Weekly Comic Review for 2/20/13

Time to catch up on another week.

Green Lantern #17 – Wrath of the First Lantern Part 1 – The time of the Third Army is over and now we get to deal with a cross over dealing with the First Lantern. *sigh* Can we just get some normal stories without everything being multi-title crossovers? We start out with the old scene of Krona looking back in time to see the Big Bang. This time, we see that the hand wrapped around the universe has a Green Lantern ring on it. It reminds me of when Parallax tried to remake the universe. Right after that, we see Volthoom appear in an astronaut uniform carrying what looks like a White Lantern battery. Meanwhile, Simon Baz takes on Black Hand and getting sent into the black ring. To make matters worse, Volthoom starts trying to play around with history.

Green Lantern Corps #17 – Wrath of the First Lantern Part 2 – Volthoom needs emotion to start playing around with energy so he goes after Guy Gardner. We see a flashback of Guy over time which includes him as his half-alien self, Warrior, which much mean he is still half-alien and that part of his history is still there. The First Lantern starts playing around with Guy’s history but of course he doesn’t have the power to make it stick yet.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #17 – Wrath of the First Lantern Part 3 – This time Volthoom tries his powers on Kyle Rayner. Kyle ends up being more than Volthoom expected. He’s still able to throw Kyle for a loop making temporary history changed for Kyle and bringing Alex back but he still doesn’t have enough power for what he wants to do.

Harbinger #9 – Project: Rising Spirit continues it’s attack on the Harbingers. Meanwhile, we get some flashbacks to the day that Faith got her powers from her point of view. A lot of the book is from her PoV as she is the only one not on their radar. Everyone else gets captured but Faith is able to get to Peter. Hopefully this will be enough to turn things around.

JSA Liberty Files: Whistling Skull #3 of 6 – As the Whistling Skull works on the mystery of the odd creature found last issue. We get more history on both this Skull as well as what’s gone on with a whole line of them in the past. I don’t know what’s going on, how he keeps going between human and the Skull, but we do know now that he has the memories of the previous ones subliminally planted in his head.

Justice League of America #1 – Steve Rogers and Amanda Waller discuss plans for the line-up of a new Justice League to be under their control and why each is needed. The new membership will be Green Arrow, Hawkman, Green Lantern (Simon Baz), Vibe, Katana, Stargirl (her first appearance in the new universe), and the Martian Manhunter. Throughout the story, we see a mysterious figure who is running for his life and supposedly doesn’t make it through the issue. This title had 51 different covers, mostly the same but with different flags, one for each state as well as the US flag. I can’t wait to see how this group pulls together.

Justice League of America’s Vibe #1 – We get to see Vibe’s origin which goes back all the way to the first parademon attack though he’s just becoming a hero now, 5 years later. His brother saved him when he got caught in the wake of a boom tube which is how he got his powers. He’s recruited to join the JLA by Amanda Waller’s team and we find out he’s “Subject #2” and there are a lot of other Subjects around. One of them is Gypsy. I can’t wait to see where things go with both of them. I don’t know why the title isn’t just “Vibe” though. It’s actually listed as tied to the team in the copyright/credit stuff for the book.

Legion of Super-Heroes #17 – It’s her first mission as leader and Phantom Girl gets Sun Boy killed. There’s not even a good reason. We start off with them in a crashed space craft and he’s laying there with something smashed into his head. They are on a planet where their rings don’t work to translate and they are standing on some stone giant. The Fatal Five look weird, the art sucks, and the lead for the next issue is “It Gets Worse”. If it gets any worse than this issue, I’m dropping the title.

Nightwing #17 – Dick deals (not so well) with the after effects of Death of the Family. Raya and Jimmy end up being the only ones dead from the carnival but the rest turn their backs on Dick. Nightwing takes the emotions out on the bad guys and Damien ends up being the one to pull him back, ironically. Not sure where all this will be going now since Amusement Mile is all gone.

Nova #1 – I was really looking forward to a new Richard Rider title. Instead, it seems this is about Sam Alexander, the Nova from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. Sam is a mess-up but not as bad as his father who it seems was a black helmeted Nova Corps member, a group who thought they were better than the gold helmeted ones. As the issue ends, the Guardians of the Galaxy appear to show Sam that his father wasn’t making up the stories. I’m not impressed enough with this to even consider picking up the second issue.

Definitely a rough week of books. Justice League of America and Justice League of America’s Vibe (I’m going to hate that titling…) definitely hit the top 3. After that, I’d probably go with Green Lantern: New Guardians for how they go into Kyle’s head. Still can’t wait for this new 4 month arc to be over though.

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