Pull List Review (May 19 Comics)

Finally all caught up with these reviews. Enjoy.

Brightest Day #2: What is up with these gratuitous massacres? Last issue had one associated with Black Manta, and now we have an enemy of J’onn J’onnz disguised as an Earthwoman taking out her Earth family (and that creepy image of her after the deed is done). And while I normally love a story focused on the Martian Manhunter, this issue was more about revisionist history than anything else. It’s setting up stuff for later, but what i got was a lot of exposition.

DC Universe: Legacies #1: While I normally do not care for any Kubert’s artwork (I must be the only one based on comments and interviews I’ve read), this time, for this story, that Kubert style works. We get a story set in the 30s around the Crimson Avenger, reportedly DC’s first masked vigilante, so he gets the nod in this history of the DCU.

JLA #45: What I thought last issue was the start of the next JLA/JSA cross-over was merely the prologue. But still, not great, despite the focus (sort of) on Alan Scott. And, *sigh*, we get another Kingdom Come appearance in that Alan shows up wearing the same emerald armor from that series. Oh, and we also have yet another renegade Green Lantern. Joy.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1: Given my love for the Legion, you’d think this would be my fave book of the week, but it’s not (see below). However, this is not a bad first issue, it just wasn’t all that great. Now, I love Saturn Girl, but focusing the plot of the first issue of the LSH around the destruction of her world? I don’t know…. And those silly scientists–always wanting to be better than Krona. When will they ever learn? I do like the twist of Earth Man being forced to join the Legion. That should prove to be interesting.

Superman: War of the Supermen #3: I don’t know too much about the Kryptonian team of Nightwing and Flamebird (this incarnation of them at any rate), but after reading this issue, I kind of want to find out more about them. I can’t wait to see the fights between Ursa and Supergirl and Zod and Superman next issue.

Zatanna #1: Okay, this was my favorite book of the bunch. I was a little leery of it because 1) it’s a minor character in the DCU, her affiliation with the JLA notwithstanding, and 2) the preview pages DC posted at The Source didn’t exactly make me want to buy the issue, but I’m glad I did. Paul Dini has done a great job at portraying this character and is setting up some good things to come, I think.  I just hope others feel the same way I do about this series so that it keeps going for a bit.

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