Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood and Rage

A few days ago, I purchased Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood And Rage

Red Lantern Corps

Red Lantern Corps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE & BLOODSHED AHEAD

and as always, SPOILER ALERTS

I must give credit where credit is due. Optimist Chad first introduced me to the rebooted version of the Green Lantern lore, and I haven’t really looked by since. I like the idea that the stories cover the color spectrum, with each color representing an emotion.  My favorite is Red.  In Green Lantern The Animated Series, Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Armada are the Season 1 “Big Bad.”  One of the major players from the comics, Bleez, was unfortunately missing. Probably because her story is not that safe for children, or rather, it’s something parents should be talking to their kids about, and not the media.

Laira's Red Power Ring

Laira’s Red Power Ring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For starters, the Green Lanterns are the policemen of the universe, protecting planets and sectors; their power is green for will-power. Green Lantern rings choose their bearers, as these rings were forged by the Guardians of the Universe who want to see order in the universe.  The Guardians have a history of mistakes, and one of these mistakes was that they created, before the Green Lantern Corps, robots called the Manhunters who sought to destroy all sentient beings who had emotions.  One of their victims was an alien named Atros, who was one of 5 persons to survive the Manhunter onslaught of Sector 666 (yikes!!!, I know).

Atros changed his name to Atrocitus and became a terrorist bent on revenge versus the Guardians.  Atrocitus’ backstory is as a survivor of genocide.  Atrocitus’ quest for vengeance leads him on an existential journey where his closest confidant is the corpse of Krona, the Guardian who planned Atrocitus’ planet’s destruction.  Atrocitus gathers an army in Blood And Rage, but the members lose their intelligence unless they are baptized in a pool of blood on the Planet Ysmault.  Atrocitus struggles with the decision to make one of his soldiers his lieutenant, and therefore have their capacity to think and remember restored.

The first member of the Red Lantern corps Atrocitus chooses to give back her free will was

 

Bleez, of the Red Lantern Corps, from Green Lanterns Wikia page

When Bleez regains her conciousness, her memories also come back.  Atrocitus trusts no one because of his experience, and so instead of one sidekick in Bleez (whom he fears is leading a mutiny), Atrocitus gives the rest of his army freel will.  Red Lantern Corps members consistent of victims of violent crimes as well criminals themselves.  Unlike the heroic Green Lanterns, Red Lanterns are a messy collection of villains and anti-heroes.  Part of the appeal to me for this book was Atrocitus’ inner monologues, and who he considered “The Worthy.”  By “the Worthy,” he means those events and persons who were most deserving of being avenged.

Red Lanterns Volume 1: Blood and Rage is about a group’s quest to seek out justice.  Within the storyworld, humans are the beings who resist  having their free will taken away/losing their consciousness when they become Red Lanterns. I found it interesting that one of the first humans picked was a homeless man because of all of the injustices he had to witness on a day to day basis.  Because of Blood And Rage, I now want to read the rest of the Red Lantern volumes, especially since I have read on the blogosphere that a member of Superman’s family will become one!

Super Girl going after a Red Lantern ring, courtesy of HeroFix

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A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 1, Green Lantern

Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts!

The first stop on my journey to finding a new favorite superhero is to revisit the hero that had been my favorite for so long, Green Lantern. As mentioned in the introduction, I will be judging these heroes based on particular criteria, following a brief introduction to the character. Without further ado…

Who is Green Lantern?

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Green Lantern, more than any other superhero,refers more to a position rather than a particular person. Having said that, the person most closely identified with the position is Hal Jordan, current Green Lantern of Earth (and has been, more or less, for 50 years). The Green Lantern Corps have been protecting the universe for untold millennia from threats both cosmic and mundane. The rings that they wear are able to harness and project the power of will, limited only by the will and imagination of the bearer. To this end, the rings themselves choose bearers based on their ability to overcome fear. Recently, the Green Lantern mythos has expanded to include “lanterns” from other colors (or emotions, if you will) such as blue for hope, yellow for fear, orange for greed, indigo for empathy, red for rage, and violet for love. They are organized and deputized by beings called the Guardians of the Universe, small blue humanoids that have seemed more bent on order than justice since their first appearances. Now, onto the criteria for judging:

