Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on January 13, 2021 @ 9:26 am CT
A lot of high-profile comic books came out last week, but the highest-profile of them all was undoubtedly Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Knights: Death Metal #7, and I could hardly wait to read it; though only because I couldn’t wait for the series to end. It was overwrought, pretentious, and portentous from the very beginning and reading #7 was just as slow a slog, but I kept reading because I really wanted to see them hit the DC Universe reset button again.
And that button did get hit, and hard. I went away happy because the final 10 pages featured beautiful art by Yanick Paquette and Bryan Hitch including a two-page spread where in celebration the DC characters throw themselves a real rager of a rave (I had always suspected that the good guys threw a big party after surviving a Crisis), and it was capped off by the return of the Justice Society of America.
Just as one DC event ends, another one begins with Generations Shattered #1, an 80-page $9.99 one-shot written by Dan Jurgens, Robert Venditti, and Andy Schmidt and with art by Ivan Reis, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, Aaron Lopresti, Fernando Pasarin, Paul Pelletier, John Romita Jr., Doughbraithwaite, Rags Morales, Dan Jurgens and Klaus Johnson, and Mike Perkins. It’s basically a scaled-down do-over of Crisis Of Infinite Earths with a smaller cast (Batman, Kamandi, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, Dr. Light, Steel, and Sinestro) that, understandably, reads like a 90s Dan Jurgens comic. Not that that’s a bad thing. It sure is pretty and is proof that an existential threat on a cosmic scale needn’t necessarily be dreary.
As someone who keeps talking about how much I look forward to finding something new in comics, I was looking forward to DC's Future State, and so far I’ve found most of them to visually arresting, with looks distinctly different from current DC Comics, and full of wild ideas. They’re all intriguing, but so far my favorites are Superman of Metropolis by Brandon Easton, Sean Lewis Art by Valentine De Landro, John Timms, The Next Batman, by John Ridley and Nick Derington, and (especially), Wonder Woman written and drawn by Joëlle Jones.
And, so far, this one works just fine. Readers who go in knowing absolutely nothing about the Eternals will be okay because it is a rock-hard reset; all the major characters have just recently gotten better from being dead. Gillen does a fine job of introducing the cast and explaining what they can do and what they’re for while remembering to include some obligatory appearances by Marvel Universe characters. There’s a brief appearance by Iron Man and the final page reveals a major Marvel villain who everyone (including me) tends to forget is an Eternal.
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