DC Comics Reviews: Superman, Green Lanterns, Green Arrow, Aquaman #2

Every week, I will be reviewing the new comics coming out of the DC Universe Rebirth relaunch. The reviews will be split up into two posts: One for Batman related comics and another for the rest of the universe. My goal is to try at least one issue of every Rebirth title.

I’m not a fan of rating something in a review but since these will be a little shorter than I’m use to they might be helpful. If you don’t like the rating let me know, also if you want longer reviews then comment below or let me know in the forum.

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SPOILERS AHEAD

Green Arrow 2 coverGreen Arrow #2

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letters: Nate Piekos

Oliver is alive thanks to Emiko having second thoughts about killing him along with her mother Shado. While everyone thinks Ollie is dead, Black Canary and Diggle seem to be joining the battle against The Burned.

I’ve never been a big Green Arrow guy but this comic book is changing that. If not for Detective Comics, this would be my favorite Rebirth title. Again, I can’t keep from smiling while reading this issue. Oliver’s world is falling apart and I can’t wait to see where this story leads. Benjamin Percy has been fantastic and Otto Schmidt has come out of nowhere to become one of my favorite artists. Haven’t seen a hero get systematically destroyed like this in a long time. Luckily in this world he has Black Canary on his side.

Rating: 10/10 Why can’t the show be this good?

 

Green Lanterns 2 coverGreen Lanterns #2

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Robson Rocha
Ink: Jay Leisten
Colors/Letters: Blond, Dave Sharpe

Jessica Cruz attempts to save her sister, who has been infected with rage. Atrocitus prepares for Red Dawn.

Green Lanterns has been nipping at the heels of a Green Arrow in my love for them. I almost want them to be separated weekly because we get two of the best Rebirth books out of the way so fast. This issue did a lot to build Jessica Cruz’s character. Sam Humpries knows how to bring the tension and then break it with wonderful moments of lightheartedness. Art was great, I did notice a difference from the previous issues but I enjoyed it. The Red Lanterns’ Red Dawn looks like it’s going to be huge but Simon Baz and Jessica don’t look quite ready to take it on.

Rating: 10/10 This series has been better than I ever could have imagined.

 

Superman 2 CoverSuperman #2

Storytellers: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Ink: Mick Gray
Colors/Letters: John Kalisz, Rob Leigh

Clark takes his son Jonathan with him to rescue a submarine for some father son bonding. During the rescue the Eradicator tests Clark’s blood and searches out the Fortress of Solitude. Jonathan’s heat vision works fine but he can still fall and get concussions.

This is the same creative team behind Batman and Robin Volume. 2 and I’m so glad they’re back. Much like Damian, Jonathan is finding out what it takes to be a hero. This team does a great job of bringing child heroes along, and the art is phenomenal. The one problem is I’m reading every Rebirth comic with Superman in it, and it’s already gotten confusing about what takes place when. Eradicator showing up when there’s a second Clark Kent around makes it feel like it’s all connected. Perhaps it’s signaling another reign of Supermen, which scary to think about. This series however, is clearly about the family which I love. More heroes should have families.

Rating: 9/10 Really good, but they need to get past this introduction of the new Superman. Superman, Justice League, and Action Comics are all touching on similar things and we got Super Sons on the way.

 

Aquaman 2 CoverAquaman #2

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Scott Eaton
Ink: Wayne Faucher
Colors/Letters: Gabe Eltaeb, Pat Brosseau

Aquaman tries to talk down Black Manta who has destroyed the Atlantean Embassy and looking to end the feud. Arthur gives Manta a chance to end it by turning his trident into himself but a broken Manta just falls to his knees. He’s later abducted by a mysterious group.

This is a good story. I have nothing bad to say about Dan Abnett’s writing at all, but it’s just not gripping me like Geoff Johns’ run on Aquaman did. There doesn’t seem to be anything new going on, yet. The first three issues have been fantastic for people who don’t know much about Aquaman, which is good for a relaunch. The start of the series has basically been an Aquaman mission statement. The art was something I was getting use to in previous issues but now it feels natural. Story will be going to places unknown with that mysterious group picking up Manta.

Rating: 6/10 It’s not bad, it’s not mind-blowing either.

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