DC Rebirth – Here We Go Again Part 2

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SUPERMAN returns this week and I really, really mean that. In fact, I can’t stress that enough. Superman returns.

Since I haven’t been keeping up with the DC52, I had a hard time figuring out what was going on, so understand, I’m reviewing these comics as a brand new reader. A “norm” who has just discovered comics.

Yes, I’m sure there is no end to the people who could help educate me on the history of the collared cape, but I don’t want it. In fact, I highly stress the fact that I do not want any help understanding what has happened. You see, this gives me a better opportunity to fully review these as a “n00b ” and see if DC is really writing these books for new readers or just the fans.

So, yes, Superman Rebirth had me scratching my head, but only for a bit. You see, the old Superman, BEFORE the big DC52 switch-over, has secretly been hanging out in that Universe, unbeknownst to New52 Superman, who has died from fighting Doomsday. So now, old Superman is “Only Superman” and struggles with the idea of how to get New52 Superman back to life and if he can’t, what should happen next? Because you see, NewSupes had a family. He’s married to Lois and they have a half human/half Kryptonian son. Sort of like the Superman Returns movie without the weird stalking vibe.

It’s nice to see Supes back in his original costume and not the Nazi collared jerk he appeared to be in the New52. I’ll be reading this for a while as it seems DC has old Supes feeling like an outsider, which is where he usually does his best work.

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SUPERMAN #1 doesn’t quite continue where Superman: Rebirth leaves off, so again, there’s a little homework involved if you want to keep reading these titles. Basically, Clark is married and we find out his son (actually New52’s Superman’s son, but he was killed, so Clark is now an adoptive dad of sorts) has powers like his father. In fact, it’s a pretty shocking way how we find out about one of his powers.

The rest of the book deals with Clark and Lois trying to figure out how to deal with their sons gifts Nothing we haven’t seen in most story lines dealing with super powers and kids, but this has a strange feel of The Incredibles which struck a chord with me. The art is nice and neat, which makes it seem easier to get into. I have a soft spot for superhero families, like the FF, so I’ll definitely be sticking around a little longer to see how this plays out.

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GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH tells us that between Hal Jordon, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart, Earth doesn’t have enough Green Lanterns.

We learn that the Universe is a big place though and it seems most of the GL’s are busy elsewhere, so Hal Jordon has an idea with the two newest rookie’s Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. He pairs them together like an 80’s cop movie, tying their rings to only one lantern, making them work together as a team to help protect the Earth.

There’s some problems going on with the Red Lanterns also, who seem to be on the verge of losing everything, so we can clearly see a fight on the horizon. I’ve never been a big GL reader, but I’m a sucker for new heroes learning the ropes, so again, I’ll be sticking around to see how it goes. The art is again, nice and simple and the dialogue stays away from cliched paired cop talk, but just barely. It may get a little old fast.

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GREEN LANTERN #1 has our rookies Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, finding a serial killer of aliens on good ‘ol Earth. Something is making people go into rages and with no Hal Jordon to hold their hands, it’s up to LeBaz….no…..Craz?……..Jeson?    How about ZZ? Ah…its a work in progress.

Anyway,  Earth GL’s Cruz and  Baz go on the hunt for a killer. Like I said, the partner banter kind of gets old already, but the characters have enough background story to keep you interested in them. It should be a good title, but the whole “I don’t like the way she does this” and “I don’t like the way he does that” won’t last long with me.

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…

DC has tried to resurrect and old, and I mean old, favorite. Like, I’m so old I didn’t see this in reruns as a kid, old. I saw these first run.

Man, I’m old.

Wacky Racers was a Hannah Barbarra cartoon where a bunch a wacky characters try and race from city to city. We’re never really sure what brought them together or really, what the prizes were, but it was silly and there was nothing else on.

In DC’s reboot, they take the sweet cartoon and turn it inside out. Then shove it down its own throat and pull it out its butthole, but not before pouring whiskey all over it and lighting it on fire.

Any similarities between the old Saturday cartoon and this comic are strictly nothing more than words on a page.

We see that most of the racers are being blackmailed in a way that forces them into racing and the characters read like extras in a Mad Max movie and the director just yelled at them to ad-lib their dialogue. There’s alcohol, swearing and plenty of violence, so I’m not sure who this comic is for. Purists will hate it, kids shouldn’t read it and adults who didn’t see the cartoon will be a little lost.

