Year One: Part Two
Not too long ago I wrote an article about growing up in the ’80s and ’90s as a comic book reader, and the lack of woman artists that were featured during those times. Back then I never gave the matter much thought, but looking back, all of the art I admired was drawn by men. Reading Wonder Woman has definitely made me realize that there are some damn good women artists out there – one of them being Nicola Scott.
In this issue, you can see that Nicola is able to deliver a wide range of emotion through her art. I’m not going to name any names, but there are some artists out there that express shock, fear, and amazement – three different emotions – as a single facial expression. That facial expression being that of a blow up doll.
Much love to Nicola for drawing an outstanding issue, one that I think exceeded what she did in Wonder Woman Issue 2. Also a big, big thumbs up to Romulo Fajardo, Jr. for the exceptional color choices.
The main things you need to know that occurred in this issue is that Steve Trever is nursed back to health, Diana’s mother decides that an Amazon should be sent to help mankind, and a contest is held to see who the Amazon representative should be to help mankind.
Something that I found intriguing was that the Amazons are quick to help mankind, and although once an Amazon leaves their homeland and can never return, Diana saw it as an honor to win the games and leave Themyscira to help mankind. From here on out the origin setup should be fading and we should be getting into some new stories. I’m interest to see if what follows will somehow tie into the odd number issues.
Another good issue by writer Greg Rucka and his team. CONSUME REVIEW REPEAT gives Wonder Woman #4…drum roll 4 out of 5 rotten brains.
(Warning: Spoilers for Justice League below)
With the Justice League movie in production, and having seen the movies that make up the DCEU so far, I believe Warner Bros. is about to drop a cosmic-sized bombshell on us. I’ll admit that the DCEU has felt a bit rushed in terms of world-building, and to a degree, some of the characters have felt a bit unfamiliar, but maybe, just maybe, this has all been done intentionally.
While comparing the DCEU with the DCU (DC Comics Universe) it dawned on me (sorry, I couldn’t resist): What if a major event already occurred in the DCEU that we haven’t seen, and it altered certain aspects of movie-version Earth-1? What if this event wiped out a pre-existing movie-version of the Multiverse?
As I started thinking about major events that took place in the DCU that severely impacted Earth-1 and the Multiverse, only one came to mind — Crisis on Infinite Earths. That’s right, I’m suggesting that the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline has already occurred within the DCEU.
Earth-1? Multiverse? If you enjoyed the movies but aren’t up to speed on your comic book history, don’t worry, I got you covered. If you think my theory is bat guano just wait until you get to the part where I reveal who Jesse Eisenberg actually played in Batman v Superman.
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Now you might be thinking, “Not another ‘who did Negan kill’ article,” but wait — this one comes on the heels of The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero talking about the Season 6 finale during a recent interview with EW:
“If we would have shown the deaths, then they wouldn’t have felt our characters in Season 7 the way they need to.”
“Deaths,” not “death”? Does this mean that Negan killed more than one person? It might. Nicotero’s slip of the tongue (if it was that) is definitely a game-changer when it comes to theorizing who got offed during the finale.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely loathe cliffhanger endings. I barely have the patience for my Hot Pocket to warm up let alone wait months for my favorite show to come back on to give me some resolution. For that reason, my nose has been pressed up against my television screen studying the last 11 minutes of the Season 6 finale since it was released on Blu-ray. I’ve watched Negan swinging Lucille at regular speed, at various speeds, and frame-by-frame, and you know what? It paid off because I believe I have a pretty good idea who Negan killed.
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Path of Doom: Conclusion
To say that I was excited for this story after reading Action Comics 957 would be an understatement. There were so many story hooks in that issue that I couldn’t wait to pick up Action Comics 958, which was another solid issue. Both those issues got you wondering about plot points like: Who is Clark Kent? Who released Doomsday? What is Oz up to? Who’s side is Super-Lex really on? Can Superman throw down with Doomsday and survive?
Throughout the six-part ‘Path of Doom’ storyline some of these questions got answered, but overall, I didn’t feel like a payoff occurred. Even though I feel like that, it’s not like this was a bad Doomsday story. Maybe a bit too long, but it’s got to be tough to write a Doomsday story.
In this issue, Doomsday is able to decimate Oz’s cronies and the device they were using to try and trap Doomsday (aka Ugly, aka Old-Mullet-Guy). This means that it is up to the Boy Scout to stop Rocky-Face. Supes throws everything he has at The-Boulder-That-Wears-Biking-Shorts, but nothing is stopping him. Lois and Jon are still safe in the Justice League satellite with Wonder Woman as they watch Supes getting the crap kicked out of him.
Diana decides to give Clark a hand because it looks like the guy who got bested by Muhammad Ali is about to fall to Doomsday. Luckily, Superman is able to lure Doomsday to his version of the Fortress of Solitude (remember this isn’t the New 52 Superman, so it isn’t the fort in the Arctic). While in the fort, Superman blasts Doomsday with a Phantom Zone ray-gun which we think sends Doomy to the Phantom Zone, but nope, unbeknownst to Superman and Wonder Woman, Oz is able to trap Doomsday before going to the Phantom Zone.
The Rotten Rating
‘Path of Doom’ started out strong like Usain Bolt…
but then the story slowed down to a bit of a grind like Bolt in the club celebrating his 30th…
and then it ended like Usain giving you a passionate, but somewhat sloppy kiss.
