My Week in Comics: October 21, 2011

Superman is having a really, really, really rough week. But I's time for the most verbose comic reviews around! What did I get myself into this week? Read on to find out!

It was a pretty long wait, but Justice League #2 is finally here. You know what that means? Superman versus everyone! Victor Stone's dad being a total doucheasaurus! And The Flash finally shows up!

The big three-way between Supes, Batman and Green Lantern was an exciting mix of splash pages and posturing, and I loved the fact that the Flash is on GL's speed-dial (Get it? Ha-HA!) At the very least, Superman came out looking good here instead of jobbing to Batman or anyone else. He desperately needed that kind of push. And yes, I read it like a main-event PPV wrestling match. I'm funny that way.

A LOT of things happen in this issue, which is saying a lot, considering how boring the first issue was. The Justice League is finally looking more and more like a team, sprinkled with a little DCnU-style bickering, and Geoff Johns' build-up for the big, bombastic cliffhanger was great. Jim Lee is Jim Lee, but the added challenge of drawing the Flash made Lee's art more dynamic this time around. The result is just a better comic, and after its lackluster showing last issue, JL definitely needed it.

Justice League #2 is a huge improvement over the first issue, which isn't saying a lot, but it's a welcome change. Let's just hope it picks up some more after this. This gets a 3.5 out of 5.

If you're Supergirl, how do you defuse a tense situation? By punching it repeatedly until it goes away, of course! At least, that's what I got out of Supergirl #2, where a confused Kara Zor-El comes face to face with Superman! But how will she handle the fact that her cousin is now a full-grown superhero?

I hope the cover doesn't give too much away.

Michael Green and Mike Johnson sets up the entire issue as a no-holds-barred brawl-for-all between Supergirl and Superman, filing in the blanks to Supergirl's past and present along the way. Unfortunately it all makes Kara look like a compulsive, trigger-happy teenager. I don't blame her, judging by what happened last issue, but Supergirl isn't doing anyone any favors by punching the next guy who tries to calm her down. At least all that punching made for a very action-packed comic, and Mahmoud Asrar's art rises up to the occasion. The art and the action is dynamic and raw and'd be hard-pressed to call this book boring-looking.

As it is, Supergirl #2 is a good comic that went to places the first issue didn't. It set up Kara and Superman's relationship, moved the story forward, and looked damn good to boot. This gets a 4 out of 5.

"Punch first, ask questions later" seems to be the order of the day for the DCnU! Let's hope these are just growing pains! Comments? Suggestions? Read anything interesting this week? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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  1. I thought JL was good, I didn't really like first issue supergirl so i didn't get 2, after your review i my check it out.

  2. I'm wondering what you think about the 2nd issue of Batman and Robin. That one's a solid title!

  3. @geekxlovin

    I hope you like it as much as I did :)


    Haven't read it, but I hear good things (like it's not as hardcore or dark as the other Batbooks). If it's as good as you say, I'll give it a looksee and let you know what I think. :)