Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Comics in December pt. 11

Three more books from the end of last month - all the midway points of their story arcs. Let's see how they're doing:

Action Comics #860 - part three of the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" storyline continues to deliver the goods. The stakes continue to rise as the Earth "heroes" continue to claim their glory by destroying the Legion. We get to see the return of more Legion members as well. This may be Superman's book, but Geoff Johns is sure using this title to update some silver age elements. I'm very satisfied.

Death of the New Gods #4 - the ominous cover featuring the skeletal Forever People and a clearly corrupted Mr. Miracle sets the tone for this issue. The New Gods of New Genesis and Apokolips are losing the battle. Superman believes he knows who is behind all these deathes, and Metron travels through time to come face to face with "someone" who has been expecting him. The second half of this story should be amazing.

the Brave and the Bold #9 - this issue marks the halfway point of the second six issues of the Waid/Perez run. In fact, this arc ties in ways to the first arc, so really this is the closing of act three of four acts. In any case, this issue has mini-tales featuring a variety of silver age favorites: the Blackhawks, the Boy Commandos, the Metal Men, Robby Reed and his mystical dial, plus Hawkman and the all-new Atom. Watching the story switch from group to group is fun as we see the creative team show their diversity and love of classic comics. There is still the mystery of who or what is Megistus. I'm looking forward to finding out the answer by issue 12.

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