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The Sunday Pages #62

14th June 2009 | by | 2 Comments

This week’s capsule reviews cover The Flash: Rebirth #3, Red Robin #1, Uncanny X-Men #511 and Wolverine #74!

Review: The Flash : Rebirth #3
And people say Grant Morrison’s comics are incomprehensible? This is just noise. Look, if you’re bringing back an iteration of a character after twenty years dead, then you’ve got to assume that there are going to be people reading it who haven’t been following his successors over that time. And if you’ve built up an entire, extremely complicated mythology surrounding a vague and difficult-to-explain “force”, then for god’s sake, either work out how to explain it, or leave it out of the damned thing. One neat little scene purporting to answer the “Superman vs. the Flash” question once and for all aside, this is almost entirely gobbledegook. Where Green Lantern : Rebirth was an accessible way back into a character and his surrounding world, this will surely only appeal to the most die-hard of Flash fans. Those of us who wanted a fun yarn with the Silver Age’s most iconic figure, meanwhile, are sadly left both wanting and bemused. [SP]

Review: Red Robin #1
You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of writer Chris Yost than myself, but the third book to carry the ‘Batman Reborn’ branding is a distinct disappointment, with the gimmicky deployment of out-of-sequence storytelling failing to mask a very pedestrian plot.  Tim Drake, in one of the most diabolically poor outfits to have graced a comic, journeys the world in search to his adopted father, but finds only a series of identikit scenarios to walk into. The only surprise is that given the franchise head’s fondness for breaking the fourth wall, Dick Grayson’s explanation for not appointing Tim as his Robin isn’t simply the words “Grant Morrison just doesn’t like you.”. [JHa]

Review: Uncanny X-Men #511
I enjoy Fraction’s run more than most, but Land’s art aside, this issue didn’t really work for me. To begin with, the cover is one of those ridiculously misleading affars that promises a Phoenix return, but offers nothing resembling that in the book. Furthermore, the solution to defeating the Sisterhood relies on a rather strange fake-out on the part of the X-Men, where Jean’s body is swapped for another. Now, I’ll admit it’s a cute nod to Domino’s luck powers that she happened to be in the right place to effect such a plan, but it’s less believable that it could work when Maddy’s method of finding Jean revolved around being mystically lead to the correct corpse. That’s a plot hole big enough to fly a Blackbird through alone, and the fact that Jean was last seen leaving this plane of existance, corpse ‘n’ all, in Phoenix: Endsong, well…that can go alongside the question of “whose corpse did they use to replace Jean’s” and “Where did Maddy come from after all this time?”. Not Fraction’s finest hour by a long-shot, though the closing scene does mercifully promise a resolution to all the secrecy surrounding Scott and Emma of late, and that’s an enjoyable prospect, at least. [JHu]

Review: Wolverine #74
As with the previous issue of the title, this is a split book featuring both Daniel Way/Tommy Lee Edwards and Jason Aaron/Adam Kubert. And again, I can barely bring myself to acknowledge the former. It has its charms (or rather, Edwards’ artwork does) but for me, this is all about the Kubert/Aaron story, which slows the tempo for the second half and features Wolverine having a friendly chat in a bar with Spider-Man. Despite its similarities to a near-identical story from a recent Spider-Man Extra issue, this is fantastic work from both Aaron and Kubert. The former goes through the customary “audition to write Spider-Man” that we’ve seen from so many other writers, offering some genuinely hilarious dialogue, while the latter demonstrates just as effectively why he should be allowed to play outside the X-universe sometime soon. Top it all ff with a rather satisfying explanation as to Logan’s inclusion in 90% of Marvel’s output. Wonderfully entertaining comics. [JHu]