By: Cynthia Ayala
Green Lantern #35 (RELEASE DATE: OCT 1, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Godhead Act I: Part II | Dead Worlds
I’m always amused when Hal gets his tushie handed to him. It’s not that I don’t like Hal s a character, it’s just that he gets on my nerve every so often with his head up his tushie. That being said however, this was a very good issue.
Following the events of NEW GODS: GODHEAD #1, Highfather and the warriors from New Genesis have stolen the rings, one from each emotional spectrum, in the hopes of creating the Life Equation. However, the new gods went too far and stole the ring from Mogo and the Green Lanterns are not taking too kindly to that. Both go head to head and the Green Lanterns discover that the New Gods are a force to be reckoned with.
This is such a well-constructed story arc that has the proper built. There is also a lot of connectivity within the writing. Not only do the characters have a tight bond with one another but the story connects to story arcs that are decades old. The writing progresses beautifully, building the story and giving the proper setting. Introducing the New Gods in such a pivotal way grabs the reader. There is a slight problem however. There isn’t enough of them or their personalities within the issue, their characterization is dense.
While the writing builds the story, the characterization needs work.
WRITER: ROBERT VENDITTI
PENCILLER: BILLY TAN
INKERS: ROB HUNTER, BATT, MARK IRWIN
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Justice League Dark #35 (RELEASE DATE: OCT 22, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Amber of the Moment: Part 1 | Long Before Yesterday
This is a heartwarming issue. Following the events of JLD Annual #2, which for some strange reason is being released a week after this, Zatanna finds herself separated from the rest of her team members in a strange land. But what, or who, she discovers there is astounding. Her father is there, but he’s not who she seems. Everything starts to fall apart, literally.
DeMatteis decides to build the character from the inside her and show readers a softer side of her character, one that readers can relate to. Everyone loves their parents, even those who have dysfunctional or not the best relationship with their parents. But Zatanna had a great father and now she is reunited and it was wonderful for the moment.
It’s the narrative that drives the issue, telling the story. Zatanna captures the events and then builds off them. This isn’t just a comic, this is a story built to throw these characters into a mess while building the story and building up Zatanna and her deeper side of the character. It’s a win-win of an issue.
WRITER: J. M. DeMATTEIS
PENCILLER: TOM DENERICK
INKER: SCOTT HANNA
COLORIST: CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS