Last Week in Belated Review
This Crisis thing is starting to get real interesting.
Much of the attention given towards the effects of the Crisis modifying characters has been focused on Batman, but I’m more interested with what’s going to happen to Superman. We already know now that Bats is going to become fun loving and whimsical—well maybe not exactly, but more so anyways. But Superman hasn’t really fallen into the gray areas Batman or Wonder Woman have in the past decade. Presumably it’s because of this he’s become a distant second to Batman in terms of popularity. This sadly prompted DC to attempt modifying him in some absolutely terrible ways that sapped big blues popularity even further.
Enter Earth-2 Superman, the neo-con to end all neo-cons. He wants to completely dismantle DC’s conflicted universe and replace it with his, no doubt, rose-tinted memory of Earth-2.
Our Superman, not one to give up on his home no matter how conflicted, isn’t about to let this happen. He needs to break through the division between his world and the reconstituted Earth-2, this isn’t going to be pretty—for him or the narrative flow of this story. You might have to read this one through a few times.
It seems that as Supes shatters the barrier between the worlds his history and Earth-2’s Superman’s begin to merge. What the effects of this are is left up to the reader at this point.
Is this book compelling, intriguing and well done? Yeah. Is it a fun read? … I’m not so sure. If you’re following Superman or the Crisis this book is essential but for everyone else it’ll just be confusing.
That’s unless they want some fantastic artwork. Chaykin, Guedes and Ordway do a fantastic job. Benes only gets a few pages, but his Imagey style isn’t really suited to a Superman book anyways.
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by George Perez
Another crucial Crisis tie-in. But, this one satisfies on every level.
Power Girl gets a hold of Earth-2 Lois’s diary, which exposes her conflicted feelings on her Superman’s new Earth-2 (“Just cotton-candy illusions in our mind”). But it’s not all doom and gloom; we get a vintage JSA tale with Superman and Batman taking on The Gentleman Ghost. So vintage that Bats utility belt contains a pocket fan, yeah the kind you can buy at a dollar store.
The classic team behind this book really bring their A-game. The dialogue is snappy, the story is fun and Perez’s art is vital as ever. Just the way the panels are laid out is masterful.
If this is the kind of thing DC means to bring back with IC, I’m excited all over again.
Marvel Zombies # 3 – The carnage continues. The great thing with zombie protagonists is that you can have an entire series escalate to their inevitable destruction with reckless abandon. This is still fun as hell. ****
Ultimate Extinction #2 – We’re given more information about Galactus. But the big reason to read it is to see The Silver Surfer wearing a rather noir suit—and getting his ass kicked in it to no effect. ***1/2
Jonah Hex # 4 – Another incredibly solid entry in this great series. ****