Sunday, April 06, 2008

"Some Quick Opinions, etc."

It's obviously an attempt on DC's part to make Superman a darker character in the current Justice League of America title, but he seems to come across more so on the covers that he does actually in the stories. The last two issues I've purchased of this, #'s 18 & 19, had The League battling the likes of the newest version of "The Suicide Squad", and a classic enemy from the past, "Kanjar Ro". Benes art is its typical "great", but Burnett's scripts seem a bit weak. I still give this book at least a "B+", and hope for better things.

In DC's The Spirit #11, it concludes a battle between him and "El Morte" (who has been risen from the dead by his mother to use seeking vengence against our azure-clad hero). I'd been hearing somewhat "not good" reviews about the current issues of this title, but I found them to be really entertaining. Not just this issue, but the following #12 which gives more information into the origin of the female character, "Sand". 'Wasn't too crazy about #13 with the various short stories, but overall this still ranks up there as one of my current favorite Dc titles. "A+".

Supergirl (DC) #23 was a different sort of story, with "The Batman" trying to teach Kara Jor-El a lesson on how an actual villian might try to harm her. It beat the sterotypes of how there's always some guy wanting to rule the world or have absolute power and seeks out the hero (or, heroine, in this case) to just beat them up and show their superiority over them.

Although I missed #24 of this title, #26 (already read 25) continued Supergirl's battle with "Reaction", he too not the typical villian. He already has all the power in the world, but chooses to rob banks perhaps just out of boredom. But... along the way through these various storylines, Supergirl saves a young boy from a fire, and he begs her, "Don't let me die!"

Naturally, she says that he won't and rescues him from the fire, only to be confronted by the child's parents who are not one too happy about her promise. You see...he was dying of cancer and that was what he was pleading for her to do was to save him from the death of his disease. Even so, Supergirl says she'll keep her promise, and then is attacked in the hospital room by someone from the future. They disapear from the room "into" the future, where her abductor gets killed, and then, The Bat-mEn shows up. This all sounds a bit confusing, I know, but it seems that by saving the child from death, it changes history for the worse, so obviously she's going to be torn between her promise and letting the child die.

I don 't wanna bitch about this, but really...Peter David handled Supergirl much better in his 80 issue run. And even the current version is pretty different than she was a few years back when reintroduced in the pages of Superman/Batman. Got to give it (at least currently), a "B".

Our above pictured comic today is the first issue of the 1994 Calibur Press series, Big Bang Comics which early issues of such were done in a nostalgic format resembling comics from the 1940's, the 1960-70's and finally a "modern" fourth and final issue (the series was later picked up my Image Comics where it was renumbered and continued for several years (a fun title).


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