Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Comic shop comics: March 27-April 3
I like this comic.
I have no idea who or what Zoopy is, though; he's not mentioned in Popeye: The First Fifty Years by Bud Sagendorf, which I'm currently working my way through.
The shocking cover of Green Lantern #19...? Sinestro, still wearing the Green Lantern uniform he's worn throughout The New 52, holding a yellow power battery. Not exactly "WTF" material.
This issue is mostly focused on Sinestro and, to a much lesser extent, Hal Jordan, while new Green Lantern Simon Baz only gets a few panels. Volthoom, the First Lantern, Xanshis Korugar, and Hal Jordan commits suicide in "The Dead Zone" in the hopes that doing so will allow him to wear a Black Lantern ring and escape.
Regular artist Doug Mahnke is MIA, perhaps hard at work on whatever monthly DC's got him scheduled for when the Green Lantern franchises messily changes hands (Shazam, maybe? He'd be a good Shazam artist), so the art chores are divided between Szymon Kudranski (who "pencils" the Dead Zone bits, which don't really contain much in the way of legible visual information anyway), and Ardian Syaf, who draws everything else. Three inkers and two colorists help them get the book in on time.
This issue's labeled "Wrath of the First Lantern Part Nine," and I'm actually kind of lost at this point, since I'm only reading the parts that appear in Green Lantern, and skipping the parts that appear in Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guradians and Red Lanterns.
It's not really the bang I was hoping Geoff Johns would go out on, and I fee like there's a whole lot of his emotional spectrum mythos that he hinted at but never quite got around to thoroughly exploring, particularly regarding the White Lantern and White Light.
Hey, when did Sinestro wear the get-up with the white cape...?
this roundtable discussion of Trinity at Good Comics For Kids).
Kubert's contributions are a long story (maybe the longest of the series) about Spit, the little orphan boy working on a whaling ship, a story that gives considerable detail to the hows of 19th century whaling. Then are there are two short story fragments that Kubert apparently didn't get to before he passed away.
There's a five-page seqeunce written by Kubert (with Pete Carlsson) but drawn by Henrik Jonsson that tells of how the boy who would grow up to be Sargon the Sorceror first got his magical ruby, and an eight-page Kamandi story that marries Kirby's Demon to Kirby's Kamandi; that's co-written by Kubert and Brandon Bietti, who also provided the artowork (Damn, I would have liked to see Kubert's Etrigan).
Here, by the way, is one half of that two-page Bunkiak splash I mentioned.
Mike Sterling to buy this issue, if he wasn't already planning on doing so?
"Matinee," the back-up story, is a pretty good one. I'm not sure what the future holds for Kelly and G after they wrap up the title story—whether the book will continue on with the same title but a different lead feature, or if they'll launch a new series, or what—but they're pretty good at coming up with short horror stories.
It's pretty different, to the extent that it might even be slightly out of bounds for the regular Batman millieu, but it works okay in book like this one, which is devoted to stories of just that sort. Writer Joe Harris does good Alfred dialogue. I'm not cazy about artists Jason Masters' style, but it's not bad work so much as not really my cup of tea.