Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yet More New DC Comics

You all know how I feel about the necessity and success of the reboot so far. Here are my thoughts on what I read this week.


THE GOOD:

Nothing really jumped out at me this week as being something I really enjoyed and really want to keep reading. I don't think it's going to get better for me than last week's Demon Knights.

I did sort of enjoy Green Lantern Corps. Most of the experience I have with the GL universe comes from the late 1960s, so I'm surprised at how violent all of the Lantern comics have been. I mean, I guess I understand some of it, since they're basically cops in space and this sort of bloody sci-fi peril is supposed to up the stakes or whatever, but seriously, there's a lot of carnage on display. It's not quite the out-and-out sadism of Detective Comics #1, but it's a lot of blood.

I did like seeing Guy Gardner attempt to balance out a normal life on Earth with being a Lantern. John Stewart less so; I don't have a lot of experience with John as a character, but he seems a tad fastidious. I think I'll keep reading this one, since I'm going to keep reading Green Lantern, and I've been enjoying the whole idea of it. I feel like I'm done with the worlds of Batman and Superman now, so why not Green Lantern for a while?

DC Universe Presents was okay. It did a good job as far as rebooting Deadman; it introduced the character and premise quickly, told you that Boston Brand had a history, and then implied that it's not essential for you to know any of that history in order to keep up with the story. I may or may not keep reading it. I've never been that into Deadman, and there's a lot of angst here.

THE BAD:

I dug Scott Lobdell's Superboy last week, so I gave his Red Hood and the Outlaws a shot. It's shit. It's just shit. It reads like Burn Notice fan fiction starring Deadpool. I especially don't like the hard, uncaring edge they've given Starfire. Just doesn't work for me. Not at all.

I have zero experience with the new Blue Beetle character, except what I've seen on the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon, so I can't say if Blue Beetle was a good reboot or not. Maybe calling it bad isn't quite accurate; it at least told you everything you needed to know about the premise right off, but the rest played like Ultimate Spider-Man with racist stereotypes. I don't see myself reading more. I miss Ted Kord.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 was impossible to slice through. I liked Mark Waid's run five or six years ago. Nightwing #1 was boring. And, just like Batman and Robin, seems to have no idea what's Batman continuity now and what isn't. So, again, Dick being Batman and that "Return of Bruce Wayne" (aka terrible excuse for a Robert E. Howard pastiche) happened? Hey, sorry, but it's DC's fault I have to ask these questions; making such a big deal about continuity only forces you to notice the mistakes and discrepancies. Deal with it, Didio.

Supergirl was a real disappointment. Two pages into it, I was thinking this is something like the sixth or seventh origin of Supergirl, and I just didn't care. The whole thing is basically one scene, something a real creative team should've been able to tackle in two pages. It took me about 44 seconds to read it. A waste of paper.

THE DELAYED:

Currently, Batman #1 is unavailable to me. Maybe I can get it next week. I don't have any hopes for it, given my disdain for all of the Bat books so far, but I'll check it out.

THE UNREAD:

I skipped Birds of Prey because I don't care, Captain Atom because I don't care, and Catwoman because I don't care. Eh. I saw the last couple of pages from Catwoman of Batman and Catwoman fucking on Tumblr, and I'm kind of glad I didn't take the time to read it.

AND THE WTF:

Okay, everyone is cheering on Wonder Woman #1 like it won the Special Olympics or something. My guess is because it's just so different from what you expect and have gotten from Wonder Woman in the past. Also because it's so derivative of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. I honestly can't decide if I like it or not. I want to, but it's a real mess. On the good side, it's very firmly rooted in Greek mythology, so when you step into it, it already feels like there's a whole universe to it that's been really imagined. It has an atmosphere because of it. But on the bad side, it's just a terrible first issue. Once again, it assumes you're familiar with Wonder Woman and who she is, and makes no attempt to tell you what she does or why she's special. It's like a story with no beginning; it starts in the middle somewhere and doesn't stop for you to catch up. It's violent as hell (of course, like the entire nu-niverse is), and the art... was this a rush job? Because I know Cliff Chiang is a better artist than this. This one I'll give a few issues, because I'm curious what Brian Azarello is trying to say (if anything) or at least want to figure out what drugs he's taking. Or maybe I'll wait and see if the Corinthian or Merv Pumpkinhead show up, or something. I have a feeling this is going to be something truly awful.

Seriously, how hard is it to write Wonder Woman?

2 comments:

James said...

Azarello is shit. Seriously. Pompous, cryptic, overblown shit. I've known this since his run on Superman, "For Tomorrow." Try reading any of it and tell me what ANY of it means.

Or hell, try reading his joker miniseries. Terrible, convoluted bullshit.

Christ, I hate Azarello. He presents...settings, but no stories.

SamuraiFrog said...

Oh, I did read that Joker thing. I tried to. I couldn't read it! It was exactly as you describe.

Eh, maybe I won't read any more. I took another look and it and it gave me a headache...