Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Four DC Comics With Three Good and One Being Surprisingly Terrible

It's an all-DC extravaganza, with T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7 doing an great job telling two stories that unite, Detective Comics #877 working quite well, DC Universe Online Legends impressing, and Action Comics #901 doing the quickest dive in quality from a previous issue that I have ever seen. Well, they can't all be winners.


T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7
We actually have two totally different stories this issue, with Nick Spencer telling both, and they serving to tell an over-arching narrative, but still being separate. Basically in the first story we flash-back to the Iron Maiden and a traitorous Dynamo being captured while their daughter--whom we've been following the previous six issues--reads up on her ol' mom's files in the present day. The second story serves as a way of showing how the Iron Maiden and the Dynamo actually originally first fell in love and is its own little story set in the past and even written with a bit of a silver-age flavor. It's an interesting story-telling method and I would say it works even if this whole issue mainly just sets the background for the Iron Maiden. The flashback art in both sequences is snazzy too, so that sweetens things further even if to be honest not much happened.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Detective Comics #877
I did a blog post about how much I loved this comic's cover, and the inside contents are of a pretty solid quality too. Then again, Scott Snyder and Jock have been getting rave reviews for their work on this series so this just keeps up the trend? My favorite scene is when a villain discusses how Metropolis has a God (Superman) but here in Gotham its all just men, and even Batman is a man--Snyder writes an awesome monologue there. There is also some neat explosions and machinery that Jock illustrates beautifully, so this is just another great issue of many so far.
4 out of 5 stars.

DC Universe Online Legends #8
This series has had some ups-and-downs, and I tend to prefer when it takes place mostly in the future, but this is all in the past--yet I still pretty much enjoyed it. Why? Well, other than some time spent with the heroes looking for evil nanobots it was a somewhat Lex Luthor-focused issue and the comic is interesting when we're seeing his planning and conniving--as we still aren't yet quite sure just he has planned to defeat the alien Brainiac. Solid, I would say.
3 out of 5 stars.

Action Comics #901
Wow...just wow. Paul Cornell is normally such a great writer and I loved his time spent on Action Comics writing about Lex Luthor all the way up to last issue and its somewhat anti-climax. This is just wretched however. It's so ham-fisted with the President going on television to ask for Superman to save the world, as various characters we know watch their screens all dramatically, a super-big version of Doomsday known as the Doomslayer (I'm not making this up), and the corniest dialgoue ever. I mean, does Superman say, "Ha, busted?" when someone points out he doesn't want Doomsday hurt...and why would the Doomsday monsters cloned from the original want to hurt it, making Superman and team need to drag it...I just... it doesn't.... make any sense. Yeah, my brain hurts trying to piece this together. I can't believe the huge drop in quality this comic took. I mean, nose-dive doesn't begin to describe it. At least it looks okay.
1.0 out of 5 stars.

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