Why does it always take some ridiculous stunt or other for the mainstream press to sit up and notice a well-written comic book character? The Death of Captain America is the most recent of these stunts that spring to mind, and people remembered him for all but a week. DC have followed suit with “Wonder Woman’s New Look”, and I can tell you as a long-time Wonder Woman reader, that it came completely out of the blue.
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Blackest Night: Superman #3
Written by James Robinson ǀ Art by Eddy Barrows
Robinson abandons the horror-movie sensibilities of the first issue for more of the superhero fisticuffs we saw in the second. It’s enjoyable enough, I suppose, but I’ve always maintained that Eddy Barrows’ artistic strength lies in his ability to depict horrific scenes. The same could be said for Blackest Night as a series. I suppose.
Verdict: Check it out.
The Flash travels back in time to World War II Belgium. Meeting the Blackhawks poses a complex moral question – when is it right for a man to kill another man? Is it ever right? JMS packs more depth into this one-shot than most writers achieve in a story arc.
Verdict: Must have.
Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #6
Written by Joe Casey ǀ Art by Chriscross
Dance was an enjoyable mini-series all in all. Unfortunately, I think the series peaked the issue before, as its conclusion wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped it would be. This may stem from my expectation that the Super Young Team would eschew all the product placement thrusted on them for good ol’ fashioned Japanese honour. Chriscross’ return was also not as brilliant as I had hoped – he didn’t ink his own pencils this issue, so that may have something to do with it – the overall product looks rushed beyond the opening pages.
Verdict: Check it out.
Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1
Written by Rex Ogle, J.T. Krul, Rich Fogle, Josh Williamson, Chuck Kim, Derek Fridolfs, Amanda McMurry ǀ Art by Mahmud Asrar, Adrian Syaf, Eric J, Bit, Justin Norman, Jon Buran, Daxiong
More please! Everything a good Justice League story needs: epic, unbelievable feats of heroism, and unafraid of a little whimsy. A simple time-travel device sets up five thoroughly entertaining stories of superheroes outside of their comfort zones – Hal Jordan and Red Arrow in the Wild West; Superman and Dr Light in Feudal Japan; Vixen and John Stewart in King Arthur’s court; Zatanna and Black Canary in 1930s NY; Green Arrow and Firestorm in World War II; Steel and Wonder Woman on a pirate ship – for fish out of water, they feel surprisingly at home! This comic came out a few weeks ago, but sold out before I heard about it. Order it in if you have to – it’s worth it!
Verdict: Buy it.
Lasso of Truth is your weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in the DC Universe. Each week, the Red Baron goes through his comics haul to tell you what’s worth buying and what’s best left alone.
Here’s the key:
Must have – there’s no question, you should buy this great book.
Buy it – a high-quality read that won’t disappoint.
Check it out – pick it up if you have some extra cash. May be an acquired taste.
Avoid – a disappointing read. Save your money and steer clear.