Review by: TheNextChampion

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, & Gary Frank
Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Variant Cover by Langdon Foss, Ivan Reis, & Joe Prado

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

At this point we all know making a comic book is a team effort. If one person doesn’t hold his or her weight then an entire issue can suffer. Even if it isn’t intentional a writer or artist could hamper each other in a rare instance. When I was reading this issue all I kept thinking was that Geoff Johns did not do any favors to Ivan Reis. This might be the worst offering of Mr. Reis’s work in….well for the first time actually.

Johns gives Reis so little room to work here it amazed me this was the same duo from last month. Right from the start we have Johns putting way too much word balloons and exposition into each panel. Not much is really that interesting to read if I’m being honest and a lot of it is repetition. It really dampens Reis’s pencils because the word balloons make it hard for him to put a lot into each page. Now we do get a couple of double page spreads and they are a beauty. The one in particular where the army is coming out of the sea is poster worthy. How he can do that in only a month is also impressive. Then again there are some wonky layouts and character models so maybe he is taking some liberties in other pages to do these spreads.

The back up also isn’t as impressive as it should be. Gary Frank is a great artist but it looked like he also took some shortcuts with some of the panels. There are some great lighting effects in here though. Brent Anderson did a great job with the colors and the one moment where Captain Marvel accidentally turns off the power in the mall was a great sequence. Still, it is hard not to notice this isn’t quite the same level of quality from Frank when you see these pages.

Considering this is the halfway mark of this particular mini-event the pace is still going at slow. You wouldn’t know it is halfway though because Geoff Johns makes it so repetitive not a lot really happens here. His writing also made it difficult from Ivan Reis to get any real footing on these pages sans the double page spreads. I got into this series mostly because Ivan Reis is now on board and less because of Geoff Johns. If Johns can’t find that balance he did with Reis on Aquaman and let him breath a bit then I don’t know how much longer I’ll last here to be quite honest.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 3 - Good


  1. Has anyone else seen a pattern to the writing coming out of DC’s New 52? Everything is slow. The Superboy annual was a big bunch of nothing. Animal Man and Swamp Thing had irrelevant annuals, and the current Rot World story really began with the first issues of each series over a year ago. Both AM and ST annuals were a waste of time and money with stories that added nothing to the regular series. Scott Snyder’s Batman has always been a slog to read. Even Batman The Dark Knight has 6 issue story lines that should have been over in 3. It should be no surprise to anyone that the current issue of Justice League does little to advance the story.

    Isn’t it time someone calls out the DC editorial staff on their deliberate policy to stetch thin stories to ridiculous lengths to maximize sales? Am I the only one who is sick and tired of endless crossover mega-events? Isn’t it time people just stop buying this stuff? I know I have… I quit buying Marvel comics after the Seige event.

    I find DC’s New 52 and Marvel Now to be marketing gimmicks that have diminished the capacity for comics to be entertaining. Comics were once a venue for the art of the short story. Will Eisner could tell a Spirit story in 7 or 8 pages. Jack Cole could tell a complete Plastic Man story in 15. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took 3 issues to tell a Fantastic Four story, that was considered long, but three months wasn’t that long, even if you were a kid. Nowadays, prices go up, page counts go down, stories dfragon for 6, 12, even 24 months. And every writer who pads the page count thinks he’s writing for the New York Times Bestseller list, running the risk of boring his audience to death before ever finishing the story. (The only breath of fresh air these days is the new Legends of the Dark Knight: short stories, or done-in-one issues).

    How the American comic industry continues to survive is a real mystery to me.

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