Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1: Hmm. I was looking forward to this considering how much I enjoyed Brightest Day, but I might have been sold a bill of goods. Yes, it’s kind of nice to see John Constantine interacting with superheroes, and the bit between him and Zatanna was kinda cool, however brief (Marco Castiello and Vincenzo Acunzo drew Zee very well), but overall, I’m confused. In Brightest Day, I thought we were shown that the Alec Holland Swamp Thing had returned to be the champion of the Earth, but here, Holland shows up crawling out of a Louisiana swamp apparently not a swamp thing. I’m confused, and I shouldn’t be. What a way to squander the good feeling I had about the Brightest Day storyline, DC.
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1: I didn’t think I was going to like this comic that much, and while it isn’t great, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. But can I just say how much I HATE it when writers make androids say things like “Statement” and then have the character make the statement (they have Red Tornado in Batman: Brave and the Bold do that, too). Do they think it’s cute or something? It’s so 1950s robot and should forever be abolished. Anyway. So we have another Flash who knows that the time stream is not what it should be, but since much of this issue is Kid Flash escaping the clutches of Brainiac (and is this a shout out to the world of DCUO?), not much goes on here. Actually, I’m starting to see a pattern with these Flashpoint tie-ins: many of the first issues so far barely have a chance to set up the premise before they’re over. We only get three issues, so I’m starting to think the actual story for each of these is pretty thin, and that kind of pisses me off. I guess I should reserve judgement until I read issue 2 of each, though.
Flashpoint: Lois Lane & the Resistance #1: This one kind of bored me. The only bit of character drama here was Lois’s desire to continue what Jimmy was involved with regarding the Resistance, but the Lois we’re shown at the beginning of the story definitely isn’t the Lois Lane I love. I’m getting worried that this is an indication of the kind of Lois we’ll end up with post-Flashpoint. Again, I’m probably judging prematurely. Regarding the cover, you’ll see the Canterbury Cricket and the Demon, but much like many of the covers for these tie-ins, they do not appear in this issue; however, the cover does tie into the story of the Canterbury Cricket one-shot, so why didn’t that come out first? Odd timing.
Flashpoint: The Reverse Flash #1: When I read this, it felt like it was an epilogue to Flash: Rebirth, or at least the first six issues of the latest Flash series. It doesn’t really seem to have anything to do Flashpoint per se, but maybe the events in the main even book will bear this comic out in some way.
Mighty Thor #3: That’s a pretty bitchin’ cover. Unfortunately, what’s inside is pretty standard fare. Thor beats up on Silver Surfer, and the Asgardians prepare for war with Galactus (wearing some pretty Kirby-esque armor). Also, there’s the very uninteresting story B involving Volstagg and the people of Broxton. I will go low-brow here for a moment and comment how well Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales draw Lady Sif. Heh. I can’t decide if I like this series or not. I think I expect a more action oriented Thor series and I’m not getting that so far.
Sigil #4: This was a waste of time. Not much really happens, other than the protagonist becomes aware that she has special abilities. I bought this not knowing what to expect, and knowing that I love Mike Carey’s work, but I didn’t really care about any of it.
Superman #712: As with Sigil, this was a waste of time. I usually don’t mind breaks in the main story for a one issue diversion, and they’ve already done that once with the Lois Lane story, but this time, it didn’t work for me. Maybe I just don’t identify with Krypto? Yes, you kinda feel for the mutt, but this was a filler issue, and it shows, despite Kurt Busiek’s involvement. Let’s get back to the “Grounded” storyline, shall we?
Zatanna #14: Wow! Two stories in a row where Zee doesn’t get gagged or tied up! But the whole bit with her lecturing her cousin seems awfully familiar. Other than that, it’s a generic rescue plot, with Zee coming across as the uptight, older family member. And the joke at the end? Lame-o. Certainly not worth a splash page. This title being cut come September is a mercy killing.
I also read Batman: Gates of Gotham #2 (yawn) & JLA #58 (which was actually somewhat entertaining and not as cringe-inducing as usual).