HAWKGIRL #1 DC COMICS
Jadzia Axelrod’s story is intreging and Amancay Nahuelpan’s art is incredibly detailed. What I am worried about is where this mini-series is going. The saga of Hawkman and Hawkgirl has been going on for decades. And with each new interpretation, the hit or miss aspect seems to grow. And somewhere in the Dawn of DC, Hawkgirl has reverted to the 1999 JSA title version with some minor differences. The problem is that the JSA version did resolve her issues and came to terms with her backstory. So, this seems like sort of a cheat. Plus the fact that all the other secondary characters in the story seem to be more interesting than Hawkgirl herself. But what I fear the most is that with the Dawn of DC continuing, it seems like DC is creating random mini-series titles in a “let’s throw it at the wall and see what sticks” attitude. The same thing they did during the final days of the New 52 era. So while the creative team are presenting us with a good tale, I can’t help but ask why? I’m giving it a 7 out of 10 Grahams because I think the creative team deserves it. But it’s existance makes me question DC’s motives.
TALES OF THE TITANS #1 STARFIRE DC COMICS
Writers Sharon Hale and Dean Hall have managed to wonderfully blend many different versions of the Teen Titans in this revamped mini-series from the 1984 continuation of the New Teen Titans title. With every turn of the page, I saw aspects from the late great George Perez versions of the characters to the Cartoon Network Teen Titans cartoons. By using an interesting idea of having Starfire return to her people to help in an emergency they have a reason to flashback to Starfire’s history and her place in the newest incarnation of the group. While I am intrigued by the proper legacy flow of the Titans taking over for the JLA, I don’t seem to over existed by the concept all that much. But this one-shot look at Starfire did make the idea a little more palatable. This one is worthy of a 8 out of 10 Grahams.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN WORLD’S FINEST #17 DC COMICS
I want to personally thank writer Mark Waid for revisiting a one page concept idea from the 2006-2011 Justice League of America title. It was one of my fondest wishes to have gotten to see the robotic take over of the world as fought off by the Justice League as shown in the one off page in the final issue (#60). And with all the insanity and pop up cameos (Future Robot Robin on the cover? Excellent!) This story ends on a high note and proves that the old 1960’s-1970’s genius characters like Will Magnus from the Metal Men and T.O. Morrow are worth dusting off and using. And the big finale is perfect for the no win situation. And letting Dan Mora go from almost pinup like images on one page to all out chaos on the next is spectacular. Now, if we could just do something about that overly title? How about just World’s Finest? Just a suggestion. 9 out of 10 Grahams.