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I went to Whatever Comics at Midnight on Tuesday to pick up my copies of Flashpoint #5 (first, last and only FP title I bought) and Justice League #1. My thoughts? It was OK. Didn’t love it – didn’t hate it. It will take more to form a full opinion. My initial reaction is under the preview images…
I’ll admit, I didn’t follow Flashpoint at ALL, but the final issue was still just about what I expected – it tied the miscellaneous details of that event up and explained how a “new” continuity was formed (with the aid of a mysterious unnamed purple hooded woman with glowing eyes and bad skin). It seems Barry Allen remembers the world of Flashpoint – but does he recognize that the world he’s returned to isn’t the same one that existed pre-Flashpoint?
OK. On to Justice League #1…
Lets talk about the art a sec. Personally I think Jim Lee’s brilliance is overstated. I loved his 90s X-Men at the time, but nowadays find his layouts a bit busy and think stylistically and creatively he is about 1/10 the artist of Phil Jimenez (who, like George Perez is one of the few gifted artists who can give us a wildly detailed background that STAYS in the background). Lee’s backgrounds don’t recede and all that action gets hard to follow.
Now – the words… For some time now, I have felt Geoff Johns can do no wrong, so I’m giving this incarnation some time to brew, but I have to admit I’m disappointed that I wasn’t WOWED. The story didn’t advance much in 1 issue. Its really just Bats and GL getting to know one another and a peek at a pre-Cyborg Vic Stone. We saw no Wonder Woman, no Flash and no Aquaman. For what was supposed to be an earth-shattering, mind-blowing first look into the DCnU, they didn’t give us much. Would it have killed them to give us an oversize issue? We see a 1 panel shot of Superman, but if JL and Action Comics are the titles that take place “5 years ago,” why is he wearing his costume and not the t-shirt and cape we see on all the Action promos? Also from the last panel, it looks like Supes still has the underwear on the outside of his tights – but they are blue? Either lose them or not, but making his red panties blue is stupid.
Any by the way… yes, I am alive! I’ve been swamped with the Buddies With Benefits 2012 Calendar, but am wrapping that up this week. I’ll be doing my best to make it up to you with new additions to some of my favorite gallery collections.
Posted in Comics, SFW on 06/28/2011 03:54 pm by fanboi
When the rebooted DCnU launches in August with Justice League #1 (the flagship of 52 #1 issues), the “big 7″ will come together for the very “first” time. The most readily apparent continuity change is that Cyborg (originally of the “New” Teen Titans) will taking the place of Martian Manhunter as the seventh heavy hitter. But fans of J’onn J’onzz needn’t worry – he’ll be doing his thing over in Stormwatch. Oddly enough, I actually don’t mind the slightly revised looks for ANY of these iconic characters. I still hope Wondy’s star spangled swimsuit won’t be in mothballs forever, but this works.
But they seem to be including a page from the JLU handbook… a second tier of allies are also seen in the image (click for desktop sized enlargement) are: LEFT from top to bottom – Deadman, Atom, Element Woman (a Flashpoint creation) and Firestorm. RIGHT from top to bottom – Green Arrow, Hawkman, Zealot (a guess) and Mera. Notice we have blue tinted characters on one side and red on the other… divided by hope and rage perhaps?
This recently released Ethan van Sciver cover image from the 50th issue of Justice League of America (can we go back to the old numbering system – when I add up issues from other JL titles, it’s around 550) shows the current team fighting evil JLA analogues… the Crime Syndicate. With the new line up we’ll be seeing slightly different pairings thane we are used to… Donna Troy vs. Superwoman, Supergirl vs. Ultra-Man, Power Ring vs. Jade, Batman vs. Owlman, and Jesse Quick vs. Johnny Quick.
This Titan heavy team still just doesn’t feel like the JLA to me. I’ve been unimpressed with Robinson’s run thus far. The Starheart saga was a bore and I’m STILL annoyed that no one has mentioned Obsidian’s boyfriend Damon Matthews. There better be a tearful reunion SOMEWHERE! Todd has been missing for a LONG time.
Big things in store for the Arrows. If you have been reading Cry For Justice or just reading about it, you know that in issue #5 a mind-controlled Freddy Freeman (who has been handed the role of Captain Marvel/Shazam from Billy Batson) ripped of Roy Harper’s right arm just above the elbow. It had been recently revealed that this maiming will lead to some changes for Roy and Ollie…
New DC Talent JT Krul (Blackest Night Titans) is writing all 3 projects… Justice League: The Rise and Fall” (co-written with James Robinson), the four-part miniseries, “Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal,” and an upcoming arc in “Green Arrow,” entitled “The Fall of Green Arrow,” which begins in #31
DC has just released this beautiful image comprised of the covers to the JUSTICE LEAGUE: RISE AND FALL one-shot and its three tie-in issues: GREEN ARROW #31, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #43
Now the maiming of Red Arrow isn’t that big a deal in the world of the JLA. With longtime buddy Cyborg working on it, Roy will no doubt be quickly outfitted with a powerful cybernetic replacement (one that could pull back on a MUCH more powerful bow – CBR notes that with such an arm, he could put a “conventional arrow with a proper head through a tank”. But the revelation that Roy will be returning to the name Arsenal (YAY! I always preferred that identity and costumes to Red Arrow OR Speedy), leads me to believe his new arm will be capable of a whole lot more than super strength and precision.
But while Roy is going through the changes necessary to emerge as Arsenal, Ollie will be having a hard time of it too.
