Thursday, June 06, 2013

Playing Catch Up

I'll probably never get caught up, but I'm working on it.

First, the new....

Miss Fury 3
What a confusing yet wild ride this is! And I had my choice of cover, too. Jack Herbert's interior art is stunning, the facial expressions so realistic. And the story has Miss Fury, and the reader, bouncing around in time from the 1940s to 2013, and it seems that nothing is what it appears to be in this alternate reality where the Nazis have the upper hand. An intriguing book.

The Movement 2
I'm still trying to keep all the characters straight, but this is Gail Simone at her best: writing a group book with quirky characters and lots of heart. The art by Freddie Williams II suits the story well. This is a gritty book and I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop. And remembering all the characters' names!

Not as new...

Ame-Comi Girls 1-4, plus the earlier highlight issues 4 (featuring Power Girl) and 5 (featuring Supergirl)
These got some nice reviews, and are written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, so I thought I'd give them a try. They're clearly designed for younger readers, and while the Anime-ish art isn't my cuppa, the books are mostly fun. This is an alternate reality of the DCU where the female characters are front and center as the heroes and the men are in supporting roles. Jimmy Olsen is to Power Girl what Lois Lane has traditionally been to Superman, yet retaining his oft-time annoying personality. Even the villains are female versions of mostly male characters, including Sinestro and Brainiac. But even then, the backgrounds are different.

Supergirl and Power Girl are cousins, a nice switch on Supergirl and Superman's relationship. Even the destruction of Krypton has been reworked to fit the larger story. Fun bits include Batgirl and Robin who are underage and forbidden by their parents to continue their superheroics. These are fun books and it's good to see a series where young women carry the action, on both sides of the battle.

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