Waylon Weighs In: A Review Of Some Of This Week's Major DC Titles

Throne Of Atlantis, A Death Of The Family, Rise Of The Third Army, and much more highlight this week's releases for DC comics. Click here to check out my take on some of the most anticipated issues that will be dropping today.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 1/30/2013

The Green Lantern cross over story, Rise of The Third Army, concludes this week in the pages of Green Lantern Corps Annal #1. Charged with wrapping up the story is Peter J. Tomasi with art by ChrisCross. Guy Gardner, Simon Baz, and B'DG, along with some fellow Lanterns, ban together to stop The Guardians and try to save their very existence.

The Rise of The Third Army story has been some what of a question mark for me. All the writers of the books have done a good job with their individual titles, but the the story it's self is just boring. Same goes here in the conclusion. Tomasi is able to tell some captivating stories with the characters, but when it comes to the Third Army Story, it just falls flat. There is some good action towards the end of the book, but over all there are a couple of plot holes that allow you to loose sight as to why the Guardians are doing what they are doing. The story ultimately wraps up with an obvious ending that sets up the next story, Wrath of The First Lantern.

The art in the book by ChrisCross is well done. He articulates the story well, and does a good job of helping the story and not hurting it. His action panels keep you engaged in what is going on, while all at the same time paying attention to detail.

5/10


Throne of Atlantis is covering the pages of both the Aquaman and Justice League books. The story continues in this months Aquaman. Geoff Johns continues to script the story that shows Atlantis rising up to trying to flood Boston. Paul Pelletier is backing him up on the art end.

The story of Atlatis rising up is an intriguing one. Johns quest to make Aquaman relevant in The New 52 is shining through in the story line. He doesn't miss a beat with it in this issue either. While some of his dialogue is a little cheesy, it doesn't slow the story down. My only major complaint with the issue, is that I wished it focused more on Aquaman him self instead of having to rely on the Justice League to get sales. However, that is the nature of the beast when you have an event that crosses over into the Justice League title.

Paul Pelletier's art is a viusal master peice in the book as well. His way of capturing detail up close, as well as his great actions beats make the book that much more enjoyable.

8.5/10


Another one of DC's other big story lines is in the pages of the Batman family. A Death Of The Family gets the spotlight in this week's Teen Titans issue. The story, written by Scot Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Bret Booth, pits Red Robin and Red Hood against The Joker, and each other.

I went into this issue, I must admit with some pretty low expectations. Not being a fan of the Teen Titan series, I was pleasantly surprised with the book. The only real miscues with the book was the use of the other team members. They just seemed to be there to be there, and served no purpose. The ending was a bit foreseeable as well. Other than that this was a fun read, that sets up beautifully for the big ending coming up in the pages of Batman.

Brett Booth delivers in a big way with his art. The story its self was a treat, but to be able to add the visuals the way he did was really spectacular. He was able to push the story along when there wasn't much story, and that's a rare skill to find.

7.5/10


Before Watchman is dropping a new one shot this week titled, Dollar Bill. This one shot was written by Len Wein and drawn by Steve Rude, and give back story to Dollar Bill, one of the Minute Men in the original Watchman series.

I loved what this book was about. It had and extremely vintage/Golden Age feel to it, yet seemed modern all at the same time. The way the story is told, gives you a little insight to the ending, which if you have read Watchman you already know, but the memoir style that Wein went with is an excellent choice for the book. While the character was portrayed as homophobic in the Watchman series, the issue seems a forced in this book. However, it doesn't take away from the amazing story.

To go a long with Wein's vintage story telling, artist Steve Rude hammers the point home with some Golden Age style art. He, like Wein, was able to keep it vintage with out loosing the modern flare.

9.5/10


Injustice: Gods Among us will be released a little later this year, and DC has chosen to give it a tie-in comic to set up the story for the game. The first issue centers around Superman, who receives some big news, and Batman. The entire Justice League makes a brief appearance as well.

This book was huge surprise to me, and blew me away. Writer Tom Taylor crafted this back story to the highly anticipated video game, and drew all kinds of emotion out of it. You go from extremely happy one minute to sad the next. The first issue culminates with a twist ending that you don't see coming, and leaves you on pins and needles waiting on the next book.

Drawing duties was handled by three separate artists in Jheremy Raapack, Mike Miller, and Axel Gimenez. To be honest, you can tell. Most the artist bring their own personal style to the book that makes it unique, but I am not a fan of using different artist in a book. It makes it too inconsistent and distracts from the story.

8/10

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JohnnyKrypton - 1/30/2013, 9:19 AM
Aquaman rips off Namor...again. GJ=HACK
otusasio451 - 1/30/2013, 10:08 AM
@Gusto: How...how are you typing this or reading the article if you're illiterate?
hush - 1/30/2013, 10:29 AM
I've not warmed to the new Aquaman series. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly better than previous incarnations, but Aquaman does little for me. Might be a personal thing. I find Namor equally (if not, more) boring.

The Third Army stuff I have been enjoying, especially with Hal and Sinestro very much sidelined. Not sure about having yet another GL from Earth, I can only assume one of them is going to get bumped off (please be Rayner, please be Rayner...)

The Death of The Family is brilliant, best Batman story since... Oh, I dunno.... Grant Morrison nearly destroyed the Bat franchise. Just brilliant stuff.

And I lvoed all the Before Watchmen stuff, it's actually been pretty epic with a more adult orientated theme - I'd recommend them to anyone.
WruceBayne - 1/30/2013, 11:48 AM
@Gusto
I have one of those too. Mine doesn't read to me it just orders pizza, gets drunk and swears.
Rhino4508 - 1/30/2013, 10:05 PM
@Waylon

Gotta say I disagree with you on the Aquaman run. Facing this threat alone Aquaman wouldn't stand a chance. I mean come on man, the army of Atlantis just emerged and is waging war on the world, and simultaneously, Vulko is leading the Trench against Atlantis and anyone who stands in his way. Aquaman needs the JLA for this one man.
Agreed on the scoring 8.5/10.

Also, why you scored Death of the Family so low kinda surprised me as well. While I am not a fan of the Titans, I did think this tie-in really gets you pumped for the big finale and is deserving of at least an 8.5/10

Moving on to Injustice... This comic almost made me shed a tear. The flow of the story was smooth and brought all the games featured characters into it without making it awkward or seen as unneeded. But the ending.. Oh man the ending! That got to me. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but man is it saddening. Definitely go pick this up. You can get it digitally for .99 if the 3.99 hard copy is too much but definitely get this if you are looking forward to the game. I say 9/10
Rhino4508 - 2/1/2013, 6:43 AM
Haha dude you forgot the "u" in Annual. Haha "Green Lantern Corps Annal #1"

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