Has it really been over a month since I last posted a review? Well, not really, if you count my little audio review (see the podcast widget on the right side of the page). Still, I have a huge stack of comics to talk about, so let’s get to it.
Brave & the Bold #34: I think I said everything I wanted to about this issue in my audio review, although I will add that poor Elasti-Girl really didn’t have a whole lot to do in this issue, so why even have her there, JMS?
Green Lantern #54: This was great! There’s something about the Red Lanterns I just like (Dex-Starr being in the issue doesn’t hurt. He’s a kitty cat and he’s bad-ass!). Maybe it’s the whole rage thing that I identify with…. I like that Atrocitus is proving that he’s not just a rage-filled dummy–he has a plan and needs help, even if he has to convince his reluctant partners through force. I also liked how the usually green logo was red for this issue.
Incorruptible #6: When this series started I wanted to see Max struggle with his new moral compass, and yes, even step over the line some because no one is perfect, but here Waid spells out the hard line Max knows he can’t cross if he’s to be the “hero” he’s trying to be–not that he isn’t tempted by a villainous former colleague who’s kidnapped Jailbait. I hope to see more of this moral struggle, hopefully in more subtle ways.
Superman: War of the Supermen #4: The last issue. I have to tell you, I actually gasped when I saw *SPOILER* Krypto get stabbed by Zod’s kryptonite knife. But fret not, Krypto will be fine. I’m not sure how I feel about this limited series as a whole. DC billed it as a hundred minute war, and it kind of came across as the highlight reel of that war. That’s not to say stuff was merely glossed over, but the beats were delivered quickly and then we moved on. While I appreciate that DC didn’t drag this out for months and months, perhaps this story would have been better told in 5 or maybe 6 issues. Or better editing. Bottom line: did it make me want to read the Superman titles? No. And therefore this series failed.