Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fear of a Brightest Day For All I Care #106

Brightest Day #23
Brightest Day #24
Fear Itself #1
R.E.B.E.L.S. #27

But seriously, is there some kind of review embargo on these things? I got my copies on Monday...

Brightest Day #23 (DC, 2011, $2.99)
The first few pages look like a genuine event book, involving cameos by super-teams much more popular than the guys who star in this series. Then those second guys get back to doing the starring thing, but they're drawn by Ivan Reis, so that's nice. Then there's a two page spread of Black Lantern Swamp Thing, and you're like "this fucking shit has been building up for a motherfucking year to goddamned Black Lantern Swamp Thing," and I'm going to have to admit that yes it has. Then there's the second swipe of the same spread from Blackest Night #8 in this series, which has gone from dynamic to darkly humorous to a bad burrito in your tummy. The pajillionth elemental-themed team in comics swipe the cover of Fantastic Four #1 to artistically shit directly down Alan Moore's throat, and then the big reveal is that not a single one of that guy's Swamp Thing stories were for reals. All that, and Smallville is ending. Neither will be missed.

Brightest Day #24 (DC, 2011, $4.99)
After decades of failing to reach the bar set by Alan Moore, DC has finally decided to embrace the prior mediocrity that led to two bad movies, a cheesy toy line, a laughable live action series, and a quarter-season of a cartoon. Swamp Thing is back again for the first time. Also, instead of taking advantage of Deadman being alive again to create a new central mystery around solving his own murder, Captain Boomerang kills him by will of the White Lantern Machina. I guess Alec Holland is alive again, to act as a grim n' gritty Captain Planet. I thought it was kind of cool that nobody told Ardian Syaf to draw the Steve Bissette Swamp Thing, so he did Bernie Wrightson, which makes a lot more sense in this context. The big wrap-up makes it clear they were making everything up as they went along, many of the resurrections were totally bullshit, and the primary characters need to keep their traps shut until the inevitable spin-offs. R.E.B.E.L.S. #28, my final monthly DC purchase, can't come soon enough.

Fear Itself #1 (Marvel, 2011, $3.99)
I was surprised by liking this book. It inserts super-heroes into current real world problems without preaching or being icky. The art by Stuart Immonen is nice. I don't really like where they've gone with the Red Skull's daughter, but she serves her purpose in this particular story. The politics bring Captain America and Iron Man into the story, which dovetails into the mythology pulling Thor in. None of the characters I hate get speaking lines. It all works.

What? I can be pleased, on occasion.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #27 (DC, 2011, $2.99)
This is certainly feeling slapped together. Starro's girl henchman was dumped into a refrigerator with one whack, while Lobo fights the guy henchman throughout the issue. There's supposed to be some humor related to this, but I fail to see it. Blackfire seemed to legitimately dig Vril Dox's vibe, until Starro cockblocked him. Lyrl pimps Tribulus, not that anyone cares. All other R.E.B.E.L.S. twiddle their thumbs, waiting for the book to end. Ho-hum.

2 comments: said...

"What? I can be pleased, on occasion."

::Clutches at heart like Fred Sanford:: Oh, this is the BIG ONE!
Elizabeth, I'm comin' to join ya, honey!

Diabolu Frank said...

Curiously enough, I was doing research on LaWanda Page for a joke on another blog, but I ended up going with Shirley Hemphill, instead. It was buried pretty deep in a lot of text, unlike this page, so I doubt anybody got it. I just couldn't get it up to elaborate on any of these book. In the case of Fear Itself, I'd have just droned on about appreciating relevance inserted into a crossover to give it more weight and a point beyond punching and blasting. I might have to check it out in trade paperback.


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