Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 05/05/05
week we look through the upcoming releases to offer our two
cents as to what's hot and what's not. You can agree with
us or not, but spend your money wisely.
brought to you by Brian's Books of Santa
writer: Gail Simone
artists: Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger
A few years
ago, Mark Millar pitched a revival of The Secret Society
of Super-Villains. Rumor has it he was soundly rebuffed,
and that project morphed into Wanted. Clearly, though,
in the wake of revelations made in Identity Crisis
(wow, this is a lot of referencing), the villains of the
DCU would almost have to start organizing.
And so they
also organized a solid creative team to explain it all for
you. Gail Simone gathers her villains together under the
leadership of, naturally enough, Lex Luthor. By her villains,
read all villains, but for six. The revelation from
Dr. Light (and one must assume The Top) that the Justice
League has been "adjusting" the attitudes of criminals has
given the underworld reason enough to gather together into
a sort of union.
of course, those who would say no really have no choice.
And that's where the opposition comes in.
Simone, no doubt
with editorial approval, also revives another Silver Age
DC property, and set up a new Secret Six. Over the next
few months, villains will face off against villains, while
still trying to make life miserable for the alleged good
guys. If a traditional hero raises his pretty head here,
though, it will be a letdown. Even though the Secret Six
plans to divide up the world in a similar fashion to the
villains in Wanted, they still have a curious nobility
and credibility. We can get to the heroes later; we know
right now who we want to see win.
As usual, Simone
applies a deft touch with characterization. Taking the formerly
lame Catman, she drops hints at a terrible change in his
life that has upped his danger level considerably. It works
because she makes him believable; we have no answers yet
as to what happened or how, but neither do the other characters.
Instead, Simone gives us subtle but consistent personalities.
All right - Dr. Psycho might be over the top, but that's
to be expected.
Most of the
real action takes place offstage, though artists Eaglesham
and von Grawbadger do get a few choice scenes. Actual plot
takes precedence, and the art team works well there, too.
Like a lot of the art teams in DC's employ right now, they're
not necessarily flashy, but they're so solid that the overall
effect is dazzling.
As DC heads
toward its final Crisis, they keep taking sure steps like
this that should guarantee we'll be with them all the way.
#8 I really expected to hate this series as much as
I did the one that became Arana. Instead, this new
Scorpion has actually been, if not fun, fairly compelling.
She has one of the most unfortunate powers ever, and has
been thrust right into the heart of the Marvel Universe,
and still it works.
Redemption #4 Where it fits in continuity matters not.
Why Matt Murdock, accused of being Daredevil, would appear
as Daredevil in an out of the way town where Daredevil should
not be makes no sense. But every issue of this mini-series
has peeled back a new layer of a complex story that doesn't
It's amusing, it's sad and it's fun. And unlike the current
JLA: Classified, none of it is tainted by the dramatic
irony of a bigger continuity making it all ash. Read this.
Golden Age TPB This classic mini-series by James Robinson
and Paul Smith went a long way to show that the JSA was
still a viable concept. Technically it's an Elseworlds tale,
but you may not want to believe that.
Brian Stelfreeze doesn't do enough interior work. Devin Grayson
writes metahuman crime stories better than most. The combination
can't go wrong. Or at least, it doesn't in this first issue.
#2 Completely worth buying just for the back-up feature:
Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius
#2 Come to think of it, doesn't our modern conception
of the superhero really stem from Camelot? Grant Morrison
must think so, and he's completely sucked me in. To wit:
"...And virtue would vanish from the world." "No. Not while
one Knight of Camelot endures." I don't even care that the
previous Shining Knight's sword was just used to kill Firestorm.
Morrison makes me forget the past and remember why I love
#15 Joshua M. Dysart faced the unenviable task of trying
to revive a concept pretty much driven into the ground.
Somehow, he has been hitting a stride that looks to carve
a nice little corner of the Vertigo-verse, as well as shining
some light on the past of the least-remembered cast member:
#1 Zombie books are hot. Thus a classic zombie series
returns to the stands.
Man of Steel #3: Astounding, astounding mini-series
that this week features an appearance from the Dark Knight.
Level Sands Not quite business as usual for this website,
but this historical graphic novel looks interesting. It's
from A. David Lewis, the writer of Mortal Coils,
who gives comic books an intellectual name.
Same But ...The Same...
Dark Detective #1 It's not bad but...Silver St. Cloud
again? We revisited her when Steve Englehart and Marshall
Rogers did a Legends of the Dark Knight, and sure,
The Joker was cool in their classic run, but...ah, damn,
fandom just keeps devouring itself.
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