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Thursday, September 01, 2011

This Week's Reviews!

Man, that was fast! Not a lot of books this week, obviously. Still...it was interesting to say the least.

Flashpoint #5

And so we come to the end of Flashpoint. Evil Flash, aka Thawne finally shows up, and mocks poor Barry, saying that the whole mess was His Fault! Yes, when Barry went back in time to save his mother, it destroyed the entire time line or something. I...find this a bit hard to swallow. It also somehow freed Thawne from needing Barry and the Speed Force, so he was outside of time, and didn't need Barry anymore, so he was free...FREE to kill him! Bwahaha! Luckily, old fart Batman was there, and stabbed him through the back with a big honking sword. I'll bet he didn't see THAT coming! So Barry runs and runs and runs, and talks to his mom, and puts it all back...somehow, but it still isn't quite right...still close enough apparently.

I'm actually put in mind of that Simpsons episode where Homer makes the time travelling toaster, and keeps messing up the time line, and finally gets back, and everything seems normal except they eat with their lizard tongues, and he figures...eh, close enough.

This is why you should leave time travel to the experts! Like Booster and Rip!

But Barry does show up at the Batcave, which seems refreshingly normal and gives Bruce a letter from his Dad, which was actually a rather sweet moment. Barry also seems to be able to remember everything about the alternate time-line, which seems as though they are leaving themselves an "out". Just in case.

This was not my favorite storyline. It wasn't TERRIBLE...but it really wasn't that good either. I just don't really see the point of all of this, but there's nothing I can do about it now, except cross my fingers and hope for the best.

Justice League #1

Here it is! The new NEW Justice League, with a brand new shiny number ONE! So unprecedented! Geoff Johns! Jim Lee!

This takes place apparently five years ago, when Superheroes weren't littering the countryside, the way that they do now. Batman was considered to be an urban myth, and Superman is considered a dangerous alien. In fact, Batman is in pursuit of...something as he and it are being chased by the Gotham City Police. Then Hal shows up, in all of his glowing green glory. Hal is amazed that Batman is real. He's even more amazed that Batman doesn't actually have any powers other than the power of extreme rudeness. Still, they end up joining forces, and go off to Metropolis to look for Superman for some reason.

Hal is young, cocky, arrogant and extremely full of himself. In other words...he's Hal. Batman is back to being surly. Everyone wears collars. Their costumes are unnecessarily complicated. Aquaman, Wonder Woman and the Flash do not show up. Cypborg does, but he isn't Cyborg yet.

It's...ok. Nothing mind-boggling. At least they didn't stand around and look at pictures for four issues. On the other hand, they didn't fight a giant starfish either. Oh, and the villain appears to be from Apokolips. Shocking.

Retroactive: Justice League of America

I believe this actually came out last week, but I just found it yesturday, and it has the Detroit League, and oh, what the heck, it was fun, with Citizen Steel and Aquaman yelling at each other, and Vixen with that gawdawful hairdo, and Zatanna with that thing on her head. Gypsy of all people saves the day, against Felix Faust, and Vibe doesn't do a whole lot. Still...fun in a silly sort of way.

Journey Into Mystery #626.l

I do love this book, but really WHAT is going on with this weird numbering system from Marvel?

Loki summons a Teller, using a half-forgotten spell, and wants basically to know what the rest of the Asgardians think about him. Naturally, with his former life before them as an example, they all think he's a creep, and say so. Poor little Loki. The teller offers to tell him what Thor really thinks of him, but Loki hesitates and declines, and dismisses the Teller. Of course, it isn't that simple, there is always a price for these sorts of things, and the price is Loki's future. Fortunately, Loki's raven went and woke up Thor,who came a'runnin' and saved his baby brother.

Awwww...They're adorable. I've always rather liked Loki, and I like this version even better.

So...an interesting week to be sure.


At 12:49 PM, Blogger Siskoid said...

So I can put another blogger in the "meh" column re: Justice League. Is it the consensus already?

I did like how Hal was a complete bonehead, perhaps more on purpose than ever before (the writer's purpose, not Hal's), but it didn't go anywhere.

What did you think of the way the constructs were done? I though the color special effects obscured them, myself.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I liked the constructs well enough, it was nice to see Hal doing something other than a boxing glove. I don't know that I'd classify Hal as STUPID per se, but he is awfully young and headstrong, and cocky...and yes, he's a bit stupid.

But that's Hal.

I thought Bats was a bit on the arrogant side too, to be frank. It was an...ok book. Meh, sums it up pretty well.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it showed Hal and Bruce as both wonderfully arrogant, overconfident, and jockeying to one-up the other. I did love the "man in a bat-suit" comment though. I've been of the opinion he's overrated for a while. Let's face it though, Clark's the only really nice one.

And Kid Loki is adorable. I'm on board for Journey Into Mystery 671.23.242.17:29432 as long as it has Kid Loki.

-- Jack of Spades

At 8:35 PM, Blogger poops said...

So, Peter Parker can go ahead and sell his soul (or "marriage") to the devil to keep his decrepit old aunt around for another couple of generations, with no horrible repercussions, but Barry tries to save his mom and suddenly everyone turns into raving A-holes AND he destroys the universe?! Not impressed AT ALL!

I really thought that between Flashpoint, Brightest Day Aftermath and War of the Lanterns, DC would tie them all together and finish with a major bang. It seems that everyone just kind of phoned it in...I'm pretty bummed.

On the flip side (and taking into consideration the fact that the old DCU is now gone!), I thought the new JL was pretty good. Some fun dialogue. I actually thought to myself, "Oh, Sally's gonna love this!" when Bats stole Hal's ring!

Oh well, I guess we'll all see where this goes.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Clark IS the nice one. Although apparently, they are going to make him more "Brooding" in the new reboot. Because another brooding character is ALL we need!

Does EVERY character have to be full of angst?

Poops, you raise a very very good point. Having Barry be reponsible for the end of the world because he saved his mother is really pushing it. Heck, Rip and Booster go back in time and don't have these problems. Of course, they apprently know what they are doing. Still...I wouldn't take Thawne's word for it, he's always been a creep. But I imagine Barry will be having nightmares for a while.

I did rather enjoy Hal...being Hal. I would have liked for Batman to be less of a jerk, but that's obviously past praying for. Remember when Bats and Superman were best chums?


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