Adventure Comics #521
The Legion story is entitled "The Summons Of The Ring" and is part one of a new multi-issue story arc. The plot kicks-off with the arrival at 31st century Legion headquarters of Dyogene, an alien creature from Oa, the homeworld of the Guardians of the Green Lantern Corps. Dyogenes announces that he will anoint a new Earth Green Lantern from amongst the ranks of the Legion members. The bulk of this story segment unfolds with the various Legion members going about their various Legion duties as they mull over the pending selection. I won't spoil the selection surprise beyond noting that by stories end, Dyogenes selects a Legion member, who immediately accepts the role as Earth's 31st centruy Green Guardian. As a brief mention of the back-up Atom tale, the plot focuses on The Atom teaming-up with his civilian scientist uncle to combat bad guys wielding nano-technology, with the story segment ending in a cliffhanger as the bad guys hold The Atom's dad hostage.
So a definite thumbs-up review recommendation to get your traditional, old-school DC universe entertainment fill for this week with this fun two-story issue of Adventure Comics.
Marvel Comics kicks-off in the current issue #583 of the Fantastic Four its well-publicized supposed death of one of the Fab Four. The story arc is entitled "Three" and is written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting and colors by Paul Mounts. For the uninitiated, this creative team has received much acclaim in the past year or so for revitalizing this long-lasting Marvel comic book title with exciting storylines featuring science fiction plots on a grand adventure scale, in balance with excellent plot details regarding the personal lives and issues of the Fantastic Four family members.
This Part One of the "Three" storyline is subtitled "In Latveria, The Flowers Bloom In Winter," and unfolds with two interweaving storythreads. The briefer storyline is a high action plotthread, as the FF fight a battle at the edge of the forever city of The High Evolutionary. This is a follow-up to previous FF issues in which several science fictional cities emerge at various locations around Earth. But this action-adventure is overshadowed by the main storyline, in which Reed and Sue's genius daughter Valeria teleports to Latveria to try and enlist Victor Von Doom to assist her father in an unexplained ciritical effort. Genius Valeria quickly realizes that Doom has lost his genius intellect (apparently detailed in previous issues) and deftly strikes a bargain with the evil dictator, in which he agrees to assist the girl-genius in exchange for her restoring him to his previous intellectual brilliance.
My only constructive review criticism of the issue is to suggest that Hickman and team tone-down a bit the precociousness of genius FF daughter Valeria. She comes off a bit too smug and know-it-all at times, to the point where I wanted her to trip-up in her efforts just to wipe the self-satisfied smugness off of her face. But that minor peeve aside, there isn't a comic book title out there these days doing a better job of providing grand-scale science fiction in a traditional super-hero story-setting, so a strong recommendation here not to miss this interesting and enjoyable adventure as it plays-out toward the big "death of an FF member" finale.
The main character of The Cape is Eric, whom the first half of the issue follows from childhood to his 20-something years. Playing superhero as a kid and wearing the aforementioned Cape, Eric has a brutal injury falling from a tree. It's all downhill from there, as the plot follows Eric through years of injury pain and general behavior negativity. His relationship with loving girlfriend Angie can't stop him from spiraling down to the very bottom rung of the loser ladder. After being dumped by Angie and crashing in his mother's basement, Eric finds his old childhood cape and discovers that it gives him the power to fly. In this case, I'll gladly provide the dramatic ending spoiler: our boy Eric is a rotten-to-the core loser who uses the cape to take ex-girlfriend Angie for a Lois Lane-Superman type flight and thus slaughter her with a bloody drop from high altitude. Next issue's theme: how a rotten guy uses a found power for further rottenness.
I'll get to the heart of this review recommendation fast-this is the worst comic book that I've reviewed among the hundreds I've reviewed over the past few years. The plot twister could have been creative, in that one assumes until the last few pages that the cape will offer Eric the chance to turn his life around for good instead of being a tool for Eric to go the evil route. But all of the details of the story just plain radiate grossness and disgust, from Eric's needlessly rotten attitude to every decent person in his life to the culmination of this issue, when he disgustingly slaughters his girlfriend and is proud of it. A story can be dark and gross but of high quality if there's some redeeming value in the tale. None of that element is even hinted of here, so its not worth sticking around for even one issue's worth of viewing this disgusting creep's life. So don't waste a dime on this failure of a story presentation.
One final important review comment. This waste of paper has nothing to do with the upcoming new superhero television series "The Cape," premiering on January 9 on NBC. So give the television show a try and read some other comic book.
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