By: Cynthia Ayala
Worlds’ Finest #27 (RELEASE DATE: OCT 8, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Secret History of Superman and Batman | Part 1: Temptations
Well this certainly paints a very different world from the one all readers are all familiar with. In this world Jor-El was the doom of Krypton versus the scientist trying to warn everyone who wouldn’t listen about its impending doom. Not only that, but he was visited by a God of Apokolips who offered them a chance to save their son. But Jor-El saw through that. Seems as though Darkseid has always had this unhealthy obsession with Superman. That’s certainly a little disturbing and entertaining at the same time.
Then there is Thomas Wayne. Readers were already pre-introduced to the life he had before he took up the cowl. He had a bad past with the Falcone family. He was a criminal, sort of. His story isn’t really new, but it’s interesting to see just how he set up his disappearance.
As a story it was interesting but as far as Batman’s story goes, it doesn’t offer up anything readers haven’t already read before.
WRITER: PAUL LEVITZ
PENCILLER: JEB DOUGHERTY
INKER: SCOTT HANNA
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
New Gods: Godhead #1 (RELEASE DATE: OCT 1, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $4.99)
Act 1, Part 1: Genesis
I knew it. I looked at the cover and thought of the Life Equation and my mind swung back all the way to Final Crises, when Darkseid had the Anti-Life Equation and used it to take over the Universe. But I knew it, that the story was going to take a step in that direction. I felt it in my bones.
But, enough of the overdramatic narrative, let’s begin with the critique. As a story, it was constructed very well and added a new element, the life equation. Thinking back to Final Crises, this makes fans think back thus connecting this story to the past, to a world before the new 52. The story also gives readers a deep history to New Genesis and Apokolips than previously established in Earth 2 comics.
All these writers have come together in order to build this new event, and it’s coming along nicely. The tension is there, the energy and humor as well as all the potential; tension in the series with the madness that trails behind Highfather as he continues on his mission to put a final end to Darkseid.
So far, I like it.
STORY: VAN JENSEN, JUSTIN JORDAN, ROBERT VENDITTI, CHARLES SOULE & CULLEN BUNN
SCRIPT: VAN JENSEN & JUSTIN JORDAN
ARTISTS: ETHAN VAN SCIVER, MARTIN CUCCOLO, GORDAN SUDOZUKA, CRISSCROSS & PETE WOODS
COLORIST: MARCELO MAIOLO
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS