Flash Rebirth #2 and World of New Krypton #3

Johns sure does like his heroes chaning colours

Johns sure does like his heroes chaning colours

Flash Rebirth #2

It took some 20 odd pages that added nothing to the storyline, but Geoff Johns does manage to expalin exactly what happened at the end of the last issue. I won’t spoil it outright, but the image over there should do that sufficiently if you’re observant.

This was a very middling issue, and I was rather disappointed. I didn’t need non-stop exposition, but all this issue was, was a disjointed flashback to Barry’s life pre-lightning bolt and a few panels showing how the other’s affected are currently holding up (FYI, they’re all fine). The only thing that salvages the issue is the last panel where the big ‘reveal’ happens. It’s an interesting concept, but I doubt this will be permanent by any stretch of the imagination.

The art is about on par with what was seen last time around, though Van Sciver gets to draw more exotic locales, with tribal apes with their crazy wall paintings and Savitar’s secret speed force worshipping temple. Not breathtaking, but there aren’t very many things that need to be right now in the story.

Now THIS is a teaser

Now THIS is a teaser

World of New Krypton #3

The real Superman continuation, er, continues and its still moving slower than frozen molasses. Whooo, the labour guild is getting new privileges? Wowzers. That sure is kind of Alura.

Much like Rebirth, the story doesn’t actually gain any steam until the very end when Kal shows Gor his place with some Batman taught fighting techniques and the arrival of the Green Lanterns to see what the fuss about this New Krypton was all about. If what they learn is similar to what we’ve been reading so far, they’ll be leaving bored.

The best part about the issue had nothing to do with the the issue, but rather Gary Frank’s impressive work on the cover and the cover for next month’s teaser. God it looks incredible, but I doubt what will transpire in the actual issue will have little semblance to that awesome cover. I’ve already mentioned I hate Pete Woods run on Superman, and the interiors here do very little to change my mind. His Kal-El design is just has no soul.

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