Since I don’t see any really appropriate place to just comment about it, I’ll just do another one of these.
Now after my super-review of happiness, it’s time for something more critical in nature. But hopefully constructive. No rest for the wicked, man. Bear in mind, Mr. Person Who Reads This that this is stuff you can completely ignore for this immediate arc. But it’s justfood for thought to consider for futureness. Cross my heart, dude.
(This review is mostly just me having fun, with some opinions to fill it up – so take it with a pipe of Mary Poppins.)
REVIEW (with SPOILERS, so read the issue first, you bastards.)
Dear Mr. DC, let me start off by saying – COOL! #1wordreview
This issue is incredibly bad-ass and I loved it. But there’s basically just one thing about it that tripped me up, so the other 99.95% is basically going to be all about that – and it’s basically all about Batman. Just bear in mind I love the issue itself, otherwise.
BATMAN, COSMIC LEGEND!
Why the heck would Lobo (or Ms. Alien Space Giant for that matter – but I’ll let that pass for the reasons) know or care about Batman? How on Earth would Batman remotely be a problem here in any capacity?
World’s Greatest Detective. World’s. His experience and ability (gained on Earth) would have virtually no significance in a cosmic sphere. This is when Superman’s investigative skills, abilities and cosmic experience would shine.
This is the exact kind of story that could happen in a Superman title, adventures in the far beyond, where he gets to showcase something more than “flying object and words man” and push his mental machinery.
I said “super-power” just to be dramatic, not descriptive.
I’m a little upset that Batman got the awesome... space suit, too. >.>
I mean, it looks like you literally transferred Batman super-senses. And even better than Superman’s. What the hell, man? That’s not intuition, that’s straight magic. I mean, you could say “suit sensors” like it’s Chinese Whispers, but it really wouldn’t make a difference.
It might worked better, if Batman had deferred to Superman’s space-alien-knowledge more or something - and little details like that. [Come to think of it, the concept of this team-up adventure into outer space is really cool. I just would like Supes to have more intellectual co-operation with Bats.]
(And a note on characterisation, Superman is coming off a tad puppy-doggish. I could criticise Batman too, but he is what he is because of Superman, really.)
Essentially, how the fiddlesticks would Batman know anything about any alien physiology, let alone a completely unknown alien species? Just because it’s looks kind of dino-birdy on the surface means absolutely nothing at all. It's a giant unidentified interstellar alien who FTLs around in space!
But really, that's fine. I was just bothered that technologically advanced super-aliens would shrug off Superman but be worried that Batman can somehow track them by a destroyed remote camera across the infinite void of space, with his… bat-powers, I guess. [In other words, I'm having problems with suspension of disbelief with this. And simply dislike it in general, sentimentally.]
If it was less Legendary Space-Detective of the Universe and more Earth Detective finding some traction in a foreign environment, co-operating with Superman's experience, etc, being done here, it wouldn’t grill me as much. But as it is, I just see Batman staking out a piece of what could be really cool Superman Adventures In Space territory. And them's fighting words.
[Having thought about this more. This actually could be really cool if this was the beginning of a dynamic detective duo serial in outer space. I just want Superman to have the ability and agency to have his own personal cosmic detective adventures, without having some kind of dependency on Batman. But maybe it would be cool if we got more of this BM/SM thinking sci-fi adventures. Totally bro-bond in outer space.]
For the record – I love the idea that kryptonians are the equivalent of super-giants. His powers were always explained as gravity + yellow sun. So that’s why Supes can go fist to fist with super-strong monsters that dwarf him. He’s super-strong multiplied by his natural massive compressed-giant physical stats. I’m pretty sure Heracles was supposed to be 4/5 metres in the myths, so Superman is the equivalent of twice that or some arbitrary “really big”, maybe?
Also, have you guys ever thought about giving Supes a shorter cape? GA Supes has a pretty short cape. Long capes really only work with noble shoulder-pads to frame them out, or if they drape over the shoulders, in my opinion. Otherwise they’re just tangly, draggy and awkward.
[These two pics are actually the coolest bits of Superman Cape Action I've ever seen. If they flew up like that every time he was pounding forward, it would be the most awesome crap ever! No really, it looks sweet as.]
On a random side-note, it would be awesome Superman sported rocket-jet wings in American Alien instead of (or as well as) a bat-cape. Would be so cool, and would actually make aerodynamic sense if his flight is still kind of limited and “airplane” in style.)
Also, I loved some of the space-suits he had in Post-Crisis (and his Pre-Crisis Iron Man Lead Suit). Would love to see more of those for Red Sun and anti-kryptonite deals. I figure that most of the reasons Superman would ever wear a suit for is the equivalent of scuba-diving astronauting, not actual protection. That’s when a long cape would look really cool, like Anti-Monitor in Darkseid War.
In fact, it would be really cool for him to have a mint space-suit he uses for Cosmic Detective work (which he could have totally used in this issue, and made the artist happy), with all the instruments, bells and whistles, communications etc, etc.
Also another idea. Teleporter gadget. Linked to his own Fortress weapon vault. So instead of wearing a utility belt or giant knap-sack or something, he just teleports pre-made gadgets or weapons into his hands (anything from cosmic screw-driver to Phantom Zone Projector to Mega Stun-laser Minigun to a 16 million ton giant hammer). His version of a Power Ring. (Could be built into his belt, so he whips them out cowboy style.) A personal energy-matter forge gadget would be the most bad-ass thing ever too.
I think this is truly excellent for reasons ranging from actually-useful and convenient tools in the field to full on Mask shenanigans.
Seriously, you can’t tell right now, but my woot levels just thinking about this are like, way up there.
Also, thinking about WW. I really don’t think you guys need to fuss about indestructible armour in general. Just treat her like a Jedi. Sure, she could theoretically be hurt/killed (to whatever degree you think she should), but with her bracers, agility and training, it’s really nothing to worry about. Anything too much for her bullets and bracelets routine, she just Batmans out of the way of, or it’s an opportunity to fall into Trevor’s arms or whatever you like.
Also, you guys can get rid of the “pointy things” weakness, if you want to (assuming you didn't already). Just pick either “super(humanly)-durable” or “human”. Honestly, I think something more towards the latter is preferable, but I can't really make that call.
You can say she prefers agility to defense, or something, if she’s generally facing off against baddies and weapons who either aren’t much of a threat to her reflexes, or indestructible armour isn’t too helpful against (death rays!).
Basically I think she should generally just be rolling over Stormtroopers consequence free and just basically trolling baddies and evil scientists like Kim Possible.
Again, just my thoughts. At the end of the day, WW isn’t my beagle.
To sum up. The issue is definitely cool, I am so happy for SPAAAAAACE for Supes in any comic… but Superman could be less intellectually dull.
I'm saying, I understand the point of it, just don't kill Superman's space agency, this is stuff I'd love to see Supes doing solo in his own comics, and the sight of him getting owned at his own territory is a little down-putting for a fan.
I mean, this scene would have been the best ever if Superman was hanging out with a mysterious hooded-and-cloaked cosmic Darlok Zeratul spy-guy from outer space - well, okay maybe not for this scene, but it's an awesome general idea so I'm saying it. (I’m changing my vote from “Philoctetes Space-Squire” to “Mysterious Cosmic Spy-Alien Guy”) I would love to see Superman playing Cosmic Detective some time, as well as interplanetary Shining Knight.
But I actually have a feeling, that with a tweaked characterisation of Supes and Bats, it wouldn’t have been a problem at all.
“Bat In My Ointment” aside, the story itself is already very intriguing. Walking with giants is the best.