By: Cynthia Ayala
Hey there readers! I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and let me just say that it was awesome! But I digress, SuperCritic (still working on a code name) is here to bring you some reviews! It’s going to be a very small weak because I had four comics in my file. First up will be He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #13 where She-Ra, I mean Adora, takes on Hordak with her brother and makes a new friend named Swiftwind! Followed by Red Lanterns #33 where Guy meets up with a new friend and his faction must deal with a traitor in their midst.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #13 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Blood of Greyskull | Part 2
Yay! Swiftwind has entered the picture. Each issue is bringing us closer and closer to She-Ra! And what a story it has been so far. Adora and Adam, He-Man, are taking the fight to Hordak. But this means dealing with him minions and the land that had been turned into a living breathing minion of Hordak. Of course, He-Man and Adora are well equipped to handle the madness around them.
The entire mission has been a lead up to a dark secret and a dark past for Greyskull that also connected back to Hordak and a previous invasion he attempted. The writers have done an amazing job with this story and telling it. They started off in the past with an event that shocked the world and now they have progressed forward, using it as a strong foundation to build the story all about redemption. Adora’s story is about redemption, about finding a way to undo all that she was raised and groomed to do.
Additionally there is that perfect balance in her characterization of strength and softness, the very combination that makes She-Ra an amazing character. Slowly, steadily, her character is forming, growing to become the person that fans have been waiting for.
Her characterization is so different than He-Man, much fearless, less naïve, and this makes her more human because she is the villain who is turning into a hero. There is also the added fact that when the characters are put together, the dialogue and the interaction brings out so much form both of them.
I’m just so excited to see the return of She-Ra and Swiftwind.
WRITER: DAN ABNETT
ARTIST: POP MHAN
COLORIST: MARK ROBERTS
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Red Lanterns #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Atrocities | Part 2 (of 4)
I love the red lantern corps. I know, I say that a lot, but it’s true. This was a slow issue though, more about creating the story and creating the proper build for the showdown between the two factions of the red lanterns. There is a lot of tension in this issue, a lot of strength behind it as well when the team dynamics are split between separate functions, there’s a lot to marvel at.
Charles Soule is such a strong writer to put Guy Gardner in the Red Lantern corps where he fits. He makes such a strong reader and as a character has brought a lot of friendship and strength to the team around him. The characterization is perfect, standing on its own and laying out the groundwork for a strong series.
All in all, there really is nothing wrong with this series. The writing is amazing, from narrative and dialogue to characterization and story. The split in the red lantern corps works well with the issue and brings to life both views of rage, how it can be tempered and how it can be abused and used. That in itself is such a fascinating area for this comic to explore and works to make it an entertaining and thought provoking issue.
WRITER: CHARLES SOULE
ARTIST: ALESSANDRO VITTI
COLORIST: GABE ELTAEB
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS