By: Cynthia Ayala
Hey there avid readers! I know, it’s been a while since you’ve read one of my comic reviews, but I’m getting back on my game! So woohoo! In any case, here is part one of this week’s upcoming reviews, covering Justice League United #2, highlight the very awesome Stargirl and Justice League Dark #32 where it’s Asa, the Nightmare Nurse, against Zatanna. Enjoy!
Justice League United #2 (RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Justice League Canada Part 3 (of 5)
Stargirl is amazing. That is the true selling point of this series and, especially, this issue. Since the new 52, all the comics have been very serious with very little amusement within them in order to really bring the comics to life. Not saying that it’s a bad thing, the comedy feature within comics is really where all the charm is. This series really brings it all back. Especially with Stargirl in the center of this testosterone filled series. She’s the only female in the team, but she’s nothing like Wonder Woman who has the strength in her very appearance. No, what she has is the infallible charm than comes with trying to hold her own with the other members of the team. Everyone here looks down on her because of her age, but really, while they’re all bickering, she’s the only one paying attention.
Jeff Lemire has done a great job so far in building this team and making them very comedic and very strong at the same times. He puts them in different scenario after different scenario, away from Earth, to not only build the team, but to also highlight their abilities to adapt in various settings as they grow stronger as a team.
And finally, Supergril has been featured in this latest issue. Her character had minimal lines but readers can already see the sisterly bond between her and Stargirl as Stargirl talks her head off. This is a great opportunity for Supergirl to bond with someone and step away from her very angst driven attitude.
Additionally, as I’ve said before, the artwork is amazing. Shifting from vibrant frames to the strict trichromatic usage of red, black and white, it highlights the more expressive scenes. Additionally, the sharp lines and vibrancy in the inking showed Supergirl in the greatest of lights.
Nevertheless, Stargirl is the leader and the star here.
WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
PENCILLER: MIKE McKONE
INKERS: DEXTER VINES, CAM SMILTH AND MIKE McKONE
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Justice League Dark #31 (RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2014| COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Now this is a gut twisting issue. Unlike the other Justice League series’, this has a team dynamic that continues to change, bringing in new characters, and connecting to other series within the DC Universe. But, that work to keep the series fresh as it continues to deal with the mystical realm versus all the physical in the realm. So this is a very interesting series to deal with the other side of the coin.
In this latest issue, it has been revealed that Asa, the Nightmare Nurse, has taken possession of a girl named Alice Winter, sentencing her consciousness into darkness. But the battle with the blight has diminished Asa’s hold over the body. So now, with the help of John Constantine, Asa is trying to get her body back.
There’s just one problem.
Zatanna believes that Asa is evil, taking over the body of the girl, but as readers continue to see her interaction with Constantine, and how she fought to save the Earth, it’s hard to think of her as a bad guy, a villain. Instead, the writing, her fear, it brings out a lot of sympathy for her character because, as readers, we don’t really know anything about her character. So this is a very interesting read with strong writing and storytelling because it raises sympathy for both of the characters, Asa and Alice Winter.
All in all, this was an amazing issue. And it left off with Asa possessing none other than the great Zatanna.
WRITER: J. M. DeMATTEIS
PENCILLER: ANDRES GUINALDO
INKERS: MARK IRWIN, WALDEN WONG & ALLEN MARTINEZ
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS