By: Cynthia Ayala
Finishing up the week with two dynamic and character driven issues. First up is the two part Aquaman Annual #2 that gives Wonder Woman a chance to connect to Aquaman and Mera followed up by Superman #33 that continues to create nostalgia for all the Superman fans and shine on his character. Hope everyone is doing well!
Aquaman Annual #2 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 30, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $4.99)
Born of Giants Part 1 & Part 2
This annual is a double sized issue with two stories in it. Both feature Wonder Woman of course while the first is Aquaman and Wonder Woman and part two is about Mera and Wonder Woman. Both team ups are about hunting the Giant Born, the Titans.
For any Greek Mythology fans out there, this issue is sure to be a treat. Wonder Woman, the Amazonian Princess and new goddess of war (that still makes me cringe) is teaming up with Aquaman and Mere to track down and destroy the Giant Born. These are heroes, team-ups, that haven’t been seen as of late, and it was a well-developed issue to make these two characters work together. The dialogue was strong and the bond between the characters was shown strongly, it was highlighted. That goes for both, but the Mera and the Wonder Woman team-up was even more fun because these are two strong female characters who have a lot in common. In fact, it was reminiscent of Flashpoint and Blackest Night. Every time these two characters interact with one another they allow each other to shine brightly and empower each other. These are two powerful women put together in the mix and the writer, Jeff Parker, did a brilliant job of bringing these two characters together with witty and charismatic dialogue and a heartwarming ending that shows the sisterhood between the characters.
WRITER: JEFF PARKER
PENCILLER: YVEL GUICHET
INKERS: JASON GORDER & WAYNE FAUCHER
COLORIST: NATHAN EYRING
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Superman #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 23, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
The Men of Tomorrow | Chapter Two – The New Superman
This is such a déjà vu issue, but in all the best ways possible. This issue was incredibly reminiscent of Superman and Superman Returns. There is so much nostalgia in this issue that reconnects Superman to his origins, to the original concept and origins that made Supeman the hero he is.
Honestly, everything that Geoff Johns touches is gold. His story telling and characterization is amazing. Superman is balancing being Clark and Superman and even though he has left the Daily Planet, that place still has an integral part in the series, something the series was lacking before when it was temporarily bought out by a news company early on in the new 52. So it’s finally great to see that brought back into the series. There is so much going on in the story but it is simple, it’s easy to follow with very straightforward scenes and characterization that bond together characters, including new character Neil.
Additionally, it finally a breath of fresh air to see this sort of relationship together. This sort of bond once existed with Superman and Martian Manhunter, but again, it’s a bond that has been torn apart in the New 52. Johns is bringing back so many strong aspects of the Superman comics, reinventing them in amazing ways. Man is a genius.
WRITER: GEOFF JOHNS
PENCILLER: JOHN ROMITA JR.
INKER: KLAUS JANSON
COLORIST: LAURA MARTIN
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS