My Week in Comics: March 23, 2012

High-flying heroes pervade My Week in Comics! Supergirl versus Worldkillers! The Rocketeer versus apathy! Hang on tight, because we're flying straight into the danger zone courtesy of the most verbose comic reviews around! What did I get myself into this week? Read on to find out!

It's the final round between the Worldkillers and Supergirl in Supergirl #7! With the Maid of Might all alone against four extinction-level threats, this will be Supergirl's biggest test as a superhero!

A pretty weak issue for Supergirl, to be honest, with a supervillain vs superhero fight that was literally and figuratively all over the place, not to mention freaking anti-climactic. Michael Green and Mike Johnson do give us some insights into the secret history of Reign and the Worldkillers, but by the time you get past the talky bits, it's over all too soon. The saving grace to all this is Mahmud Asrar, who turns in some of the powerful and gorgeous art he's done for this series so far. Here's hoping he sticks with this book for the long haul.

At this point, I'm just glad we're past that big step, and I'm ready to see Supergirl go on her own adventures from here on out. This gets a 3.5 out of 5.

Oh hey, a new Rocketeer Adventures anthology came out! The man with the jetpack is back in Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1, the second volume of the anthology series featuring the Rocketeer as imagined by some of the biggest names in comics today! I loved the first volume to bits, but will this second volume live up to its legacy?

The types of stories available are a lot more mixed, a lot more out there, this time around. Marc Guggenheim and Sandy Plunkett's story, about the need for more heroes no matter where they come from, is the most straightforward of the lot. Next is Peter David's Duck Dodgers-inspired tale that features Bill Sienkiewicz's return to form. Unfortunately, the art is muddier and crazier than I'm used to, and the story suffers because of it. Finally, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai delivers a cute little story about the Rocketeer's chance encounter with a mild-mannered boy with "a dream of flying", and I love it for the fact that there's a pleasant surprise waiting for you the more you read into it. No spoilers, just read it!

Though not as filling as the previous volume's first issue, Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 is a neat little book that's sure to satisfy your craving for more stories featuring the Rocketeer (not to mention those pinups!). I'm just happy there's a new anthology series out there, and I hope this gets successful enough to warrant more. This gets a high-flying 4 out of 5.

Pretty good comics this week, all things considering. Let's hope next week is better! What did you think of your comics this week? Who else wanted to be the Rocketeer when they were little (like me!)? Drop me a line via the comments box below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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