Adventures In The Rock Of Eternity

Justice Society of America #24
Written by Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway, and Matthew Sturges
Art by Ordway
and Fernando Pasarin

It’s more of this Black Adam story this issue and while it was good before, I think I am finally truly enjoying it. I appreciated the reference to “Power of Shazam” as well as how cool the rock of eternity really is. That is something that really hasn’t been explored thoroughly before. The Origins and Omen back up was by future series writer, Matthew Sturges, and so far, I like him on this book. IF I can judge it by this back up, the future of the JSA looks rather interesting. I was sad to hear Johns was leaving, but after the Gog storyline was so long and well….only okay…I think maybe it is time for him to move on. And why is Mary Marvel switching between her Final Crisis look and her Countdown look all of a sudden? Is that just a mistake.

All The Colors Of The Rainbow

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #38
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis

The visual spectacle that is this story fascinates me once again. I love all the different Lantern Corps, and you know without computers I don’t think this story would be as powerful as the energy beams wouldn’t look like…er…so full of light. I am not sure what has happened to the douchebag..I mean Hal…he seems to have become half-blue lantern, half-green. I love how the Red Lanterns spew out blood. It’s awesome. As for who the guys were at the end on that jungle planet, I have no idea. I’ll have to look that up. I imagine they have something to do with the Indigo Corps. And is it just me or do the Star Sapphires look more pink then violet?

Getting Good

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #29
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopestri

After Diana’s defeat by Genocide again, everything has gone to hell. Genocide has kidnapped Etta Candy, Zeus is killing gods, and it looks like Athena may have died. Oh and Steve Trevor is back, looking for his wife. I always thought he was older then that? Maybe I am just thinking of something else. Cheetah is pretty powerful in this issue and Diana says so herself. I can’t really remember her being this powerful before? I am not sure. This is an action-packed arc and if you have never tried Wonder Woman before, this is really the time to start. This is getting good.

Vigilante 2 and 3

Vigilante (Volume 3) #2
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

It’s interesting that the Vigilante asked the same question at the end of this issue that I did: what makes him any different from the Electrocutioner? I don’t know but I suppose Wolfman will tell us…or maybe he won’t. Maybe there is no difference. I don’t know but I know I enjoyed this issue more then the first. Still isn’t as good as I suppose it could be though. I look forward to seeing Nightwing next issue.

Vigilante (Volume 3) #3
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Now this is more like it. I rather enjoyed this issue. The art is sometimes a little hard to farther but I am intrigued by the Vigilante – Dorian’s past. He seems to not like violence toward children and women which makes me think he was a family man or something like that. Maybe a former mobster? I am not sure. He definitely was a criminal as he says he is atoning for something. He also knew the former Vigilante – Adrian Chase. I liked his fight with Nightwing in this issue and I like the nice continuity references to the going ons in Gotham. This series is shaping up well and I am actually looking forward to the Deathtrap crossover now.

The Good Brainiacs

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Andy Clarke

This series kinda came out of no where but I am glad it did. Vril Dox, aka Brainiac 2, has arrived on earth in search of Supergirl. Encoded within her is information from Brainiac 5. That is all we really know right now except Dox’s police force, L.E.G.I.O.N has been taken over by some mysterious enemy and he has to run from them. This is a good comic and easy to understand even if you don’t know anything about L.E.G.I.O.N and Vril Dox (Which I don’t). I especially like Andy Clarke’s art here, it reminds me a lot of Gary Frank for some reason. I like the connection to my Legion of Super-Heroes. It is nice to know they won’t be forgotten just because their series is over.

Lame Ending For A Great Series

Birds of Prey #127
Written by Tony Bedard and Kevin Van Hook
Art by Claude St. Aubin
and Fernando Pasarin

Meh….this series ended after ten years with a rather lame story about Calculator gaining some Kilgore powers and blah blah blah. Barbara has had mission go wrong a lot, and now she decides to disband the Birds? I don’t buy it. It was all too rushed and didn’t give a proper end to this series. And if DC even think about making her Batgirl again….I will scream! She is Oracle, she has grown as a character, let’s not live in the past. Not to mention we all know Cassandra Cain is the one true Batgirl. What a lame ending to a great series.

Sad This Is Over

Brave and the Bold #22
Written by David Hine
Art by Doug Braithwaite

Hine and Braithwaite’s beautiful and wonderful story arc comes to a close this issue. If DC collects this in trade, I am so buying it. The art is beautiful and the story is fantastic. This issue was so heartwarming and full of hope for that poor little girl. I loved every panel of it. Green Arrow doesn’t play much of a role this issue despite the cover blurb. It’s still more of a Green Lantern/Phantom Stranger story but it doesn’t matter. I can’t really sing its praises enough. Definitely an underrated run. Braithwaite needs to be on another DC book soon. And I would like to see some more writing from Hine.