ROTTEN BRAINS gives Action Comics 962…drum roll…3 out of 5 rotten brains.
Sinestro’s Law: Part 2
Before I get into this review, I have to give mad props to Letterer Dave Sharpe. He is absolutely slaying the lettering work. I noticed his contribution in the last issue, but failed to give him a shout out. Slow down as you read this issue and take notice of the emotional beats that are delivered with the assistance of Dave’s work. For instance, in the panel below you can hear Hal yelling authoritatively, and feel the impact of the truck based on how Dave manipulates the fonts he chooses. Dave is really giving his all to an aspect of comic book creating that often times gets overlooked. Don’t worry, Dave – I see what you’re doing and it looks great.
In this issue it is explained that there are 399 out of 7,200 members of the Green Lantern Corps. still alive. As of right now, John Stewart (the leader of the Corps.) has the members maintaining a holding pattern because they are still licking their wounds from the whatever it was that made them disappear. Stewart sends Guy Gardner to go out and do some recon in order to determine what their next step should be.
In the middle of the issue Sinestro tell his daughter that he used her in order to establish the Yellow Lantern Corps. as the guardians of the galaxies (I couldn’t resist) in the absence of the Green Lantern Corps. As you might imagine, this pisses the daughter off so much that she takes a swing at her old man.
Meanwhile, Hal is duking it out with the two Yellow Lanterns from the previous issue. Turns out, they can’t handle Hal alone so they make Sinestro aware that Hal is still alive so that Sinestro will dispatch reinforcements. By the end of the issue, Hal is ready to go against a whole army of Yellow Lanterns.
Writer Robert Venditti gives us yet another action-packed, fast-paced issue that hits some emotional beats before fists start flying. Artist Rafa Sandoval is continuing to render the hell out of this book making it look disgusting and beautiful all at the same time, and colorist Tomeu Morey is throwing down colors that just pop off the page. Another great effort by the creative team.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (could they have come up with a longer title) 2…drum roll…4 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.
In the last issue, Sinestro wasn’t looking too hot. In fact, he looked more like Alfred painted yellow rather than the harbinger of fear. That all changed in this issue though cause Sinestro recharged himself by ingesting Parallax; who was trapped by Sinestro on Warworld. Sinestro is looking more sinister than ever, much like an evil Tom Cruise.
Evil Tom Cruise
Re-powered and on a mission, Sinestro instructs his Yellow Lantern Corps. to ensure that order is maintained throughout the galaxy through the use of fear. Everyone seems to be onboard with this idea except for Sinestro’s daughter, Soranik.
Meanwhile, the Green Lantern Corps. lead by Detriot-native John Stewart flash into existence from wherever they were.
DAYUM! Can Rafa Sandoval drawn some kick-ass Green Lantern Corps. members or what? Not only that, take a look at the tight inks done by Jordi Tarragona, and the beautiful, vibrant colors laid down by Tomeu Morey! Tomeu, how many different shades of green are in your color arsenal, brother? Like, sixty? Beautiful stuff guys, just beautiful.
The issue ends on a cliffhanger with Hal going up against some members of the Yellow Lanterns Corp. that tracked him down. All-in-all another stellar issue thanks to the great pacing of writer Mr. Robert Venditti and the efforts of the art team.
CONSUME REVIEW REPEAT gives Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. 1 …drum roll…4 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.
The Lies: Part Two
Is it just me, or does Wonder Woman writer Greg Ruka look a hell of a lot like Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp?
I tweed this discovery at both creators and Liam commented that he was actually mistaken for Greg once. So, I guess it’s not just me that sees the resemblance.
Not only are Greg and Liam in-sync physically, but it seems like they are jiving mentally too. You can tell from the detail that’s put into each page Liam’s art that he is loving what Greg is asking of him. Liam’s art continues to be spellbinding and not lacking in quality from issue to issue.
It would be foolish of me not to mention hard work of colorist Laura Martin. It seems as though Liam leaves just enough negative space for Laura to do her thing, and she does it beautifully. Just look at the colors she mixes together to give Cheetah a layered fur look.If it was me coloring Cheetah, she’d be just one big orange blob.
In this issue Diana was able to turn Cheetah from her ways to assist Diana in finding her way to Themyscira. What was interesting is that Diana did it through an act of love, instead of through violence. Deep down Diana knew that her friend, Barbara Ann, was still there somewhere underneath the curse that turned her into the Cheetah. It was moving to see Diana, unable to give up on a lost friend, try everything she could to draw her friend out of her cursed life. Meanwhile, Steve Trever and his crew go off-mission to try and track down some women who were kidnapped from a village by Colonel Cadulo (a Marlon Brando, ‘Apocalypse Now’ type of character). Steve and his men end up getting captured by Cadulo who is working for Urzkartaga, a blood-thirsty plant-god that (I think) caused Barbara to become Cheetah. Diana agrees to help Barbara kill Urzkartaga to release Barbara of her curse in return for Barbara to help Diana get back to Themyscira. Needless to say, Diana and Steve are about to cross paths.
Speaking from personal experience, I was in a dark place once or twice in my life and it was good to have a close friend who pulled me out of those times. This issue remind me of those times and how a loving touch is more powerful than a violent act. ROTTING BRAINS give Wonder Woman 3…drum roll…4 1/2 rotten brains out of 5.