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Superman & Batman: Generations 2, An Imaginary Tale (Elseworlds)Superman & Batman: Generations 2, An Imaginary Tale by John Byrne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a great concept. Imagine Superheroes aging like normal passing on the mantle to the next generation rather than magically remaining artificially young to hold a fickle reading public and corporate executives who love having established commercial properties.

Apparently, this was a sequel to the original Generations book and it attempted to focus on other heroes such as the Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman as well as Superman and Batman. The book eight stories set eleven years apart each beginning in 1942.

The first three stories work pretty well but by the 4th some of the weaknesses in concept begin to show. First of all, while the first two stories did pretty well with the concept particularly as we saw Wonder Woman having a child in 1953, the attempts to pay attention to other Justice League characters becomes sporadic at best after the 1960s story. Superman, Batman, and their families take up so much space.

The other big problem was that it felt like, he just didn't have space to do this story right. To do this right, I think you'd need a whole book dedicated to each decade. The way it was, it felt like I'd picked up a book that collected eight random comic books, many of them taken out of the middle out of other story lines. That makes for some frustrating reading.

The last story too is a bit of a cheat as it "happens" at the Fortress of Solitude in 2019 but it's Batman and Superman viewing a video of an attempt by Jonathan Kent to prevent the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne. The story was moving at the time, but the more I think about it, the less sense it makes from a pure human perspective.

In the end, it's a mixed bag. Worth a read from the library or as used book, hard to imagine shelling out coin of the real for a new copy.

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Published on November 02, 2013 22:59 • 124 views • Tags: batman, john-byrne, superman
Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 1Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 1 by John Byrne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Submariner's back and he's here to save the planet. With Atlantis gone after the events of Atlantis Attacks, Namor tries a somewhat different tact of buying a corporation to dominate the world and prevent pollution.

The concept's not bad and I think John Byrne has the feel of Namor as a character down perfectly. However, all the plots are just okay. The art isn't all that great. The new guest characters are forgettable or not believable. Still, the result isn't bad or stupid. It's just not all that great.

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Published on August 18, 2017 19:31 • 83 views • Tags: john-byrne, namor
Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2Namor Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2 by John Byrne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects Issues 10-18 of John Byrne's 1990s Namor Series and has four stories therein:

Issues #10-#12: The Invaders Fight Again: West and East Germany are reuniting as the Cold War ends but that leaves Namor (and to an extent) Captain America nervous about a possible resurgence by Nazis. Namor goes to Berlin to investigate and discovers that Masterman is already part of such a contingency and has captured the original Human Torch (Jim Hammond) as part of the scheme. Whe Namor himself is captured, he'll need some help from some old friends. Overall, a great story that serves as a very good reunion for the Invaders with so many wonderful and fun moments.

Issue #13: Trial of the Sub-Mariner: A necessary story that has the Marvel Universe dealing with Namor's behavior during the Silver Age. It rehashes quite a bit as well as cutting to stuff that will be dealt with later, but also helps set things up so that Namor can be used in other ways (such as being an Avenger) without having the absurdity of not dealing with the fact he tried to wipe out New York City.

Issue #14: A Child is Waiting: Phoebe Marrs reveals a lot about herself and her feelings to Namor. It's a well-developed back-story but is hindered by a fight with a griffin that turns out to be superflous.

Issues 15-18: Namor returns to where Atlantis relocated when he receives word that is long-believed-dead wife Dorma is alive. However, before he can be really sure he has to go to the Savage Lands to investigate what's heating Atlantis where he runs into a battle with the apparently resurrected Danny Rand (AKA Iron Fist.) Some problems with this, mainly that they spent too long in the book setting this up and Misty Knight's behavior is hard to understand. Still, this is a pretty good story.

Overall, a big step up from the first volume, with all the issues being well-characterized and the Invaders story being absolutely brilliant. Well-worth reading.

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Published on November 12, 2018 22:53 • 34 views • Tags: john-byrne, namor, submariner

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Adam Graham
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