Pull List Review (3/16/11 Comics)

So, no foolin’ (heh), I’m only going to write about the issues where I actually have something to say. So, while I continue to enjoy, for example, Unwritten, I really have nothing to say about it. So, if you notice gaps in the series I usually write about, now you know why.

Adventure Comics #524: Hmm, I’m starting to like this Chemical Kid. Yeah, he’s a spoiled brat, but he also not afraid to put his Legion trainers in their place and do what he knows is right (i.e., he’s starting to have some depth of character). Oh, and Black Mace shows up. I remember first reading Black Mace in a 1970s issue of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. One nit (maybe?): Black Mace’s mace seems to grow in size panel to panel–that can’t be right, can it? Towards the end of the issue, we get a page of Cosmic Boy (this is what this story and title needs more of, my favorite Legionnaire!) talking to some old-time Academy members: Lamprey, Power Boy, Nightwind, & Crystal Kid (who, interestingly, are all from Earth). I know time is fluid in comics, but those four have been trying for years to get into the Legion. I find it hard to believe that they’re all still at it instead of trying to be a hero on some, as Duplicate Girl said, “outerworld”. Just give ’em membership already!

Brightest Day #22: When this series started, the Firestorm part was my least favorite, but over time, that has changed, and in this issue, we get a kick-ass Firestorm vs. the Anti-Monitor and Deathstorm fight (okay, not so kick-ass, but still enjoyable). I loved it when Firestorm grabs the white power battery saying “hello” and the battery responds in kind. It’s a goofy little thing, but it was a nice change of pace. Of course, something bad happens (hint: someone dies, well, a bunch of things die, but someone important to Firestorm, duh), and then the last page hints at Earth-shattering DOOM! Only two more issues to go in what has been a really good year-long series.

DC Universe: Legacies #10: The last issue. I really wished I hadn’t bought this series. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, even with the normal human angle spin they took with it. I mean, I have family members who have died of cancer and I couldn’t get emotionally vested in that subplot. It was just too hackkneyed of a presentation. And the frame for the whole thing? You know, the old man telling the story of the DC Universe? I’ve been waiting to find out just who he’s been talking to and why he’s doing it. Was he just talking to himself? A youngster that he would pass on his fascination and hobby of collecting stories about the goings-on in the DCU (like Barbara Gordon or Calculator!). Or maybe it was the Justice League or Legion of Super-Heroes for some reason? But no, it was just his nursing home caregiver that he tells the story to every night. Snooze. I knew going in that it probably wouldn’t be that good, but I had hope. Unfortunately, I was both right and wrong. Yay me. :T Don’t buy the trade, or pick it up in the dollar bin (heh, I used to know that as the quarter bin). See? I’m old like that guy in the comic….

Ruse #1: Oh, hey, how’d that Marvel comic get on my pull list? ;) Oh, wait, this is the CrossGen revival of my my favorite series from that line. It was an ok reunion. This first issue seems to lack the spark that drew me in to the original series, despite it being written by Mark Waid. The Mirco Pierfederici art is fine enough, but not as dynamic as I recall the original series art as being (I know, that is definitely not a fair comparison). I wonder what Marvel’s game plan is for these resurrected CrossGen titles. Do the minis and then see about an ongoing? Or do a series of minis?

Superman #709: Oh, that old Superman vs. Flash chestnut. How quaint. Actually, despite the visual homage on the cover, I liked how Flash and Superman interacted in this story, but didn’t care for Superman wondering just which of them is actually faster. God, I hate that conceit. It should always be the Flash. If you take away the whole “fastest man alive” thing, then what does the Flash have to offer? Superman is the all-around “most powerful” superhero–he doesn’t need to be fastest man on Earth. At least the artist showed Superman sweating and struggling as he raced to capture the runaway Flash, which makes Superman’s thought about who is faster even more disingenuous. Tsk tsk, Mr. Writer (I’d sure like to know if that was a Straczynski or Roberson thing). Curiously, I was okay with the one-panel nod to Superboy #4 featuring a Superboy vs. Kid Flash race (of course, I haven’t read that issue yet).

One thought on “Pull List Review (3/16/11 Comics)

  1. Leonard Snart's Gun April 1, 2011 / 8:31 am

    So with you on Legacies. They tried to pull a Busiek (Marvels, Astro City) and failed. Between the condescending caregiver and the strange intimation that the old man was crazy or at least senile (so he was making up the history of the DC universe from his own senility?), the ending especially was really poor. There were a ton of clichés throughout the series as well. The only redeeming things I saw were the early issues (I liked the “growing up as mystery men started appearing stuff) and the gaps that were (sort of ) filled in due to my missing a large chunk of DC history. They at least gave me bullet points (and not just big ones like the Crises) that I might be interested in.


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