March 11, 2014

Crisis of Infinite Reviews 03/05/14

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Written by: Arnab
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tec 29Batman: Detective Comics #29
Writer: John Layman
Artists: Aaron  Lopresti, Art Thibert, and Blond
Cover Artists: Guillem March and Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC

Jonathan Layman’s departure from Detective Comics and DC in general, after his upcoming Batman Eternal issues, is an unfortunate one. His run on this series has been fantastic. With the aid of some fantastic artists, Detective Comics has been a consistently wonderful read. Gothtopia, his final arc, was a decent arc, but not quite as great as it could have been. Three issues was not nearly a sufficient amount of time to tell this particular story, and as a result the arc felt a tad rushed. Also, Scarecrow has appeared heavily in Batman titles in the past couple of years, which is strange considering the vast vault of villains Batman writers have at their disposal. Nevertheless, John Layman will still be missed on this title. 4/5

batman superman annual 1Batman/Superman Annual #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, Philip Tan
Cover Artists: 
Jae Lee and June Chung

Anytime a reader is asked to pay almost double for an issue, it better be great. While that hasn’t been consistently true for DC’s annuals, Greg Pak and company deliver big on this issue. A fairly standalone story, Pak is able to deliver a strong plot, heavy action sequences, as well as many emotionally driven moments. Batman and Superman, as seen in the ongoing Batman/Superman series, are still not a particularly efficient duo, so it’s great that Pak brings in a strong supporting cast to add some meat to the story, without causing the story to feel chaotic. Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, and Philip Tan each handle their own “Acts” in the issue, and while they all have distinct art styles, their art meshes really well together creating a gorgeous book. 4.5/5

forever evil 6Forever Evil #6
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: David Finch, Richard Friend, and Sonia Oback
Cover Artists: David Finch, Richard Friend, and Sonia Oback
Publisher: DC

With this being the penultimate chapter of the event, one would expect most of the pieces to start falling into place. Instead, this issue leaves readers with more questions, plot lines still left unanswered, and only one issue left to resolve everything. The big question that was meant to be resolved in this issue, will Dick Grayson live or die, was broached but ultimately left unresolved. While he technically died, it appears Luthor has plans on reviving him, so unless things go remarkably wrong, Grayson should be surviving yet another near death experience. The hooded prisoner is revealed to be Alexander Luthor, which fits in line with the widespread theory that the Crime Syndicate’s enemy is actually the Anti-Monitor, or a similar entity. The issue does have a bit of plot progression, however there isn’t enough to justify how long it has taken this series to end. 3/5

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Arnab Pradhan


One Comment

  1. I skipped out on Forever Evil but I know I’ll read it someday. The whole Dick Grayson “dying” thing was more annoying than anything because we all know that death is just a “vacation” in comics with very little REAL effects on the story. But I do think that if Dick did die that Bruce would just fall apart after having lost Damian recently as well. Now THOSE would probably be some really good stories if the right writer got to it and if DC would do it.

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