Justice League Beyond 2.0 #1

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Aug 10 | 2013

Writing: Christos N. Gage

Art: Iban Coello
Colour: Randy Mayor
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Khary Randolph | Saida Temofonte

The Power Struggle Part 1 of 8: System Errors

After fighting nanomechs, Superman’s powers go on the blitz thanks to something weird impacting the sun and causing them to flare out of control. The team do their best to figure out a solution, but it isn’t easy.

I wanted to read this book because Superman and Bruce Wayne are old, but still in the game. When I started in it felt like I jumped into the middle of something with it starting off with a battle, but it slid into a story that, frankly, I didn’t really care about. I wouldn’t mind if it were a one issue thing, or some side thing going on while other stuff is happening, but the fact it’s the focus of the issue, it just was… rather boring. It was just a fight, diagnosing Supermans condition, then trying solution, after solution, after solution.

The art is fine. It’s nice, clean, vibrant, and animated cartoon cool. It’s just not enough.

The next issue may not make it into my hands since this one did nothing for me. I don’t even care at seeing the cliffhanger resolved. However, it did remind me that I liked the issue of Batman Beyond I had read, and I understand there is another Justice League Beyond comic, so I will look into those.

Sorry, Superman. I just don’t care.

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Batman – Superman – Wonder Woman: Trinity #1

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAug 2003 | DC

Writing: Matt Wagner
Pencils: Matt Wagner
Ink: Matt Wagner
Colours: Dave Stewart
Letters: Sean Konot

Ra’s Al Ghul has freed Bizarro and is using him to help achieve his goals of genocide to allow the planet a fresh start. Batman and Superman have been working together to unravel this plot while later, Diana meets Superman for the first time. The two of them work together tracking down the stolen nuclear sub and infiltrating the nearby subterranean base.

I’ve always had a hard time with the supers genre. I love it and love the creativity and concepts flying around, but very rarely do I ever actually like anything I read. This book interested me mostly for the vintage styled cover and the three characters involved. I’ve always like Batman, being a normal guy that relies on his equipment and ingenuity to save Gotham. I hate Superman because it always comes down to Kryptonite and I’m sick to death of that. My only exposure to Wonder Woman was that old live-action television series, so I thought it would be interesting to see more of her and see how these three characters interact.

The story is interesting. I don’t know anything about Ra’s Al Ghul, but I really like his extreme views on what’s best for this planet. I really want to see how he plans to annihilate everyone. This amazon working with him is also interesting, but I feel it’s a bit too convenient to pull Diana into the story. Mistaking Superman for Bizarro is good enough. Helping him out as an extent of her apology works fine. Maybe their inevitable confrontation and how the story unfolds will help alleviate this? I hope so.

I really don’t like Wonder Woman. I don’t like her extreme feminism that border lines outright man-hating. It makes my stomach turn. Superman’s just doing his thing. He doesn’t her capabilities, cut him some slack. There’s no need to seethe about it. Ugh! I really hope that changes, or I don’t think I’ll be able to get through this.

Im really conflicted over this, but I’m going to keep reading and hope the story is immersive enough for me to get over my irritations and disgust.

Batman the Brave and the Bold #2

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Apr 2009 | DC

Writing: Matt Wayne
Art: Phil Moy
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Swands

Attack of the Virtual Villains

Superman and Batman setup Toyman for a confession. Later, El Paso, Texas gets rampaged by Trolls and Dwarves out of the Craft of War videogame. Batman turns to Blue Beetle for help and they take the fight inside the game.

We have another hashing of the getting-sucked-into-a-videogame plot. This was so like a cartoon show, i liked it.

In my experience, young people aren’t lazy and disaffected, but eager to perform their civic duty.

Particularly when they don’t have to put down a game controller to do it!

Even has that typical witty ending when everyone laughs.

The Thinker and Blue Beetle are the Secret Bat-Files this time ‘round.

This wasn’t too bad an issue. I liked the previous story better, but such is the way of cartoons and comics like them.

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