JLA #48: The summer JLA/JSA crossover ends. How disappointing. GL Alan Scott has long been one of my favorite DCU characters, and I was hoping for a story that focused on him, his power source, and how that all fits into the larger DCU, but all I got was an alien possession story and very little of Alan Scott. Plus, there was way too much telling in the story and not enough showing, which seems kind of antithetical in a comic book, right? Oh, Mr. Robinson, how the mighty have fallen. As much as I want to like this new JLA (and what Robinson is trying to do with them), I think #50 may be my last issue.
Legion of Super-Heroes #4: Remember what I wrote about the last issue and how tying into the 80s Darkseid story might be a little too soon for this new version of the series? Well, apparently DC editorial doesn’t share that apprehension: on the cover is plastered “The Great Darkness Returns!” Why can’t this Legion stand on its own without resorting to hooking into one of the best Legion stories of all time?
The art seems different in this issue, specifically, the inking seems heavier, but it’s still good enough. (Now that I’m doing these reviews and actually concentrating on the art, it sure would be nice to know which person did what. The three people listed in the issue aren’t broken down as pencillers and inkers, they’re all just “artists”–thanks a lot, DC.) Brainy has me intrigued about the surprises in store for Earth Man via his flight ring.
Recall when I commented about Jeckie’s royal demeanor? So why is that shoved aside when a bigot and commoner such as Earth Man just casually touches her? Finally, what is Shadow Lass up to, asking Brainy all those questions about Earth Man’s flight ring and then hanging out with the guy at the end? And you know how I’ve been harping about the new costume designs? Yeah, I love Shadow Lass’s costume–or lack thereof, heh; no, actually, it’s a design that fits the character and looks good, too. It’s not very functional, but then what superhero costume is, really?
Superman: Secret Origin #6: You know what secret origin I want to know about: why did it take so long for this last issue to come out? Maybe Gary Franks needed to take more time to perfect the art (I’m mostly being facetious, but the art does seem a little better in this issue–wait, maybe I should thank the inker)? There are a few shots of Lois Lane in this that are just beautiful, and you can see why Clark is so smitten with her. Also, Clark looks less like Christopher Reeve in many panels, which I like tremendously.
I also like how this Superman is depicted as strong-willed. He is a little unsure of himself at first, but he doesn’t suffer fools very long, and that makes total sense to me given his upbringing and power. Oh, and he’s a bit of an ass, too (which I love). When Luthor throws an award out his window, Superman catches the globe and digs, “Something just slipped out of your hand.” Yes, it was a little too heavy handed (no pun intended), Mr. Johns, but I got a chuckle out of that. When Luthor tells him to go home, Superman, his face showing anger, tells him, “This is my home. And I’m not going to let you ruin it anymore.” A pity I’m not seeing this characterization of Superman in Superman.
This was a nice stroll down memory lane, and I am a sucker for these reexaminations of my superheroes’s origins, but again, unless you a huge fan of Johns and Frank, or Superman, or both, don’t bother with this series in trade (maybe the dollar bin issues). It was just ok, relied too much on borrowing the likeness of Reeve, dialog from Superman: The Movie, and plot points from Smallville, and didn’t really show us anything new.