World of Green Cowl

This is the last time I look this good in this issue.

This is the last time I look this good in this issue.

World of New Krypton #2

Things got interesting last time with Superman essentially becoming a soldier in the Aryan-err, Kryptonian army. So, what manner of wacky hijinks can our adorable Kal-El get himself into this time? None, essentially. The issue revolved around him being all authoritative, and then herding space rhinos or something. But not just any kind of space rhino, but mind altering SUPER space rhino. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it was still an issue about him herding animals. It ends on an intriguing note, with the workers guild rising up and taking a bunch of rich people hostage, but for some odd reason I doubt this will amount to much next issue.

A pretty bland story overall, with Robinson not really doing much in terms of plot or character development. Kal-el is still altruistic, Zod is still maniacal, Kara is still Kara, etc. And please, stop using the Gary Frank covers! They are so awesome, only to turn the page over and *blam* Pete Woods mediocrity kicks you square in the shin. Woods is a bad, bad artist. He might be awesome elsewhere, but with my sole experience with him on Superman, he’s been nothing but awful.

Rating: 3.9812 out of 12.51

Battle for the Cowl #2

Well, it’s the second issue and it’s already the penultimate chapter in artist turn writer/artist Tony Daniel’s three issue mega event. And it’s still rather disjointed and relatively soulless, and yes, it’s still mindlessly fun. It was pretty much a chapter long Jason Todd (*gasp* SPOILER!) ass kicking marathon. First kicking Grayson’s ass, shooting Damian and then stabbing Tim in the chest.

Badass.

But we all know this badassery isn’t going to last, what with Dick Grayson all but guaranteed to be the next Batman and Damian as his Robin. The art is definitely lacking something compared to Daniels’ previous work on RIP. Maybe splitting his time between both writing and art is taking its toll.

Rating: 4 bloodied batarangs out of 7 killer man-bats.

Green Lantern #39

And here comes the Orange Lantern Corps! And I know I’m going to have a hard time differentiating them from the Sinestro Corps. I mean, just read the Sinestro Corps War and you’ll see the colour palette for the Yellow Lanterns there are virtually indistinguishable from the Orange Lanterns. And now there’s mention of an Indigo Corps? I mean, c’mon, we already have the Sapphires who are practically the same colour.

Anyways, colour bitching aside, the issue was below GL norm.I don’t mind exposition chapters, but when the exposition doesn’t reveal anything compelling, it’s just plain boring. It was nice seeing the Controllers getting torn apart, but that was the only great thing about the issue. I know, it’s just a set up for the next chapter which is almost guaranteed to be badass (Vega system going down, brotha’), but hey, I can complain if I want to.

Rating: 4 turquoise out of 6 navy blues.

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4 Responses to World of Green Cowl

  1. Hectorius the Glorious says:

    You’re inspiring me to start my own blog but I don’t want to see like I’m copying you. I just didn’t know how to get people to read it. Anyways…I’m an idiot and read your reviews for New Krypton and BFTC realizing I hadn’t read them yet. Ugh. I DID read GL though, I can’t wait to read them the second I get them.

    You know for a second there I felt like you didn’t know the Indigo Tribe was coming. Did you? Johns has stated in interviews that they’ll be a neutral corps that helps every side it can. That’s what Compassion is which is the Indigo Tribe’s emotion. You should (and probably) know this! Yeah the Controller’s getting raped was badass. It almost looked like the actual Corps were contained within the Battery which is VERY intriguing. Almost like Larfleeze holds all the power to himself as the Avarice Lantern should.

    I thought Tan’s art was gonna be epic but I can’t get around his stupid human faces. Everything WAS epic but anytime I see a human face it reminds me of the horrid shit X-Factor has been through with
    Larry Stroman, ugh. But again, JUST the human faces. I think I enjoyed his Final Crisis Revelations work a bit more but maybe the next issues will impress me more.

    IT’S BLAZING COMBAT TIME! (Guy Gardner, GLC #35)

    • Sang says:

      I’ve heard about the Indigo corps (Tribe?) and how they’re compassionate and what not, but I didn’t know they were like the Switzerland of Blackest Night. That’s pretty interesting.

      All I can say about Philip Tan’s art is that he did a pretty good job. I didn’t really even notice it was a different artist until I saw Reis’ name wasn’t on the cover.

  2. Hectorzilla says:

    Yeah, Tribe. That’s why they have the symbol painted all over them.

    I AM excited for Doug Mahnke to come on board full time. I’ll miss Reis like crazy but Doug is a solid replacement. It’ll fit nicely with Gleason on Corps. Reis DID mention he’ll be with Geoff on a new series though. With Francis Manapul on Adventure Comics, Gary Frank on Supes Secret Origin and Van Sciver on Rebirth I can only guess what series they’ll be on. A new on-going Flash maybe after Rebirth? Aquaman? What do you think?

  3. Sang says:

    Doug Mahnke’s a beast. I wish he’d done Final Crisis from the beginning so we didn’t have to suffer all the J.G. Jones related delays. I love how detailed Jones can get with his art, but he simply can’t do an ongoing series (or hell, a 7 issue series).

    As for Reis and Johns new work, I have new freaking idea. I have a feeling it’ll be an ongoing Flash series, much like how Johns worked with Sciver on GL: Rebirth and then teamed with Reis for the GL series proper.

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