“Nope, ok I guess that really IS Jay Garrick’s new costume. Eesh.”
When I first saw the Ivan Reis cover for this issue, as it was released on the internet, I stifled a simultaneous chuckle/gasp. A Chasp. And then later, someone came into my shop and dropped the news that it wasn’t actually Jay Garrick, so I relaxed somewhat. Sadly though, for this issue, it IS his costume and it’s…not great. Though I suppose it IS bestowed upon him by an ageless golden god that is nekkid except for a winged head-dish, so I guess my man shouldn’t be blamed for not knowing the first thing about fashion or superhero costume design.
Other than that, the…ahem…Apokorats and some of the overly earnest dialogue (that reminds me of Kirkman’s style in Invincible), this is a pretty fun book!
We tune in 5 years after the world’s only heroes either died or disappeared, and there have been some interesting changes. A Parademon internment camp? Tylerchem bought out Waynetech? The Statue of Liberty is being replaced by a statue of Wonder Woman? Oh, and there’s a boxing advertisement showcasing a familiar name to JSA fans: Grant.
I had a great time picking out all the little Easter Eggs, and I’m sure there are even more that I missed!
Mr. Terrific fans (who, from what I hear, weren’t please with his solo book) will be happy to see him stranded here on our favorite parallel Earth. Now I’m not sure who Terry Sloan is, but his introduction as MT’s “Moriarty” is pretty bad-ass here and I’m excited to see Mr. Terrific getting used to this new world.
The character we spend the most time with here though is the boy in the silly windshield hat. I really like the fact that this new Jay Garrick didn’t fall asleep and succumb to the apparently speed-giving properties of “Hard Water Fumes”, like the original did, but instead got his powers the Green Lantern route: from a weird looking, glowing dying fella. This is truly a different Jay than we are used to. The scenes wherein a youngster first discovers his new abilities has always been one of my favorites. Watching him discover what it’s like to run at super-speed, figure out if he can run up walls or vibrate though them…it’s always a thrill when written correctly, and I had a smile on my face as Jay went about testing the limits of his new-found quickness. I hope there’s more trial and error ahead.
Another fan favorite shows up here, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. It’s a beautifully illustrated back-lit splash page that I spent more than a couple minutes staring at. Nicola Scott did a bang up job on the sun peaking out behind and through the character. Solid stuff.
Alan Scott is here again, but except for the cliff-hanger ending, doesn’t have much to do but be in love, really. I’m not entirely sure what makes him different than Ollie Queen, or any other billionaire for that matter. His origin is reminding me of Cyborg’s from Justice League. He’s just….there, so far.
I do have a question though, this is an alternate earth, that supposedly has the same people as our DCnU earth, right? I’m curious to see if we are going to see any other familiar names like Hal Jordan or Barry Allen, so on and so forth. Will we see alternate versions of Lex? Kyle? Cassie or Rose? I’m a sucker for slideways characters (which is a phrase that I invented just now because I couldn’t think of another way to say “alternate version” or “parallel dimension”), and I’m hoping we’ll be seeing more and more familiar names.
Overall, another solid issue from Robinson and Scott. If you haven’t jumped on yet, it’s not too late!
When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.
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