This is the most fun Power Girl has been in a long time. (Supergirl #20)
Did anyone catch the first appearance of the New 52, Molly Mayne, the original Harlequin and the second wife of the pre-New 52 Alan Scott? She appeared as the Earth 2 news anchor in DC Comics back two advertorial pages. As soon as I saw her my mind when racing. Is this cannon? Does she know Alan Scott? Does she work for Alan Scott? Does Alan Scott own Channel 2? Is she a villain in her spare time? Oh the questions.
The same pages gave us another view of the new Earth 2 Batman. The newscaster described this image as being from a camera, “found in Cambodia amidst the rubble of an industrial park destroyed in a large explosion.” It’s interesting that the first place we see this Batman is not Gotham.
We also get to see the new Red Tornado appear differently than we originally saw her. It appears she has hidden her robotic andriod body in a costume that is very similar to the original Red Tornado’s. The news matrix described this scene as being kitchen fire in a hotel by the Hudson River in New York. The Red Tornado saved a dozen children. That Red Tornado, always helping out the kids.
Speaking of that news matrix, this is what she looks like. Her appearance makes me wonder if she has some connection to Red Tornado. Maybe they both are built from Apokolptian technology. Her name is MC2, which is an obvious nod to the Mass Engergy Equations (E=MC²). MC2 is also the line of Marvel books set in a future alternate timeline (Spider-Girl). I wonder if this is a nod to those books since both Earth 2 and MC2 take place in alternate timelines.
A Superman memorial in California? I”m still hoping for an Iron Monroe in a Connor Kent Superboy t-shirt.
I think I would have liked this series more if it was not attached to the JSA or the JSA members were in more than a couple panels of the six issues. The next mini does look promising. I am looking forward to rereading the series without any expectations. It was beautifully illustrated (JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #6)
Is it just me or has Black Canary seemed like a bit of a wimp in her last few appearances. Remember when she was flying with her sonic scream? (Birds of Prey #20)
Did you spot anything interesting this week?
I think I am going to like this Supergirl/Power Girl relationship (Supergirl #19).
Though there isn’t much of your classic JSA members in The Whistling Skull it’s a good read and Tony Harris has such gorgeous artwork.
In one panel Mary steals the show in “The Curse of Shazam” back-up in Justice League.
I’m not sure how I feel about Christy Marx’s run on Birds of Prey so far. Some of the dialogue feels a little forced. And something about this panel didn’t sit right. I’m not sure why. Maybe I will have some thoughts later.
What were your thoughts on Wednesday’s books?
Black Canary tends to feel more like a Wildstorm character in Team 7. I’m not saying it is good or bad, but it is.
Can I say I love when Frankenstein interacts with other characters from the DCU. His appearance in Batman & Robin this week was great. I really want to see a World War II team up book with him fighting along side Shade, Vigilante, Lennox, and Madam Fatal. I think he just might make every book better.
A few months ago I was buying one fo the last issues of his book. When I walked up to the counter in my local comic shop the cashier was complaining about Captain America being the new Wolverine (being in every comic book) and said he wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up in Frankenstein. I said, I’d buy that book. Captain America & Frankenstein: Agents of S.H.A.D.E., set in World War II Captain America and Frankenstein go on secret missions killing Nazis. The cashier’s eyes got wide and he said, “I’d buy that in a heartbeat.”
Sometimes the Spectre looks odd with pants (Constantine #2)