All-Star Superman #10
All-Star Superman is a strange amalgamation of Silver Age bizarreness with Modern Age art and storytelling conventions. It proves that things like ‘power level’ don’t get in the way of a good story, because, believe me: Superman is at his absolutely most powerful here.
The issue covers a great deal, from Superman’s last will and testament, working on the future fate of humanity, and fixing Kandor. He deals with enormous cosmic matters…and the smallest things that one could imagine. Perhaps the best part about A-SS is the fact that it shows just how crazy and wonderful the world of comics could be.
Blue Beetle #25
“Endgame, pt 4: A Little Help From…”
Endgame is writer John Rogers’ farewell to to the series, as he leaves after this issue. And it’s a good one. It’s just the right amount of epic, fun, and nostalgic. There’s a mini JLI reunion, cool action, and even some romance. If you’re looking for a good, quick, fun read, Blue Beetle is definitely for you – it illustrates many of the best things about comics and few of the bad.
That said, #25, while definitively wrapping up just about every dangling plotline from the series and providing a great deal of fun in doing so, it also feels very brief. The action is abbreviated, the banter is abbreviated – only the ending really feels like it was fleshed out as completely as it needed to be.
Endgame (#22-25): A
Blue Beetle (1-25): A
The All-New Atom #21Gail Simone left the All-New Atom last issue, and this is the first issue by the new creative team, with horror-writer Rick Remender taking over on script and art done by Pat Olliffe and John Stanisci. Now, I was an enormous fan of The All-New Atom, finding it to continually be one of the most creative and fascinating books on the shelves while still maintaining a great sense of fun. Remender has kept the bizarre creativity, but has completely ditched the sense of fun. It’s not bad, but it’s not my cup-o’-tea, and it’s ditched what I feel is the unique blend of hilarity and faux-horror that made the book stand out on the shelves.
As a note, when I originally wrote this, I gave the book a substantially worse grade due to something done on the first page: in Gail Simone’s run, a popular misconception – that Ivy Town is so bizarre because of Ray Palmer’s experiments – was disproved, and the weirdness was caused by a villain named Chronos. On page one of Remender’s first issue, the opening lines essentially say: “I know Chronos said it was because of him, but he’s wrong. It’s Ray’s fault, and I’ll prove it.” I don’t know why, but that just grabbed me the wrong way. But…well, honestly, Remender may not have known about Simone’s plans to blame Chronos ahead of time, and may have planned his first arc with that in mind.
The All-New Atom #21: B-