The Omega Men
Loved that series, felt like an excellent hard sci-fi series which was able to take this concept that I literally never heard of before and made me care about them. I also think it’s probably the best story Kyle Rayner has ever been in.
AMAZING work. It’s an absolutely stunning and real depiction of a married couple trying to live their life and work through their emotional baggage. The Mitch Geralds art is beautiful, and I love how there’s a certain ambiguity about everything in the end. The only thing I would give as a negative is that while I think it got characters like Scott and Barda and Granny right, I think some of the other characters, namely Orion kind of got a raw end, being forced into certain characterizations to fulfill the story, which is a little unfortunate.
Heroes in Crisis
Woo-boy…okay. There a lot of things I like about the series in theory.
I like the idea of a story about how these heroes deal with the physical and mental strain of what they do. The idea that these aspirational, god-like beings also deal with the sort of issues that we do makes them feel both more human and more heroic.
Similarly, I liked the idea of how they explored Wally as a character here. Historically, Wally’s a character that I’ve just never really been into, but taking that conceit of Wally being the one to bring things back to what they were before in Rebirth, all the while not having his family anymore, I thought that was a great twist on things and I wanted to see more of that explored.
I also dug the idea of the murder mystery – Harley Quinn and Booster Gold being thrust in a murder where they both think the other did it? That’s a neat idea for a mystery.
BUT…I think this is something that probably shouldn’t have been combined together. I would have much rather either seen a book solely about Sanctuary, about characters like Wally, Booster, Harley and Ivy dealing with their emotional trauma and finding some sort of peace, or a murder mystery involving characters like Booster, Blue Beetle, Harley and Batgirl. But combining the two just made the Sanctuary plot feel cheap and exploitive and the murder mystery feel trite and unnecessary.
As for the art…Clay Mann does some great work, though there are some instances where you feel like you have to give him a good bonk.
Batman Vol 3
It’s got highs and it’s got lows. There definitely wasn’t enough story for 85+ issues, it makes some weird choices, and doesn’t always gel together. But there’s also moments of sheer brilliance. I loved it for solidfying for certain how imporant Catwoman is to Batman and his world (I’m a shipper, sue me), and exploring the idea of if he can be happy and fulfilled while still being Batman.
I think if it was condensed down to maybe 50-60 issues and some tweaks, this could have gone from a solid, if controversial at points run to an instant classic.
Admittedly, I’m a few issues behind on this book so some of my thoughts may change once I’m caught up. But what I’ve read has been interesting, though it can feel a little like already treaded water in some respects. I will say I really like the Mister Terrific side of things. Not only does that feel a bit more different to some of his other work, but it’s just cool to see Terrific used as something other than a JSA member, in something more substantial unlike, say, his brief ongoing during the New 52.
This one I’m even more behind (I should get caught up on both today when I’m off work), but what I’ve read has been interesting. I like that it seems to be just as much a meditation of comics and their influence on culture as it is a story in the Watchmen universe.
I’m actually caught up on it (the delays have helped a bit ) and I’m enjoying it so far. The whole “past/present/future” thing was a little hard to get at first but after slowing down it’s easy to read. Clay Mann’s pin-up-y art definitely works a lot better with the epitome of femme fatale in Catwoman, and I think it’s an interesting exploration of how these two seemingly complete opposites can find love and solice together.
The only thing I’m a little “eh” on right now is their take on Helena. I think I would have prefered her keeping her original name of Huntress instead of Batwoman, and I think her costume is kinda “eh.”