By: Cynthia Ayala
Picking up where Monday left off, today I am keeping this review in the realm of the DC Universe. First up is Worlds’ Finest #25 where I analyze the strong and wonderful characterization of Huntress and Power Girl. Next up on the list would be Action Comics #33 where Superman enters his third stage of his infection with the “Doomsday Virus” and how that gives a deeper insight to the control Superman usually has. Then finally we have Justice League United #3 that continues to be fast paced, action and packed and hilarious.
Worlds’ Finest #25 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 9, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Helene and Karen are going home. Paul Levitz has given such life to this series with his take on Huntress and Power Girl. Ever since the first issue, these girls have been stand out characters with such distinct personalities that are both so different to the point that they complement one another. That is the charm in the series, the real kicker in the series that draws readers in every month.
And this latest issue continues to highlight how different they are and how close these two characters are. Both are lost characters, separated from their home world, Earth 2. Karen is not subtle, she’s loud in her actions and doesn’t care who knows her secret at this point since she’s convinced she’s going home and she’s really letting loose as a character. Then you have Helene, who is as calm as a kitten, taking things in stride and really taking everything in, like the clear headed character that she is.
But, I digress, this was a very good issue, not as slow paced as the few previous ones, but really down to earth and full of amazing and fun characterizations. Following these two girls on their weekly adventures are so fun because of their narrative, their dialogue and banter with one another. Levitz is amazing with what he has done here,
Now, there really isn’t much let to say, only that the story is going to get incredibly serious very soon as these girls face the world they unwillingly left behind, a world that has been battered and broken by Superman, the man Helena once admired and the cousin to Karen. This is sure to put the characters through emotional rollercoasters, my only hope is that it doesn’t lose its light and fun loving feel.
And, I don’t think I need to say this again, but Tyler Kirkham, your artwork is still breathtakingly amazing.
WRITER: PAUL LEVITZ
PENCILLER: TYLER KIRKHAM
INKERS: JOE WEEMS & ART THIBERT
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Action Comics #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 2, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Superman Doomed | [Superdoom] – Chapter One
If you’ve been following, Superman is turning into Doomsday after he inhaled a large amount of Doomsday poison. Now, in order to keep Earth safe, he is venturing through the galaxy trying to keep his anger contained, trying to keep Doomsday contained…but it’s not really working out for him.
In this latest issue, Red Lantern Supergirl, or maybe just a hallucination, finally pushes Clark over the edge when he sees a lunatic with a lot of power destroying a planet. As readers and fans, we all know that Superman will always look for another alternative, will always find another way to end a mad man without killing him. Man of Steel may have forgotten that, but the writers of the comics continue to point that out in their stories. However, with Doomsday in charge, that is not the case.
Slowly, the writers have been showing the shifting change for the hero here, and this issue, it’s incredibly evident as he takes on this bad guy and doesn’t hold back an inch. Superman is always careful, always aware of the strength that he has and always maintains great control (provided someone dear to him, i.e., Lois, Wonder Woman, Batman, Kon) when he enters a fight.
This is a very interesting story arc that gives readers a deeper look and a deeper understanding to Superman’s rarely seen dark side, the side he keeps tabs on controlling as he continually looks toward the light, unlike his surrogate brother Bruce. Readers have a clear look at the why he contains it, not just the rage, but the power he has as well. That being said, I don’t think I have to say how well written this issue was. Given the deep insight into Superman, it’s evident by that that Pak has done an amazing job with this story arc while simultaneously breathing life into an old story arc.
WRITER: GREG PAK
ARTIST: AARON KUDER
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Justice League United #3 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 9, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Justice League Canada | Part 4 (of 5)
Whoa. Just whoa. Yet another jam packed issue in this latest issue of Justice League United. Now this is how the JLA should have been written, however, the concept of the Justice League United, a team put together not to save others but to rather be used as a preventive measure against the Justice League was a disaster to begin with. Thankfully that one has ended and this new team is amazing, forming together and following the orders of Stargirl and Martian Manhunter, why the others, mainly Animal Man and Green Arrow, continue to belittle one another.
There is just so much right with this issue that makes this series come alive. Firstly, the progression and the speed of the issue – everything is moving at an amazing speed and is able to keep the plot and story interesting for readers while also creating a plausible that would tie these superheroes together. Then there is the strong characterization and dynamic created by Lemire’s incredible talent in narration. Lemire creates this very casual air for the series between certain characters, and with Supergirl and Lobo going at it…again, there is a lot of humor in the dialogue between the characters. Supergirl hasn’t really been one of my more favorite characters in the new 52, but following the Red Daughter of Krypton story line written by Tony Bedard, and her characterization here, she is finally growing on me. Lemire has left behind much of her angst and has instead focused on making her a team player and leaving all her baggage behind. It’s non-essential detail, which is why she works well in this new team roster.
Furthermore, Lemire takes all her anger, all the good qualities like her strength and attitude to make her a stand out character. He does that with all the characters to make this strong foundation for the team and to make this an amazing series. Seriously, it’s funny and action packed, pick it up!
WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
PENCILLER: MIKE McKONE
INKERS: CAM SMITH & GUILLERO ORTEGO
COLORISTS: MARCELO MAIOLO & ANDREW DALHOUSE
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS