Graphic Novels

BATMAN: Ego is a collection of stories by Darwyn Cooke in which Bruce Wayne battles his own inner self, Selina recruits allies for a big crime caper and Batman hunts down the murderers who left a young boy crying beside his parents (based on a 1970s story, Night of the Stalker). The latter is the best; Selina’s story is a bit too much a straight crime thriller (as I’ve mentioned before, crime comics usually don’t work for me) and the first story is wildly pretentious.
Jeff Lemire’s TALES FROM THE FARM isn’t my cup of tea either, but it has a definite charm to it as a young orphan spends an uneasy year with his uncle, while bonding with an eccentric hockey-player who shares the kid’s fondness for comics. Pleasant enough, though I’m not sure what to make of the ending.
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN vol. 2 wraps up Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s series as a dying Superman visits the Bizarro world, encounters ancient Kryptonian astronauts and tries to convince Luthor to reform (“You always said you’d produce wonders if you weren’t fighting me.”). As Mark Waid says in the introduction, this capture the idea of Superman as an inspirational figure very well—a fine follow-up to the first collection
THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN Vol 3, by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard has the struggling super-hero framed and convicted for his wife’s murder, which leaves him fending off cons who hate super-heroes, getting dragooned into a break-out and learning the treacherous vampire Zechariah has turned the Wolf-Man’s daughter against him. Like the first volume, this isn’t a must-read for me, but it is fun (though the brief crossover with Image’s Invincible comic left me rather confused).
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE WORLD OF TOMORROW? by Brian Fies kicks off with the young hero and his father visiting the 1939 World’s Fair and marveling at the technological breakthroughs in the world ahead, then follows them decade by decade into the 1970s (Fies admits he keeps his protagonist young by the same convention by which Robin stayed in his teens so long) as our social and technological dreams change. A very good look at how our visions of the future have changed along with our technology, though the upbeat reassurances of how awesome the future will be felt more canned than convincing.
EARTH 2: The Gathering by James Robinson and Nicola Scott launches the DC Reboot’s version of the Justice Society (now back on Earth 2, separate from the main DC Earth): the invasion that brings the JLA together on “Earth 1” leads on this Earth to the death of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Now it’s five years later and a new generation of heroes emerges, but Earth 2 is much less friendly to its champions (Green Lantern—gay here—Flash, Hawkwoman, Atom) than Earth 1. Further removed from the old JSA than the reboot JLA is from its predecessors, but one of the better Reboot books; the costumes are a poor substitute for the originals though.
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WORLD’S FINEST: The Lost Daughters of Earth 2 by Paul Levitz and George Perez reveals Supergirl and Robin (also female) survived the death of their parents but got dimension-warped to Earth 1 (where they operate as Power Girl and Huntress). This leaves them the triple challenge of building new lives, continuing to fight crime and trying to find a way back to Earth 2. Another good one (cover art by George Perez, all rights with current holder)
UNWRITTEN: The Wound by Mike Carey and Peter Gross follows up on Pullman’s scheme to destroy Leviathan in War of Words: with Leviathan gone, our ability to deal with fiction is fading, new cults are springing up trying to explain it and Tommy and Savoy are doing their best to staunch the wound. Savoy, however, is increasingly bothered by the idea he’s just a supporting character with Tommy pulling his strings … Not their best, but effectively shifts gears after the previous book’s apocalypse. The explanation for Didg’s resistance to story didn’t work for me at all, though.

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