean it might be a more powerful weapon in the present day?
SAVAGE THINGS #6
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
As we look back into the lives of Cain and Abel and what led to their first kill. We learn that neither of them is innocent and Cain wasn’t the monster we were led to believe, at least in the beginning. Twenty-five years later, in the modern day as Black Forest goes up against Kira and Abel they edge ever closer to capturing Cain.
As New York reels from the devastation wrought by the attacks, they discover by telecast, the horror of Cain’s true plan.
I never believed one brother was more innocent that the other but I wasn’t prepared to see Abel being the influence that set Cain onto his dark journey.
The plot with the adult Cain’s dark plan gains far more gravitas with the flashbacks.
Cain and Abel are two very psychologically damaged individuals and with each passing issue it becomes ever more apparent.
We are fast approaching a conclusion to this conflict, but I wonder where the book will go after the inevitable final battle.
INJUSTICE 2 #7
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Ted Kord is dead.
Batman and the team are reeling from their loss and the funeral forces Jaime Reyes to make a decision about his future.
Ollie and Dinah prepare to tie the knot but as with any wedding, nothing goes smoothly.
In this case, a supervillain attack by Ra’s Al Ghul’s Suicide Squad appear and kidnap the children of the heroes. Bruce arrives in Wayne Manor to find Damian stealing the body of a family member.
Blindsided, Bruce is left battered and bruised as Damian escapes with the body for nefarious purposes…
The series is seriously off-book. Everytime you think you know where it’s going, especially in relation to the game’s storyline, it suddenly mixes things up.
The plot to kidnap the children of the heroes to force their hand was not something I could predict. The superhero wedding not going smoothly was a prerequisite but Ra’s plan was definitely an inspired move. The surprises didn’t end there with Damian and the exhumation finalising the one-two punch.
I thought I would be reading something closer to an adaptation to the game, but what we have is so much more. Taylor obviously has a master plan.
Writer: John Semper Jr
Artist: Cliff Richards & Will Conrad
The cure to the OTAC virus lies within Cyborg, but not the one we know.
Vic’s mother on this earth heads the resistance and shows the team of rebels a video of Silas giving the location of the cure.
Unfortunately ‘Cyborg-2’ fell in battle against the OTAC forces and was assimilated for their cause. Refusing to admit defeat Cyborg, Exxy, Beast Boy and Variant race to track down
Cyborg-2’s and come up against Doc Magnus’ Metal Men. All seems lost and then a holographic message from Cyborg-2 ensures it.
Mirror Match? After all this time, I honestly thought this story was running out of steam but then something as simple as a mirror match reels me back in. I saw it first on Superman III and then years after in video games.
The dystopian future has been done to death but the addition of Beast Boy and the Metal Men piqued my interest. How this alternate timeline fits in with the OTAC plot in our timeline remains to be seen but this is a nice diversion, the equivalent of a decent double espresso.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #26
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Fernando Pasarin
The future is lost. Sovereign an armoured villain rules a dystopian future. She dethroned the Gods of Olympus and stole their powers laying waste to the earth.
The children of the League are all that’s left and their vain hope of reaching a time travel device. Aquaman attacks them on their quest, he is now known as Curry, half Atlantean, half the salvaged body parts of Cyborg and sporting a black lantern ring, he is Sovereign’s man-at-arms.
Barely making it to the portal in the old Infinity base, the youths arrive in the present and come face to face with their parents.
Can the Justice League fix their mistakes in time or damn their children to a fate worse than death?
The concept is solid. The concept is fun.
The hindrance is that aside from hints and the odd namedrop, by the end of the issue we’re still guessing who these children of the League actually are.
Is that Jon Kent? If it is then why is he wearing both Wonder Woman and Superman’s costume remnants? A roll call could have genuinely increased the enjoyment of the issue. In fact this was the first time in a while (since the Molly storyline) that I wholeheartedly enjoyed Justice League.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javier Fernandez
As Dick mourns the death of Brendan ‘Giz’ Li his head is all over the place, so the last thing he needs is a visit from Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress.
Helena promises that she is only in town to help Nightwing investigate Li’s murder and though he appreciates the assistance, Dick can’t shake the feeling Helena has an ulterior motive. As the two heroes hunt down links to the mafia and a man named Dracul, Pigeon and Defacer struggle with going straight or turning back to crime.
Dick and Helena expose a mafia fronted fight club in their hunt for Dracul but find him too late. A ‘deathbed’ recording reveals he was an undercover Spyral agent and now Nightwing & Huntress must face their past – or die.
Spyral and Grayson have been a giant elephant in the room since Rebirth.
Huntress being over in Birds Of Prey and residing in a different city helped alleviate matters. Now their past has caught up with them and it is great to see the acknowledgement being made in a bigger storyline. I wonder if they’ll go ‘full on spy’ for this adventure? I wish that Mikel Janin was back to bring things to life as the art seemed almost sketch-like in execution. It does feel good that the book is consciously taking a new direction.