Superman 685 and 686

Superman #685
Written by James Robinson
Art by
Javier Pina and Pablo Raimondi

Times are a changing for this book as Superman makes the decision to leave earth for New Krypton this issue. I like how he said goodbye to Lois and Martha. It was very sweet. I am not sure how I feel about Mon-El adopting Johnathan Kent’s name. I think it is kind of an odd choice, but I look forward to reading about his adventures in this book.

Superman #686
Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes

This was a pretty SWEET beginning for this title without Superman. Robinson looks to be fleshing out the city of Metropolis well and Guedes does his best work…well…ever in this issue! It was really beautiful art. Mon-El still has a lot to learn about being a hero and I like that Steel and the Guardian are watching him. I don’t think Robinson has really sold me on the Guardian yet though. Black Lightning is on the cover but I imagine he actually won’t be involved in any of this because of Outsiders. I can’t wait for the next issue. Who knew Superman would be this good without Superman!

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Good But Disappointing

Action Comics #875
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Eddy Barrows

It took me a while to review this because of my disappointment over the fact that Nightwing and Flamebird were not, in fact, Connor Kent and Linda Danvers. And unless Linda is Superwoman, I am afraid we won’t be seeing her a lot in the DCU as I had hoped. Oh well, without judging this on the dissapointment, I did enjoy this a lot. Flamebird is Thara and Nightwing is Chris Kent. Not exactly the most exciting reveal in the world but it’s decent. I too liked their old costumes and everything but I understand why they needed to change them to protect themselves. I have to wonder why they were shown to have Telekenetic powers before, could DC have originally meant them to be Linda and Connor and then switched on us in the last second? I am not sure. Anyways, this was a good start and Barrows is art is better then usual. I like the idea of Sleeper Agenty Kryptonians all over earth but I wonder what their purpose is? I suppose we will find out.

Predecessors

R.E.B.E.L.S. #2
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Andy Clarke

I like the idea that Vril Dox (Brainiac 2) is using his knowledge of the Legion of Super-heroes to find their predecessors in the 21st century. He begins by recruiting Wildstar, apparently an ancestor of Dawnstar. Dawnstar was never a member of my Legion, so did Brainiac 5 give him the personnel files of multiple Legions? I suppose so. This series is very enjoyable and while it may be confusing at first, I got into it rather quickly. And I am not familiar with L.E.G.I.O.N. or the Omega Men. So I suggest people check it out even if you are hesitant. The art is great too.

Treading Water

Vigilante (Volume 3) #4
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Rick Leonardi

Vigilante comes face-to-face with Jericho (who has taken over Cyborg) this issue and we learn a little bit more about him. Apparently he was a rich kid. It’s always good to see Wolfman write the Titans. Didn’t last issue say Wonder Girl was supposed to be in this issue? Did they mean Donna Troy? Why is DC make so many mistakes with their comics? Shouldn’t someone get fired for this? Whatever it doesn’t matter. I liked Leonardi’s art a lot this issue, otherwise I feel we are just treading water until the big crossover with the Titans books starts.

Final Crisis Reductions

Justice League of America #31
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by
Shane Davis

Okay this was definitely the best issue of this series in a long time. McDuffie really shines when Benes isn’t on the art and when he writes the quieter moments. The team is reduced to John Stewart, Black Canary, Vixen, Zatanna, and Dr. Light and they are a little upset about it. Hawkgirl and Hawkman are alive after all, DC disreguarded another one of Morrison’s ideas sadly. For some reason Zatanna calls Wonder Woman Dinah in this issue, and I get the feeling that this was an art mistake. Actually a mistake that someone should get fired for but I digress. This was a good issue and I am looking forward to see wear the League goes from here. I think it is about time for a new direction.

Time Travel Is Confusing

Booster Gold (Volume 2) #18
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens

While I enjoyed this issue, especially Jurgen’s wonderful art, all of the time travel made this a confusing mess. I usually understand Time Travel stories but Booster meeting Booster kind of threw me off. Why doesn’t Booster remember meeting himself? What was the pharoah doing with the scarab exactly? I don’t know, all I know is I still enjoyed this issue even though I was mega confused. Rex Hunter came back only to be defeated again. I like that he is quickly becoming the arch-villain of Booster Gold and Rip Hunter. Goldstar knows she is supposed to die and one has to wonder why Rip broke his code to keep her alive. Could there be more to it then appeasing Booster?

Superwoman The Murderer

Supergirl (Volume 5) #39
Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle

The mystery deepens, I am starting to hope Superwoman isn’t Linda Danvers after all. I mean she brutally murdered Reactron’s girlfriend and there is no way Linda would ever do that. I do think Linda needs to return to the DCU soon or at least acknowledged as the original Supergirl in these pages. It would be great to see Kara and Linda meet. Superwoman may be a kryptonian after all, although I am not sure. What exactly is Lana’s job? I am confused on that. I will have to reasearch it I guess. This series is so good right now. Everyone pick it up even if you hated it before Gates took over. You will be pleasently surprised.