Good Superhero Comics: Week of March 5

Welcome back! It’s been a while since I’ve done superhero reviews here. And yes, I’m late, with more books coming out tomorrow, but I don’t rush out to get periodical comics any more.

Comments on The Twelve #3, Justice League: The New Frontier Special, and Teen Titans: Year One #3 follow.

The Twelve #3 — Still good, still exploring the culture clash that happens when original mystery men from a simpler age wind up in modern times. Most of this issue is an ethnic pride lesson that’s delivered with a bit too much sledgehammer, but I can’t argue with the different attitude that comes with different generations, and the anger of those left behind is plausible enough.

Justice League: The New Frontier Special cover

The narrator gets a job offer from someone who lays out the premise of the series nakedly, just in case you hadn’t noticed. One of the heroes turns out to be a Joker-like psycho, and others explore their places in the current era. I’m still interested in reading more, and eager to do so.

Justice League: The New Frontier Special — Can you believe I still haven’t watched the DVD movie? From the opening page, where an aggressively suburban Rip Hunter says “Who cares what world we’re on?” while some Jackie O-lookalike sets out patio furniture from a time bubble, I’m in for this tie-in special regardless.

The first story, Batman vs. Superman, seems to be the showdown every creator wants to do, but Darwyn Cooke gets the characters to feel exactly right. Although my favorite part was when Wonder Woman stopped the projector reel by hand while taking her righteous stand. And I got a giggle out of noticing her bullet bra under her toga. True to the era, but goofy nonetheless.

Teen Titans: Year One #3 cover

The Robin story has art by David Bullock and Michael Cho and a version of the character who sounds like Eric Von Zipper, all faux tough guy slang. J. Bone draws the Wonder Woman/Black Canary teamup, a Playboy club parody that isn’t funny and isn’t insightful. Shame, that, because it ends the stories on a bum note. There is an additional section of design sketches to cleanse the palate, though.

Teen Titans: Year One #3 — This series is brilliant because the teens act like youngsters. Especially too-weird-for-words Aqualad. His oddity is hilarious.

What I liked about this issue, aside from the kids saving the day through old-fashioned teamwork and hard work, is that we’re halfway through the miniseries and the main challenge of the first three issues has been resolved. Which leaves plenty of room for the group to bond and develop. Yay for more!

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