Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 1 (The Black Ring #1)
When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in BLACKEST NIGHT, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he'll do anything - anything - to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest hits tour of the DCU's most wanted as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power, all brought to you by new o...more
Luthor is still feeling the effects of his time as an Orange Lantern, and has set out on a mission to find it's power source.
And for some reason (I must be missing a chunk of the storyline) he has an Lois Lane android as his BFF/sidekick.
Um, I'm gonna let that one go for now...
Anyhoo, he runs all over the globe doing very Insane Genius-like stuff that went waaaay over my head. I had to force myse ...more
A fun read, but I felt that I was missing some background data that kept me from fully investin ...more
The art is good, but it's pretty dull, and it's not a Superman book because he's not even in it. This book wastes a lot of time when Lex is "dead" and when the psychic caterpillar takes over. I'm talking pages and pages of stuff that we could've done without!
One of the things I love about DC comics is their use of the iconic, the way it is not only the authority and magnetism of personality but the idea ...more
There's a particularly outlandish battle with Gorilla Grodd. Th ...more
Great scene: Gorilla Grodd tries to eat Lois Lane
A fun follow-up to Blackest Night (even though it ultimately has little to do with it), featuring Lex Luthor. The author pits Lex against many of the other big bads of the DCU, and makes him an interesting protagonist, yet he remains utterly villainous and despicable throughout. The story does lose some momentum in the second half, and I'm not sure Lex needed Darkseid or Ra's al Ghul in his backstory, but it's still a very satisfying read. (A-)
Really enjoyed this book, a fine meshing of top quality art and writing.Paul Cornell writes the perfect Lex Luthor, capturing his insecurities, arrogance, misguided ness, hatred of Superman etc very well. Truth be told, the story itself is light, but the premise is fantastic and carries you along. In many ways, it's a valentine to the Silver Age. I love that Death appears as well, and Cornell writes her perfectly too!!
Some of Cornell's best work, and if Pete Woods' art is sometimes a bit stiff, it still works very well.
Only thing I didn't really like was David Finch's art - he draws like he's never seen a human face - BUT he's only on the covers and Pete Woods' interior art is great.
I was a little less thrilled by the villain-of-the-month aspect when I read it through for the second time, but still enjoyed the book and am curious where the arc is headed.