JSA vs. Kobra

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Written by Eric Trautmann

Illustrated by Don Kramer

4 ginormous stars

The JSA (Justice Society of America) isn’t the Justice League of America but it’s a team that blends really old superheroes with the new.  It’s nice that old guys like Green Lantern Alan Scott and the original Flash, Jay Garrick have something better to do than be greeters at Walmart.  The leadership is divided between brain box, Mr. Terrific and my imaginary superhero girlfriend, Power Girl, the leader in the field.

It seems that Kobra, an international terrorist organization are everywhere, including infiltrating Checkmate (sort of DC’s version of SHIELD) all to bring about Kali Yuga (an age of chaos) and Jason Burr, the crazy leader doesn’t care how who gets caught in the cross fire.  So it’s the JSA (let’s assume the Justice League were in space fighting Darkseid or something) who have the task of smacking around some terrorist goons and saving the day.

This is a nice mix of conspiracy, puzzle solving and kicking ass Power Girl style.

*sigh*

My imaginary girlfriend.

Review: Batman/Superman, Vol. 2: Game Over by Greg Pak, Brett Booth (Illustrator), Jae Lee (Illustrator)

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was weird.
The first two (or three?) issues are sideways.

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I found it sort of off-putting because it’s an awkward way to hold a hardcover comic book. I mean, it’s not like it’s all that difficult to turn something to the side, but it got on my nerves after a few issues.
Or maybe I’m just a big whiner-baby?
Anyway, the gist is that Toymaker accidentally invents the World’s Deadliest Virtual Reality game.
I enjoyed the banter between the boys, but the story itself was just ok.

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In a (sorta) continuation of the gamer story, Batgirl, Supergirl, Red Hood, Krypto, and John Steel show up and help our guys kick some alien butt.
Again, it was an ok story. There were a few memorable moments between Barbara and Steel that made me laugh, and I enjoyed seeing Jason Todd show up and kick a little ass.

Next up was a crossover with the World’s Finest aka Power Girl and Huntress. In the last volume I’d read, PG was having some problems controlling her powers, and this seems to be a continuation of that storyline.
They also throw in a character from Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age. You don’t strictly need to read those to understand what’s going on…but it wouldn’t hurt.

The art is distracting, because Jae Lee isn’t the artist for the whole volume. His art sort of pops up in the middle and slaps you around a bit, disappears, comes back for one more kick in the junk, and then leaves.
If you’ve seen Lee’s stuff, you know it doesn’t play well with others.
He should have either drawn the whole thing..or nothing. I know that sounds awful, but it gave the book a really odd feel. One minute you’re looking at normal characters, and the next you’re eyeballing stuff from fairyland.
And, again, I have mixed feeling on how well like his stuff for a superhero comic.

There are stunning moments like this one:
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And then stuff like this:
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The fuck is that?!
Is he smiling?
Is the yellow alien planning to hug them to death?
I mean, it looks like he’s found his Happy Place to me!
And then there’s that oddly placed plane, that makes it look like he just farted out a jet.
Nothing about that panel looks like it belongs in a comic book. Nothing.

I like the Batman/Superman stuff, so I hope they don’t give up on this title. I’d just like to see something more cohesive and maybe more…fun?

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Review: Worlds’ Finest, Vol. 3: Control Issues by Paul Levitz, Kevin McGuire (Illustrations)

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hanging in there with this one, but I’m still not blown away.
I just don’t find the voices of either of the two characters very interesting.
Helena has such an incredible backstory, what with being the daughter of Catwoman and Batman, that you’d think that alone could carry a title.
It doesn’t.
Power Girl could also be something more than what she comes across as, but so far I haven’t seen it.
Although, I’m happy to say that they haven’t let her boobs get out of control, and take over her personality. Sure, she’s busty, but she doesn’t have a porn-star rack sticking out of her chin or anything.
Bonus!

Desaad if a pretty decent villain in Control Issues, but Tattoo Lady (or whatever her name is) was awful. She looks like she would be an amazing nemesis, but she’s not.
She tries to blow up models, to show the world that looks aren’t everything.
Yep. That’s great.
Make sure it’s the Evil Crazy Lady running around screaming that it’s not a good idea to focus on beauty!
Seriously?
THINK, DC! THINK!
Why have Power Girl bemoan her lost couture dresses, and then have the nutty bald chick going crazy on the fashion industry?
It’s ok to like dresses, and perfume, and looking your best. It is! And if anyone in Marvel U can pull that off, and be a badass, it’s Power Girl.
But it’s not very creative in this day and age, to have a female villain’s backstory revolve around being slighted for her looks.
Warning: Listen up, Girls!
Only ugly bitches whine about too much emphasis being placed on beauty!

I really like the friendship these two have, and I really like the idea of the stories that writers could tell with these guys.
I’m not giving up, but I am hoping for more out of the next one.

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