This is why I hate DC Comics--for this shit! This shallow, uninspired collected pages of shit!
Lemme back up for a second & give a little backgrounThis is why I hate DC Comics--for this shit! This shallow, uninspired collected pages of shit!
Lemme back up for a second & give a little background as to why I hate DC--promise to make it quick:
I have never liked the main character gallery of DC superheroes (except for Batman) because they are all just that: Superheroes. Marvel's Heroes are "broken" & the only A-List DC character who could fit seamlessly into the Marvel Universe is Batman! DC Characters are too "do-gooder" & have the cheesiest costumes, names, stories and the multiple earths crap doesn't help it either. But, ironically, I did read a lot of DC titles: Sgt. Rock, G.I. Combat, Weird War, Vigilante, Plop!, Ragman, House of Mystery, just to name a few. I guess you could say I liked their B-List/C-List titles. One of my best friends & I are huge fans of Kirby's Kamandi which was a title by DC, so I'm not a complete hater.
I just fucking hate Superman so much! So lame is he! Wonder Woman blows! The Flash is... okay (but it is a weak "ok"). The Atom is a fucking joke! Aquaman is just perplexing in it's horrible execution of stories because there is so much potential with such a awful character. & the villains!--don't get me started.
But to be fair, knowing I had read other DC comics, I thought I'd give the major publisher a second chance, avoid their A-List Meta-Humans & go trawling for the B, C & D-Listers who populate the multiple earths--maybe there's something cool lurking around in there.
& this is how I discovered Red Tornado.
I have never liked Marvel's Avengers character, The Vision. I hated the fact he was an android & could phase through solid objects; qualifying him as a "superhero". Superhero my ass. The dude is a machine! So why do I love DC's Red Tornado so much!? Everything I despise about The Vision could totally apply to Red Tornado but, regardless, this is not the case. Red Tornado's background is totally cheesy--cheesier than The Vision's--but for some reason I really like it. I even like his weird appearance--the red, yellow & blue costume, the cape, the yellow arrow on his forehead, the tornado powers, his being part of the element of air, etc. He is just so much more appealing that I am willing to overlook the fact he is an android.
With his somewhat cliched background story, Red Tornado could easily rise above it based on the powers he possesses, his android aspects & the potential for good plotlines to cause his character to evolve beyond the yolk of the DC Universe.
I know that sounds grandiose but as a semi-pro creator of underground comix, I truly see the possibilities of where Red Tornado could go within structure of the DC Universe. This book is not where Red Tornado should go.
In an attempt to expand Red Tornado's world & his place within it, writer Van Hook takes a page from the Captain Marvel Family & goes with it--creating Red Volcano (villain), Red Torpedo & Red Inferno. It's so obvious that I really don't have to explain it but I will for the uninitiated:
Red Tornado = Captain Marvel.
Red Volcano = Black Adam.
Red Torpedo = Mary Marvel.
Red Inferno = Captain Marvel, Jr.
There it is in a nutshell. Throw in their creator, mad scientist, T.O. Morrow, & you've got your Dr. Savana.
Is it worth talking about the story? Not really. But to sum up: Red T wonders if there are others like him; finds out there are; fights with his siblings; teams up with two of siblings to fight the main "black sheep" of the family; "black sheep" defeated but not vanquished--setting up for open-ended story to garner a sequel mini-series.
It is really bad writing mixed with some above average sequential art. I gave it my rating because I love Red Tornado but he deserves better than this shit parading around as quality comics....more