**spoiler alert** The thing about having a good idea is that it sort of sells itself and galvanizes into a frenzy so much so that you have a "Hit" on**spoiler alert** The thing about having a good idea is that it sort of sells itself and galvanizes into a frenzy so much so that you have a "Hit" on your hands. The downside to that is how to maintain the integrity of the original concept, changes made to it as part of its evolution, and keeping people interested in it primarily.
That same flow of a winning property has plagued certain creative products, which mainly were hit shows that I've followed till the end like 'Heroes", "Moonlight", and a fave of mine, "Dresden Files". The current series of Injustice books have certainly come into the same category as it pushes on for its last year with this first volume of Year 5.
Honestly, I am relieved that they are calling it quits after announcing the series back then. Like everyone else I wanted to know the backstory to the game that I have been playing till this day. If in case, you didn't know, Injustice was first a game and like everyone, I felt that reading the books would help me appreciate the game and add richness to my playing of it, almost everyday on my phone.
In a nutshell, this is an alternate universe where Superman has evolved into a despot of a Superhero after having killed Joker in cold blood, in front of Batman, after the clown prince killed Lois Lane. Superman has never crossed the line and in doing so has set himself on a path that had him delve into his dark side, question his own purpose and dragged every other superhero who saw things that he has found himself to believe in. And that is Might is Right because it drives back chaos, promotes order and paves the way for peace. Yes, our Supes has become even more Machiavellian in the course of 4 years that the series has been released and collected in 3-4 volumes per Year in the series.
In this volume, after the entry of magic and gods in the previous year, Superman has sunk to an all time low by working alongside villains to enforce his rule of law. Batman also found himself speaking with different bands of villains to counter and undermine Superman's tyranny. In addition to that, the volume also adds Bizarro into the storyline and is being manipulated by the trickster to combat Superman by making him think HE is the real deal and that Clark is the impostor. All in all the story feels like butter spread too much on a piece of toast. (paraphrasing Bilbo Baggins)
In short, the novelty is starting to loose its hold on me. But having held on this long and with seemingly 3 more volumes to go before the books lead into the story portrayed in the games, I figured why not finish the ride. Tom Taylor began the series and had to depart halfway and leave the writing to Brian Buccellato. While I like the introduction of magic into the series for Year 4, it all just feels like they are running out of ideas to throw against Superman while keeping our interest. Batman has done a good job at opposing the Kryptonian's rule, but like us, he's human and can run out of steam.
Keeping fingers crossed that Year 5 ends with a bang and the story doesn't feel forced or too stretched out. And with the sequel to the game coming out this year, god help us if they think of creating another prequel series to accompany the new game.
**spoiler alert** Reading this remind me that I have to catch up with whats been happening to Hal Jordan and what he has done since going "rogue" agai**spoiler alert** Reading this remind me that I have to catch up with whats been happening to Hal Jordan and what he has done since going "rogue" again. While I know that it was a ruse and only Kilowog knows the reason, it was still a confusing read for me at the start to see my favorite Green Lantern, John Stewart shunted off to some dimension along with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps.
Having established that, it was still a hoot seeing Relic again, after the turn out of events in "Lights Out" written by Robert Vendetti. In this incarnation, the Lanterns find out that they were transported both in time and physically into the dimension where Relic came from. That is behind the mysterious and impenetrable Source Wall, the barrier at the end of the Universe.
Stewart, who takes Leadership of the Corps, works with Relic and a surprising new addition to their ranks by way of a "resurrected" character, of which I shall not name for fear of spoiling you. All in all take the confusion quotient out of the way, and accept the collection for what it is and one will appreciate he storyline, the artwork and the inclusion of characters that we have read before but in a different light.
Currently the story is continued in another arc called Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. While I would have to wait for the collected edition of stories instead of opting to buy them in single issues, it has piqued my curiosity in checking out what Hal has actually done (in previous graphic novels prior to the current DC Rebirth) which resulted in the Corps being banished to the edge of the Universe, and leaving the Sinestro Corps now "safeguarding" the Universe as we know it and enforcing the order that they know to be just and true....more
**spoiler alert** I’ve always been attracted to magic; in all its forms and incarnations. Imagine my delight when its finally given the chance to stre**spoiler alert** I’ve always been attracted to magic; in all its forms and incarnations. Imagine my delight when its finally given the chance to stretch its muscle into the DC Injustice storyline.
Fresh from the onslaught of the sentient Green Lantern planet named Mogo and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps (Year 2, Vol 2), casualties are abounding and humanity is left to deal with the damage. Be they humans, metas or magical folk, someone has lost someone in the aftermath of the war against Superman, as waged by Batman who recognizes that the Man of Steel has become the opposite of what he stood for; a dictator who is willing to pay the price just to impose and enforce his "kind" of peace.
