It actually turned out to be a fairly light week for comics and I still haven’t had time to read everything that I wanted to yet. I may post an updated review or two after I get caught up.
What happened? Arisia loses her cool and decks a Guardian, Wonder Woman meets her very angry cousin, Johnny Storm has a VERY strange date and Cobra Commander finally shows his face….well….not really. Want more?
Art by Patrick Gleason
This issue is exactly what it advertises on the cover: an epilogue for Blackest Night. It also serves as the epilogue for the current creative team of Tomasi and Gleason. I have been a huge fan of this book under their direction and I hope that the new team of Tony Bedard and Ardian Syaf can continue the excitement.
We also get to see the distrust that the Lantern Corps members have for their former overlords, the Guardians of the Universe. I mean, we expect Guy Gardner to bust in and punch one of them in the face but it’s actually Arisia that pulls off this bit of intergalactic insubordination. Well done.
A little dull and long-winded at times but not entirely useless in the grand scheme, I’m sure that we’ll be off to a running start when the new team starts up next month.
Wonder Woman #43
Art by Nicola Scott
Like Green Lantern Corps, the current creative team on Wonder Woman seems to be treading water until the changeover in a few issues. Gail Simone has made WW one of my favorite DC titles (and she did amazing things on Secret Six, too). It’s sad that the upcoming renumbering and creative change seems to take away from any impact this story may have.
One thing that was thoroughly annoying, and this has nothing to do with either creator, is that it seemed like there was a house ad for a Brightest Day tie-in every other page in this book! The effect was like getting into a good TV show, but every 3 minutes they put up an annoying commercial in random places.
In this issue, things move at a slow but deliberate pace until we get to the big reveal at the end, the reveal (we think) of Cobra Commander. This was done well except for two small issues.
1. They have a full picture of him on the cover! If you are going to have a big reveal, literally on the last page, why would you spoil it by having that character in full view on the cover of the issue?
2. Why would you finally reveal one of the key players in COBRA in an ancillary tie-in book? Those of us who have been reading IDW’s GI Joe relaunch from the beginning have patiently waited more than a year for the reveal of the big bad guy, but they pull it into a tie-in? Seems weird.
Anyway, if that chrome helmeted figure is in fact NOT Cobra Commander, then my whole argument is moot and please ignore my ramblings. (UPDATE : Just re-read it and in the little text section in the back about the issue it's said that it IS the Commander.)