Countdown to Final Crisis 6
I really liked this, mainly for the narration by one of the Cadmus researchers. His view of the growing disaster was presented without much emotion, as befitting a scientist, but his budding concern for Una was rather affecting.
Justice League of America 19
When a book is really good or engrossing, I don't notice a lot of little things that are off. When a book sucks, the little things that are off don't matter. But when a book is stuck somewhere in the middle, the little things make themselves obvious to me. The only thing I liked about this is that it ends up with Waller not knowing where the villains ended up. Cool. Here's what bugged me.
- As people have mentioned, Vixen isn't looking very black lately. I can overlook coloring issues, but in this case, her features are growing more beautiful white woman generic and the coloring of the black males in the book, Black Lightning and John Stewart GL, is darker. Mari is dark only when in shadow.
- John Stewart is there because Black Lightning is staying behind, thereby maintaining the one black female who doesn't look all that black lately and one black male in on the action. Much as I love Roy, it made more sense for him to stay behind, given everyone's skill sets, but then, we wouldn't get the third thing that bugged me.
- Roy. Honestly, does every writer have to rehash the Roy/Cheshire thing? Sure, she's Lian's mother and he has to deal with that, but we got his conflicted feelings for her to death in the last Titans book and I really thought they'd pretty much brought it to a close. Now, it's back, and Roy is acting like a silly teen boy with a crush rather than a man who can put personal feelings aside and be professional. Made me wish he'd been left behind. Even his getting to help take down Kanjar Ro (a baddie I never heard of, or at least, can't recall) with his nifty swift arrow move wasn't enough to placate me over his being treated so shabbily. Roy deserved the chance to be in the JLA, but since Brad Meltzer left the book, he isn't acting like it. I miss Brad.
I'm thinking Sean McKeever wasn't too thrilled to see the name "Simone" on the cover and not his. I know I was startled. Oops. The story came to a nice conclusion, with some nice bits for Huntress, Zinda, and the loony Killer Shark grandson person. The Misfit vs Black Alice scene was nice and any book that includes Manhunter rocks in my mind.
Almost the end of Rucka's run. Super guest stars, led by Superman. Seeing the gathering of JSA and JLAers to help really drove home the seriousness of the situation. And now the rooks! Between this, the stuff in Countdown, the coming Final Crisis, the trouble facing the Lantern Corps, the time disruptions in Booster Gold, and the mess the Challengers of the Unknown are trying to clean up, the DCU is a very dangerous place right now. Makes for good reading, mostly, though.
I love the cover. The way Run Catwoman Run was worked in with the logo. The fact that the zipper on her suit was all the way up and she still looked sexy. The stark white, black, and red coloring. Adam Hughes does great covers. The story was fun, too, as Selina continues to live out her fantasy on an imaginary Earth, with Martian Manhunter getting through to her in time. Great stuff here.
The Blue Devil storyline takes an interesting turn and Shadowpacts of the past and the future are summoned by the Phantom Stranger to join the one from the present to battle, next issue, yet another big bad. The book is average now. I miss the sense of fun.
An ill-advised comment by Wally about his need for money backfires as a new baddie, Spin, takes advantage of the situation. At least Wally's financial situation is being addressed, but his logic about needing a college fund for his kids who might grow again and be old enough for college in a year or so makes no sense. They'd never have enough education by then to be accepted. I'll accept that Wally's too stressed these days to be thinking clearly. An average read. The book started strong for me but is wasting opportunities to move to the next level, whatever that could be.
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The Challs vs Megistus while Ultraman and Superman go at it before managing to work together to stop... Megistus. Next issue should be really good as the book's first story arc is concluded.
And there you have it. What I read today.