The Week in Revue (Aug 28 – Sep 3, 2013)

Spotlight

Batman Incorporated Special #1

(w) Chris Burnham, Joe Keatinge, Dan Didio

(a) Chris Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Masters

DC Reviews

Batman/Superman #3

(w) Greg Pak

(a) Jae Lee

Justice League #23 –> DC Comics News Review!

(w) Geoff Johns

(a) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

The Flash #23

(w) Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato

(a) Francis Manapul

Marvel Reviews

Captain America #10

(w) Rick Remender

(a) Joh Romita Jr.

Young Avengers #9

(w) Kieron Gillen

(a) Jaime McKelvie

The Week in Revue (July 10-16, 2013)

Spotlight

Batman #22

(w) Scott Snyder

(a) Greg Capullo

“ZERO YEAR” CONTINUES!!!

DC Reviews

Green Lantern Corps #22

(w) Robert Vendetti and Van Jensen

(a) Cliff Chiang

GUY GARDNER IS A RED LANTERN ONCE AGAIN! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS?

Justice League #22

(w) Geoff Johns

(a) Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

“TRINITY WAR” BEGINS HERE! THIS REVIEW WILL APPEAR ON DCCOMICSNEWS.COM!

Superman Unchained #2

(w) Scott Snyder

(a) Jim Lee

WHO IS THE MAN OF STEEL’S MYSTERIOUS NEW ENEMY? WHO IS THE ORIGINAL SUPERMAN?

Marvel Reviews

Uncanny X-Men #8

(w) Brian Michael Bendis

(a) Chris Bachalo

AFTER GOING TO HELL AND BACK, HOW WILL THE TEAM DEAL?

Young Avengers #7

(w) Kieron Gillen

(a) Jaime McKelvie

REMEMBER THOSE SKRULLS FROM THE FIRST ISSUE? THEY’RE BACK!

The Week in Revue (June 26 – July 2, 2013)

——- Spotlight
Batman/Superman #1
(w) Greg Pak
(a) Jae Lee

——- DC Reviews

The Flash #21
(w) Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
(a) Francis Manapul

Justice League #21 
(w) Geoff Johns
(a) Gary Frank
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW ON DC COMICS NEWS!

Justice League of America #21
(w) Geoff Johns
(a) David Finch
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW ON DC COMICS NEWS!

——- Marvel Reviews
Age of Ultron #10A.I.
(w) Mark Waid
(a) Andre Araujo

X-Men #2
(w) Brian Wood
(a) Olivier Coipel

Young Avengers #6
(w) Kieron Gillen
(a) Kate Brown

The Week in Revue (Apr 17-23, 2013)

——- Spotlight

Age of Ultron #6 of 10
(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco
THE TIDES TURN AS THE SURVIVING HEROES BEGIN THE MARCH TO TAKE DOWN ULTRON!

——- DC Reviews
DC Universe Presents #19
(w) Tony Bedard     (a) Javier Pina
FINAL ISSUE! WHO HAS BROUGHT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION TO THE JUSTICE LEAGUE? IF YOU READ PREVIEWS, YOU ALREADY KNOW.

Justice League #19
(w) Geoff Johns     (a) Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
NOT A FINAL ISSUE! WHO HAS BROUGHT KRYPTONITE TO A FIGHT AGAINST THE JUSTICE LEAGUE? IF YOU READ PREVIEWS, YOU ALREADY KNOW.

———- mini reviews
Green Lantern: New Guardians #19
(w) Tony Bedard     (a) Andres Guinaldo and Raul Fernandez
NOW THERE’S TWO WHITE LANTERNS? WASSUP WITH THIS CRAZY?

Wonder Woman #19
(w) Brian Azzarello     (a) Tony Akins and Dan Green
WONDER WOMAN vs. ORION! PLUS SOMETHING ELSE ON THE SECRET GATEFOLD!

——- Marvel Reviews
Captain America #6
(w) Rick Remender     (a) John Romita Jr.
I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES. IT’S CRAZY GOOD.

Nova #3
(w) Jeph Loeb     (a) Ed McGuinness
NOVA’S ORIGIN CONTINUES! 

