What a terrible comic book. Marv Wolfman’s writing is so lame, I’ll never even have time to mention how Sergio Cariello isn’t a particularly good artist.
So, if you’re unaware, Crisis on Infinite Earths is the most important thing in the world and Wolfman wrote it. If you are unaware, this comic will let you know. Not only is it the most important thing, nothing about Superman himself is particularly important. He gets visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future, who shows him every major DC event in the next twenty years. It means Wolfman doesn’t have to write an actual story for Superman, just a bunch of flash forwards.
Well, he does write a little stuff set in the eighties. An incredibly dumb Galactus rip-off shows up and Superman tries to fight him.
This issue’s so bad… it makes me never want to read a Wolfman comic again.
Another endless installment of The Ark. Verheiden’s writing gets really padded here, especially with the conversations. With the long page count–sixteen pages an installment–I wonder if it was intended to be a limited series then someone at Dark Horse realized no one in his or her right mind would buy it. So instead they stuck it in Presents, figuring by the time the reader got to this issue–with The Ark taking up one half and the awful Western (I’ll get to it in a minute) taking up the other–it’d be too late for them to give up. Randall–who I just remembered used to do Trekker–is a fine artist at this point, sort of an almost Paul Gulacy.
As for Smith and Cariello’s Tres Diablos? I tried having an open mind and Cariello’s artwork’s quite good, but Smith is an awful writer.
This issue stinks.
The Ark, Part Three; story by Mark Verheiden; art by Ron Randall; lettering by Gary Kato. Tres Diablos, Spirit of the Badlander; story by Beau Smith; art and lettering by Sergio Cariello. Edited by Randy Stradley, Ben Abernathy and Terry Waldron.