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Justice League: Gods and Monsters [Blu-ray]
In an alternative history Zod is Superman's father, Batman is a vampiric Man-Bat, and Wonder Woman is the child of Ares, God of War. When these dark heroes form an alliance, the question everyone asks is will they save the world, or rule it?
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Cover date: September 2, 2009
Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Lee Bermejo
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Amanda Conner
Reviewed by: Barry Freiman
What an incredible failure by John Arcudi. There is no pace to this story whatsoever. We've spent three weeks now on this huge revelation about the telepathic influence the aliens have when it was pretty clear from the beginning this was what was going on. At least it remains a beautifully drawn strip.
This week's Supergirl, by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, has Dr. Mid-Nite explaining to Kara that sunspot activity that is being siphoned by aliens is what affected the super-pets. Kara flies off toward the sun to confront the aliens. Dr. Mid-Nite stays behind to take care of Krypto and Streaky but, while his back is turned, the pair fly out the window following after Supergirl.
Sunspots? Aliens? That's the best you can come up with. How about Red Kryptonite? Even the Filmation cartoons came up with a better excuse for crazy Krypto behavior in one Superboy episode - crooks were using a device that affected the Dog of Steel's behavior which made it easier for the crooks to steal without Boy of Steel interference. After nine weeks, I expected something a bit more creative than sunspots and aliens.
See ya next week in the funny pages!
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2009.