- Posted by Johanna on August 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
Superman/Batman #51 — I had no idea this title was still going, and I’m not particularly sure why. It seems to be the home for wacky “wouldn’t it be cool if?” ideas, a replacement for the old Elseworlds line.
This month, it’s the Li’l League, kid versions of DC superheroes, meeting up with the two adult title characters. I knew who was behind it much earlier than the reveal, but I have a weakness for tiny superheros. (I know, it’s a failing.) Especially jut-jawed, teeth-gritted baby Batman, whose grimness is apparently in reverse proportion to his size.
I found the retellings of the two main character origins particularly amusing. Those two were formed out of death, but that’s not in keeping with the kids’ “simpler, happier world,” so Krypton, instead of blowing up, has a Great Rain that got everything wet. The babes even conclude that the big’uns are bad guys because they’re so quick to resort to violence. (I share the feeling.) Supergirl’s secret power is stupid, but the hearts are cute.
The Brave and the Bold #16 — The series as I know it is ending, with writer Mark Waid moving on and the art nowhere as good as it had been under George Perez. (Scott Kolins’ flat, non-shaded art only ever made sense to me when the Legion of Super-Heroes were trapped on the intense sun planet.)
But this story, Superman teaming up with Catwoman to infiltrate a villains’ auction, is still fun. The two have such distinct, different personalities that they play well off each other, and the story makes sense regardless of what else you’re reading. Catwoman flat-out lusts after Superman, which is refreshing in comics, to see that kind of flirting handled so light-handedly and skillfully. (And a single adult female likely would have those kinds of thoughts when viewing Superman, something only Gail Simone has picked up on before.) The twists and turns were surprising, too. An enjoyable stand-alone adventure comic — who knew they still made such things?
Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 — I wanted to like this, but three Legions are too much for me. For every bit where I thought, “oh, I know what they’re referring to”, there was something else where I had no idea. (Who are the three bug-looking women crawling around the edges of the Zero Hour Legion?) And I have a problem reading anything with “Final Crisis” on it, even if here it seems mostly a meaningless marketing tie-in. Although I have a tiny little thrill seeing Koko one more time. On the other hand, I’d be happy never seeing Superboy-Prime ever again, because he’s ridiculously over-the-top in his self-promoting venom, and his motivations usually make no sense.