What a turbulent week. There is no other way to describe it.
The books you’d expect to be delivering high calibre work have either amazing writing or amazing art, if you are expecting both, you’ll be disappointed. Superman and Green Arrow come close, but perhaps the shock best this week is Teen Titans GO!
I bet you weren’t ready for that choice!
Well, this is my look into the DC Universe this week, get ready!
GREEN LANTERNS #33
Work Release: Part 1
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Eduardo Pansica & Julio Ferreira
Simon and Jessica are charged with the rescue of a race of subterranean beings before their sun goes supernova.
After all their recent trials this mission should be a simple one, however recent developments in their private lives are clouding their abilities to control their will power.
In addition to being intergalactic police, these two heroes are being forced to get day jobs!
To start, this issue has some of the most stunning layout work. The art team has outdone itself. Everything from the linework to the lush colour palette has a high attention to detail paid to it.
The writing for me is where it stumbles, but that is not the fault of Seeley. The main cast as human beings has had little to no time spent on them and the new creative team is having to pick up the slack.
I hope it finds a balance and if the writing finds it feet just as the art has done we are in for a treat!
GREEN ARROW #33
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Green Arrow may have returned to Star City a hero, but Oliver Queen has drama of his own.
Moira Queen swore to lead the Ninth Circle to victory, but her son ensured their failure and unknowingly put a price on his mother’s head.
Shado is charged with Moira’s assassination and only the Emerald Archer stands in her way.
After such an exhausting journey to redeem himself as a hero and a man, it is nice to see Ollie and Dinah spending at least some of his return relaxing.
The story cannot just be about him enjoying a ‘happy ever after’, so of course the creative has to twist the knife.
The wound cuts deep as we see the return of Robert Queen’s former lovers.
The mother of all stories, quite literally!
Dark Destiny: Part 3
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: V Ken Marion & Sandu Floria
While the possessed Superman tackles his friends, more of the heroes and villains begin succumbing to the evil influence of the Pit’s magic.
Circe and her true motivation for using the Pandora Pits comes to light.
A wounded Constantine manages to use Zatanna to turn the tide in their favour, but Circe still has some malevolent sorcery on hand and makes a sacrifice that changes everything.
The ingredients are there but for whatever reason I’m rapidly falling out of love with this story.
The revelation of Circe’s plan has spoilt it for me as the story has become something entirely different.
As the saying goes ‘that isn’t why I bought the ticket,’ and this isn’t a Dark Trinity story anymore.
The art is energetic and tries to fill the gap but I think I’m already jaded by the writing.
I hope the book can redeem itself after the change in direction.
The World Stops
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Wally West has suffered a fatal heart attack and fallen before Psimon and his villainous friends.
In a blind rage the Titans fight their enemies while the Kid Flash of this Earth races to save his ‘twin’. Both sides are evenly matched even when Psimon recruits more villains to the fight.
A portal opens and someone nobody ever expected steps out… are they friend? foe? Amongst the madness can a Wally still be saved or is he truly gone?
Coming in mid-story is difficult as there is no recap to speak of. There are reactions from each of the cast but we don’t know why Wally has fallen, we don’t know why Psimon is attacking nor how he is amassing so many villains. I want to know, as from what I’m reading the story seems like it is midway through something really big for the Titans.
The monologues only give reactions to events and not back story so I’m just able to review reactions, so I apologise for that. The art team does some fantastic work with the fight scenes but by the end of the issue I am as bewildered as Donna Troy.
TEEN TITANS GO #24
Writers: Ivan Cohen,
Artists: Marcelo Dichiara
To operate as a super team the Teen Titans must register a licence.
The licence arrives but there is a mistake that means they are no longer the Teen Titans!
From this day forth they are the TEN Titans!
To continue as a team that means recruiting new members but that proves more difficult than they ever imagined. Will they still be heroes if their license is revoked?
A quirky, comedic story that would fit perfecting into the series. It translates well to the page and if you’re a fan of the comic you’re sure to enjoy it.
The art is on point and the humour in exactly the right places.
I might even give the cartoon a go after this.
