Ready for shock therapy? This week DC is adamant that it wants to turn our world upside down. There is no shortage of surprises and I think Savage Things and Superman are the most shocking of all.
It is difficult to stay spoiler free with so many twists but one thing is for sure, you’re really going to have a turbulent read!
Welcome to the highlights… and lowlights of the DC Universe this week!
DASTARDLY & MUTTLEY #2 of 6
Part II: And You Ain’t No Friend of Mine
Writer: Garth Ennis
Unstabilium is being spread across America by a mysterious pilot. The strange substance causes outlandish animated effects on anyone it comes into contact with.
On the ground, Captain Mutt Muller has suddenly found himself with the face of an animated dog. Agent Perkins, intent on killing the pilot, is armed with a shotgun able to harm Mutt and deform normal humans.
With Dick Dastardly’s help, the bizarre duo go on the run hoping to find answers to the strange goings on.
When the President does something shocking on international television, Dick and Mutt realise they may have stumbled into a devious plot.
I enjoyed this issue, but the only way to go with these two was up. It was not like Dick and Muttley had much backstory besides chasing a messenger pigeon or pink racecars.
Garth Ennis has taken what little there is and created a zany conspiracy story that is actually quite clever and engaging.
As everything in the book is completely new, there is nothing besides the names for fans to latch onto. Unlike the other adaptations of the Hanna Barbera properties, a fresh direction is exactly what is needed.
I think having the art reflective of their animated counterparts and some heavier inking would help the book be more atmospheric. but it is a winner for me.
Singularity Aftermath IV: Cybergeddon
Writer: John Semper Jr.
Artist: Will Conrad
When both Cyborg’s realise they share a love for Variant, they decide to work together to defeat the two versions of Anomaly.
One Anomaly rules the streets with a cybernetic army, while the other holds Variant hostage. The two villains offer an ultimatum to the doppelgangers; a battle to the end, or Variant dies. The red Cyborg and Beast Boy fight on the streets, while silver Cyborg manages to awaken Variant and defeat her captor.
The other Anomaly is met by the blues singer and teleports away, while the other is destroyed forever. The digiverse has been saved, but as the battle returns to our Earth, could it have all been for nothing?
What the heck is up with all the Silver Age style names? If this was my first Cyborg issue I am not sure I could take it seriously.
I’ve been along for the bumpy ride since issue one, so I’m prepared to overlook that. What I’m royally annoyed about is the Cyborg versus Cyborg fight. I was cheated with a ‘Martha moment’ (go watch Batman v Superman).
The art was strong, but I was pretty disappointed by this issue. I hope the pay off is worth it.
GREEN LANTERNS #32
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Scott Godlewski
Simon and Jessica may be back on Earth and fully fledged heroes once more, but there is still much to be done.
The duo throw an unforgettable house party and the Baz family are forced to face their differences once and for all. Are Simon and Jessica finally finding their work/life balance?
If I wanted a soap opera I’d switch on the television.
That being said, after the recent story lines, it is a welcome change of pace to take a breather and look at their supporting cast.
We know next to nothing about Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz as human beings, but unlike Clark Kent for example, very little is explored outside of their heroics. It was great to see the dramatic side, but I hope the title achieves a balance regularly instead of devoting a whole issue to civilian life.
GREEN ARROW #32
Gotham Resistance: Finale (Metal Tie-In)
Writers: Benjamin Percy & Joshua Williamson
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Green Arrow, Robin, Nightwing, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc are battling to save Gotham from the evil forces of ‘The Joker Who Laughs’ and the Dark Multiverse.
When the dark Robin joins the fray, things get much worse, and Damian is badly wounded. In the absence of Batman, it’s up to Ollie to take charge of the rebellion, but he makes a discovery that holds the key to their survival.
Can you tell I hate tie-in comics that disrupt a series? It was a staple of the 90’s and annually in TV’s ‘Arrowverse’, and it is really frustrating that I’ve had to read Teen Titans, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, Batman and Metal to get up to speed. After the superb ‘Hard Travelling Hero’ story-line I was eager to see what was happening in the series with Black Canary, Emi and Star City, instead we have this.
