Comics: Rogue’s Revenge #1

Cold as Ice

Cold as Ice

I finally got my hands on a copy of Rogue’s Revenge #1.  I had an idea it was going to be pretty popular if it was anything like arc of Rogue’s War, especially since it would be a tie into both Final Crisis, and return of Barry Allen (The Flash who sacrificed himself during the original Crisis on Infinite Earths).

I was more excited to actually get the alternative Captain Cold cover (pictured) as opposed to the Barry Allen crisis like cover.  Isn’t it a beauty?  Very powerful image and it simplicity in color and art style makes this cover just iconic in my opinion.

I can very happily report that Rogue’s Revenge #1 by writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins was everything I was hoping for and perhaps a tad bit more.  Again, in my opinion, this one book so far (two more to go) does more for the excitement of Final Crisis arc than Final Crisis itself.

I felt it revealed much more about Libra, his mindset and his attitude, than the core series is right now and felt that Libra came across as a much more potent villian here than elsewhere.  (On a side note, I still feel that Libra is someone we know in the DC Universe who just hasn’t revealed his true identity yet.  Wouldn’t it be something is it was Ralph Dibney himself, or some other hero who turned traitor?  I’m expecting a surprise on his origins soon enough.).

Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and the new Trickster (Trickster II, Alex Walker) are on the run from their part in the death of Bart Allen (Kid Flash).  The reformed Pied Piper is after them, as well as the hero’s and even the newly formed Secret Society of Villains (headed by Libra).

It just seems these four rogues have great chemsitry together, and Captain Cold’s authoritative roll as default leader of this band of cons on the run is great.  His moral compass is both strict, unforgiving yet compassionate at times makes Snart a very complex character and is way beyond one dimensional.  That is the strength of writer Johns here.  He takes these B and C list characters and reveals so much they truly take on their own unique humanistic identities and the reader can really begin to get in their heads and begin to understand their motivations.

Cold’s message to Libra, and Libra’s reaction just sets the stage for yet another Final Crisis subplot I’m actually very eager to get my hands on moreso than than what’s happening to Green Lantern, Batman, and Wonder Woman right now.

Let’s not forget Inertia who masterminded the death of Bart Allen, and the jarring way he is brought back into this book as well.  I won’t spoil the surprise right now, but the means behind bringing Inertia back and what he is thrust into the very last two pages just amps this alrady solid book up to an eleven!  There’s plenty of cameo’s from the Flash-verse as well, but they aren’t thrown in for cameo’s sake,…clearly each has a purpose and al the groundwork was laid out masterfully in this opening issue.

Get this book!.

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Superman: To be re-booted again?

Superman 3.0?
Superman 3.0?

 

Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has revealed to The Wall Street Journal that the studio has made up its mind about the future of not just the Superman franchise but much of the DC superhero line-up which it owns the rights to develop.

Rather than doing a sequel to 2006’s disappointing “Superman Returns”, the studio plans to reboot the feature much like Universal rebooted the “Hulk” franchise this year.

Robinov says “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to, it didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a [previous] Batman and Superman movie at all.”

The studio has also nixed the “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” projects for now as they plan to adopt the same model Marvel Studios is doing right now – releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film a few years down the line.

Also like Marvel, the aim is for the DC Comics label to supply two of the 6-8 tentpoles per year that Warners releases by 2011. The studio is aiming to release four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. They presently have Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman projects in development.

Unlike Marvel though with its lighter and more fantasy based approaches (ala “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man”), the aim here is the dark realistic tone of “The Dark Knight” for all their heroes – “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it” says Robinov.

Official plans and hopefully dates of these projects will be announced in the next month.

Comics: Final Crisis #3

WW hiding in the shadows of this book...for good reason...it blows.

WW hiding in the shadows of this book...for good reason...it blows.

After a longer than usualy delay in reading my monthly books, I final got to tackle Final Crisis #3, and I can say so far I am still not impressed.

I can’t say I’m totally confused on whats going on in this 7 issue series, but there’s really nothing I am compelled to get excited about so far, perhaps because the book jumps around so much with no real flow.  It didn’t help there was a delay between issues #2 and #3 that helped me even forget further what ‘may’ be important.

I picked up the alternate cover with a very nice painting of Supergirl on the cover, and then realizes she wasn’t in this book at all.  Odd.  In issue #2 we saw that Batman was captured, yet nothing in #3 even mentions his whereabouts. 

There’s a few pages of Frankenstien and The Question that for me came out of left field and alludes to the Anti-Life equation.  Um,…Okay….

Then there is the ridiculous turn of Mary Marvel…yet again….in as so many months.  I liked her look and turn when she was first granted the corupted powers by Black Adam.  That was interesting until the female version of Eclipso came around and muddled up what I thought was an exciting chracter re-emergence in Mary.  By the end of Countdown, Mary seemed to be her old self again, rejecting the evil side and got yet another new outfit.  Now I don’t pick up every DC book, but what the heck happened in the last few weeks where Mary Marvel is now eveil again (I surmise by Granny Goodness) and wearing one of the most hideous costumes that DC has green lit in a while (I take that back…DC seems to be okay with numerous ridiculous costumes as of late).  Anyway, the whole Mary Marvel thing in my opinion is a colossal cluster.  Why are we dedicating Wonder Woman to this sub-plot?

It appears the only thing that really continues is that Hal Jordon has been taken custody by teh Alpha Lanterns which can only be a set up for the upcoming Green Lantern maxi-series.

The reforming and handling of the All Star Squadron seems baffling.  If there is a common threat to Earth and the Universe, why now do the heroes need an act of Congress (article X) to be imposed upon them?  I don’t get the logic or purpose there.  So all the other times the heroes got together before, why didn’t they enact article X?  They just come together here and pose in some splash page for who knows what.

The only redeeming plotline was Sumo being rescued at the airport by some of the Japanese teen heroes.  That was fun.

Also a brief explanation of Barry Allen’s possible return was building to an exciting moment for me, but just came short of delivering there as well.  Perhaps issue 4.

Finally, I thought Libra was supposed to be the main villian here and his sub-plot also seems to be over shadowed by all the other chaos within the book.  I suspect Libra is actually someone we already know, perhaps a goon of Darksied that will be revealed later on.

I know other reviews of the book, like over at CBR gave this issue a 4.5 out of 5.  I just don’t see it.  I give this issue a lukewarm 2 out of 5 at best.