You know who should be writing DC’s new Wonder Woman? Geoff Johns.
You know who can’t write Aquaman, apparently, in Justice League? Yeah, Johns too.
This issue opens with Wonder Woman, gives a really quick look at her arrival in the new DC Universe, immediately establishing a strong female character. It’s utterly fantastic.
Shame the rest of the comic is crap.
Why is Jim Lee doing Jack Kirby creations? Lee’s denizens of Apokolips look awful. Darkseid shows up for a second. My “Super Powers” action figure looked better.
Just to elucidate, Lee’s art on the Wonder Woman scenes is pretty weak too.
Justice League was previously absent any quality. Johns brings some and doesn’t even seem to notice the difference.
If Johns and Lee–DC’s chief creative officer and co-publisher–can’t even figure out their own strengths and weaknesses, how do any DC comics have a chance?
And here we go… the perfect example of what it means to have a good inker versus a bad “finisher.” Anderson provides layouts, Gil finishes them. So this issue of Ka-Zar shows evidence of Anderson’s exquisite panel composition, without any of the detail. Gil, though a fine inker, is not a good penciler or fill-in artist.
This issue is ugly. The art isn’t incompetent, but it’s definitely ugly.
Besides the art, it also shows the fundamental problem with Jones’s pacing. Ka-Zar shows up, finds Shanna with her monkey man husband and monkey girl stepdaughter and tries to be a big man about it.
These events take place about a day and a half after Shanna got lost. It makes no emotional sense.
The majority of the issue is Ka-Zar hanging out with the monkey man and it works. It just can’t cure all the pacing problems.
It’s very unfortunate.
Unbelievable. Lobdell has this all knowing kid god look into the histories of the cast because they’re so “curious.” Nothing like the writer creating characters who tell the reader the lame characters are really, really interesting.
Also interesting is a detail about Starfire’s memory. I thought Lobdell had given interviews she and Jason are just messing with Roy about her being an anterograde amnesiac (or whatever) and she’s not really a brainless nymphomaniac. This issue directly contradicts that explanation. She really is a brainless nymphomaniac.
And how can Green Arrow have a sidekick in his twenties if he’s in his twenties now? The logic editing of the new DC Universe is just dreadful.
Rocafort’s scenery drawing skills come in handy, but he’s bad at giant monsters and humanoid figures.
Lobdell unexpectedly finishes on a sappy note. It’s lame, desperate, and nearly sincere.
Sincere or not, Red Hood is still awful.
I want to love this issue but I can’t.
Jones gets Shanna and Ka-Zar out of the Atlantean technology, away from their sidekicks, and back out into the jungle. Ka-Zar is jungle adventure after all.
The issue opens with this amazing argument–going at least three pages (while they’re setting up camp)–between the couple. It’s fantastic stuff about Ka-Zar’s immaturity and so on.
Then Shanna gets whisked away by a raging river and ends up with these awesome monkey people. They’re very nice, desperately romantic (spouses kill themselves after being widowed unless they have a child) and Shanna takes up with a monkey man and his adorable daughter.
Jones writes Shanna, for the most part, as an intelligent, strong woman. But she falls in love with every suitor she meets… in an hour. And she’s always ready to get married.
So, while it’s a good comic, it’s too screwy.