Is this character heroic? Yes! The Green Lanterns are more or less defined by their heroism. Their ability to overcome fear and act purely based on will, while often times misled, is nearly always for the good of others. While justice continues to be in the eye of the beholder as far as whether or not they do a great job of making the universe a better place, no one can doubt the sincerity or the concrete actions that the Lanterns take in the line of service to their worlds. (1 point)

Does this character represent the “powers” or fight against them? Tough call. The problem here is that the Green Lantern corps, specifically their masters the Guardians of the Universe, represent the ultimate “authority” in the universe. They come as close to a “universal” government or force as comic book worlds get. By extension, the Green Lanterns are often seen as tools of this order by the very worlds they are trying to help. That being said however, one of the reasons I have liked Green Lantern in the past, is specifically because Hal Jordan of Earth (along with the other Earth Green Lanterns: John, Guy, and Kyle) often subvert the Guardian’s authority and fight against what they see as unjust uses of power. In the past, it has been these very Earth-born Lanterns that have humanized the corps and sought more creative and indeed less violent solutions to problems.Unfortunately, the Guardians have been overthrown, the creativity has been replaced with blunt force, and there no longer seems to be a subversive voice.* (A case could be made that Kyle Rainer, former Green Lantern and current White Lantern is that voice, but he is no longer a Green Lantern, and is still so new in his position that it remains to be seen how long he remains in it). (0.5 points)

Does this character kill? Unfortunately, the Lanterns DO kill. This has been a very recent phenomenon, actually. In the last few years, a long standing prohibition, built into the rings themselves, prevented the Lanterns from killing. In the face of an overwhelming evil, the use of deadly force was enabled. Of course, the threat was dealt with, but the “no killing” rule was never reinstated. Also, it is very seldom that the Lanterns seek to humanize their enemies. When they do, it is almost always the leader lanterns of other Corps, such as Sinestro, Atrocitus, and Larfleeze. This is problematic for me, however, since it implies that the leaders of the groups who commit atrocities are not held accountable, but given passes while their foot soldiers are killed with impunity. This is one of the things that turns me off most about the current status quo of Green Lantern. (0 points)

Does this character have a spirituality? Well, this is difficult to say. For one thing, Hal Jordan has had contact with God, served as a literal spirit for the Almighty, has battled spiritual forces across the universe, knows all about creation and the light that battled the darkness, knows about afterlife, has been to heave, hell, and purgatory, and yet… is pretty much severely handicapped by his facade of hedonism. the great irony of Hal’s life is that he is afraid of loss, and so he never gets close to anyone. He is a serial womanizer, has no spirituality that even remotely comes across in the comics, and routinely ridicules “hope” as a worthless emotion. As a corps, the Green Lanterns come off as a “science over and against faith” sort of operation, with a few members being religions, but not often. Hal may or may not be religious, but it is never talked about, despite the experiences mentioned above. Likewise, Hal almost never does any introspection, which is the hallmark of any spiritual journey. (0 points)

Does this character have an interesting (and sustainable) story to inhabit? Without a doubt, yes. This is why, even if Green Lantern is no longer by go-to superhero, I will still read the Green Lantern books. The story is great! The world and mythos that have been built around this character are staggeringly broad and multifaceted. From the Corps itself and its tremendous and illustrious history to the brand new corps and their nearly infinite stories that have yet to be told, the characters and villains of the Green Lantern will be interesting and sustainable as long as any writer worth her salt wants to write them. (1 point)

Does this character have a supporting cast that isn’t just around to make them look good? This one is iffy. There are quite a few non-Hal lanterns that have been around long enough to get their own stories. The obvious examples are Guy, John, Kyle, Kilowog, Tomar-Re, Arisia, Salaak, Ch’P’, and quite a few more notables. Also, Hal’s love interest Carol Ferris, is one of the more fleshed out and active romantic interests that exist in comics (topped only perhaps by Lois Lane or Steve Trevor). However, she rarely shines in this book, and often falls into the classic damsel in distress. However, more recently, this is changing, as she has permanently become a (violet) lantern herself. That is where the good stops, though. There have been far too many unnamed lanterns that have been killed for no real purpose other than to prove how bad-ass the villain is. Literally, I can think of at least three times in the last decade that nearly every member of the corps was killed, and the result was a few weeks or months downtime before the corps was up and running like normal again. This trope is really bothersome as the loss of life is never really counted and never truly mourned, except to move a story forward. The frequency is desensitizing to readers and really precludes investment in the premise itself. (0.5 points)

