After a bit of a hiatus (spurred on by the fact I haven’t been able to pick up my comics anytime before Saturday) TGIW is back and this week we take a gander at the continuing of the Trinity War, the first issue of the new Avengers cosmic event mini-series, and a new book by J. Michael Straczynski that takes a bleak look at the profession of superhero sidekick.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7
So we are in Week 4 of The Trinity war and the various justice League teams have split into 3 mismatched factions all with their own separate agendas all the while remaining oblivious to the mysterious hand that has been causing all of their recent troubles.
Final Verdict: This was a very busy book with so many character all up to so many different shenanigans but somehow writers Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire were able to keep things pretty clear even in cases where we are seeing continuations from some of the side comics that have spun off from this storyline, like what happened with the Phantom Stranger in this issue. There is no downtime in this crossover with things moving at a break knock speed but there were also some pretty cool individual moments that were given to the readers too. The two best of this comic were the Lex Luthor scenes with Johns/Lemire showing a perfect handling of the character and the scenes showing the total baddassery of The Martian Manhunter.
Doug Mahnke’s art is great as usual and I will continue to hope he gets the full-time gig on this title because his stuff is much better than original dries artist David Finch.
The Avengers event that has been a long time in the making finally begins with the mad titan Thanos making major moves to acquire a prize that if he gets it can only spell trouble for the rest of the universe.
Final Verdict: The one thing that writer Jonathan Hickman does from the onset is make it feel like big stakes are hanging int he balance with this storyline. damn near every panel has a sense of epicness to it and while Hickman’s writing does a great job of conveying that, Jim Cheung’s art hammers it home with every beautifully rendered image. I could have used more Thanos and less of his henchmen though. I get that this is the first issue of this series but I had this nagging notion in the back of mind that I was reading a book about the Avengers vs Darkseid. Thanos spends the entirety of this first issue sitting in shadows and smiling menacingly wile his lackeys run round the universe doing his dirty work. That is typically Darkseid’s modus operandi. Thanos has always been a more hands on type of guy. If he wanted the infinity gems then he was going to be the one zooming around the galaxy snatching them away from whoever was unfortunate enough to be in possession of them. Thanos does not delegate, dammit!!!!
Despite that one little bothersome issue, i did really like this first issue and am very eager to see what Hickman has planned.
What do you do when you are the sidekick for a city’s #1 hero and that hero dies abruptly? That is the question posed by this new comic from J. Michael Straczynski and Tom Mandrake as former sidekick Flyboy faces life after the death of his partner and friend Red Cowl.
Final Verdict: Man, this was a depressing comic. The depths to which poor Flyboy has sunk are just awful to watch and his attempts to fix things are even worse. this first issue features many an uncomfortable moment as the reader is shown a guy who has reached rock bottom and has no clue how to pull himself out of the abyss. But for as uncomfortable and depressing as this tale is it is also extremely engrossing and made all the more so by the major twist that JMS delivers on the final page. This is a really cool book and probably the best thing JMS has written since Midnight Nation.