Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review(s) of the Week: Green Lantern #23.3 (Black Hand #1) and Mega Man #29

Geoff Jones' Green Lantern run was legendary. It made the Green Lantern franchise a big deal again and took a z-list villain in the form of Black Hand and made him one of the coolest villains DC has. I'm glad to see he has survived the New 52 plague with little to no change.

This issue has Black Hand being resurrected by a Black Lantern Ring and wondering through the city as it's engulfed in riots due to the events of Forever Evil #1 raising up dead people as zombies. He finally makes it to a cemetery where he raises Hal's father and just chats with him a bit about Hal. The zombies can't talk but Black Hand seems to hear them anyways, whether he really hears them or it's in his head is unclear. The issue ends with him telling Hal's father he'll get him "something to eat" as we pan out to see he has raised all the corpses in the cemetery.

This issue was good, but not great. Black Hand didn't seem as complex as he often was in many of Jones' issues. Part of this was due to Hand's foggy memory I suppose, but still it felt like just trying to recapture the magic of that Blackest Night prelude issue that retold Hand's origin. As with most of the good stuff in the New 52 this would have worked fine, if not even better in the pre-Flashpoint continuity. Damn I miss that continuity.

So in this issue Mega Man wakes up in one of Dr. Light's labs after having been shut down last issue by Ra Moon's EMP. Dr. Light has come up with a coating that will protect Mega Man, Rush, and a few other Robot Masters and sends them after Ra Moon. Meanwhile Break Man AKA Proto Man teleports back only to find Dr. Wily hiding from Ra Moon in a corner of their base. Wily isn't sure if Ra Moon just considers Wily beneath his notice or is toying with him but he's working on a weapon he thinks can take Ra Moon down and he asks Proto Man to be his body guard while he finishes it. Our issue ends with Mega Man and his team taking on some of the Robot Masters under Ra Moon's control.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If you're not reading this you're wrong. This is not only the best all ages book on the shelves today, but probably the best all ages book of the last decade. So what are you waiting for, go read this book.

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