Imperius Lex Part 1: The Super Man Who Would Be King
Writers: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Artists: Doug Manhke & Jaime Mendoza
Lex is finally turning the tide of public opinion in his favour. He is now seen as every bit the hero as Superman is.
Of course he could never have risen to that level without his Apokoliptian technology, but everything comes at a price. Darkseid has fallen from grace and Apokolips craves a new leader to lead it into the next age.
Who better that the greatest criminal mind of our time?
Lex as a good guy has always been a difficult pill to swallow, but I found this issue to be quite the revelation into his human side.
There is still the edge of competitiveness with Superman, but Luthor genuinely seems to be a good guy.
To turn the tables and make him a victim after achieving his goals is a twist and I am not sure how Superman will deal with what is in store for Lex after his nemesis’ abduction.
This issue’s cover is the single most amazing piece of art DC published this week. I am not kidding.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #31
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Andy Owens, Oclair Albert
The darkness is overtaking everything.
The influence of its evil is clouding the minds of both generations of the Justice League. Sovereign is finally revealed but with her ties to Wonder Woman, perhaps the prophecy has a new twist that could save the past, the present and the future!
If the Darkness isn’t defeated, neither side will win, but to win all warring sides must band together.
All the threads in Hitch’s writing are finally coming together.
I was brought up a child of the Back To The Future and Terminator franchises. i.e. ‘the future is not yet written’ and though this cements the children as definitive, I doubt that will last.
Their adventure has run its course and the revelation of Sovereign, meant an twist that really had no right answer, especially for Diana.
The story was powerful, enjoyable, unexpected and an evolution for the characters that meant I’ll definitely remember it for years to come but I’ll be glad to see a new direction for the League.
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Fernando Blanco
Batwoman is stranded in the Sahara under the influence of a hallucinogen.
As the visions begin to manifest in giant monsters and stories of the past involving Kate’s father, Jacob and her lover Safiyah, Batwoman realises she is captive of the villain Colony Prime.
Worse is in store as the visions increase in terror and Scarecrow reveals himself the master of the dreamscape, Wonderland!
Remember I mentioned that flashbacks were the weakness of this book?
Imagine an issue where we have flashbacks mixed in with bizarre visions and giant monsters.
This is that issue.
The monsters were the best part, as was the confrontation with Prime, the rest of the book was a series of falls.
I can appreciate this is a middle chapter and there is more to come, but for the love of all that is holy, let Kate live in the present.
Wallowing in the past is making Kate Kane incredibly dull.
SUPER SONS #9
Planet of The Capes Part 4: It’s a Madnouse!
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artists: Jorge Jimenez & Carmine Di Giandomenico
Ygarddis, the living planet is continually sending his clay forces against the heroes but are the girls who they seem?
As Robin and Superboy track down Kraklow from their universe he reveals something about the girls that terrifies them.
The heroes, join forces with Kraklow and plot to seal the portal forever so Ygarddis cannot follow.
Can the sorcerer redeem himself? It seems so as they overcome the planet and are able to save it from destruction.
The boys inspire a legacy in the world they leave behind as it truly becomes a planet of the capes.
Madhouse is right. If you wanted a finale that makes one iota of sense, this is definitely not it.
Add to the mix a revolving art team back and forth through the story and it really does flip and flop all over the place.
I ended up not enjoying the issue, for much the same reasons as Trinity.
I hope this is a minor bump as Super Sons is one of DC’s best.
Raptor’s Revenger Part 2
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
With a tip from the mob, Dick and Helena take on the villainous Whale Enders gang.
Meanwhile Raptor, exposes Bludhaven’s greatest benefactor as Blockbuster in a very public and violent display.
As Nightwing’s actions turns his friends against him, Dick is losing his edge while Raptor is rising up.
Metahumans in the city are now aiding Raptor and that means Dick has to forge an alliance with the criminal element.
Can he still be a hero after this?
The story has now fleshed out a lot more and as a result is becoming more enjoyable by the turn of a page.
The premise still makes little sense to me given the previous few series arcs and the god awful Metal tie-in that threw out the pacing.
I find the narrative engaging enough to stick around and am excited to see where the book will go next. I hope Nightwing doesn’t abandon Bludhaven!