Back To The Future Part IV? No, but the theme of the books this week is definitely the past and present colliding.
Nightwing has to face up to his life in Spyral.
Cain and Abel have to face their beginnings.
Cyborg realises his past has been a series of manipulations… by a blind jazz singer.
The Justice League children decide to alter time to save the future.
Green Arrow is trying to repair his past mistakes.
Harley and Oswald dissolve their past resolutions.
The Green Lanterns must ensure the survival of the Corps in the present with the aid of heroes from the past.
A tenuous link to the theme but the Injustice team must save the children because… well, they are our future. Where you’re going is into some of the best books of the week and you don’t need roads…
Join me on my look into the DC Universe this week!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #28
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artists: Fernando Pasarin & Batt
As the youthful visitors settle into the present with their ‘new’ families, each of the Justice League members struggle with the potentially damaging information they are told about their future. The heroes hearts are broken one by one as they realise they caused the horrifying future their children had to live in.
It all goes back to The Kindred and how they handled that battle. When Cube overhears Wonder Woman confessing her sins in The Watchtower, the children realise their future can be rewritten by destroying the present.
Bryan Hitch’s run on Justice League has been a strange one. It has been a series of short arcs that seemingly went nowhere and had no impact on the heroes despite promising premise. That isn’t to say they weren’t good stories. They were very entertaining but they seemed removed from continuity. Then this story links the appearance of The Kindred early in the run and all the hints through the other arcs begin to make sense.
This arc is an interesting one and the dramatic moments with Mera, the Lantern children and Hunter are all just as I had pictured them. The art compliments the writing and as this story heads to its ending I find myself saddened that I didn’t appreciate the run more as it went along.
INJUSTICE 2 #9
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran
A presidential address splits the focus of Batman’s team.
While Black Lightning, Aqualad and Steel (Natasha) keep a watchful eye on proceedings in Washington, the other half of the team plot to rescue the captive children.
Batgirl leads a squad that includes, Poison Ivy, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Wildcat, Blue Beetle, Plastic Man and Plastic Man Jr. on a jungle assault against Ra’s Al Ghul’s Suicide Squad. Animal Man and Damian meanwhile, question their loyalties as Batgirl’s team gets closer and closer to their goal.
Battle lines are drawn and lives are at stake. Who will win?
Some surprise cameos this issue but not much development in characterisation.
The storyline continues to expand upon the groundwork laid out in the game and crafting a bigger story.
I love seeing Plas, Natasha Irons and Animal Man in action and seeing this not be an adaptation makes every issue a surprise with Taylor’s trademark twists.
A must for fans of the game. A must for lovers of the DC Universe.
HARLEY QUINN #27
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Harley’s fight club is under threat.
No more fun and games as her Coney Island base is in the clutches of an icy, slippery grip…
When last they met, the Penguin and Harley Quinn were forced into an uneasy truce. That is about to change as the Penguin seeks to expand his criminal empire.
With Harley about to run for office, she can’t afford the bad press and calls in the help of an old flame.
Will the mischievous plot succeed or will Oswald Cobblepot finally best Harley?
A really enjoyable issue and Tieri never disappoints to be honest.
The fight club was great fun and led nicely into the conflict with Cobblepot.
My problem with the story is it’s timing. After last issue it seems odd that we would suddenly change direction away from the election despite the last five issues leading up to that very point in time. The cameo from Harley’s ‘friend’ was brilliant and very creative! Definitely took me by surprise!
GREEN LANTERNS #30
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Carlo Barberi
The Guardians Of The Universe are trapped, fearing for their lives.
Prisoners of Volthoom, the guardians pray for a miracle and they get one, in the form of Jessica, Simon and their new friends.
Volthoom is unprepared to use his powers to their fullest extent, allowing his emotions to rule him, but that doesn’t make him any less deadly.
As Jessica forces a battle and lanterns begin to fall, Simon is suddenly selected to be a Green Lantern over and over again as literally all the rings select him as their bearer.
Volthoom wants the power of the rings and now, finally, his wish will be granted, but not in surrender… Simon & Jessica have other plans.
