Thursday, May 6, 2010


Lengthy comic bookery. May 6, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Some cool comic books hit the shelves yesterday.
These are a couple that I picked up and my impressions of them.

The only thing I really like about War of the Supermen is that the lengthy, drawn-out New Krypton saga is finally drawing to a close. This multi-year massive crossover storyline has done absolutely nothing for me and I cannot wait for J. Michael Straczynski (one of my favorite writers in comics) to take the helm of Superman once this is all over.

I cannot say enough good things about Red Robin. Chris Yost and Marcus To are an amazing writer/artist team who manage to capture Tim Drake as a kick ass street superhero who isn't weighed down by crushing angst or moral dilemmas. This title manages to be dark and gritty while being fun and adventurous at the same time. It's a great mix, but I'm sad to see Yost leaving as writer next month. Fooey.

I love Aquaman. I freely admit it. And the dark revelation of his "new" powers in the first issue of Brightest Day was impressive and disturbing. With Martian Manhunter and Hawkman & Hawkgirl also being spotlighted in this series, many of my favorite DC superheroes seem to be getting a push, so I'm hopeful that things go well. I hope.

Last month's issue of JLA All-Stars almost made me drop the title entirely. Anna Fortune's debut was a cheap deus ex machina save for the team, and the fact that she looks like a steampunk sorcerer ninja just made me angry beyond belief (note: I hate ninjas and steampunk). This month's offering saved the title for me and made me reconsider the character, as all her "ex machina" saves came unraveled and her inexperience almost killed, well, everyone in the world. The rest of the team is finally getting along, shines in their own title (finally) and looks like they're actually 1) competent and 2) enjoying each other's company. I'm going to give this title another chance... but I'll miss you, Damage.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.