By: Cynthia Ayala
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday. But, I digress here is part one of this weeks comic book reviews. Up first is Supergirl #34 introducing a new love interest for the character, followed by Green Lantern: New Guardians #34 which has brought the latest story arc to a sad conclusion. And finally we have Justice League Dark #34 where Deadman’s true origins are finally revealed. Happy reading!
Supergirl #34 (RELEASE DATE: AUG 20, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Superman Doomed [Last Sun]: Chapter 03 – “The Girl Who Fell to Earth”
Tony Bedard has done a great job with Supergirl.
This latest issue takes a slight break from the Superman Doomed story arc, but only a slight break. The issue starts with Supergirl landing to Earth, literally falling down to the ground due to the kryptonite that has been left in the atmosphere. That’s where she meets Michael, a sweet kid who brings out the softer side of Supergirl this has also brought in a new love interest for her.
Of course, this all leads up to Supergirl discovering everything that has happened to Earth in her absence as a Red Lantern. Finally finding peace within herself as well as finding a place on Earth, this has developed her character strongly and with the Cyborg Superman entering the pages, this has given her a stronger foothold into the story of Superman Doomed.
I don’t think I can say this enough, Tony Bedard is an amazing writer. He has constructed such a strong series with gripping writing and amazing character development. There was a time when all the teen angst in the series was so off putting that, I was considering cancelling this comic, but now, I have reconsidered. It’s not heavy on the drama anymore, strong, well-written and fun.
WRITER: TONY BEDARD
PENCILLER: KARL MOLINE
INKER: JOSE MARZAN JR.
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Green Lantern: New Guardians #34 (RELEASE DATE: AUG 20, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
That was such a sad issue.
Justin Jordan is a slow writer. That’s not to say that he is bad, but his stories, this one especially, but the end was certainly climatic and heartbreaking. Following the series of events and the revelation of what happened to Quaros; the team has been made to feel such emotion, heartache and pain. Therefore, in that respect, the slow writing developed helped to build this emotional toll on the team and the reader.
Overall, this story arc, while overall underrated, was strong enough to build the character dynamics between the characters. Jordan offers readers a lot as far as character development goes, and those are his strengths because storytelling, not so much.
Still, this did open many doorways to the new story arc “Gods Head”.
WRITER: JUSTIN JORDAN
PENCILLERS: BRAD WALKER & RODNEY BUCHEMI
INKERS: ANDREW HENNESSY, ROB HUNTER & RODNEY BUCHEMI
COLORISTS: WIL QUINTANA
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Justice League Dark #34 (RELEASE DATE: AUG 27, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
Paradise Lost Conclusion
Poor Deadman, he cannot catch a break!
However, he is the key that will bring the tea together and bring peace and life back to Nanda Parbat, the key to saving it. DeMatteis offered readers a history to Boston Brand, aka Deadman, which really tied him to the supernatural. It also gave off an explanation of his power, of why he was chosen to be this superhero. Obviously, the concept behind his character is similar to Nightwing and the death of his parents. Deadman was an acrobat who died and then suddenly became a ghost who could take over other peoples bodies and fight crime. But ever since BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY, his character and abilities continue to be developed. Especially in this latest issue.
Not only was he brought back from the dead (for a few pages) he made peace with death and when he died (again) he was able to reconnect to his past and to Nanda Parbat. There was a lot of great insight into his character and characterization that made this such a strong issue.
Of course, the entire issue is worth reading because of the amazing and humorous team dynamics. Constantine, Swamp Thing and Nightmare nurse are the characters that have the most tension and the most humor between them. Deadman and Zatanna are awesome, but they are the grounders in the team, the ones that strive to keep the peace so there isn’t much humor. However, when you look at it, they are the parents and the other three are their children, so that brings the humor right back in.
Justice League Dark continues to amaze me. The stories are short and sweet, offering readers a lot of fun and action.
WRITER: J. M. DEMATTEIS
PENCILLER: ANDRES GUINALDO
INKER: WALDEN WONG
COLORIST: CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS