Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Finally!

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Finally!

It took an extra day, but it was so worth it. I managed to get my greedy mitts on Blue Beetle, Final Crises: Revelations, Final Crises, Incredible Hercules, Jack of Fables, Justice Society of America, Punisher: War Zone, Trinity and Wonder Woman. It was a very very GOOD week!

Firstly, this issue of Blue Beetle was simply hilarious. SO many good moments, from Paco in tuxedo jack and no pants, to Jaime running out of the school gym in a panic, to the arrival of the Blue Beetle Corps, and their agenda...the elimination of oppresive states, and rogue powers, such as terrorists and the JLA...but MOSTLY the obliteration of the Green Lantern Corps and their Oan Masters! Booyah!

Why oh why are they cancelling this book again?

Final Crises: Revelations was the conclusion, and you'll be relieved to know that it all ends up...well...pretty good, all things considered. Huntress and the Question sort've die, but not really, and Cain/Vandal Savage gets his vastly deserved comeuppance, and the Spectre actually gets a bit of redemption as well.

Final Crises ends, and with a bang! I actually loved this entire series a lot, but I do have to add the caveat that it makes a lot more sense if you read the additional series, such as the Superman two--parter, and Batman RIP and a few others. With all of the delays it was a bit difficult to remember just who was who, and what they were doing, so I imagine that reading it in trade, may make it easier for some people.

This story was about stories...and their power, and there were a lot of layers and layers to it. A LOT of things happen, and it's sometimes easy to miss things, but going back and re-reading it, and looking more closely at some of the panels is quite rewarding. I have to say that Doug Mahnke did a bang-up job on the art, especially considering the time problems. But just about everybody shows up, including some characters that you would NEVER expect, the Green Lanterns make their triumphant appearance, Hawkman and Hawkgirl get singed, Aquaman somehow manages his return, Stargirl manages to remain heroic through the whole thing, the Flashes do their stuff, Darkseid gets his, and...oh and Batman's not really dead, he's just misplaced for a while. He'll be back.

The Incredible Hercules #125 is the conclusion of the story of the Marvel version of Amazons Attack, and I really have to say that they did it better. Artume has managed to remake reality with the Amazons ruling things, and it is a lot of fun. In the end, reality reasserts itself, loved ones are broken apart, and Cho and Hercules decide that pizza may make themselves feel better.

Jack of Fables has the battle just getting crazier and crazier. I'm a little worried about Gary however. Oh and Babe the tiny blue ox has his usual cameo.

Black Adam and Isis are reunited, and Felix Faust gets his. Or actually he possibly loses his. Whatever. Isis seems to be awfully cranky. And speaking of cranky, Hawkman has a hissy fit and stomps out of the Justice Society. Alan is obviously full of piss and vinegar as well, but Jay is fairly philosophical about it all...as well he should be. They are trying to reorganize the JSA and we get to see what some of the characters are doing, and where they will be going.

Oh, and Black Adam and Isis kick Billy out of the Rock of Eternity, which I actually consider to be a good thing. Too bad about the whole "shazam" thing. Maybe he should try yelling "Chocolate Egg Cream!"

Punisher: War Zone draws to its hilarious and bloody conclusion. There really is no intellectual reason whatseover to read this book, it's just violent and rude and very very funny. Ennis and Dillon together are always a dynamite combination.

Trinity continues to be entertaining. We get a bit of background on Enigma in the backstory this week,and it is quite interesting. Lois has her moment to shine as well.

Wonder Woman and Tom finally get to smooch. It's about time. The armor was gorgeous as was the art, and Cheetah shows up. Zeus has created his own bunch of Amazons, complete with their own island and agenda, and it probably isn't going to end well. There was a bit of a problem with the lettering, some letters left off of words, and other words misspelled, which was odd. Was this a rush job and nobody caught it? A little jarring to read. On the other hand, considering how inept I am at editing my own entries, I'm in no position to be casting stones.
But this was very very good.

14 Comments:

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Oh, Hawkman, Hawkman, Hawkman ... To paraphrase Groucho Marx, he should probably never join a group that would have him as a member. :-)

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger GL2814E said...

Choclate Egg Cream...

Goddamitt Billy, I guess he figured Black Adam would never think to visit Facett City. Oh well.

Is that still Black Adam's word of power? It would be fantastic. Hopefully this is the start of the Marvel's being purged of the Winnick's influence.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

No "e" in Crisis, Sally. :-P

And there's only one "n" in Winick, dammit! That's one of my pet peeves...

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Shelly said...

I've read only Final Crisis 7 from this week so far, and still trying to wrap my brain around it. I liked it, but I can't help feeling things were left out. And there was plenty in there. Lots and lots of stuff in there. I loved it. I just wish it had been more cohesive.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Well I'll be damned. Crisis IS spelled with an "i" at the end, not crises. The things you learn!

Sorry about that.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Oh, I don't mind. That's just me gently poking fun of your reference to not editing your entries. :-P

I kid because I love.

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Edit, schmedit.

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!"

There shouldn't be an apostrophe.

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

It is correct, if you read it as Green Lantern Butt IS Forever! I am using the apostrophe in the posessive form. And frankly, because the very idea of Green Lantern Butts is a UNIVERSAL TRUTH!

Or something.

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would convey the same meaning without the apostrophe, and would actually read more clearly that way. The apostrophe looks like a gross typo, like someone who confuses "its" and "it's."

 
At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And no, you're not using the apostrophe in the possessive form. "Forever" is not a noun.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I LIKE my apostrophe, and I'm KEEPING it.

 
At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, "forever" can be a noun, but not when phrased this way.

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Is this absolutely necessary? I don't mock the title of your blog.

Sheesh!

 

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