- The Escape from Bizarro World arc was not the first time Richard Donner and Geoff Johns collaborated on Action Comics, as that honor goes to Last Son (which can be read here). Between these two arcs, which was your favorite Donner/Johns collaboration?
Hmm…I think I’ll go with Last Son, because while I like the idea of Bizarro in theory, actually reading him can be more frustrating than fun for me. Meanwhile, I appreciated how they combined stuff from the movie and the comics and did more character work with these characters. That said, Bizarro World does have some good moments, specifically the flashbacks with Clark and Jonathan Kent, and seeing him punch out Doomsday was oddly satisfying.
Also, if I’m perfectly honest, I think I prefer more of the work that Geoff Johns did by himself on Action Comics than the stuff he did with Donner, especially arcs like Superman & The Legion of Superheroes, Up Up & Away, and Brainiac.
- Who was your favorite member of the Bizarro JLA? I’m Team Bizarro Flash.
The fat Flash falling down was pretty funny, but that’s about all he did. The gag of Bizarro Wonder Woman having to tie herself up for others to lie could have been fun but not really realized. Bizarro Batman got especially funny when Bizarro used his vision to get Robin out of him, and Doomsday killed Robin. I was kind of hoping for a running gag where Batman keeps “giving birth” to Robin only for Robin to keep dying, could have been a funny metacommentary on all the times we’ve seen dead Robins.
- Eric Powell is a noteworthy penciller in the annals of comicdom. How do you feel his unique style meshed with the world of Superman? Also, The Goon is a pretty damn good book isn’t it? Yeah, it is.
I think Powell is more specifically a good fit for Bizarro than with Superman. I’m a little unsure regarding how I feel about Powell. I can see he’s definitely a solid artist, but I never was a fan of The Goon – he felt like a bland Rockabilly Hellboy clone topped with lame “so offensive it’s funny” jokes that even Family Guy would find lame.
I think what soured me most about Powell though was some of his personal behavior. I try to separate the art from the artist, but I can’t help but remember the time that he created a long, drawn out video on YouTube about the virtues of creator-owned comics that featured an extended bit of comparing working at Marvel or DC to being sodomized. Like, I agree that superheroes shouldn’t be the only game in town for comics, but it was a video that made me want to buy more superhero comics just to spite him. Sadly(?) the video was taken down, but here’s a decent article about it from that time:
- Anything else that comes to your mind, uper fan.
I mean, it’s hard to top anything after mentioning Powell’s well-intentioned-but-MASSIVELY-tone-deaf rant, but yeah, outside of all that malarkey, this was a fun enough little story. It was just as long as it needed to be, it had a couple of laughs, it did what it set out to do.