Does this character have a T-shirt I can buy in size XL? Yes. Lots. (1 bonus point)

Does this character represent, in broad terms, an outlook on life that I can support? No. Unfortunately not. In broad terms, yes, I can get behind good guy tries to save the world from bad things. Too often, however, this means, “throw more power at them until they go down.” And too often, power translates into killing people. Sympathy is given to all the wrong people, and blunt force as a first option from people who are known for their unlimited resources of will and creativity is beyond frustrating. (0 Points)

Are this characters powers (or lack thereof) interesting? Yes! The ability to use light to overcome fear with willpower? That is a great power, and one full of potential, as the light itself is stated to be part of the original light of creation. (1 point)

Verdict: 4 out of 8 points

Tune in next time for a discussion of Captain America….

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Silver Surfer (1998): The animated series

The Silver Surfer from the animated series Sil...

The Silver Surfer from the animated series Silver Surfer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always had an affinity for superheroes who were more grounded in realism, Batman and Spiderman specifically are the two I most admire. It wasn’t until Optimistic Chad got me interested in the lore of the Green Lantern that I started to notice more and more religious and political implications of comic characters who trsvelled more so in space. At the time, I have been the longest fan of the Silver Surfer (he and the Spider-family are all that remain of what I like about Marvel). Saturday, I had a complete day of rest where almost everything I did was comics related. I finished about 6 issues of Grant Morrison‘s Action Comics (the 15 total), and I will have a lot more to say about Morrisson’s Superman later this week. I tried to start Hawkman, but I dozed off (same thing happened when I tried to pick up Nightwing) #SorryNotSorry. Instead of falling asleep, I picked up the first part of Silver Surfer: Requiem by Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski. I enjoyed where it was going, and I plan to pick up more.

So, for the rest of my Saturday night, I marathoned Silver Surfer (1998), 10 of the 13 episodes. I found the themes of persons behaving like gods: the Watchers, Thanos, Ego the Living Planet, Galactus, Eternity and Infinity, Supremo, etc., made the mission of our Sentinel of the Spaceways seem larger than sentient life itself. In fact, the brother/sister pair of Infinity and Eternity were the collection of all of the experiences of every sentient being in the universe.  In  the episode that featured Ego, Silver Surfer is tempted by being able to live out his dream life on his homeworld; or, to put it in terms of ethics, reject the self-sacrifice that Norrin Radd had embraced at his origin in working for Galactus.  Ego is the god of selfishness (spoiler-alert, I know!) while Thanos (thanos is greek for, tada!, death) kills everything that he touches.

The other thing I enjoyed about the Silver Surfer series (and lore) is the blowback by other planetary beings that Silver Surfer receives for being the herald of Galactus.  See, Galactus out of necessity has to drain planets energy to survive (the Great Hunger), and if the planets’ creatures are evolved enough to escape, this places various races of aliens in a constant state of exile.  I think the story of Silver Surfer in addition to making a possible space to talk about religion, also has a space for discussions of empire and power. Silver Surfer’s approach to other cultures is a bit problematic, using categories of savage and civilized, but I think its also our problem too that we strive to emancipate ourselves from.  I feel like I am just scratching the surface, and I now want to read more Silver Surfer, especially given the potential it has for religious and empire studies.

Also, in other news, Marvel’s Stan Lee announced that there is a  possibility a Silver Surfer movie  is in the works. Lets pray that he doesn’t wind up like (the very un-)Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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Razer The Red Nosed Lantern: A #GLTAS Christmas Carol By @giancarlo_volpe #DCNation

It’s been a long time since we’ve had parodies of songs on Political Jesus, so I thought I would share two versions of Razer The Red Nosed Lantern, the first from animator and producer Giancarlo Volpe. [he gave me permission to share via twitter] The second version is my own Bitter DC Nation fan version.

Razer the Red Nosed Lantern (by Giancarlo Volpe):

“Razer the Red Nosed Lantern had a very angry nose And if you ever saw it, you would say he has great rage in his heart

All of the other Red Lanterns Used to laugh and call him names, They even told Atrocitus, To murder his Ilana dame

Then one foggy Christmas Eve Hal Jordan showed him trust. “Razer with your nose so bright, You’re no prison warden. You’re coming with us”

Then how the fangirls loved him, And they shouted out with glee, Razer the Red Nosed Lantern, You and Aya are my OTP.