The scene where Simon is selected as a ring bearer, multiple times was fantastic.
The whole issue, especially the art were as explosive as they should be, considering the high stakes. There is a lot going on this issue, so much of the story is swallowed up by the epic action sequences, however given the pacing as of late in the book there is no harm in letting the action take the lead.
Humphries is working hard to make Simon and Jessica compelling to read.
GREEN ARROW #30
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Time and time again Oliver Queen has had to prove himself.
Green Arrow had a bad reputation of his own making and during his road trip he’s been forced to rethink his role as a vigilante.
The Ninth Circle has lead him across america and directly into the path of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, Lex Luthor & Superman.
Each hero has shaped and influenced Ollie in their own way but across the multiverse there are two heroes who are inextricably linked, the ring-slinger and the archer.
It was only a matter of time before Ollie and Hal Jordan would meet but it is a mutual enemy that has forced them together.
The Circle has been hiding something in space, a sinister operation orbiting the dark side of the moon.
With an uneasy alliance, the two heroes infiltrate the base, meanwhile back on earth, Black Canary and Emi edge ever closer to solving a mystery of their own.
I’ve always loved stories where Green Arrow and Green Lantern work together and this issue is no different, thought it is definitely the weakest of the ‘Road Trip’ stories to date.
Both characters clashing verbally and then teaming for a common goal, it just feels ‘right’. I feel the art and colouring could have been a little more focused. I appreciate the pacing but considering the amount of action in Green Lanterns and what Barberi was able to achieve, I felt several of the pages were a little lacking in impact. The cover was stunning – it really packed a punch.
Writer: John Semper Jr.
Artists: Allan Jefferson & Will Conrad
World’s collide as Cyborg comes face to face with his doppelganger.
This Cyborg is a bitter, twisted and broken version of the Victor Stone that we know and only one of them will survive their encounter.
Elsewhere, Elinore Stone has inadvertently brought both versions of Anomaly together and her mistake proves deadly as they hatch a plan to end the Stone family together.
Vic makes a shocking discovery about a certain jazz musician that puts everything into perspective.
Could the digiverse hold the key?
Every read a comic where it slowly but well and truly jumps the shark?
This is it. Have you been following this from the beginning? It’s like a telenovela.
It has had some highs and some lows, but its always been a curiousity.
The alternate earth, the Otac virus, the rats, Ixxy, they’ve been some great story arcs.
Then suddenly the blind jazz singer comes in to reveal some completely off the wall information and I’m at a loss once more as to what they wanted to do with this title.
Where Justice League‘s weaving together small arcs into a larger tapestry has worked, this issue undoes things for Cyborg that Semper Jr. had been putting together so meticulously. The digiverse angle has me quite disappointed.
SAVAGE THINGS #7
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
It’s a race against time as a Cain and Abel fight on opposing sides.
Their conflict is reflected in the past and present as we learn more about their less than humble beginnings.
Can the bomb be stopped or will the city be obliterated or is the past destined to repeat itself?
That is one way to diffuse a bomb!
Not the usual way but wow, very unexpected.
The rest of the issue played around once more with variations on the same theme. Jordan has been working with these themes for the past seven issues however a loop in the story seems to be occurring as it begins to repeat tropes over and over.
I really like this book but I feel its time to give Cain and Abel a break instead of playing out the same fight every single issue.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Javier Fernandez & Miguel Mendonca
Huntress and the Skullgirls mount a rescue mission to save Nightwing.
Dick meanwhile discovers that his old friend was not who he thought but Mr. Minos in disguise!
Minos is determined to break the former Spyral agent and discover all the secrets locked in his mind.
Can Helena save Dick or will Nightwing succumb to Mr. Minos?
The build up was better.
I bought into the story from the outset but this finale lacked any of the charm and finesse that the other issues did.
I’m glad Mr. Minos has finally gone and the revelations of his past were interesting. I was not sympathetic to him however, his past actions influenced me.
I admit also that the art was not to my liking. The style was not one I felt fit this story arc.