Looks like SOMEONE at DC was reading the buzz about Zatanna’s costume as seen in Cry For Justice #4, because although #5 opens moments after #4 ended, Zatanna is looking considerably less skanky. She must have looked down between panels and realized that she was wearing an actual teddy and not her costume and switched costumes magically.
OK that said, I just don’t really get what this is about. The cover to #5 has a big ol smooch between Supergirl and Captain Marvel that isn’t even remotely part of the story (the two barely exchange 2 words much less a romantic moment). I also have problems with the storytelling – one moment Supergirl and Congorilla find Roy unable to clap, cauterize his wound and roar for help. But then they run off (before help arrives for Roy?) to find who did this and next we see an enraged Kara and Freddy fighting each other and Congorilla and Wally are unconscious. If Robinson wasn’t going to be our JLA scribe, i wouldn’t care enough to figure out what’s happening, but that looming fact unfortunately has me paying attention to this dreck.
One more point – they have a master villain running around manipulating lesser villains to do his bidding. One of those villains is defeated and they confiscate a strange teleporter and bring it RIGHT into the JLA HQ to study it without first seeing if it perhaps has any OTHER functions? I still remain thoroughly unimpressed with this miniseries.
I don’t know why this magenta monster has never really done it for me as a JLA villain, perhaps its his coloring (is that a hate crime?), or maybe it was the time he spent in freaky-friday mode with L-Ron, but I just can’t take him seriously as a major menace. Oooooh its Despero! I wish I could get more excited about it because this is writer James Robinson’s first issue and will likely set the tone for at least the next dozen stories of the JLA.
It’s the start of a spanking new odyssey for the JLA that will lead in the coming months to a fresh line-up for DC’s flagship team as superstars James Robinson (STARMAN, SUPERMAN) and Mark Bagley (TRINITY, Ultimate Spider-Man) take over! A one-time member of the JLA falls before he can warn the team of looming peril while what’s left of the JLA journeys to the heart of their past to decide if the team has any future at all. Of course, that means this is the best time for a savage silly villain from the team’s past to attack the demoralized heroes!
by the way whatever happened with Despero, Per Degaton and the Ultra-Humanite running around in the future screwing with things? I remember a showdown in Booster Gold, but I didn’t think it really resolved what they were up to or where they went after.
Posted in Comics, SFW on 09/02/2009 09:00 pm by fanboi
I’m about to crack open issue 3 of Cry for Justice. Let’s see if writer James Robinson can come up with something more offensive than Hal Jordan’s BoP threeway or more convenient than this team randomly coming together.
The team welcomes two new members as Supergirl and Shazam join the roster! And it’s just in time, too, because when Prometheus is finally caught and his evil machinations are revealed, the League finds out they may be unable to stop him.
OK, I know they want to establish Prometheus as the bad ass anti-Batman. They gave him the reverse origin and everything. OK fine – set him against the Global Guardians – they’ve always been fodder anyway. But with so few gay characters around – did you HAVE to kill Tasmanian Devil and treat the body is such a disrespectful manner? Not sure if it’s as offensive as the 3way comment last issue – but he’s staying in the ballpark.
The team continues its proactive hunt for justice as the trail leads to an army of Super-Villains. But the big bad may be deadlier than all of the new team combined…
OK, is it just me or does this “hey we all have suffered a recent loss that MUST BE AVENGED” thing seem hokey (I keep waiting for someone to bring up Grabthar’s hammer or the sons of Worvan), unnecessary (with the myriad of baddies present when Martian Manhunter died there was already a natural reason to bring together a group) and lazy (it’s all so convenient to have them all on different trails that happen to coincide).
I’m not sure I like the exchange between Hal and Ollie about (I believe) a 3way with Huntress and Lady Blackhawk? #1 I don’t buy it. I know Zinda can “drink her liquor like a gentleman,” hangs out in bars and in general is about as ladylike as Wolverine, but Helena Bertinelli is a good Catholic schoolteacher (well OK her family was mobbed up, but oh never mind I knew some good Catholic girls back in my day). It just seems like an odd thing to throw out there. As random an inappropriate as if Ollie and Hal had been reminiscing about “that time they double-teamed Star Sapphire“. Superhero 3ways?!?! AND THEY BALK AT SEEING A LOVING GAY KISS!?!?!
I expected a little more of writer James Robinson after his phenomenal work on Starman. Mauro Casciolli‘s artwork is breathtaking so I’ll keep picking it up (also it likley sets the stage for Robinson’s upcoming run on the JLA) to see where they are going with this. What is Prometheus up to? Is he trying to draw this specific group into a trap? He is the anti-Batman so I don’t see him being unaware of the trail our heroes are following.
Posted in Comics, SFW on 07/12/2009 03:49 pm by fanboi
The Justice League has seen their foes band together on a number of occasions… as the Legion of Doom, the Injustice League and the Secret Society of Super Villains. Alex Ross’ amazing maxi-series JUSTICE is a beautiful telling of a classic tale of good vs evil. It’s silver-age setting appeals to longtime fanboys (and girls) and the breathtaking art of each and every panel takes the reader back to those unjaded moments of youth when a simple comic book was every-bit as as exciting as todays FX laden movies.
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ABSOLUTE JUSTICE, is a beautiful collectible hardcover, collecting the series from writer Jim Krueger, artist Doug Braithwaite and some guy named Alex Ross hits in November. And because we can never get too much Ross goodness, above is the previously-unseen dustjacket from the collection, and below you can find some character sketches that will also be in the Absolute edition.