And now, my raging Red FanTern version:

“Razer the Red Nosed Lantern had a very angry nose And if you ever saw it, you would say he has great rage in his heart

All of the other Red Lanterns Used to laugh and call him names, They even told Atrocitus, To murder his Ilana dame

then one foggy October eve, Cartoon Network came to say! Razr with your Lantern so bright, why dont you find another channel tonight, then all of the Lantern Corps loved him as they shouted out with glee Yippee!, Razer the Red Lantern, you’ll go down in DC Comics history!

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Savage Nerdery: Week 3 of DC’s new 52: Simulblog Reviews

The following is a simulblog. You can read about this week’s new DC Genesis from Josh Toulouse’s Fat-Train here, and from Justin Tiemeyer’s Caveman-Go here. If you chose, you can also read what Arthur the Lesser has chimed in with here. Here are the links to Week ZeroWeek One, and Week Two, with links to the others as well.

This is week 3 of the new DCU relaunch,  I have to admit to a sense of unease coming into this week after last week’s so-so showing, but I was pleasantly surprised. Only 12 books this week (because Justice League will find its permanent slot here during the third week of the month after the initial reboot). May the God of comic books cause the road to the shop rise up to meet you. May he put plenty of gas in your tank, and plenty of friends to share books with.

*********Spoilers to follow: Ye have been warned.************

 

First, the books that I apparently disagree with others about:

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1

All of the bad things that people are saying about this book are correct. It completely objectifies Starfire, multiple times. She is sexually independent to the point of being a bit of a slave to her sexual freedom, if you know what I mean.  However, there are things I really like about this book.

First, there is a nod to Teen Titans continuity, and a mysterious nod, to boot. At one point, Red Arrow asks Starfire about her prior relationship with Nightwing, she acts as if she has never heard of him, nor any of her previous Titan teammates. Some call this rediculous, I am calling it now, that she does remember, but for some reason is avoiding it. Plot device, not memory hole. Still, in the list of people that Roy asks her to remember (none of which she admits to), Wally West is not in the list. Hmmm…. Is Wally (Kid Flash/Flash) West going to make it into the new universe at all? Also, Roy asks her about Dustin. Who the hell is Dustin? A new mystery to stack onto the new 52. Can’t wait to find out.

Second, there are some really funny moments to this book. I enjoyed the banter between Red Hood and Red Arrow quite a bit. At one point, Red Hood confesses to rescuing Red Arrow because, “If anything happened to you, then I would officially be the worst ex-sidekick.” Then a mental note pops up for Red Hood, “Too far?” Roy’s mental note pops up and says, “Too far.” That was almost worth the $3 for me.

Third, this is another example of how DC is diversifying their characters. There has never before been a book where all of the members are gingers. Yep! All three characters in this book are carrot-tops. It might fool you, because Jason dyes his hair black, but if you know your stuff, you know that Jason Todd is, in fact, a ginger, just like Roy and Starfire.

Verdict: To see the all-ginger team at it once again, I will give it another month.

 

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1: DEADMAN

This was a great book. Of course, there was a lot of exposition and not too much action, but the questions that the book was asking were all the right ones for me. This was a good introduction to the character of Deadman for those who have never read about him, and the pacing and overall story were really tight.

There was no mention of two things though that made me scratch my head. First, no mention of his resurrection in Brightest day. Granted, this is a reboot, and so it probably wouldn’t be appropriate, but since his relationship with Dove is mentioned in Hawk and Dove, and since they got together because of Brightest Day, I want a few answers. But I can wait.

The book centers on a guy who is dead, but can hop back and forth into people’s bodies, a la Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap. He makes their lives better and then hops out. But recently, the people he is being sent to don’t seem to get better. The last page ensured I will be back for next issue.

Since this is an anthology book, Deadman won’t stick around after a few issues. Which is great. I LOVE anthology comics. I can’t wait to see who is next, and for completion’s sake, I will get the whole run of this book.

Verdict: Good. But I would keep buying it anyway.

Now the ones that didn’t do it for me.

CAPTAIN ATOM #1

Imagine Dr. Manhattan. Now erase his junk. How erase that symbol on his head. Then give him more metallic blue skin, and a red symbol on his chest. Then make him a military man instead of a scientist. Viola! Captain Atom.

