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Weekly Comic Book Reviews Aug. 11th, 2008

Final Crisis #3
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: J. G. Jones
Publisher: DC Comics

I feel like I’m only reading every second page of this series. Maybe it will make a little more sense when I read the whole story in one sitting. I’m just having the hardest time connecting up all the different scenes. This week Darkseid’s plan accelerates. The Martian Manhunter is dead, Batman is missing and Superman has been taken out of the action.

There’s lots of other stuff going on too, I just can’t make much sense of it. Silver age fans will love the brief appearance of a certain speedster though. And the “article X” gathering of superheroes makes for a great visual. And I think the end of this issue explains the “evil has won bit”. This is typical Morrison storytelling. It’s a great ride, I just don’t fully understand what’s going on yet.

Trinity #10
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Mark Bagley
Publisher: DC Comics

The Justice League prepare to face off against the Crime Syndicate while bigger opponents manipulate from the shadows. The backup story is really filling in a lot of the missing pieces now so I’m starting to get an idea of the big picture.

I’m not quite sure what to make of Superman’s impulsive behavior mind you. There’s been some indication that all three are not behaving quite normally. I’m assuming Busiek is going somewhere with that.

Ultimate Origins #3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Butch Guice
Publisher: Marvel Comics

We continue our trip through Ultimate Universe history, with a heavy focus on Magneto and Professor X this issue. Obviously there’s some attempt to connect all the super powers into one coherent history. But beyond that there isn’t a lot linking the three issues that have been published so far together. All we really have is a mysterious probably alien artifact that seems to turn up at key events.

The problem is that beyond asking the initial question about the origin of the Ultimate Universe, Bendis really hasn’t given us any reason to care about what’s happening from issue to issue. Too many characters, too much history, too little action.

Secret Invasion: Front Line #2
Writer: Brian Reed
Artist: GG Studios
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The idea behind the Frontline mini-series has always been to show the more human side of these big Marvel Universe events. The success of that concept has varied a lot. I though Frontline: Civil War worked but Fontline: World War Hulk missed. Secret Invasion: Front Line is shaping up to be maybe the best yet though. The second issue continues to give us intertwined stories of ordinary people confronted by the Skrull invasion.

I think it’s particularly important because this series isn’t scared to build up characters in order to kill them off. It gives us the consequences of this wholesale invasion that seem to be missing in the main mini-series.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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