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And Then I Read: GODHEAD 1

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When The Source Wall from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World books showed up in a recent Green Lantern family arc, I suppose it was inevitable that Kirby’s New Gods would tangle with the Green Lantern Corps. It was even more likely once the White Lantern Kyle Rayner, possessor of the powers of the entire rainbow of rings, managed to pierce the Source Wall. That was bound to come to the attention of New Gods leader Highfather. If he can capture that power and duplicate it, he can at last achieve the Life Equation he needs to defeat Darkseid. This is comics, of course, so we can expect no final conclusive winner in the battle of good and evil. Thus, it’s all about the telling of the tale. In this opening chapter, the New Gods are explained, the stakes are described, and rings of each color are gathered, causing much trouble for the Corps. It’s not a bad opening, but aside from a few surprising ring-bearing victims, it didn’t offer a lot to engage me. The art and writing has a very “team” feel, it works fine, but I miss the individual story lines and character development that get minimized in such epics. I’ll read the Godhead crossover as it continues in the Corps books I follow, but without great enthusiasm. I do love the large type treatment on the covers, though.

Mildly recommended.

And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 35

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Swamp Thing butts heads with the avatar of a realm previously unknown to him, that of metal and machines. It occurs to me that this is kind of going the route of the Green Lantern franchise with their rainbow of rings, here we have an expanding number of “realms.” Writer Charles Soule makes it quite entertaining, though, so I’m for it thus far. The machine avatar has an interesting proposal for Alec Holland: he wants to “manage” The Green for him, freeing him to attend to other business. Alec is not buying this, and decides to investigate further. The art by Jesus Saiz is excellent, as ever, and the colors by Matt Hollingsworth and letters by Travis Lanham all help make this a winning package.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS 6

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A new story arc begins with the team sorting things out with the “new” Vostok and then splitting to catch up with other responsibilities. An interesting breather, a chance to get to know the characters a bit better, and to see their new floating headquarters. This book still feels completely unconnected to the regular Aquaman title, but that’s not such a bad thing. The writing by Jurgens is fine, the art by Medina and Martinez looks good, there’s enough action to move things along, and of course a new threat arises toward the end. A slightly old-school team book, which is okay with me.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: JUSTICE LEAGUE 34

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Rather than a large threat or battle, this issue has lots of small interesting character moments and interactions, my favorite sort. It begins with Captain Cold dealing with his new job as Lex Luthor’s security chief, then Superman and Luthor battling Gorilla Grodd, Shazam and Cyborg at S.T.A.R. Labs, Flash and the female Green Lantern at the JL Watchtower trying to work out how to deal with her evil power ring, Wonder Woman and Luthor delivering food aid in Africa, and Luthor and Bruce Wayne continuing their verbal sparring and counter-plotting. Great writing by Geoff Johns. I found the art by Scott Kolins not as effective, sometimes his sparse line work on the figures has them looking doll-like, but it wasn’t enough to pull me out of the story much.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: G.I. ZOMBIE FUTURE’S END 1

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The trouble with a line-wide event is that some books won’t fit into it well, and this is an example. G.I. Zombie has had two issues out. Here the writers and artist present what they suggest might happen to the series in five years. There hasn’t been enough time and story for me to know the characters well and/or care about them for that to work for me. Scott Hampton’s art looks great, and there’s lots of action, but connecting with all the new situations emotionally is too big a stretch. The final scene of the male and female lead characters saying goodbye comes closest to working, but it ends abruptly as if even the writers had a hard time with it. We’ve hardly said hello, it’s too soon for goodbye. I’ll put this comic aside and look for more of the regular story.

Not recommended.