Plot: My powers are killing me. I can do anything though. I still have to save the world. It looks like I am dying now. Yawn.

The one good thing about this comic was a rare, honest-sounding thought the character has as he appears to be dying at the end. He says, “At least I died doing some good for once.” That made me really care for the guy. But not enough to make me care about reading his comic any longer.

Verdict: Not even remotely considering buying another issue.

CATWOMAN #1

There are going to be a billion more well done reviews about this book than you will find here. This book is simply teenage male-fantasy pandering. Catwoman hardly ever has her whole suit on. Numerous times her breasts are hanging out of her costume, thankfully she is wearing a lacy bra to cover them up, although one wonders why she bothers. The story is blah and blah. The addition of a supporting character who used to be a showgirl, but now looks like a Russian man in drag, was interesting, but ultimately forgettable.

The scene everyone will be talking about though, will be the last few pages. Batman shows up to console her for her apartment blowing up. She jumps his bones (literally). He protests in a half-assed way, and they have sex with costumes on. She admits to not knowing who he is. She admits that this happens between them all the time. She admits that he kinda gets angry when it happens.

I honestly am ok with implied relations between them. And I would even be ok with a more tender moment. But, for me all this did was add a third blind spot to this universes’ Batman. Apparently, whenever Joker, Damien, or Catwoman are involved, Batman simply does not have any sense. Also, writers, if you want to make Catwoman a powerful character in her own right, you should definately not have tied her even more powerfully to Batman in the first issue.

Verdict: Nope. I really don’t need either porn, objectification, or to see yet another appearance of Batman in my comics.

 

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1

This book hit the ground running. A bunch of superheroes in the 31st century who all used to be teenager heroes based on 21st century heroes. There are a billion of them. It is like trying to hop in in the middle of an X-men story arc. Reboot? Didn’t seem like it. For Legion fans, you will love it. For everyone else, you will be like, “W T F?”

Look, I am about as nerdy as they come, and I know an awful lot about a lot of different comic nerdiness, but if I wasn’t able to access this new #1 issue, I can’t imagine that it will get better. Pick it up at your own risk.

Verdict: Sorry. I really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t.

 

From here on out, the books get much better…

BIRDS OF PREY #1

I have enjoyed almost every iteration of Birds of Prey I have ever read. I EVEN enjoyed the short lived TV show that was the WB’s attempt to do something like Smallville in Gotham. I think what always tied the book together for me was Barbara Gordon as Oracle, though. This is a hard reboot for the BOP, and yet even without Babs being the driving force of this iteration, it works. Batgirl does make an appearance, perhaps setting up future crossovers, but it is clear that Black Canary is running this show. And good for her. She deserves it.

The plot is a bit mysterious, but I don’t find myself dying to know what happens. Hopefully, this is a character driven book, and if so, I will continue to read.

Verdict: Another issue would be pleasant enough, but I don’t know if I am in for the long haul. 

 

SUPERGIRL #1

I am not the biggest Supergirl fan, admittedly. I can only take so many derivative heroes before my brain explodes. But although this was an origin story, and a hard-reboot, it was done very well. The art was great, and at very least, this Supergirl did not come across as a giant whiner with tendencies towards working for super-villains (like the last iteration).

The whole issue introduces some really cool Kryptonian tid-bits, and does a bit of world-building in addition to the main plot. The way that I know this reboot is going well is that every time I see Superman show up, I like his costume better and he looks more bad-ass. Of course, that really has nothing to do with Supergirl other than Superman actually does show up in the end and look bad-ass.

I should note that the shop was sold out of this one, and so Josh and I read it digitally. Which was really cool. And at 1$ cheaper, this might be a way of buying more comics than we would otherwise, or glimpsing books we might otherwise pass on.

Verdict: Sure, but probably only digitally.

 

BLUE BEETLE #1

I admit that this book has its flaws. For one, if you didn’t have a Spanish/English dictionary or were on Google Translate, you might have missed half the dialogue. Fortunately for me, 4 years of getting D’s in high school Spanish gave me just enough to go on.

Jaime Reyes, is a great character, with an already existing group of supporting characters. The cool thing here is that although Jaime’s world was already in place before the reboot, no one read the book. Then as Blue Beetle became more popular through Batman: Brave and the Bold and Smallville, Jaime has a bit more staying power, and his book can be relaunched with a lot of very sound story arcs and supporting cast members already built in.