I’ll admit, bought it for the nostalgia, but that quickly went out the window around page 3. The dialogue reads like an un-produced movie sequel to Death Race and sometimes the action is really hard to follow as the art is pretty messy, but on purpose; to give you feel of the future, cars and violence.

I’ll at least pick up the 2nd issue to see where it goes, but as for buying it, we’ll see.

 

Stay tuned for DC Rebirth Part 3…

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DC Rebirth – Here We Go Again Part 1

I have a Love/Hate relationship with DC comics.

When I was growing up, I read nothing but DC. I read one Marvel comic which was Amazing Spider-Man, but the rest were nothing but DC. All the Superman titles, all the Batman titles, Flash, Wonder Woman and especially Justice League International and America. I loved everything DC.

Then the writing staff of DC at the time, decided to throw away Maxwell Lord’s history and “change” him into a villain, making it the laziest and most pathetic choice ever.

Then they shot Blue Beetle, had Booster Gold leave the present, kill Rocket Red and basically destroy the league I loved.

I walked away and never looked back. I made my home in the house of Marvel after that for years.

Then the new DC52 came along and I gave it a shot. That didn’t last long either. The comics started out good, especially Aquaman, but later on, they gave the feeling that they should have been given away with action figures sold at Target. The art was more of a “house” feel, as all the titles seemed to have the same look without much originality.

So here we are again. REBIRTH is another try at boosting sales by returning their heroes to the universe they were originally in, with slight changes because that happens when you go through time and back.

This time? I may be back because they do show promise, so here’s my semi-non-spoiler review of some of the recent titles.

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BATMAN starts out a little different then most times we’ve been welcomed back to Gotham. Have you ever seen the most cliched scene of Superman saving the city from a falling airliner? Ever wondered how Batman would do it?

Well here’s your chance because because due to some terrorist activities, an airliner is about to crash into a crowded park and it’s up to Batman (and Alfred) to save everyone. The comic gives a false sense of dread, because let’s face it, they aren’t going to kill off Batman in the first issue, but it ends with a mystery, which looks like it could put Batman back on the underdog list.

I thought it was a lot of fun as long as you don’t question the science of it too much. Just sit back and think, “It’s Batman, so of course he can do this”.

The strangest part of the comic, I thought, was if you look hard, you can see Gordon lighting a cigarette, something Marvel has even stopped doing. And don’t get me started on Constantine.

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FLASH has always been a favorite of mine. It’s just so simple. A simple superpower, small cast,  easy to get into.

Though sadly, this didn’t do much for me. A lot goes on and it seems to be trying to tie up the DC52 Flashpoint stuff as well as whats going on now in the new Universe. There’s too much being thrown out to keep up. Maybe that’s the key that I missed. Everything feels rushed, like the writer himself is running out of time. Hopefully things slow down a little and start making sense, but I will say, if the art doesn’t get better, there’s really no reason to go back for me.

 

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AQUAMAN has always had a small, but faithful following and he deserves it. There’s never been anything really wrong with Aquaman, but there’s not really been anything special about him either.

This time around, we see that he’s building a country of sorts in his kingdom as he has added a special building for missions along with a special forces brigade to help guard Atlantis. Mera plays a little bigger role this time around and we see that, everything Aquaman does, Mera merely puts up with. She’s not really excited to save the upper world, but will continue to do  so because her king thinks they should. A not-to-big-of-a -surprise ending with an overused villain, but all in all, a good read and exactly what I opened with. Nothing wrong, but nothing special.

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GREEN ARROW seems to have the same type of following. Small but strong. I’ll admit I did not care for the New 52, younger Ollie. Here, Ollie is more middle aged and professional than before. He doesn’t seem to be as old as he was before the New 52, but he seems just the right age when he comes along a woman named Dinah Lance for the first time.

The story involves the selling of homeless women and children. A cliche used many times, but lets face it, it works. The killing of innocence and the overused power of the rich are touched on with a no holds barred story line with great, simple art and seeing Ollie searching for the bad guys with Dinah at his side feels fun and adventurous. I really hope they can keep this feel because it could be the break out title and gain Ollie some new fans.

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WONDER WOMAN must hold the record for origin stories and this is no different. We see, again, life on the island, but this time, things may not be what they have seemed in her past. It’s hard to review without giving anything away, but what I can say is, if you’re willing to read a story with a slow burn, give it a shot.

JOIN ME FOR DC REBIRTH PART 2 – COMING SOON.