Let’s talk about the 800 lb. gorilla in the room first. Flashpoint #5 really pissed me off this week. The big reveal, the raison d’être for this new 52, is absurdly out of left field. There have been literally no hints to this in the series or its tie-ins. Bad Johns, bad! Bad! Also, on top of the non-sequitur, it seems that we’re down to one universe again (an amalgamation of DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm)… am I reading that ending correctly? If so, Infinite Crisis was a major waste of time and energy. DC never really capitalized on the fact that there were 52 universes to play around with. Bummer.
More Johns this week with Justice League #1. There were some cool moments between Batman and Green Lantern, but I don’t have the energy to care about a tediously decompressed story about putting the team together. To the book’s credit, it’s really pretty. It also does a good job of quickly establishing the status quo of the new DC Universe re: superheroes. So… make mine Marvel?
Speaking of Marvel, this week marks the return of Warren Ellis to my pull list. His debut issue of Secret Avengers was a lot of fun. The vintage Ellis that we’ve got here is a good fit. For those who may be worried, this is not the snarky Ellis that we get from time to time. The dialogue was tight and clever. Every page had a line that became my new favorite of the issue. The plot well paced and engaging. The characters have unique and well developed voices; each serves a purpose within the story. It’s crazy Marvel spy stuff, and it’s the kind of crazy that Warren Ellis does best. If you haven’t been reading this title, now is a great time to start. I loved Brubaker and Spencer, but with this issue I suspect the title has finally hit it’s stride.