Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: David Finch
Inker: Richard Friend
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Published by: DC Comics
The second installment of the mini-series starts out more or less where the first one left off, in that we’re following the exploits of Lex Luthor as the world slowly tries to make sense of what’s happening. We switch between this and Johnny Quick’s exploits, who seems to just want to have some fun, villain-style.
I really liked both stories and the progressions they make to the overall arc. I loved Finch’s work on Bizzarro, and someone please tell me Johns was giving a shout out to the 1978 Superman film by naming that guard Otis (Totally did- ed. note). I couldn’t stop smiling.
And while the Crime Syndicate is still a bit of a mystery in the New 52, and though I would like nothing more than to figure them out, I’m really digging the slow build-up of their characters. I liked the subtle hint of trouble among the ranks that Superwoman gave, and I can’t even explain how much I adored the creepiness and humor of Johnny Quick. I just really like them as a weird sort of misfit group.
I don’t like the Teen Titans in the New 52, as is pretty common knowledge, however I was highly entertained by their battle. Once again Finch’s art was spot on as he showed Kid Flash getting stretched and pulled into that black hole thing. The only thing I wasn’t sure of is I don’t quite understand what Atomica was doing to Wonder Girl, but overall really like her as a supporting character.
That parting shot of Luthor and Bizzarro tells of some pretty crazy things to come, and I’m more than a little curious. Also, while he was mentioned, where is our beloved Nightwing? Clearly he has some part to play, if Owlman wants to keep him alive…right?
4.5 out of 5 nerds