Green Lantern and other strange superheroes

Green Lantern Blackest Night by Geoff Johns, Ican Reis, Oclair Albert, Jeo Prado

I’m so torn about the Justice League. This was a great story. The characters who were in it all had great stories. Hawkman and Hawkgirl was¬†beautiful. Atom’s grief is real. The Flash is just excellent, as usual. Good beautiful human stories.

But as a whole they just hang together so goofily.

Green Lantern’s power is his glowing accessories. In the end of the story, he and a bunch of friends with super glowing accessories get together to literally make a rainbow to fight the evil Black Ring. Rainbow jewelry fighting evil. To anyone who was offended when DC introduced a gay Green Lantern: How did you not see this coming?

In this story, the Big Bad makes a bunch of Black Ring that pulls up the dead and turns them into zombies. And because this is a DC universe story, so naturally the only dead that rise are the dead superheroes and they kill their alive superhero friends, who then join the ranks of the zombies. The parts of it that was beautiful and art like and real and compelling were the emotions of the heroes as they face their dead friends. They all struggled so much with survivor’s guilt, grief and hopelessness (’cause this is all shortly after the Final Crisis) and their stories are very human.

And then there’s the weird disconnect between space aliens fighting with people who give themselves superpowers with lab accidents and kids who have to merge into one body to become magical flaming powers. And zombies. What’s that all about?

Highlights: Dick Grayson was mentioned. Alfred was there. Bruce wasn’t ’cause he was dead but they talked about him a lot.

Overall conclusion: 50%  awesome for good writing and nice pictures. 50% for huh?

Last movie I watched:

Divergent I think? Which was good guys. Really good. Like…. good

Last TV episode I watched:

Buffy! Who has recently become not dead. Fun time!

A kids graphic novel based on a cartoon – seriously, could I be more awesome?

Young Justice Creature Feature by Greg Weisman, Kevin Hopps and Christopher Jones

So, while still recovering from the cancellation of Young Justice (seriously guys?!) I picked up Creature Feature for a huge number of super nerdy reasons but mostly boiling down to it being fantastic.

Maybe I’m not a great person to declare stuff like that since I haven’t really spend that much of my life watching cartoons and arranging them in order of awesomeness, but I’m pretty sure this one would be up high on the list if I had.

Anyway, the book was pretty excellent. One of the stories was the unfortunately named Aqualad taking Miss Martian and Superboy to Atlantis to protect him from awkward conversations with his ex (that happens all the time right?) but the team totally ends up saving the day. Again. The second chunk was what the non-ocean compatible team members were up to, which was hunting down an international organization who wanted to create giant mansnakes ’cause…. all normal villains like… mansnakes (my favourite ’cause all the mentors were around and I love them and their… mentoriness). The last was the whole team on a mission to a jungle island where they become the allies of some nice telepathic apes.

Yup sometimes when I say stuff like that out loud it doesn’t really surprise me that nerdy people aren’t always embraced by the rest of the world.

Anyway, it was a great read that almost filled the gap in my life that the show’s untimely end created and it’s still like nine hundred degrees in here and I’m lacking intelligent, profound things to say.

About a children’s graphic novel.

Based on a TV show.

That was based on a comic.

So yeah, everyone read/watch and bask in the awesomeness of Young Justice while I go find some ice or something.

Last movie I watched: Still Argo. Still impressed. Mostly.

Last TV episode I watched: Two and a Half Men. It was an accident I swear. That show is on ALL THE DAMN TIME and I don’t have great satellite options.

What felt like an awful lot of work for very little Batman

Final Crisis by Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones, Doug Mahnke and 23 other people who are totally awesome and amazingly talented but aren’t going to get their names typed out by me. Sorry team.

So assuming that you (whoever you are – seriously, don’t you have something better to do with your time?) aren’t a huge Batman nerd, Final Crisis contains the “death” of Batman which was actually Bruce getting stuck in the past. That lead to Dick and Damian becoming the Dynamic Duo and it just seemed required that, if I’m going to have a thorough knowledge of all things Batman, I’d have to read this story.

For the record, Batman has like ten pages near the beginning where he was all cool and detective-y, gets kidnapped and then doesn’t show up again until his short, but really epic death scene. I’m not really sure if it’s just my personal bias but I really felt like Batman’s “apparently-he’s-dead” spread was the best part of the whole thing.

When I started thinking about the Justice League I was like “DC… what were you smoking? Mixing a bunch of superheros who get their powers from totally different places on totally different levels hanging out in the Hall of Justice? Who thought that made any sense at all? I know it was the sixties and all but geeeeze.”

Sometimes I think I’m wrong about that. There are some really good Justice League stories. Doom, which is a movie based loosely on the Tower of Babel comic book arch is kind of awesome. All the members of the Justice League are well characterized, unique and kind of limited in their power, which is awesome. The cartoon Justice League that was on TV in the early 2000s also managed to make everyone’s superpowers not a big deal and to keep everyone’s character filled out and interesting. Young Justice was just awesome.

But sometimes the stories just suffer from too many characters and too convoluted plots. To start off, there are like a million superheroes in the Justice League and then think about it, if you’ve got Superman on your side, what kind of situation also requires support from Green Arrow? Or Batman for that matter. What is challenging enough for a god like alien to face down and a totally normal human in a mask who has a fondness for projectiles to manage? And the answer is usually completely ridiculous. Not always, sometimes it does work out really well, but often you just end up with a multipronged attack on earth that’s so complicated the best GSP in the world couldn’t explain how to get from point A to point B.

That’s kind of how I felt about Final Crisis. By the end I’d more or less forgotten who was a hero, who was a villain, who was a hero turned villain (and vice versa), I was pissed off that all the lady heroes had gone to Darkseid and I just wanted Bruce Wayne to reappear and bring some semblance of an understandable plot with him.

I still enjoyed it. Bruce’s not death was spectacular. I’m a fan of Black Canary and Green Arrow and Oracle and they all had stories I understood. As usual, Batman hanging out with super powered aliens and holding his own makes him way more awesome. But by the time we got to the walking tiger wearing a suit I knew I was in way, way over my head.

Last movie I watched: Iron Lady. Meryl Streep is kind of amazing.

Last TV show I watched: Camelot. But that’s all over now.