- Posted by Johanna on October 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $2.99 US
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written by Paul Dini
pencils by Chad Hardin
inks by Wayne Faucher
It’s cheesecake-y at times, as you’d expect from a title starring a woman wearing fishnets instead of pants, but in spite of the exaggerated cleavage, I find myself impressed by one thing about this series: Zatanna gets to win.
She’s got a lot of power, and she uses it well. She may be stymied temporarily, but instead of losing her head or having to be rescued, she comes up with an alternate way to free herself and stop the bad guys.
You might think this might get tiring, but Dini is coming up with new threats and villains all the time. Magic allows for lots of creativity, whether it’s battling demon this or wizard that. There’s a human element, too, as Zatanna’s relationship with her cousin Zach is a struggle. Although they have similar powers, Zatanna’s been more successful with hers, both heroing and on stage, so Zach’s jealous and hurting. I found it refreshing to see the younger, aspiring role being filled by a boy, seeking help from an older woman.
The entertainment world, here represented by Las Vegas and a sleazy casino owner, is a great setting for Zatanna’s blend of power and stagecraft. Her abilities depend as much on her intelligence, on outwitting her opponents, as raw might. That’s why I can’t wait to see how she gets out of this cliffhanger, about to be brainwashed into marrying a user and abuser.
written by Bryan Q. Miller
pencils by Lee Garbett
inks by Trevor Scott
An excellent teamup and a timely threat. Supergirl visits Batgirl just in time to fight movie Draculas come to life.
What I like most about this title is the way Stephanie is a college student and superhero. It’s so much more fun reading an adventure comic when the hero seems like a real person, one with hopes and dreams, balancing a full life (or grousing about having nothing to do on a Friday night) instead of griping about how rotten powers make everything. She doesn’t have powers, just strength and determination and a great supporting cast. (Unfortunately, we don’t see Proxy this issue. Maybe next time.)
The writing excels, with jokes and comments that fit the characters instead of vice versa. There’s a sense of menace, to make the story exciting, but also a sense of fun. I like seeing these young women share action and find more of what they have in common. There are so few superheroines with their own books that it’s nice to see them being friends.
Justice League: Generation Lost #11
written by Judd Winick
pencils by Aaron Lopresti
inks by Matt Ryan
I’d gotten behind on this series, so I hadn’t realized that Keith Giffen had left several issues ago, taking my interest with him.
Instead of focusing on the core characters, we get Metal Men and, last issue, Magog. Now, the former are ok, but they’re not the Justice League members I was reading this series for. And the latter — he was a joke! A symbol of everything stupid about superhero comics in Kingdom Come. Now, we’re supposed to accept him as a significant character? No. I reject the Cable clone and the kind of “force it down their throats” writing he represents, the idea that if someone is shoved in front of fans often enough, they’ll give up and realize they were wrong about hating him. But that was last issue. This time, it’s the Metal Men who are out of character, missing everything that made them charming. Now they’re just another team of robots written by someone who seems to be more familiar with Voltron than their background.
Also missing: cast interplay with a light touch and a sense of history, what made this series different from the existing crossovers and event books on the stands. Instead, this issue is all pointless battle. What a time-waster. I don’t know why Keith Giffen left, or if that’s even what really happened; all I know is that this is another comic I was enjoying and now I don’t.
Booster Gold #37
written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
pencils by Chris Batista
inks by Rich Perrota
Hey, look! Giffen is working, again paired with DeMatteis, on this title, instead! I’ll start reading this one now.
Especially with such wacky ideas as this: Booster’s in intergalactic prison, Blue Beetle (the old one, due to time travel) is a chipmunk, and new character Estrogina is claiming Booster as her boy toy once they break out and rejoin her group of female space pirates. It’s all fast and furious with plenty of narration and wisecracks, just like the good old days. With so much happening, it’s great value and a fun time.