- Posted by Johanna on June 17, 2008 at 7:44 am
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
I know it’s fashionable to bash this series, but I didn’t think it was all that bad. Someone’s using emotional warfare against the team members — inducing envy, lust, anger — which at least gives the characters something to do beyond hit people. I like bringing in these motivations, even if artificially induced, because this team is a great group of personalities, always has been, and it shows them off well.
I could go a long way before I see Trigon again, though. He’s boring in his inhuman power, because it allows for sloppy plotting. But the idea of his kids… that humanizes the threat, and I’m curious enough to come back next month.
The visual storytelling could be a lot better, of course — too many of the women are posed for pinups no matter what the plot requires. But which superhero books isn’t that true of?
Wonder Woman #21
Was anyone crying out for a mishmash of Amazon warrior with Conan?
Oh, no, Diana is losing compassion and mercy and love, becoming a cold-blooded killer. Didn’t we already explore this recently with the whole Max Lord thing? If I was going to do a storyline in which a DC hero seriously ponders the implications of deadly force, I’d use Batman. His world is much better suited to it. Wonder Woman’s character is, historically, too muddled for any storyline of this type to be as meaningful as it should be… or even to stick for any length of time.
Very odd to read this barbarian alternate world stuff after having just read Trinity, where she’s drinking coffee in a snazzy white suit and talking about losing her powers when she’s out of armor. Hard to reconcile in my mind.
Batman Confidential #18
I just adore Kevin Maguire’s art. He makes even fanboy pandering, sending Batgirl and Catwoman into a nudist club, attractive. It’s a ridiculous storyline — Catwoman steals Batgirl’s Dad’s police notebook, the Maguffin which gets them chasing each other around the city and eventually wrestling naked — but entertaining nonetheless. Mostly due to the expression-filled art. And a sense of fun, even if it’s so obviously aimed below the belt at an audience I’m not part of.
Booster Gold #10
Where did the fun in this book go? Now it’s all mucky trying to kill people jumping around in time stuff. It’s like all the most boring plot device pieces from Back to the Future without the amusing history or characterization.
Now, everyone’s all hateful, making threats through gritted teeth. Too much dialogue, and none of it interesting (or particularly informative if you’re reading for story instead of continuity). And if I never see another superhero trying to work out his father issues through battle, it’ll be too soon. I’m also very tired of superhero comics with the message, “no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a difference.” What kind of lesson is that?