Justice League #18

(w) Geoff Johns     (a) Jesus Saiz

Geoff Johns is taking the same route Cartoon Network’s Justice League did in 2004 by expanding the roster of the League in anticipation of bigger, more ferocious enemies in the future. Honestly, it would have been nice to see more of the core team’s adventures and interpersonal relationships before diving into team expansion. Sure, this is Justice League #18 and the ‘New 52’ has been around for close to two years, but in the modern age of decompressed storytelling, 18 issues has only produced a handful of conflicts that the League has faced. 

Back in the day, 18 issues could have been 18 different stories, a different approach to team building, but one that offered a more robust look at how said team works as a unit. Today, it’s still somewhat unclear how the core League members truly work together, how their personalities play off each other, and how that affects their behavior. Johns has done an excellent job delivering character development where possible, but it’s still frustrating to see new members coming in at this point. And that’s not even mentioning Justice League of America, which also sees Johns bringing lesser known characters into the spotlight. It’s just a geyser of new characters, it seems.


** SPOILERS AHEAD! **


Justice League #18 is an exciting issue because we get to see so many faces in one issue. With Hal Jordan out of the picture for the time being, and the near-destruction of Boston in “Throne of Atlantis”, Batman and Cyborg decide it’s time to reveal the Grid, a circumstantial database of all the world’s superheroes. I say circumstantial because the entire Grid was a side-effect of the persistent flow of information into Cyborg’s always-connected mainframe. Since he’s basically a living supercomputer, Cyborg shares the curse of overabundance with Superman — they’re both continuously aware of almost everything around them. The difference is that Clark hears everyone while Victor processes digital information terabytes at a time. Thus, over the five years of the League’s existence, Cyborg inadvertently collected all the known information on every superhero on Earth.

But it’s just that: only the known information. Justice League #18 not only showcases established heroes like Black Canary, Zatanna, Firestorm, and Nightwing in a new light, but also gives minor and new characters a chance to shine with a chance at membership in the planet’s most exclusive hero club. While the current members of the League all understand the where they are and what the stakes are going forward, most of the invited candidates have no idea what they’re in for. It’s this juxtaposition that provides a nervous tension that simmers throughout the issue. Even Nightwing and Batman’s short interaction reflects their relationship post-“Death of the Family”. And how could it not be awkward? Six of the most powerful beings on the planet are judging and choosing new colleagues to patrol everything, not just a city or neighborhood beat.

There’s no escaping the fact that Justice League #18 is a good old-fashioned prelude issue. There’s so much being set up from beginning to end that it’s hard to squeeze a story-proper out of an issue like this. Fortunately, Geoff Johns stands up to the task and makes the entire affair feel completely fluid and natural. My bias for the structure of character development aside, JL #18 hits all the right marks. At the end of the day, it’s really hard not to like seeing so many familiar (and some unfamiliar) faces in one issue.

GRADE
7.5/10

The Week In Revue (Mar 20-26, 2013)

——- Spotlight

Constantine #1
(w) Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes     (a) Renato Guedes
JOHN CONSTANTINE GETS HIS OWN SERIES IN THE ‘NEW 52’!

——- DC Reviews
Justice League #18
(w) Geoff Johns     (a) Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
THE METAL MEN MAKE THEIR ‘NEW 52’ DEBUT!

Justice League of America #2
(w) Geoff Johns     (a) David Finch
WILL THE NEW JLA COME TOGETHER TO STOP THIS SECRET NEW THREAT?

———- mini reviews
Green Lantern: New Guardians #18
(w) Tony Bedard     (a) Aaron Kuder
“WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN” CONTINUES!

Wonder Woman #18
(w) Brian Azzarello     (a) Tony Akins
WHAT DOES THE GOD OF WAR HAVE PLANNED FOR DIANA’S FUTURE?



——- Marvel Reviews
All-New X-Men #9
(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Stuart Immonen
THE ORIGINAL FIVE X-MEN GET NEW COSTUMES!

Avengers #8
(w) Jonathan Hickman     (a) Dustin Weaver
THE AVENGERS FACE THE WORLD BREAKER! LOOK FOR CONNECTIONS TO NEW AVENGERS!


——– mini Reviews
Captain America #5
(w) Rick Remender     (a) John Romita Jr.
THE ODD WAR OF DIMENSION Z BEGINS HERE!


Nova #2
(w) Jeph Loeb     (a) Ed McGuinness
THE ORIGIN OF SAM ALEXANDER CONTINUES!