Since the previous issue, a lot of things have happened. Superman broke Batman's back. Oliver Queen, aka. The Green Arrow has died as well as Black Canary; but not before filming her own demise and Superman's magical confession and broadcasting it out into the world for all to see. Along with that, Superman has received a Yellow Ring from the master of Fear, Sinestro, who has taken sides with Superman. I take it that he is living vicariously thru Kal-El as the events remind him of his own reign as sole ruler of his home planet of Korugar. Add to this list of changes, Wonder Woman is also out of commission due to some magical maneuvering on the part of the one man who orchestrated the battle at this stage of the game.
That person is John Constantine. Yes the radical Mage whose unorthodox methods border on the Machiavellian. He comes to aid Batman in his crusade to stop Superman while uncovering answers on his own. And since Superman has a weakness to magic, this was the perfect element to bring to the battle to ensure victory. And to do that certain things must come into play. First, Raven, needs to be taken out. Second, other magical users like Dr. Fate, Zatanna, Klarion, Jason Blood, Phantom Stranger needed also to be brought into the fold so that magic can have their day in the battle and tip the scales in Batmans favor. Third, Superman needs to be disabled with the use of magic.
Like in previous issues Tom Taylor has once again given us a fun and action filled read that collects the first 7 issues of Year 3. Constantine is his ever manipulative self and would go head to head with Batman as to who is calling the shots. (Yes, can’t have two manipulative folk in the same room) And a con man, pretty much like a leopard, never changes its spots so our charming but selfish mage, wields and deceives until he has quenched his thirst for revenge against Superman for brining the war to Earth, which claimed the life of Constantine’s wife.
Wait, what? John’s married? Okay, I give you permission to scratch your head. And he has a kid named Rose, who may or may not have some magical gifts herself.
I sincerely hope that they explore this further but for now, I’m just gonna leave it knowing Constantine orchestrated this whole magical element into the fray, expect some twists and turns and no easy way to the the end goal. And any goal that is worth fighting for, is worth gunning for. Like this collected volume, its worth reading. Better yet, its worth keeping. I did. ...more
Pretty much for most of the Red Lantern stories, is either you don't care much for them or you just go where it takes you.
This 6th volume collects issPretty much for most of the Red Lantern stories, is either you don't care much for them or you just go where it takes you.
This 6th volume collects issues #35-#40 and Red Lanterns: Future's End #1. If you followed the recently concluded GODHEAD arc of the Lantern storyline so far, then you would be happy to know what fate befell our hotheaded redneck Lantern, but if not then the first 3 issues in the trade would prove to be disorienting, not to mention, spoilerish.
But like me, if you didn't mind the deviation and would the follow the Reds where ever they go, then like the past compilations so far, you would appreciate the journey that Guy Gardner has taken so far and his means to achieve it. In this volume, the Red Lanterns have control now of Sector 2814 (yup, including Earth) and Guy is tasked now to keep the peace while at the same time harnessing the power of Rage to make things right and keep things in the balance.
While currently I know Guy has gone through another "change" of sorts, call this volume as the-road-to-finding-the balance that he is currently enjoying in the current Lantern run. Alas Charles Soule has departed the project and Landry Q Walker has taken the writing reigns to continue what Peter Milligan has begun in the first issue. While Landry is adequate in continuing the work, I still feel that Milligan has given the initial run some depth with regards to the essence of anger and the catalyst for Atrocitus' anger. This in turn has paved the way for other writers to take up the Red mantle and continue what he has successfully begun.
Geekgasm moments for me are the appearance of Green Lantern Simon Baz and Cyborg. Always great to have other DC characters guest star in other character arc and stories. Hope Landry considers that as he continues the run. But not too much, as it may become too predictable and formulaic. And doing that would mean that the Reds cannot hold their own ground and would have to depend on guest appearances to bring in readership.
PS. I still miss Peter Milligan's work. Volume 1-3 are still the ones to beat....more
Following the events of the groundbreaking, IDENTITY CRISIS by thriller author, Brad Meltzer, this 18th volume of the Justice League of America, colleFollowing the events of the groundbreaking, IDENTITY CRISIS by thriller author, Brad Meltzer, this 18th volume of the Justice League of America, collects Issues 115-119. Take note, all this happens before the New -52, just in case you got suddenly confused and wondering.