It was beautifully illustrated and if I were more invested in Metals I’m sure the writing would have more gravitas. It was a cool series of action sequences and it was great that Ollie is the one the story pivots on, but let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming please!
Breaking Point: Part 2
Writer: James Bonny
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
After a damaging expose on Deathstroke by Lois Lane, the ace reporter is number one on his hit list. Lois is suspicious as Slade was cooperative during their interview, and they seemed to share a mutual respect for each other.
Superman takes no chances and when Deathstroke attacks he steps in to save Lois repeatedly, much to her chagrin.
As the attacks escalate and the risks to the public and Lois grow, Deathstroke reveals he knows Superman loves Lois. Clark, like Lois, is an investigative reporter and soon realises there is more to the Deathstroke’s attacks than meets the eye.
Wow, what an emotionally exhausting issue.
This is one of those stories fanboys throw around on a regular basis in general conversation. It is not, however, a story that ever comes to fruition.
James Bonny has taken some big risks here. He has made Lois a focal point and pushed Superman beyond his comfort zone, along with the reader. Few writers would dare to do either and the twist at the end?
Could Superman be forced to join a certain team? I’m psyched!
SAVAGE THINGS #8
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Koenig was instrumental in the programme to create Cain & Abel.
When Koenig goes into hiding, protected by a security detail and a panic room, its child’s play for Cain to track him down.
Trapping the old man inside the panic room, Cain wants to seize control of the programme but Abel and Kira are determined to stop the villain in his tracks.
Cain’s methods may be bloodthirsty, but as his motives finally become clear, who is in the ’right’ comes into question.
Koenig has one last trick up his sleeve that makes everything the brothers have been through seem like a mere a drop in the ocean.
It cannot end like this! I just read Superman and my heart can’t take this many shocks!
After so long believing one side of the story to be true, having everything spin 360 degrees was unbelievable. I can’t give much away but this issue was completely unexpected. Jordan and Moustafa deserve an award for this book.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
Legacy: Part 4
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Fernando Pasarin
Wonder Woman has become infected by evil energy from the future.
As the children of the Justice League prepare to kill her, only Steve Trevor & Simon Baz stand in their way.
Sovereign arrives in the present day and to safeguard her future she forces Curry to aid her.
The future Aquaman secretly sends Victor a message and means of escape for the captive Leaguers, so they can stop the villainess.
In the midst of battle, Sovereign reveals her true identity, and it turns the world of everyone involved upside down.
The heroes are faced with an impossible choice. No matter who wins, all sides will lose.
I did not expect Sovereign to be who she was!
Her identity throws a spanner in the works and I am not sure how the story will end. The moments with Arthur and Mera were very emotional, but how he ‘became’ part Cyborg almost eclipsed that.
Are the kids or Sovereign in the right? I’m not sure to be honest and that is down to some clever writing by Hitch.
I’m sad that now that we are getting an amazing story, the creative team are exiting.
Raptor’s Revenger: Part 1
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Miguel Medonca
Roland Desmond, aka Blockbuster, rules the criminal underworld of Bludhaven with an iron fist, but that may be about to change.
Nightwing is back after his battles with Spyral and taking down the criminal gang; Kobra Lanceheads.
During his fight Dick receives the unwanted and brutal assistance of his former friend, Raptor. Things turn nasty between the duo and Dick realises he has to put an end to Raptor once and for all!
But, he can’t do it alone and turns to Blockbuster for help in order to save his city.
I don’t buy what Seeley is selling in this story arc. I hope there is more to it, but I can’t believe after everything Dick has been through, he’d throw in the towel because of Raptor.
With all his ties, with Huntress at his side, how can he seek out a monster like Blockbuster to save his city?
Not only that, but he makes an offer to the crime boss that is so off the wall I can’t believe it. I can’t help but feeling Seeley has more up his sleeve with this one.