By: Cynthia Ayala
I’m opening this week with Justice League #31, where Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor go head to head when Lex makes a dangerous threat, followed by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #14 where Adam finds his sister, and the pair of them take on the horde as they venture into the dark depths of Grayskulls haunted past.
Justice League #31 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 25, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Injustice League: Chapter Two – Power Players
Finally this issue has come out. And you know what, with the new Power Ring Jessica Cruz, there’s no messing around here. Her ring is a dangerous object that threatens to kill her and wants to use her as a puppet to destroy the world around her. However, the real selling point of this issue was the confrontation between Lex and Bruce. Lex isn’t winning any points with him, but he is pulling out all the stops to try and “earn” his place in the Justice League. Not the smartest thing for him to do, to “threaten” Bruce. That made it a well written issue as it put two very dangerous and smart men against one another.
Then there is the addition of Shazam into the Justice League. He is a character who has shown a lot of growth since his last appearance, but overall his addition is a little fun. Then there is the twist with Captain Cold, a man who is a hero, who became a hero during the reign of the Crime Syndicate.
There has been a lot of character development and character evolution in this series, especially with the addition of other characters like Lex, Shazam and Captain Cold. Johns is opening a lot of doors for this series. Oh, and Mercy has finally been introduced in the series and Lex’ number 1. He always does have this thing with female minions.
WRITER: GEOFF JOHNS
ARTISTS: DANNY MIKI & IVAN REIS
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #14 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 25, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Blood of Grayskull | Part 1
I have the power! Or, at least He-Man does.
Anyway, this arc is set to tie in the past and the present as it sets up the origin of She-Ra, the twin sister of He-Man, the warrior who is the protector. But this story sets up to recreate the story of She-Ra as her character seeks redemption for leading the Horde invasion.
So together, with He-Man, in this latest issue, the pair are together, ready to face the darkness of the past. This is an amazing series, dark, but even then it retains the youth and charm from the original series that will be sure to please to old fans. The issue has a lot of depth and continues to build the dynamic between the two lost siblings and gives it a struggle seeing as these two characters were once enemies. Their dynamic is strong, and it’s building, from issue to issue, readers are able to see the bond between the characters. Noting is easy for Adora, it’s hard, and her struggle, it’s believable and really grounds the series as a whole for fans and new readers.
Over all, a very well made series, well written and constructed. I’m just really excited to see She-Ra again!
WRITER: DAN ABNETT
ARTIST: POP MHAN
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS