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DC Comics Review (Week of 5/19/19)

Introduction

You will notice that the date is over a week ago. I meant to upload this article last week, but things got busy and then it was Memorial Day weekend, so things got lazy. So, I’m playing a bit of catch up this week. I wanted to drop in to Minecraft again this week to check out a couple of the mods that I used to use. However, some research shows that they might both be discontinued. So, there’s no rush there. On to my review of DC Comics for the week of 5/19/19. As mentioned in my other articles, I’m a bit behind. So, I will be reviewing Wonder Woman #66, Catwoman 7-9, and Justice League Dark #9. They are all close to the beginning of a new storyline in each book, so it should serve as a good place to pick them up.

Wonder Woman #66

The Good (Funny, Thoughtful Introduction to the storyline)

The story opens with a funny conversation between three mythical creatures that I get the impression I should know. Having not kept up with my comics reading, I don’t. Still, it gets things going pretty quickly. Titans are involved, which means that Wonder Woman has to get Giganta involved. This leads to a touching moment between the two women. Uh, yeah, get your minds out of the gutter, perverts. They talk out their feelings, nothing gets resolved, so I guess that will be a recurring issue in the coming, um, issues.

The Bad (I Miss Greg Rucka)

Having not grown up with DC Comics in my life very much, the only Wonder Woman I really know is Greg Rucka. I enjoy his version of the character very much. Sure, this one might be good and I might eventually even grow to like it. But, it won’t be Greg Rucka. Guess I can look forward to his story in Wonder Woman 1000, whenever that’s going to happen.

The Ugly (Um, That Pegasus Wants to What?!)

Now, perverts, you are free to let your mind wander back to the gutter. I’m pretty sure you’ll arrive at the same place I did. Yeah, that’s a bit weird, even for a comic that got it’s start because the creator had a tie up fetish.

Catwoman 7-9

First, a Note: Issues 7 and 8 were written by Joelle Jones. Issue 9 was written by Ram V. Therefore, I got the hair brained scheme to split the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and give one for each writer.

The Good (Great Voice and Is Selina auditioning for the next Ocean’s movie?)

Joelle Jones writes very well for Catwoman. She is a strong independent woman who don’t need no man, as evidenced by her leaving Bruce at the alter. *spoiler alert* It comes through in her interactions without going too over the top. Though, I’m sure Incels will find her a bit too much for their delicate sensibilities.

I’m not sure if Ram V is male or female. I’m not even sure if the V is supposed to be a “Vee” or a “5”. If only we had access to technology to figure these things out. Oh well, I may never know. In either case, Cats didn’t quite have the same bite in this issue. Still, it was a great homage to the Ocean’s movies. It might have been the Italian job, but I’ve never seen that one.

The Bad (Too much punchy in Issue 8 and “Cha Cha Cha” isn’t quite “Darkseid is”)

I think I might have complained about not enough punchy in X-23. For me, there was a bit too much in issue 8. Honestly, I’m just quibbling for the sake of quibbling, but if I had to change anything about the two Joelle issues, it would be this.

Issue 9 was called something Cha Cha, so while Cats was laying out the plan, every third panel was “Cha Cha Cha”. If you read Miracle Man, you know that Tom King sprinkled “Darkseid is” throughout the book, at least as far as I read. “Cha Cha Cha” doesn’t quite have the same gravitas.

The Ugly (Come Back Joelle and This story could have gone on longer)

Is Joelle off Catwoman? Did she just take a break? I don’t know, but I want more. I started reading Catwoman issue one after I learned that they were doing a solo series. Heck, I started to like it more than Bats at the time and that’s saying something. Well, hopefully there’s more to come.

While I’ve not always been a fan of the “Bendisization” of comics, this one issue arc felt like it could have at least been 2. The conclusion felt a little rushed. That makes me believe that the Joelle break was only for a few issues. Again, without access to that earlier discussed technology, we may never know.

Justice League Dark 9

The Good (Better than Justice League?)

My interest in justice League came as the result of a recommendation, I think. i do remember liking the book better than the Justice League book at the time. I can’t make that comparison now. Justice League review will probably come next month and I can make the comparison there. This book is still very good. James Tynion IV is one of my favorite writers and i was bummed when he left Detective.

The Bad (Missed the previous issue)

This happened with X-23, too. The reason I had to start with part 2 of this story is because I couldn’t find issue 8. Must have been part of the DCBS order that I missed payment on and it never got shipped. That made it a bit difficult to follow the story, but filling in that issue will hopefully help.

The Ugly (Bobo Messed Things Up Big Time)

One of the things I certainly missed by missing issue 8 is that it seems that Bobo really screwed things up. This is causing a sort of Armageddon of epic proportions across many realms. Oops.

The Verdict (DC Comics is still doing good things)

Having not been a fan of DC Comics growing up, there has been a bit of a learning curve with the characters. I’m glad that I got into them again during the Rebirth so that learning curve was a bit less steep. You may notice that my review for DC Comics for the week of 5/19/19 only contains 3 comics instead of the 5 I included in my Marvel review. That’s because I was also going to do Action Comics 1000 and Detective Comics 1000.

When I started to read Action 1000, I got the idea to do a review of each of the mini stories included in the book. I figured I would do the same for Detective 1000. So, those books are getting their own article separate from this DC Comics for the week of 5/19/19 article. Look for those later in the week in between my planned Minecraft content.

The three books that I read were all good. There aren’t any that I would consider cutting like I thought of doing with Doctor Strange I think? I won’t because Strange is one of my favorite characters. But, this is a DC Comics review, so stick to the subject. I will keep up with these three books as long as they keep producing them and look for more reviews in the future.

Comics Round Up: World’s Finest

Introduction

At this point, I don’t think that I even have to mention that I’ve been back into comics since the Secret Empire event sucked me back in.A� However, even I am surprised that I’m still reading them now that the event is over.A� I didn’t last much past Civil War during my previous comics phase.A� We will obviously see if this current run continues, but I haven’t missed a week in nearly three months and getting a steady paycheck through December means that I probably won’t for the foreseeable future.

Justice League

The Good:A� I wasn’t terribly impressed with the first issue of this story arc.A� It wasn’t terrible.A� I just thought that they could do so much more with the premise.A� ranted, it was an introductory issue.A� I kept that in mind and I held out hope that it might get better.A� This is usually where I say, “I’m glad I did” or “I shouldn’t have bothered”.A� While I’m not sorry that I continued reading, I won’t quite say that I’m glad I did, either.A� Wow, what a weird good section, right?A� Don’t get me wrong.A� The story is decent.A� It’s just a bit too generic “coming back to the present to save the future” for me.

The Bad:A� Well, if that’s “the good”, then there must be plenty of bad.A� No, not necessarily.A� Overall, the story isn’t good more bad.A� It just sort of is.A� With both Marvel and DC playing with the idea of a multiverse, alternate history, and reinvention, this is one story that really didn’t need to be told right now.A� At least, it should have spent a little more time in development.

The Ugly:A� Loo, I get that I’m a frustrated writer.A� I also understand that critics are often failures in whatever they criticize.A� That is why I’m very careful and overly positive in my reviews.A� I’m not going to tear into this book.A� But, as you’ve seen, I haven’t been able to give it the full stamp of approval, either.A� For someone like me, that feels ugly and like it betrays my positive outlook on creative projects.

Justice League America

The Good:A� Similar title, similar heroes, vastly different results.A� This has been a much better book overall than the other Justice League title right now.A� That is in spite of not focusing too much on the main heroes.A� Maybe it is because they haven’t centered the story around them.A� I mean, the book has Lobo in it.A� The story revolves mainly around a character with size manipulation powers that travels to the “microverse” to find his mentor.A� It controls the narrative by itself and lets the JLA do theri things in the background.A� It plays much better than the Justice League title right now.

The Bad:A� This one, too, started off a bit slow.A� Like the other Justice League book, I almost didn’t give it more than one issue.A� Seeing as how this is a recurring theme, I suppose that I just have to realize that DC arcs–other than their big ones–use the first issue to set the stage.A� I will accept it, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The Ugly:A� Speaking of Lobo, I’m glad that he has only a small supporting role.A� Similar to Deadpool, I can only tolerate Lobo in small doses.A� Anything more and the schtick just gets tired.A� Kudos to DC for recognizing my aversion to the character and writing specifically for me.A� Otherwise, it could have gotten ugly.

Wonder Woman/Conan

The Good:A� As far as I know, this is an original story, which is hard to find in a medium that has been around for 70? 80? years.A� Furthermore, it is an entertaining blending of the two mythologies.A� Of course, I’m not a comic book scholar, so this might have been done before.A� Alsok if I’m being honest, the story is simply an alternate telling of the Wonder Woman origin in the context of the Conan world.A� Still, the first issue was good.

The Bad:A� As I jus wrote, they may have done this crossover before.A� Now that I think about it, I’m sure they must have done this a least one other time during the “wild and crazy” 90s.A� I’m too lazy to Google right now.A� If so, then there’s no shock here.A� If not, or if there are new fans due to the movie, then the retelling of the Wonder Woman origin might turn some away.

The Ugly:A� Look, I know the rather sordid background of Wonder Woman.A� More specifically, a few months ago, I read an article about some of the stuff that her creator wrote into the book because of his “preferences”.A� The end of this book, while not fully embracing the roost of the character, came uncomfortable close to those dated and ugly themes.

Wonder Woman

The Good:A� While the stand alone title has not been as good as it was in the beginning when Greg Rucka was writing it, the lastest storyline has grown on me over the last few issues.A� As mentioned earlier, an all too familar refrain with DC arcs is that the first issue is very weak.A� Since that introduction, the story has improved enough to keep me buying a book that I thought might end up only being “I bought this for Greg Rucka.”

The Bad:A� I hate to harp on a point over and over, but DC really has to work on their intro issues for new stories.A� As a frustrated writer, I understand that stories have a certain structure; introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.A� I also understand that ever since Brian Michael Bendis changed the format, comics are all about setting things up for the eventual trades.A� As a result, that first issues ends up being a throw away for the minor stories.

The Ugly;A� I guess that, ultimately, my quarrel is with the structure of comics in the current era.A� Since every story has to be a 5 or 6 story arc and there isn’t much room for the random one off issue.A� Although, I will say that Batman did a successful one of team up with Swamp Thing that I thought was going to span multiple issues.A� That’s how ingrained the thinking is.A� I just wish that there were more of those and less focus on dragging their feet to fill the issue quota.A� Oh well, something ugly that I’ll just have to live with for now.

Next:A� That’s all we have time for in this review.A� I’ll be back in a few days with my thoughts on how Aquaman is succeeding (or not) in taking back his throne, how Batman is dealing with a war between two of his worst enemies, and how another Batman is coming face to face with nightmares from other universes!