This week I bought a ton of new releases, but very few were mentionable. I don’t want to seem like I’m the typical “Comicbook Guy” who thinks everything sucks, but the big two are pretty much in a mega-crossover-event-crisis time loop. I’m starting to feel like I’m just buying certain books **cough cough Avengers cough** as just an autonomic response like breathing. How can I really complain though when I bought every issue of Final Crisis and the Skrull Invasion, including the tie-ins? By doing so I’m telling Marvel and DC to keep doing more of the same old shit by giving them my money. Well no more, I’m not buying any more fucking tie-ins, or mega cross-over bullshit, or cross-over-crisis-fallout books, I’ve had it!
On that note, the one book from the big two that continues to impress and progress is Green Lantern written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis. In this week’s issue #38 we find Hal Jordan right where we last saw him, being taken over by the ring of the Red Lanterns and doing his best to kill everyone around him. The Blue Lanterns try to talk Hal down from his red rage, but it is revealed that they are powerless without a Green Lantern’s will for them to feed from . Red Lantern leader Atrocious tries to take advantage of the situation, but is soon rebuffed when in a last ditch effort, Blue Lantern Saint Walker slips his blue ring on Hal Jordan’s finger and the poison of the red ring is expelled from Hals body. Now Hal Jordan is a mix of Green and Blue Lanterns. Elewhere Sinestro escapes Ysmault and flees to Qward along with a few of the Sinestro Corps members who haven’t pledged their allegiance to Mongul (as seen in Green Lantern Corps). We also see a lonely Carol Ferris being inducted into the Star Sapphires and rogue Guardian “Scar” bleeding black from his eyes as he writes in the Book of Black.
Another book I have to mention is the Umbrella Academy issue #4 ( of 6?) written by Gerard Way with art by Gabriel Ba. I know what you’re thinking ” that dude from My Chemical Romance is writing a comicbook? That has to suck!” but you bastards couldn’t be more wrong! This is the second miniseries from publisher Dark Horse and Gerard Way is starting to hit his stride. I’ll give you uninitiated a short synopsis; seven unrelated orphans are adopted by a Professor who cultivates their special “gifts” and they become a, with the aid of the Professors Chimpanzee lab assistant, “super team”. More like creepy kids wearing catholic school uniforms. Needless to say they have a dysfunctional family. Well , the Professor dies, they all grow up and most continue in the hero business save number 7 who seemed to have no powers and number 5 who disappeared when they were kids. In the first miniseries the group is brought back together to face a global threat that turns out to be one of their own and number 5 returns , seeming to have never aged. In the new miniseries, the group is dealing with the fallout of the first story and we learn much more about number 5 and how this ” little boy” may be the most dangerous assassin the world has ever seen, and how with the aid of a group of time police he must stop himself from carrying out the assassination of J.F.K. .- Mutant Massacre