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And Then I Read: WONDER WOMAN #6

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Diana has brought Steve Trevor back home to his world in an invisible plane (which conveniently crumbles after landing) and Steve’s superiors at the Naval Base in San Diego are trying to figure out who and what she is. The fact that she can’t speak English is a problem, among many. Diana takes their imprisonment and probing with patience and appealing innocence. To communicate with her, an expert, Dr. Minerva, is brought in, but she find’s Diana’s words hard to believe. The unusual event that happens her first night in the Naval lock-up changes things considerably.

I continue to enjoy this “Year One” story more than the alternate one taking place in the present, but both are good reads. An origin of sorts, though not set far in the past, this story has an upbeat feel, and Diana herself is a delight. Great work by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott enhanced by excellent colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. Nice lettering by Jodi Wynne too.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #1

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This new Young Animal imprint title is based on the DC/Vertigo version of SHADE THE CHANGING MAN (as opposed to the original Steve Ditko series) which I lettered, so I was curious to read it. Some basic elements are familiar: the world of Meta where Rac Shade came from, and the “magic” coat he used to reach Earth, now called the Madness Coat. The rest is mostly new except for the overall trippy, psychedelic and paranoic feel of the series and visuals in general. On Earth, a long comatose girl, Megan, has just awakened unexpectedly, and is freaking out everyone in her hospital. Her mind has been taken over by Loma, a birdlike female from Meta, who has used Rac Shade’s forbidden coat to get to Earth and Megan’s brain. Later, when Megan gets home, she throws up the coat.

In flashbacks we learn about the Earth girl Megan, who was popular and rather mean. In the present, everyone is trying to deal with the revived Megan, including her old friends and boyfriend, not to mention her parents. We also see how Loma got the coat through bad behavior herself, and what’s going on back on Meta. Are Loma and Megan a good match or will her two personalities clash? Are all the trippy visuals in her head, or can others see them? What part of the bad karma is going to fall on Megan/Loma first? These are questions that will have me reading further.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: THE FLASH #3

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Image © DC Comics.

Writer Joshua Williamson has found an interesting way to change things up for this title. The bolt of lightning that somehow gave Barry Allen his powers is now hitting lots of people in Central City creating dozens of possible speedsters. Thing is, they don’t know how to handle the Speed Force which gives them power, or some of those who figure it out decide to use it for things like robbery. In a book where now almost anyone might have super-speed, Barry still stands out because he’s experienced and knows what he’s doing. Barry decides he likes the idea of teaching speed newbies, and begins working on that at S.T.A.R. labs, but of course complications develop. Good story and nice art by Carmine Di Giandomenico.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: FUTURE QUEST #5

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I’ve never been a big fan of Hanna-Barbera TV shows, and while I did watch some of the early ones like The Flintstones and The Jetsons, I never watched any of their action-adventure Saturday morning shows containing characters in this series. I’m reading it because it seemed like a nice change of pace and a fun idea, and mostly I’ve liked it. The lead story in this issue is very plot-driven, and the plot seems contrived to arrange for more characters to come together. That’s one of the points of the series, I guess, but it makes for less interesting reading in my view than stories that are character-driven. There are some nice action moments like a dinosaur stampede and a striking new origin, but in general this didn’t work for me. The second story started off the same way, but grew more interesting when we see that the three characters called The Impossibles are actually people playing that role on a TV show…and are also really characters with the powers they exhibit in the show. By adding this layer to the story it made it more interesting, even if the characters themselves were generally predictable. The addition of a new super to the scene and the group was kind of fun, too, and it looks like this story will continue next issue. I’ll keep reading.

Mildly recommended.

And Then I Read: SURVIVORS’ CLUB #9

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This is the climactic gore-filled finale of the horror movie, with all the characters gathered together in the haunted house attacking or being attacked by each other. I have to confess I lost track of the larger story around issue 6, and this didn’t do much for me. I’m not a gore fan, and though there’s lots of blood, I didn’t feel close enough to the characters to feel their pain. I suspect the ending was rushed by the decision to end the series. I love the cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, it’s haunting and creepy. That’s how I prefer horror. I’m more impressed by the suggested and the unknown than flashing blades. Your tastes might differ.

Not recommended.