Thursday, 22 February 2018

May 2018 Solicits - No Supergirl

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Review: Titans: The Lazarus Contract (Rebirth) hardcover/paperback (DC Comics)

Review: New Super-Man and Justice League Of China #20


New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20 came out last week, a new title for the book while keeping the old numbering. In many ways, I am thrilled the book is still around. Its sales numbers are lower than books usually survive at, let alone get a redirection and renaming. But it has consistently been a fun book to read, a sort of look at the DCU from a different perspective and culture. As all the JLA archetypes were already starring in the book, why shouldn't DC try to capitalize on the name Justice League.

That said, the book isn't named Justice League of China. New Super-Man is still there in big letters. So, despite the new branding, this read exactly like the New Super-Man book I loved. Kenan Kong is still the centerpiece of the action, getting the biggest character beats. The League is there, this time fighting a little known, rather infamous DC villain. And a two new versions of one of the Big Seven are introduced. This wasn't a bold new direction as much as 6 new words thrown on the cover.

Writer Gene Luen Yang is back with penciller Brent Peeples and they bring the same vim and vigor to the proceedings as before. In particular, there is a new quirk in Kenan that I find fascinating and bears watching. And Peeples are on aquatic creatures makes me think he'd be a fine fill-in artist for Aquaman.

New Super-Man #18 read like a final issue. So I wonder if DC is going to give this book a little more time to see if numbers improve. Like maybe on trade worth? I can remember, way back when this blog started, I reviewed the R.E.B.E.L.S. book and wondered every month when the plug would be pulled. I keep thinking that here too.

On to the book!



While Kenan reflects on his new powers, meditating to maintain his focus, Wonder Woman and Batman are at a winter funland. The two heroes are now romantically involved and having a fun day of it when the see one of the mascots draining young children of psychic energy.

When Wonder Woman steps in, she is also drained ... by Sleez!! (DUN DUN DUNNNN!) Sleez is a psychic vampire who feeds on people's baser emotions. He can also manipulate those same feelings as well. He was deemed so vile that he was banished off Apokolips. Now that's saying something


Most long time comic readers now Sleez mostly as the villain in a two part Action Comics story way back when John Byrne took over where he had Superman and Big Barda make a pornographic video.

There is some debate as to whether or not it truly happened ... but that's the plot!


While the heroes battle Sleez in China, a young man in North Korea named Kwang-jo gets pulled out of his classroom.

With the military grilling him and the more fascist leanings there, he is appropriately nervous. But his nerves manisfest by having him profusely sweat. I mean sweat literal gallons.

And then a fish appears in the puddle.

I do like that Yang is starting to broaden the sphere of the characters here. The Flash is sort of Americanized. Now we get someone from Korea. Having these different viewpoints interact should make for a rich cast to pull from.

And I love this wonky power! Looks like a Magikarp!


Batman sent out a distress signal so Super-Man and the Flash arrive.

I talked in the intro about a quirk I like in Kenan. Remember, he just absorbed I Ching and All-Yang. He is now a fully powered Super-Man. So at times he is trying ... almost acting ... too Supermanly and calm. But it doesn't sound like the Kenan we know and love, the goofy guy who was a sort of bully with a heart of gold.

So this panel is one of many that shows that. He starts out with some snark, more like the Super-Man we have read all this time. But then he slips into a zen-like peacefulness. I think he is trying to hard to be what he perceives Super-Man should be.


That said, he is different. He has read the strategy manual and clearly is the leader on the team, calling out how they can bast defeat Sleez. After Wonder Woman and Batman temporarily ensnare the villain, Kenan knocks him out with a punch that seems to emanate yin/yang black and white lightning. It is a new power and its energy seems to frighten Kenan. Hmmm ...

I like that he has grown into a more mature hero. I like that we still see his personality a little. But this uncertainty with his new powers should be a nice wrinkle. More later.

I had to include this panel because Sleez talks about his time in Metropolis. Does that mean the Barda story is still in continuity??


As I said, the punch knocked out Sleez. But before the League can decide what to do with him, the Ministry of Self-Reliance's new police force, the Lantern Corps of China arrive.

Will they be antagonists to the League? My guess is yes. Things ended weirdly with Dr. Omen. The team isn't taking orders from anyone. I don't even know if they are government sanctioned.

Of all the new plots, this one interests me the most.


Finally, after another odd 'snark/calm' dialogue, the Flash calls out Kenan for being boring. He isn't the Kenan they all knew anymore. He isn't spontaneous or fun.

He decides to show he is and plants a huge kiss on her, one both of them seem to be happy about. Is it Sleez ramping up their desires? Probably not. They have flirted before.

But I wonder if having two couples form a 4 person hero team is a bit too much for one book.


As for Kwang-Jo, things get even weirder. He is found to be an enemy of the state because he watches pirated television, specifically The Simpsons.

While being interrogated and beaten, water pours out of him. You can see it filling the room! Two giant crabs come through it and slaughter the guards.

And then they plead with Kwang-Jo as their monarch, asking to take him home.

These are very cool looking crustaceans, hence my thoughts about Peeples on Aquaman. Also, how does this royal family member fit in with Aquaman's Atlantis. Is their another monarchy? Lots to think about.


And then we get the answer about the Yin/Yang punch.

There is All Yang inside Kenan. And Super-Man is afraid that part of him will take over and be dominant. So his powers are a little wonky right now. Yes, I Ching is in there too. But action, violent action, is a Yang thing.

While I find this a good subplot, we just went through a year and a half of Kenan's powers being unlocked or wonky. So it seems early to go back to the well.

And personally, I can't help but think of Alia Atreides who became evil in Dune Messiah when the spirit of Baron Harkonnen began to take over.


But the internal debate has to be shelved.

The League rouses Super-Man to join them as they try to confront two giant crabs carrying a young man over the Chinese border. Nice cliffhanger.

So overall a nice 'first issue' for this 'new title'. You meet all the League members and get a decent idea of their personalities. We get the internal Yin/Yang debate. We get the Corps. And we get the Korean Aquaman. That's a pretty good trip down this title's buffet.

I hope people give it a try. This has been an entertaining and engaging book from the beginning.

Overall grade: B+

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

कार्टून :- आओ बैंक चलें हम..


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