This looks to be fun, if a little Peter-Parkery. Oooh oohh, also an appearance from an ancient Green Lantern! That is fun!
Verdict: Yep. I’ll definately pick it up for an arc.

 

BATMAN #1

This was the Batman book we have all been waiting for. It absolutely sets up the status-quo and deals with the Bat-family and with the setting of Gotham as a character in its own right. I loved the interaction between Bruce, Dick, Tim, and Damien, and I want, want, want to see more stuff like that. There was a great team-up with Dick and Batman, but not Nightwing and Batman, as Dick is masquerading as the Joker. The dialogue that followed between Bruce and Dick was right on. The cliffhanger at the end was great as well, and lends weight to the feeling of a shared universe between the new 52 books. In a neat cliffhanger, Dick Grayson is revealed to be the killer at the end of the book! More on this in a second.

Verdict: Yes. Yes. Yes. This is going to be THE bat-book to read.

NIGHTWING #1

Fresh off the heels of being Batman for a while, Dick is back in his own persona of Nightwing. It feels right for me. Although his costume is slightly altered, and he is in Gotham now instead of Bludhaven, this all feels very right to me.

This is a great intro book, as Dick’s roots are explained as well as his legacy when his old circus comes to town. This serves to give us some more supporting characters to play with, as well as setting up some closure, and even some future story-lines.

The really cool thing though, is when a hit is put out on Dick Grayson (not Nightwing), because, the hit man says, Dick Grayson is the best killer in Gotham and he doesn’t even know it. That ties directly in to what we read at the end of Batman, implying that we are going to see these books tie-in very soon, if we already haven’t. Even if the books tell different stories, the idea that we can see one problem solved in different ways by different heroes is a really good way to hook me in further. Great job.

Verdict: In. Glad to have you back, Nightwing.

best for last.

 

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1

This book was nearly perfect. The Corps does some heavy lifting as we get ringside for the introduction of a new threat who automatically sets itself up as a big bad by taking out a bunch of lanterns in the first few pages, without them even getting the chance to put up a fight. The book’s Teen rating gets challenged in fact, by the amount of gore.

After this however, the book really does a GREAT job of characterization for its two main characters. John Stewart and Guy Gardner both get star treatments, and we are allowed a rare glimpse of what makes these two characters tick. For Guy, this is rare, but it is done so well, that Guy keeps his douchey mannerisms, while he is allowed to let his love for kids and desire to do real good come out.

John Stewart is almost never done right, in my opinion. He has been used and abused as a plot device character, and the book which really allowed him to stand on his own (Green Lantern: Mosaic) was written out of continuity. Still, this book does a great job at giving us a look at the motivations for John as a Lantern and as a man, as well as setting up the status quo for Guy and John as they leave Earth.

A great intro book that also carries on the past, but suffers not for it.

Verdict: Was never really a question, but…YES!

WONDER WOMAN #1

Can I just say that there is something great about mythology when done right? And this book does it right. The Greek Pantheon is given a facelift for the 21st century, and wisely, most of them are not revealed yet. This allows us to experience them along with Diana. The setup for the first story arc is believable and consistent with what we know about Zeus and the other Gods, but the main villain here SEEMS to be Apollo, and he looks creepy as hell.

Wonder Woman needed this, folks. She needed to be a strong character, with roots in Athens, but living in our world. Thankfully, her time on Paradise Island isn’t mentioned, as when the story goes back there (as it has too many times in the last few years) it always feels like a step backwards. This firmly roots Wonder Woman as a hero in our world, and gives her a real mystery to solve, a real group of supporting characters, a hero that kicks butt, and a reason to care. Oh, and the art was great too.

I put this at the bottom, not because it was my favorite, or beacuse I thought it was the best book this week. I put it here because it has the potential to be the most important. Isn’t it about time that Wonder Woman actually earned her place as one of DC’s big three? Isn’t it time that girls get a hero that they can look up to as well as not be ashamed  of? I think it is. Of course, I think Powergirl is my favorite feminine hero, but I am not above rooting for the competition. As one person said this week, a rising tide lifts all boats.

Verdict: Glad to say that I will be returning to this one.

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Chad really really hopes things are going to turn out ok. He loves his wife - with the passion of 1000 exploding suns, and is a diligent, but surely mediocre father to his brilliant and subversive children. He likes Chinese food.

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