Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Avengers, Undead Superman and Invincible - The Week in Comics 8/19/09

Blackest Night: Superman #1
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Eddy Barrows
Publisher: DC Comics

Rating: 4 Stars

The wave of Black Lanterns spreads to Smallville. This time, the Golden Age Superman and Lois Lane (who both died in Infinite Crisis) have risen to stir up a poop storm of death and chaos. After pretty much wiping out the population of Smallville, they turn their attention on this world's Superman, Superboy and Martha Kent.

It turns out old Kal-L became a major dick in death. I mentioned that the population of Smallville has pretty much been wiped out and I wasn't kidding. But he doesn't stop there. He brags to our Superman about being better and kidnaps Martha Kent, promising that she will be reunited with her recently deceased husband. There's only way for her to do that - death.

In previous issues of the Blackest Night event, we have seen that Black Lanterns are able to see each target's emotional aura (which happens to be one of the seven colors of the other lanterns). Probably not to anyone's surprise, Superman represents all the different colors in his aura. Superboy changes often which plays to his teenage angsty personality.

My only question is this... If a Black Lantern sees fear in someone and that person craps themselves as a result of that fear, does the aura fade from yellow to brown? I guess it's a good thing that I'm not writing these books.

The Mighty Avengers #28
Writers: Dan Slott and Christos N. Gage
Artist: Khoi Pham
Marvel Comics

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

There's an Attilan Inhuman hiding out in China. He's known as "The Unspoken" because he was such a badass with a pretty checkered past, the Inhumans don't like talking about him. He makes no bones about having some plans up his sleeve. Unfortunately, only a couple Avengers are on the scene, but they have to deal with a bunch of pissed off Chinese heroes.

U.S. Agent and Quicksilver try to call in some help from their fellow Avengers, but that evil trickster, Loki (still in female form and disguised as Scarlet Witch), has intercepted the call for help and makes sure no one else knows about the call.

This book is much closer to what I like to see in an Avengers book. These guys are actually doing heroic stuff - unlike those chatty Cathy New Avengers. I'm a little put off by how confident Hank Pym is. Granted, the guy was a captive of the Skrull Empire for a long time and he did lose the love of his life. Perhaps he's got a new purpose in life, but it's kinda weird to see him be as smug as he has been.

At least this book doesn't have The Hood in it.

Invincible #65
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Publisher: Image Comics

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Mark Grayson has a tough life... Well, maybe not that tough because he is a superhero with a smoking hot girlfriend, but he does have his fair share of crap too. His dad turned out to be a conquering alien sent to Earth to enslave the population and make sure we submit to his empire. He took on his dad and got his ass handed to him. Recently, a whole bunch of dopplegangers from parallel universes poored in and laid waste to the world. Even more recently, one of his dad's bretheren came to force the issue of Earth's subjugation. Mark decides to fight him, gets his ass handed to him and sees that hot girlfriend of his pretty much gutted (don't worry, she's not dead - she actually came back to life and gave herself bigger boobs - no kidding!).

Invincible might be the most intriguing superhero book on the shelves. It mixes elements of Spider-Man, Superman and the Hulk into an addicting read. It definitely shows that Robert Kirkman has a lot more in his bag of tricks than zombie stories.

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