Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Comic Update: Birds of Prey and Justice League

Birds of Prey #6 continues its initial arc as the team searches for the mastermind behind the covert Gotham City mind control. I have really enjoyed the pacing done in this series. In addition to comics, the writer, Duane Swierczynski, is also a fiction and non-fiction crime author. Each issue has a solid ending that segues well into the next issue. The plot is interesting without being too convoluted, and it is apparent that Swierczynski had a well thought arc. The characters occasionally static with everyone playing into their archetypes without much variation; however, that is the case with most team based books. I would really like to see Black Canary on her own, just her and Starling, a recent edition to DCU, doing the vigilante thing. Starling can easily be the loose cannon to a more investigative"straight man" Canary. This will probably never be the case, as DC needs the Birds of Prey to tout their female superheroes.

Justice League #6 brings the initial Darkseid arc to a close. While Jim Lee's art has set a fairly high standard, particularly this issue, Geoff Johns' writing has fluctuated through the first arc. Justice League is one of the more important series in the DCU and I am certain it is one of the more popular new52, yet I am not sure why. Yes, Darkseid made his first appearance in this brand new universe, but it really wasn't very good. We only get a brief understanding of why he is attacking and his dialogue is pointless. Hefty chunks of this book would be better if they didn't have any dialogue. I get the feeling that while Jim Lee and Geoff Johns are two very quality comic book artists, Johns just seems to be adding text to Lee's artwork. 
After defeating Darkseid, (spoiler alert) the super heroes win, the Justice League are being commended by some unnamed politician and during the ceremony, all seven of them are just quibbling with each other. I get it, they aren't used to working together and some members don't want to be included, but they wouldn't be discussing it during an award ceremony. To end this review on a good note, I did enjoy the book, and Johns wrote the role of civillians well. This issue was much better than issue #5, but I expect more from Johns as a writer and Justice League as a series.