To be honest, I gave up on Spawn sometime around issue #21. Even then, I wasn't particularly into Spawn. It was the type of hero that I really didn't care for. I was also drawn into the full potential of comics being introduced to alternative and independent comics. However, when there's a big book hyped by its publisher, I feel the need to review it.
Doomsday Clock was reportedly going to signal the return of the JSA and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Both those teams returned elsewhere this month. That means the purpose of the series now remains to explain how the DC Universe was altered by Dr. Manhattan and essentially be a sequel for Watchmen.
So, after a long wait Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium is here! This is where the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes begins. Yes, I know that they showed up last week in Superman #14. This, however, is what gets us us from here to there. I do need to warn you before you go on, that there are going to be spoilers.
I was going through a review of a comic and a thought occurred to me. What if these decades-long stories had been planned in advance so major events could be properly foreshadowed? Think of it, from the moment Gwen Stacy is introduced, her death is constantly hinted at. She's afraid of heights, we keep seeing the George Washington bridge showing up. How about bird imagery constantly popping up from the moment Jean Grey joins the X-Men?
I really wasn't looking forward to this issue. I've really fallen in love with these characters. I'm going to miss reading about them. One of the things about non-mainstream comics is that the stories can end. There's no corporate desire to keep a character published so the merchandising can continue. I'm going to expand on this int he review, so let's get started.
There's absolutely no way to review this comic without spoiling it. Before I read it, I had it spoiled for me. I really recommend that you read this issue before proceeding with what I think about it. It's actually pretty fortunate that my day job and other pressing matters prevented me from finishing this until a week after it hit shops.
As I write this, it's a slow news day. I'm already a week ahead on these columns, so it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch to put in yet another one. It seems like forever since I did one of these for an independent comic. Of course, in my mind, Phantom Lady doesn't count. The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite independent series, Elementals by Bill Willingham, better known for Fables. A lot of what other writers did in the later 1990s and 2000s was done before by Bill Willingham. Do you want a sinister government agency interacting with super-heroes? Willingham did it in Elementals. Do you want super-heroes cursing? Willingham did it in Elementals. Do you want graphic violence in your super-hero comics? Willingham did it in Elementals. Do you want your super-heroes deciding not to act like they're in a comic book? Well, I've got an issue for you.
Yeah, it seems weird to review a collection of previously published comics. However, The Boys is probably the hottest comics-related TV show right now. I went into this book relatively uninformed of the story, as I suspect a lot of new readers of The Boys will be on the heels of the Amazon Prime series.
I had such a good time with my review of Phantom Lady #13 that I decided to review another really old comic. Marvel Unlimited has about 340 comics before 1962 on their service, and one of them happens to be the first appearance of everyone's favorite tree. I'm talking about Groot. This Groot comes from the era of monster comics, where not everything was a Fin Fang Foom or a Groot. Just skimming the list, I've got Monstrollo, Sserpo, Klagg, Moomba, and Kraa. Groot looks to be one of those standard one-issue space monsters wreaking havoc for no apparent reason other than he could. I wanted to see if there was anything in there that resembled the character that we've come to adore.
We get previews of a lot of comics. However, we seldom get manga. Leave it to a British publisher to send us manga. This is the first English translation of Ryuko, the story of a powerful female Yakuza who tries to atone for killing her father.
The Boys has lit Amazon Prime on fire. With a tone that matches the comic's irreverent mood. Perhaps my favorite bit of advertising came in an Honest Trailers video where the narrator of the video said something along the lines of, "Holy S#!t! Did Karl Urban just kill that guy with a baby laser?" It's enough to make someone want to sign up for Amazon Prime. It also looks like Dynamite has planned their release schedule with shrewd calculation.
On Late Night With Seth Myers, Brian Michael Bendis shared a group shot of the new Legion of Super-Heroes by artist Ryan Sook. We've gotten some definite character designs in the past few weeks, so we can definitely identify some of the members, but there are some in here that raise some questions.