DC Comic Reviews: Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Hellblazer, Aquaman

DC Rebirth has been a huge success creatively and I’m sure financially as well. There is no “bad” book, but there are a few that don’t blow me away. With other companies grabbing my attention, there is a need for a DC Rebirth purge. I just can’t keep reading eight DC comics a week. I won’t be dropping many but there are some solid books I will eventually be leaving behind.

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SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Superman #3Superman #3

Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Pencils: Jorge Jimenez
Colors/Letters: Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh

Clark brings his family to the Fortress of Solitude to have Jonathan looked over by Kryptonian tech, after his fall and concussion. They are met with the Eradicator who had broken in. Superman fights the Eradicator till he saves Lois and Jonathan from falling debris. Clark trusts him enough to turn his back, which allows the Eradicator to remove the human half of Jonathan, but also kill Krypto.

Tomasi and Gleason have been amazing in everything they’ve been on and have gotten better with this Superman arc. The juxtaposition of Jonathan crying over Kryto’s cape as the sound of his father mercilessly beating down the Eradictor surrounds him, was fantastic. Also, Jorge Jimenez and the art team were perfect this issue. A lot of cool panels that showed off emotion with use of shadowing. I’ve enjoyed every book with Superman so far but this one is by far my favorite.

Rating: 10/10  This comic is a must read for any Superman fan. It’s doing so many things right.

Green Arrow #3Green Arrow #3

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Letters: Nate Piekos

Oliver breaks into his own building to confront his CFO. He is then attacked by Shado, but is able to grab a laptop before jumping out a window. As Black Canary and Diggle attempt to avenge their friend, they also put themselves in danger.

This has been one of the best books to come out of Rebirth. I’ve read them all and this has been my second favorite, even over Batman. The nonstop action continues in this issue but with a new artist. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I missed Otto Schmidt, but Ferreyra did a good job. Queen Industries being used by villainous bankers called The Ninth Circle is bad, the fact that Ollie has indirectly helped fund villains is pretty messed up. Great story so far with no signs of stopping.

Rating: 10/10  I considered giving this series a non perfect score for the first time, but I can’t blame the artist for not being Otto Schmidt. Juan Ferreyra is damn good in his own right.

Aquaman #3Aquaman #3

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Philippe Briones
Colors/Letters: Gabe Eltaeb, Pat Brosseau

After the U.S. revokes Atlantis’ right to have an embassy, Arthur and Mera head to the White House to discuss things with the president. They don’t get that far and Aquaman is eventually arrested for an attack by the Deluge, which was done in the name of Atlantis. Black Manta is asked to join an organization known as N.E.M.O.

This is probably my last favorite book from Rebirth. I will say that I do see people enjoying this comic series, most have Aquaman profile pictures so perhaps this is something for hardcore fans. Yes, hardcore Aquaman fans exist. The politics behind Atlantis and U.S. relations are about as interesting as the trade negotiations in the Star Wars prequels. Sure it’s intriguing for a bit but it’s not something I feel like reading twice a month. I did enjoy the art more this week.

Rating: 5/10  It’s not horrible, but I don’t think it’s very good either. Probably the first victim in my much needed DC Rebirth purge.

Green Lanterns #3Green Lanterns #3

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Robson Rocha, Tom Derenick, Jack Herbert, Neil Edwards
Ink: Jay Leisten, Tom Palmer, Herbert, Keith Champagne
Colors/Letters: Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe

Atrocitus prepares for Red Dawn and send Bleez to distract the two lanterns. During the fight, Simon Baz is able to momentarily heal Bleez’s rage, but that is ruined by Jessica Cruz. Both lanterns head to the Hell Tower to stop the Red Lanterns but Jessica is overtaken by the rage and attacks Simon.

Sam Humphries is as good as it gets. He has turned out some quality issues that are on par with Geoff Johns’ run. The fighting between Simon and Jessica was eventually going to boil over but this was fast. They did hint that one lantern would turn. The art on the other hand was all over the place, and you see why when you look at the credits. This is probably a one off problem due to time, but you can’t ignore the fact that it was a problem. The writing is so good that it outshines the inconsistent art.

Rating: 7/10  This comic has been perfect from the start and it’s a shame what happened with the art, but I expect it to return to form next issue.

Hellblazer RebirthHellblazer Rebirth #1

Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: Moritat
Colors/Letters: Andre Szymanowicz, Sal Cipriano

Constantine returns to London despite still being cursed by the demon he calls Laughing Boy. He changes the cure so that it affects the entire city instead of himself. This pushes a psychic called Mercury to help him by giving him the name of the demon.

I have mixed feelings about this comic book. There are things I really didn’t like but a lot of stuff that I loved about it. I did enjoy the story, it felt very Constantine minus the random Wonder Woman and Shazam cameos. As a Rebirth one-off issue, it defined the character well for new readers. I’m really liking the art DC has been choosing for Constantine comics, the weirder the better. But I wasn’t completely sold on this art though.

Rating: 6/10  In my head I did a lot of nitpicking, but overall this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to future issues. I’m very forgiving of Rebirth issues because they should introduce us to these characters, and Helblazer Rebirth did that well.

 

Reviews for Batman #3, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1, and Justice League #1 can be read here.

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