Comics I Read This Week

Recs

Superman #903

Written by Paul Cornell
Pencils by Axle Gimenez

While his supporting cast is busy fighting four different Doomsdays monsters that are terrorizing earth, Superman is trying to find a way to defeat the big bad Doomsday that is in control of a inter-dimensional spaceship which he wants to use to destroy the planet.  Basically the plot is characters beat up other characters, super science talk, more fighting, more science, explosion!

I must admit this comic was a lot more fun when it was about Lex Luthor instead of Superman. However the shift from the Luthor character study to Superman action book isn’t an entirely bad one one. Paul Cornell makes all the characters seem believable and gives most of them, especially The Eraticator, great hero moments.

I also have to give him props about not being afraid to have a villain who monologues to no one in particular about his evil plans. Classic.

The art byAxle Gimenz stands out here. He has great energy and an inking style remiisant of Francis Manapul. His art is good enough to almost make me to want to buy the Red Hood and The Renegades he is going to draw in September, almost.

Invincible #81

Written By Robert Kirkman
Pencils By Ryan Ottley

Invincible is having a hard time dealing destruction of Las Vegas that happened last issue. In the mist of his grief, Invincible encounters  the (kind of) villain, Powerplex. Powerplex first appeared in issue 59, an issue about Powerplex’s inability to deal with the loss of his sister, an innocent bystander was killed amidst a fight between Invincible and his father.

This issue, although tying in heavily with the overarching Invincible narrative, is very much a sequel to issue 59. It may seem sappy but, this issue is deals with the two characters learning forgivness. Invincible learning to forgive himself for not being able to save Los Vegas. And Powerplex forgiving Invincible for the death of his sister.

This is the best Invicible book since the end o the Vultimite war. If you have only one book to buy this week, pick this one.

Also there is a cameo of another Kirckman character in this issue that if you blink you will miss.

Recks

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt

Written By Sean McKeever
Pencils by Mike Norton

I think comic book writers must really hate Vesas, because sin city also gets pretty beat up in this comic as well. The Juggernaght is continuing his destructive run across the country, and Prodigy is assigned to put together a team to stop him.

This comic features characters from Avengers The Initiative, a book that gave new characters and B-listers a chance to shine. However in Youth In Revolt (what are they revolting from exactly?) all the efforts of the heroes have a great big shadow over their head: we know from previews that the Juggernaut is going to beat them and make his way to San Fransisco in the X-men Fear Itself tie in.

The Fear Itself Thunderbolts comic also had this problem, but that was easier to forgive because it at least had a trippy journey through the Juggernaut’s mind to entertain us. All this comic has to offer us is seeing some heroes that are most fun when they are being built up getting five colors of snot beaten out of them by a character we know they will  lose to anyway.

Guarding The Globe
Written by Robert Kirkmen and Benito Cereno
Pencils by Ransom Getty and Russell Jackson

The evil organization known as The Order is causing destruction across the planet (though so far Vegas is safe) and it is up to The Guardians of the Globe to stop them. You would think a clandestine group of super villains would be enough for the Guardians, but they have enough problems just working together.

This comic follows The Brit trying to hold his team together and watching his struggles dealing with his colorful allies is some times funny and sometimes a tad bit tragic. However it does feel a little like a set up issue. The real problem with this book is the art. The artists aren’t actually that bad, Ransom Getty’s art is clean and full of energy, and his fellow penciler, Russell Jackson has a more gritty style that would fit well in a crime comic.

But the two styles just don’t sink up. It felt really jarring turning the page and seeing a totally different style of art on the next page. Comics can pull off having two different artists, but usually it can only work if the artists share the same inkier to lent a sense of consistency. Both Getty and Jackson do their own inks making the comic feel stilted and broken.

War of The Green Lanterns: Aftermath

The name says it all here. This story picks up right where the War of The Green Lanterns crossover ended. They story is a seres of episodic interludes briefly showing what every major green lantern character does after the war.

This issue has a lot going up against it. It has the job of being a bookend for War of The Green Lanterns and a tease of Green Lantern stories to come. As such there isn’t much of a narrative. There are some interesting ideas here like how the Gardiens will deal with the newly re-recruited Green Lantern Sinestro, and the desition of some of the Green Lanterns to assassinate Sinestro.

One saving grace of this comic is that the section dealing with Ganthet did a good job of tugging on the reader’s heart strings. Ganthet, moping about the loss of his hand and his failure as a lantern, is met by the Blue Lantern Sodam Yat, who uses his ring to create a construct of his lost love Sayd who heals Ganthet’s hand. The

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