Having the New Gods back in their Ditko duds seemed odd in Secret Files – particularly since the art wasn’t very Ditko-esque. That one page on the Anti-Life Equation, however, came off as a lame attempt to reconcile the impossibly stupid Death of the New Gods with what Morrison actually planned and is doing in Final Crisis. They should’ve just ignored that humanoid “Source” in embarrasement.
Trinity was… meh. Even worse, Busiek is still flogging that boring Khyber as if he’s a relevant supervillain. Meh, I say.
Blue Beetle, very good. Too bad it is ending, but hope they keep using Jamie. Hope in someplace other than the terrible Teen Titans book, that is.
The looming end of LSH apparently kicked Shooter in the ass, because he is finally moving forward on all the plotlines he’d left dangling while going off onto tangents. I like him better motivated, apparently. I also like that the Destroyers have now been cast as a kind of whacky “aliens” more in keeping with some of the stuff earlier in this run. However, I’ll not be missing this version when they switch over after the Three Legions stuff.
New Krypton continues to make Alura into the heavy, which is at least new for an El, and actually gives her a personality, which I don’t remember previously. But, even if I’ll accept Hawkman standing up to tyro Kryptonians, no way I’m buying Guardian and Black Lightning at it. They should be fine red mists. Nice bit on the final reveal, too.
JSA closes this very loooong storyline, strongly. How they got rid of Gog… made a hella lot of sense, actually. Much preferred the Kingdom Come epilogue here to that crappy “the Kingdom” they originally put out (not the Final Crisis the Kingdom, which seems deliberately confusing). I’m curious if Johns will be using the final reveal here as a starting point.
Rage of the Red Lanterns is sadly lacking in rage kitteh, but damn this storyline is awesome. Like Warth more than Walker, like the bit with Fatality, and finally we get to see some Guardians who don’t act like brain-damaged jackasses. I’m beginning to suspect that the Oans act as they do because they’re over-contaminated with willpower, just to highlight how all the emotional spectrum influence their wielders.
whew big week.