Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Jesús Merino
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Hi-Fi
Even though the cover pretty much gives it away, if you have not read the first issue of this series, you should do so as this book features the direct aftermath of what happens. Coming off of that book’s surprise ending, this leads off with the funeral of Oliver Queen. Everyone one of course blames Firestorm, to which he of course denies it, but they are partially right and when faced with the truth, it makes him defensive to say the least. Perhaps he could have saved Green Arrow and perhaps not, but it is a question that will forever be left unanswered. Our team of writers then have our future Batman, Terry McGinnis, do some investigating and Lois Lane gets a mysterious note which ends the book with a little bit of a cliffhanger. One thing about the series that is interesting so far, is how some of our heroes have kept to the status quo and how others are quite different in this possible future. Buddy Baker is still the earnest guy that everyone knows and loves as is the departed Green Arrow, a hero and humanitarian to the end. On the opposite side of the fence is Ronnie Raymond, one half of the duo that makes up Firestorm is callous and irresponsible while Mister Terrific’s ego has grown greater than his IQ. Definitely a book that has many surprises in store, a lot of intrigue and suspense to spare.
4 out of 5
Writer – Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak, Charles Soule
Artist – Ken Lashley
Colours – Sunny Gho
Doomsday is back in the DC Universe and he is looking to put a hurt on everybody – particularly Superman. The Doomsday we have now is bigger and stronger than the previous iteration of the character, as Superman’s pal Dr. Shay Veritas surmises, the previous Doomsday was in more of a larvae state and is now growing as it consumes the energy out of every living thing it comes into contact with. It is similar to the way the Hulk gets stronger the madder he gets and so Superman heads off to do battle with the creature as he is the only one that likely stands a chance of living through it. The issue is not short on the action which makes for quickly paced and exciting reading. Just saying a Superman book is exciting is saying something in and of itself and the best thing about the book is that Soule, Pak and Lobdell make you want to read the rest of the crossover taking place in the Superman family of titles. One moment that really stands out was when Wonder Woman was facing the monster down and another seeing Luther act as the voice of reason when talking to the League (or at least some of them) and Superman actually listening and agreeing with him. The book is fun all around, with some pretty good art by Ken Lashley to bring it all to life.
4 out of 5