- Posted by Johanna on August 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
I cannot believe how bad this issue is. You ever read a comic, flip to the credits, and say to yourself, “There’s no way he actually wrote that unless he was possessed!”? This is one of those issues. Sean McKeever is the credited writer, and normally he doesn’t write such unmitigated garbage. Oh, wait, there are lots of spoilers ahead.
Here’s the summary, including the ending:
Wendy and Marvin (who, yes, became actual characters in continuity) are apparently the caretakers of Titans Tower, and they feel underappreciated. Then a dog shows up. Marvin points out how weird it is for a dog to suddenly appear on an island. (Foreshadowing! With a trowel!) Wendy thinks it’s cute. The dog refuses to eat anything although they think he must be hungry for something. (More badly done warning of what’s to come!)
Miss Martian gives it a cape. They’ve started calling it Wonderdog for no sufficiently explained reason. Cyborg reassures Wendy and Marvin that they’re needed, really. Miss Martian leaves the team.
It’s a dark and stormy night. (No, really, we see lightning bolts and a Krakoom sound effect.) Wendy is looking for Marvin and the dog. Wendy finds the dog, turned into a monster that killed Marvin. Wendy runs and calls for help but is ignored. Then the dog eats her while the superheroes work out with each other.
Last page: unrecognizable supervillain (who has a blue version of Magneto’s helmet with way too many horns tacked on) says “good dog”.
This is utter crap! If you’re going to use characters that only exist because of fond memories of a children’s cartoon, who the hell thinks that this is a good idea of what to do with them? “Wonderdog eats Wendy and Marvin” is a punchline in an indy comic that wants to be hip and cruel, not a full issue of a DC superhero book.
Not to mention there are way too many panels of watching the girl run in terror. This is not a slasher comic. Or at least, it shouldn’t be.
There are problems with this issue on every level: The surprise ending is no surprise because we have no idea who’s being revealed. There isn’t a story, only a series of incidents (which is common superhero plotting, yes, but it’s still a flaw). The characters we have the most feeling for and understanding of leave; we are left with two-dimensional ciphers.
It’s misrepresented by its cover, meaning that the people who actually want to see this kind of pointless horror story won’t find it, and those expecting something more in tone with the marketing image will be repulsed. The kind of audience who wants to see goofy flashback bribes like Wendy and Marvin will hate the content; those who like death as entertainment don’t care who you slaughter.
The only good thing I can say about this comic is that at least *something* happened in it. I also tried reading Reign in Hell #2, and all anyone did was sit around and talk about what happened or what was going to happen or what they wished would happen.