Another really good week. I gave up on Justice League of America because it just wasn’t holding my interest, but everything else that I picked up was good. Batman and Flash are exploring the implications of The Button, while Superman is getting closer to determining what has happened to alter his past.
Action Comics #978
The New World part 2 By Jurgens and Barberi With the aid of Kelex and his Fortress’s archival crystals, Superman continues to review what has happened over the course of his life to determine what has been changed in the merging of the two timelines.
Teen Titans #7
The Rise of Aqualad part 2 By Percy and Pham. The Titans battle King Shark in San Francisco Bay. Will the arrival of Jackson Hyde– Aqualad– be enough to turn the tide?
Wonder Woman #21
The Truth part 4 By Rucka and Sharp. An injured Wonder Woman must survive the assault of Black Poison as Veronica Cale draws ever closer to discovering Themyscira!
Detective Comics # 955
League of Shadows part 5 By Tynion IV and Takara. Cassandra Cain against the League of Shadows. She may be one of the greatest fighters in the DCU, but can she save the Bat-Family by herself?
The Flash #21
The Button part 2 By Williamson and Porter. Flash and Batman join forces to unravel the mystery of the Comedian’s button and learn who or what is responsible for killing the Reverse-Flash.
Supergirl: Being Super
Book three By Tamaki and Jones. Supergirl’s memories of her life before coming to Earth continue to surface and she comes face-to-face to the one responsible for the fluctuation of her powers.
So, as I mentioned, I gave up on JLA. It just doesn’t interest me, to be honest. While I like Batman, Black Canary and the Atom, I don’t really care enough about the other characters to continue following the book. That, combined with their strange mission statement (show normal humans that they don’t need godlike powers to be heroes, by using their godlike powers to inspire them…) just left me feeling “meh” about the title, so I figure my money can be better spent elsewhere.
Teen Titans was probably my least favourite title this week, which is not to say that it wasn’t good. As usual, I kept hoping that someone would slap the hell out of Robin. I still have difficulty accepting that the other characters would follow him as their leader, but that’s just the way it is. I’ll have to learn to live with it.
Wonder Woman continues to focus on the hunt for Themyscira and brings us one step closer to uncovering the truth about Diana’s origin. I love this book right now and while I sometimes find Liam Sharp’s artwork to be uneven, I am overall quite taken with it.
I’m also rather enjoying both the art and story of Supergirl: Being Super. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the concept, as it seems odd to have Supergirl as the lone hero on this version of Earth. Having references to Lex Luthor only makes it seem stranger, but I am enjoying this version of Kara and wouldn’t mind seeing this version of the character continue indefinitely.
Detective Comics has managed to make me care for characters that I previously had fairly little interest in. While I never had anything against Batwoman or Orphan, I didn’t really make any effort to follow them either. Having become more familiar with both of them over the past year or so, I am now fond of both of them. It seems to me that if Batman really wanted to show what normal humans are capable of, he could have simply done more to promote the Bat-family characters, rather than go off and form a new League (I’m having a hard time letting go of the illogic of that).
Of course, the “main” books for me this week were both Flash and Action Comics, as they are the one tackling the greater Rebirth storyline. In the case of the Flash, he and Batman join forces to probe deeper into the mystery of the button that was found last year in the Batcave. As an older fan, I absolutely love seeing references to the older continuities as Batman and Flash break out the old Cosmic Treadmill and run through time and space. While I prefer Batman in his darker colours, I have to admit it’s kind of cool seeing Batman in his blue and grey costume again, however briefly. There’s also a glimpse of Martian Manhunter’s old costume (along with lots of other neat stuff) in the “Hall of Lost and Found” in the Justice League Watchtower.
By far, though, the best bit of reminiscing comes courtesy of Action Comics, in which Superman, dealing with a nagging sense that “something is wrong”, continues to review the events of his life. This serves basically to inform the reader of his new/ old history that has come about as a result of merging with his New 52 counterpart.
We are treated to a recap of some of Superman’s defining moments, from his first appearance where he saves Lois to his death at the hands of Doomsday, and on to the birth of Jon and his present circumstances. His new history is a mix of everything, with Superman seeing his younger self in his iconic red briefs, his Superman Red/ Blue outfits and even the New 52 armour and the black suit and beard from Lois and Clark.
While everything he sees resonates with him as being true and accurate, he feels that something is missing. The general consensus seems to be that this is probably Conner Kent as we knew him before New 52, but I’m not so sure. I think it’s entirely possible– even probable– but I’m not making assumptions.
All in all, it was a good week. It looks like Marvel will be taking a page from DC’s book with their Legacy event. I certainly hope so. I grew up loving both Marvel nd DC, but especially Marvel. Much of what they have done over the last several years has left me with no desire to read their books, but if they can right the ship in the same fashion that DC has, I might have to find a way to increase my comic budget.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and views on anything going on in comics right now. Theories, observations or reviews are all welcome.
I look forward to hearing from you!