Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Comics Update: Flash, X-Force, Teen Titans, and Green lantern

Flash #6 leads the reader out of the initial five issue arc and does not disappoint. issue #6 introduces the classic Flash villain Captain Cold to the new52. I have never been particularly familiar with Captain Cold, but this new incarnation seems to be a departure from the norm. He no longer uses ice pistols and can create ice organically. Captain Cold is also after something other than financial gain. Cold blames the Flash for a family tragedy and has currently suspended other criminal activity to attempt to kill the Flash in a fit of revenge. The art continues to impress and the dialogue and story seem realistic with equal amounts of time given to plot-line and action. Flash is easily one of the more three dimensional characters in DC right now and I would suggest starting at #6 if you missed the first arc.
Despite all this, there isn't much internal conflict going on with the Flash. Barry Allen is a kind genuine person and that is the only vibe I have gotten from this book. The dialogue is not bland, but it is hard to believe this character has no dark side, or even a dim side. Overall, the book is solid and I give Flash #6 a 4 out of 5.

The current arc of Uncanny X-Force seems to be the strangest, and potentially my least favorite thus far. Considering this series run began with the assassination of a cloned Apocalypse, the return of Dark Angel and the re-cloning of Apocalypse, I expected a lot more. The X-Force crew, along with an alterate universe's Nightcrawler, are in Otherworld attempting to save Fantomex from being executed by the Captain Britain Corps. I do not understand the logical connection of this to all that has occurred previously n the series. Yes, Psylocke is related to Captain Britain, and they are attempting to execute Phantomex for killing the first Apocalypse clone, because the clone was still a child, but I don't understand the logic behind the arc. While the dialogue is still well done and the recent art has been phenomenally stylized, it's very sketchy and looks like paint, the whole premise of this arc does not sit right with me. The arc reeks of a lack of knowing where to take the series after one arc ends, so they have a member be kidnapped and tried for something he did 18 issues ago.
On a more positive note, I enjoy the relationship developing between Fantomex and Psylocke, there appears to be a good amount of tension and caring between the two, and I am interested to see how it will pan out. The alternate Nightcrawler is an interesting character as well. Several people have mistaken him for the original, but his darker side that has witnessed a holocaust comes out regularly as he shows a deep desire to protect all humans. I hope the new Nightcrawler sticks around a while, as the original has always been one of my favorites. I give Uncanny X-Force #22 a 3.5 out of 5.

Considering it had a very light reboot, it may not have been wise for me to begin reading Green Lantern at the new52. While Geoff Johns is easily one of the more well known writers for DC, he has expanded the Green Lantern universe well beyond previous points, and he continues to do so in Green Lantern #6. While Hal Jordan tries to go about a normal life, I am not sure why he was thrown out of the Lantern Corps, Sinestro seeks out different yellow lanterns for currently unknown reasons. It is interesting to see Jordan adjust to civilian life, he still finds a way to fight crime, but ultimately I feel like I walked into the second half of a good movie and nobody will tell me how it started, I refuse to look up summaries. In the end, I am not fully qualified to critique the overall plot-line, but I believe Green Lantern #6 has earned a 3.5 out of 5 on base line entertainment.

Considering how solid Teen Titans has been, I was a little disappointed by issue #6. After their first encounter with Superboy, the Titans spend this issue dealing with Kid Flash's motion control problem. In an attempt to add some flavor, as well as someone to punch, the Titans fight a genetically altered meta human with psychic powers and some kind of mental illness. After the baddie takes a well deserved blow from Bunker, Kid Flash is given a new costume by the now cancelled Static Shock. While I always loved the tv show, I saw no need to have Static make a guest appearance, and I would be surprised if he joined the team. The story also proposes that Kid Flash may not be who he appears to be. The "translated" musings of a faux police officer give the reader a hint at some kind of conspiracy behind Kid Flash. This discovery is a little uninspired. To my knowledge, there haven't been any hints or foreshadowing to this, and I was a little annoyed to have it laid out in the open. I think Teen Titans will remain a solid title, but I hope they rebound well from this diller issue. I give Teen Titans #6 a 2.5 out of 5.