home stretch, right? we’re just 5 issues away before the end of the current DCU. since it would be such a fitting end, i suppose i WILL be posting that DC Universe: Legacies article after all. even though i have all the issues, i’m considering buying the HC, available 8/30/11..just a DAY before we say goodbye to it all…reviews after the jump.
the Outsider vs the Martian Manhunter (the Outsider #3)
Abin Sur the Green Lantern #3
story by: Adam Schlagman, art by: Robson Rocha + Felipe Massafera
we last left Abin Sur on his knees with his ring-hand cut off and Thal Sinestro towering over him. using pure willpower, Abin constructs a hand to hold his Green Lantern Ring and defeats Sinestro.
Abin reports back to the Guardians about Sinestro’s treachery but they are only concerned about the White Entity. they revoke Abin’s Green Lantern status, cutting off his connection to the Central Power Battery. despite it all, Abin flies off to Europe to be on the front lines of the Amazon-Atlantean War with a dwindling amount of energy left in his ring.
while there, the “Geo-Force Bomb” goes off, making a fissure in the ground. WW starts to fall and Abin flies down after her. after a large explosion, Abin’s ring flies off to find a replacement but lo and behold, Abin resurfaces as a White Lantern.
comments: just when the comic was getting good it ended! what a rip. on the upside, the art was pretty good in this one. there were some decently structured scenes but idk, there just wasn’t enough “stuff”. this is a PASS.
Legion of Doom #3
story by: Adam Glass, art by: Rodney Bushemi
after taking control of the flying Queen’s Row Penitentiary, Heatwave sets the course straight for Detroit to send Cyborg a message. Eel (Plastic Man) tries to stop him, troubled at the loss of innocent life. Eel ends up blinding Lock-Up and killing Sportsmaster but gets melted by Heatwave.
meanwhile, Cyborg spots the incoming prison and redirects it’s course into the harbor, using all of his power to do so. when the flying prison crashes, only Heatwave and a handful of criminals survive. Cyborg emerges from the rubble running on reserve power and calls Heatwave out, mano-a-mano. Cyborg wins the fight and manages a bluff about being back to full power, all of the criminals left alive surrendering peacefully. Heatwave is then sent to Belle Reve Prison where he finds himself with a new cellmate only to watch Eel ooze himself out. payback’s a bitch.
comments: my problem with the Legion of Doom mini is the fact that you spent the whole time riding shotgun with Heatwave. and my argument isn’t to say that he’s a crappy character but usually when you follow someone around, they’ll start to have some likable features. not once did i feel like i could rally behind Heatwave or feel any sort of empathy or compassion. this is a PASS.
The Outsider #3
story by: James Robinson, art by: Javi Fernandez
in 1985, Michael Desai got hold of a very interesting specimen: a martian. J’onn J’onzz, was poked and prodded thoroughly before being sold to the Russians who were looking to start their own “Project Superman”.
after some years, J’onn overcame his mental fear of Fire and lay waste to the Russian military base keeping him as a guinea pig. on his way out, J’onn decides to save Teth-Adam (also kept prisoner there) and the two go to Kahndaq. the two eventually fight over who would rule the land as J’onn admits that it reminds him of home. J’onn reflects that perhaps if Desai had never brought him to Earth, he’d have lived to be good.
jumping back to now, the Outsider and the Martian Manhunter finish reminiscing and start duking it out. the Outsider whips out his trump card, a modified version of the transporter device responsible for bringing J’onn to Earth, trapping him between two Earth dimensions. in passing, Desai mentions that there are in fact 52 Earths and “in some of them, you’re (J’onn) practically a saint.” Desai asks J’onn who he is working with to which the martian does not reply. taking silence as his answer, the Outsider turns off the device, leaving half of his body here and the other in a different dimension.
upon returning to his HQ, the Outsider puts a call out to Cyborg + Batman saying he’s in, “and god help who ever it is that wants me dead…”
comments: Michael Desai just might be my favorite character from Flashpoint. i have a soft spot for the intellectual masterminds and i do believe that the Outsider could give Lex Luthor and Ra’s Al Ghul a run for their money. the art style compliments the writing VERY well, especially while capturing a character’s facial expressions. this is a READ.
Wonder Woman and the Furies #3
story by: Dan Abnett + Andy Lanning, art by: Agustin Padilla
have you guys read my Emperor Aquaman #3 review? good. you’re covered for Wonder Woman and the Furies #3. :)
comments: 85% of the issue was already told, the other 10% are things that have been implied..the remaining 5% was just MORE uninteresting backstory, this time featuring Prince Orm + Penthesilea. this is a PASS.
Thinker looking quite troubled. he must enjoy hockey… (Legion of Doom #3)
i was starting to wonder how the Flashpoint books were going to be collected..if they’ll have two or three minis together, all the one-shots together, Flashpoint with World of Flashpoint, etc. for what it’s worth, i really enjoyed reading some of them: Batman Knight of Vengeance, Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown, the Outsider, Project Superman and World of Flashpoint. i believe it would fall under the realm of wishful thinking to want those five to be collected together but one can hope. :) -J.A