I felt IDENTITY CRISIS, blew the ball out of the park and so our heroes are left to deal with the memory tampering that they did with the villains but also with Batman. Crisis of ethics come into play with this collection and along with that the return of the villains memories, which lends them to resume their attacks on our heroes on a more personal scale for they already know of our superheroes true identity as well as personal lives.
So what's the logical step to do in order to protect the one you love? Lois lane has been hurt as well as Bruce's on and off girlfriend, Selena Kyle, aka. Catwoman. Do you repeat what was done by lobotomizing the villains again or does ethic dictate that one stays thy hand, or this case, Zatanna's magical hand, and look for a solution.
This Aftermath issue for me will only work if one has read, IDENTITY CRISIS. And since the New 52 has already happened, all these past crisis are moot. But for those who enjoyed the world of DC before the New 52, then this is a must!...more
**spoiler alert** This third volume of the Red Lanterns collects Red Lantern issues #13-20 as well as the Zero issue and the penultimate Green Lantern**spoiler alert** This third volume of the Red Lanterns collects Red Lantern issues #13-20 as well as the Zero issue and the penultimate Green Lantern #20 which ends out the Wrath of the First Lantern arc and the final issue of favorite Lantern writer, Geoff Johns, who has departed to pursue other creative endeavors in the DC Universe, apart from being its Chief Creative Officer.
This third volume also marks the end of Peter Milligan's tenure in handling the Red Lantern titles as, like Geoff, he also moves to other creative ventures.
All in all it was a good run for Peter and also for Atrocitus who finally had his "revenge" on the Guardians, or in his case, a Guardian, following the defeat of Volthoom (the crafty 1st Lantern), and Sinestro's departure to parts unknown. All 20 issues were all mostly centered on Atrocitus' rage on how the Guardians manipulated the Manhunters to kill his home planet of Ryutt in Sector 666. But knowing what we know now following the pre-New 52 GL event of War of the Green Lanterns, we know that it was specifically the Guardian Krona who orchestrated the massacre and rigged the Manhunters to do so.
With an end of Peter's run comes the climax of a release of Atrocitus rage and the embracing of Jack's new nature and identity as Red Lantern Rankorr; who is so far the only Red Lantern who can make constructs just like the other colored Lanterns.
Can't wait to see what lies in store for our rage filled beings still inhabiting the planet Ysmault. But trouble will be brewing for sure for Atrocitus and his bunch as the otherworldly witches whom he killed before have been resurrected beneath the Blood lake on Ysmault and have begun their revenge on the Red Lantern leader.
Go with our blessing. Go with Rage. And go Red Lanterns. Let's see where you're rage will take you next.
ps. Rankorr and Lantern Bleeze make a good couple. :)
Having read the more recent compilations, I deliberated whether this was a needed read and whether to add to my collection. But having seen it on saleHaving read the more recent compilations, I deliberated whether this was a needed read and whether to add to my collection. But having seen it on sale, I figured what the heck and went on and got it. Of course I should, shame on me for claiming to be a huge Green Lantern fan and not have this, right? :)
Now, the whole compilation feels more of a stitching of different back stories of different Lanterns of the Corps and although its more of supplementary reading, it is not really required in order to indoctrinate oneself into the world of the Corps.
I must be honest though and that the main reason I got this was because it featured my fave redneck Lantern, Honor Guard Guy Gardner. I was expecting that most of the stories would center round him but like I said it felt more of a collection of side stories on the different histories of several Lanterns like Lantern Iolande of Betrassus and how she was chosen instead of her Lantern-fanatic brother. There's also the Thanagarian, Lantern Isamot who was torn between love and duty and finally realized that being a Corps member is really a full time, not to mention, lifetime commitment. I'm also glad they included Lantern Soranik Natu, who in the later issues became Lantern Kyle Rayner's girlfriend but not before being kicked out of her homeworld (and Sinestro's) of Korugar because of her unwanted Lantern heritage and every cruelty that Sinestro had inflicted on that planet had tarnished the name of the Lanterns forever.
All of this was a treat but one thing that stood out for me was the scenes where some Lanterns would to Mogo, the Green Lantern who is actually a planet and unburden themselves whenever they are in doubt. The stress level that these "Space Cops" go through is a given and it always is a boon to have a friend to talk to when needed. I have not seen scenes like that in the succeeding issues and hope that the current writers would bring that form on friendship and kinship back. But first, they have to bring Mogo back. And Yes, Mogo does socialize and in fact gives advice to those who need it.
So my advice?
Read it if you like, but no biggie either if you don't.
The Sinestro Corps War Parts 1 and 2 as well as the Blackest Night and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps will be the one to do the trick for you if you want all out Lantern ring slinging action. :)