Sunday, July 17, 2005

Comics Recap

Rann-Thanagar War #3

Reis and Campos are drawing the hell out of this book. Dave Gibbons is writing the hell out of this book. They are also coloring the hell out of it, and to some degree lettering it thru purgatory on the way to hell's outer circle. And it's only issue three!

We've got Durlans, Colulans, Dominators, Khund, Tamaraneans, and freakin' Captain Comet. It's like a DC sci-fi reunion-- I fully expect the Daxamites show up at this pace. Now that I think of it, alot of this ties back to the "Invasion!" crossover from way back when. I recall really digging that, I'll have to see if I still have some hanging around in the long boxes. This time around (with considerably less superheroes) it's even better, and if you've never heard of any of these races I have to imagine it's just damn cool to see all these new elements introduced smack in the middle of a planetary war. What a fantastic rocketship ride book where everything is done on a galactic scale. This book rocks!!!

JLA #116

Couple months ago in Green Lantern:Rebirth, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern decked Batman cold. This has a bit of history behind it and has its share of irony as well. See, waaaaaay back in the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League book, Batman rather famously punched out Green lantern, which at the time was Guy Gadrner. Green Lantern: Rebirth is tied to Infinite Crisis (I am asuming), as is Batman (OMAC) and the current JLA storyline. Depending who you believe, Infinite Crisis is rubbing it's foot into most of the Giffen/DeMatteis established Justice League canon. But like I said, it depends on who you believe... several accounts from DC and Giffen himself are documented saying everything's going according to plan, there's no nose turning in the least.

The only thing that has to do with JLA is dudes punching each other. In this case, Batman punching Hawkman, as seen on the cover, and a full page spread inside. The cover is great, it's a very -ahem- 'striking' image that would surely get one to pick up the book. The exact punch is once again denoted, full page, from a different angle, tho I wonder if it's a bit redundant at that scale. I'm sure interior artist Batista wanted his take recorded, with Rags Morales holding onto the cover glory. Either way both pieces will fetch a pretty penny on the art sale market.

The art is damn good, as I mentioned in my blurb about last issue. The story proceeds as it will, I can only wonder what kinds of conclusions will be drawn by JLA members, if any, before Infinite Crisis begins in ernest.

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