New Challengers #6 was the absolute worst comic that I’ve read since … since #4. This comic is just bad on so many levels. The story is terribly over written - another one of Snyder’s protégés wrote this, Aaron Gillespie, but on the basis of this he really isn’t ready for the big time. The plot is asinine. Really. I just read it five minutes ago, and I cannot tell you WTF happened in it. And, the art was like the absolute worst 1990’s cliche - think of any of the latter day Image launches from Liefeld, Silvestri or Lee’s studios … then imagine putting it in a shredder, mixing the pieces up, and paying a minimum wage sweat shop worker in the Far East to put it back together … this was worse than that.
Green Lantern #1 was fun, and lighter than I expected. The goofy cosmic concepts and the loose, playful art put me in mind of stuff like Skizz or DR & Quinch. Talking of Moore, it’s interesting to see here not only a Rot Lop Fan cameo, but also an allusion to Dr Manhattan - which I confess I found disappointing as I felt like Morrison’s GL run had been sold as a standalone thing, and I was expecting it to completely avoid the current Watchmen stuff that’s threading through the DCU at the moment. Otherwise, Morrison’s script is fun but it’s Liam Sharp’s art that’s the real draw at the moment. So much lighter and more open than his slightly oppressive-feeling work on Wonder Woman.
Sideways Annual #1: I feel like this book was slightly mis-sold. All the publicity I saw suggested it would be a fun multiversal team-up with Morrison having some fun with some obscure alternate versions of DC characters. And as an annual I thought it would be a standalone and accessible story. But actually it seems to effectively be the latest issue of an existing story arc for the book, which dumps you in the middle of a tale involving Morrison’s Seven Soldiers with little explanation, doesn’t give new readers any real hook into Sideways himself (other than that he’s written a bit like Spider-Man, and even looks a bit like him too), chucks in a load of odd characters from across the multiverse who barely get named (let alone explained), and resurrects Morrison’s T-shirt-and-jeans New-52 Superman for no obvious reason. I felt quite lost for most of it, particularly as it felt like there was no real beginning to orient me in the story. The ending was quite flat too. Oh well.
I liked the Justice League Dark/ Wonder Woman crossover “The Witching Hour”, but I feel it came too soon in the title’s history. It was a big, apocalyptic storyline, but the stakes weren’t earned. Not enough time was spent setting up the prior status quo of the team; the end result being, I didn’t really care about any of it.
Extermination, on the other hand, is an event comic done well. Surprising me immensely. There’s a lot of thought gone into this issue (#4) giving the impression that there was always a plan with the O5. Even when there clearly wasn’t. The cliffhanger ending was pretty cool, although the smoking gun was a little too obvious to warrant huge concern.
The Green Lantern #1 by Morrison, Sharp, Oliff, and Orzechowski … can I just stop for a moment to say that’s a phenomenal creative team right there! … but, much like Dave’s earlier comments I found the issue a little lighter in tone than I was expecting. It felt very old school GL. And, that’s going to be quite jarring for anyone who has been reading the title since the Johns era. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to, but I’m on board for another few issues. Hopefully it’ll settle into a groove.
Adventures of the Super Sons #4 was pretty meh. Space Cabby makes an appearance, following his fan favourite co-starring role in the Tomasi edited Starman. The boy’s humour continues to entertain, but the alien settings and, frankly, boring villains who have definitely over stayed their welcome is starting to grate.
Just to be clear, the lightness wasn’t a negative for me. My first impression is that I prefer it to the Johns take (which I didn’t read all of, but I read enough to get a good measure of it).
I honestly don’t see much difference, yet.
The first Morrison/Sharp issue felt more whimsical and light than the kind of story I associate with Johns’ run.
I think that Johns’ worst can be more mired, but in terms of whimsy (outside the prologue bit) just felt on-par.
The prologue bit was what I was particularly thinking of. I hope it sets the tone for Morrison’s run more than the later stuff in the issue.
Of course, it’s far too early to be comparing Morrison’s first-issue take in any meaningful way with Johns’ multi-year epic. I’m just giving first impressions.
Oh, no, I completely get that.
But on a bunch of social media/forums I’ve been seeing people state that this issue present a bold new direction.
And…I’m not feeling that yet.
I guess I’m more in Vikram’s camp of some of the hooks being intriguing.
God, I wish Morrison would take on a multi year run on a book, again. 12 issues is great and all, but a sustained, longform run would be amazing.
Has he said it’s limited to 12 issues? I either hadn’t heard that or forgot.
I seem to remember that being the case. I hope I’m wrong.
This interview mentions it.
It also contains this nugget about what music Morrison listens to while writing.
The great thing about Green Lantern is that all the planets are different, and they all have different atmospheres. So if you’re doing the casino planet, I like to blast the Sonic the Hedgehog casino world music.
I realise that
I’m hoping the benefit of this being 12 “done in one” episodes will bring a variety of style and tone throughout the run.
From what I remember this is going to be broken into seasons and this is season 1 with ideas for season 2 already in mind, depending on how things go
I get the sense that Morrison is done with all the bitching and moaning that comes from fandom and of this gets a similar response to, for example, his action run, he’ll just say ‘fuck it’ and not bother doing more
He doesn’t need the money or the grief
Sadly Morrison is judged with a much higher bar than most other writers, which doesn’t seem fair to me
Speaking of Johns, as the release date gets closer, I find my anticipation for Shazam! #1 increasing. I find myself needing lighter, more hopeful titles these days (that’s why Bendis’ Superman is striking a chord with me, I think). And, this looks like it could be a great companion to that.
This is almost word-for-word the reason he gave for quitting his Authority run years ago.
From an old Newsarama panel report:
For the other WildStorm title he was working on, Morrison said, “Authority was just a disaster.” He said that they were doing it and running late when 52 started, but when he saw the reviews to first issue, “I said fuck it.”
I was reading between the lines and just the general sense I’ve got from over the years, but now you’ve confirmed it I’m not surprised at all.
I don’t agree at all, I’ve always felt Morrison is treated with kid gloves by fandom, compared to a lot of creators. Maybe he perceives it differently.
I suspect he’s doing this in 12 issues in part because he’s almost 60 years old, he’s been there and done that, and has his sights on other things.