Graphic Novels

flash124THE FLASH CHRONICLES Vol.4, by John Broome (mostly) and Carmine Infantino (cover art by Infantino, all rights with current holder) was an indulgence for me, as I have all the stories (though mostly in reprints) and all but one in color. Still it is nice to have “Secret of the Stolen Blueprint” in color, and this is much easier than shuffling through multiple books to find them (now if I could only let go of some of my Silver Age annuals with the reprints). The collection itself is the usual fun as Flash battles Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang and the Trickster, attends his high school reunion and in a landmark story meets the Golden Age Flash (establishing the Golden Agers as heroes from a parallel Earth). The collection does show what an ensemble Flash was in these days, with guest appearances by Elongated Man and Kid Flash as well as the GA Flash.
ATOMIC ROBO: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener is my first encounter with this series, as the protagonist (a creation of Nikola Tesla, I gather [apparently his image as a repressed and thwarted genius has turned him into the go-to fantasy figure for early 20th century super-science]) test flies a plane into the Pacific where he encounters a Japanese strike force out for revenge on America and the “flying she-devils,” WW II volunteers who decided turning in their wrenches and flight wings for aprons after the war wasn’t the way to go. Good, old-style adventure; if the library has more of these, I’ll probably pick them up.
BATMAN BEYOND: Hush Beyond by Adam Beechen and Ryan Benjamin is better than I expected for a ‘toon-to-comics spinoff series (the premise is that an aging Batman has wound up equipping a teenager with a souped-up Bat-costume to continue the war on crime). A series of murders targeting Bruce’s aging villains make it look at first as if his old foe Hush has returned—or is it someone with a more terrible agenda? And what does the new Catwoman have to do with anything? Good, though given the emphasis on how all of Bruce’s partners were worse off for the experience, I can’t see why Terry should be the exception (even given the revelations about his parentage from Justice League Unlimitde).
GREEN LANTERN – NEW GUARDIANS: The Ring Bearer by Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham is a by-the-numbers team origin as Kyle Rainer (the GL of the 1990s) finds himself acquiring rings from the other six Lantern Corps (there’s one for every color of the rainbow, each reflecting a different emotion), leading to indignant ring-wielders hunting him down, only to bond together into a new team. As DC writer Geoff Johns was both a major player in the reboot and the Green Lantern writer for a number of years, his preboot changes to the GL mythos all carried over. Which is unfortunate, as I think this is a series, like Wonder Woman, that could have benefited from a fresh start.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Matters of Life and Death by Dan Slott and various artists has Spidey coping with his old foe the Spider-Slayer, seeing J.Jonah Jameson’s wife die, resolving that nobody’s ever dying again on his watch, and swapping Human Torch stories with the Fantastic Four (Johnny Storm was currently dead at the time this came out. Don’t know if they’ve fixed that yet). Meanwhile Flash Thompson becomes the new host for Venom as a special agent of the US military (I’ll bet money that didn’t go anywhere good). While I’m not a regular Spider-Man reader, Slott’s stories are always entertaining.


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