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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tales From the $3.99 Bin! - Justice League #24

This week is going to be dedicated to the darker imitations. T While a couple of these dudes aren’t bad, they do have qualities that are a bit worrisome to others around them. Then, you get to the unrepentant sons of guns. These nutjobs I’ll get to this week don’t care about nice stuff. They’re selfish, psychotic, and all-around not very nice.

First up is Ultraman from DC Comics. He is from an alternate Earth (either Earth-3 or an Anti-Matter Earth) and is part the Crime Syndicate of America, an evil version of the Justice League of America. You got to see some of his badness back in Final Crisis: Superman Beyond. Yeah, he was the version of Superman who was about to pop a vein in every panel he’s in. The original Earth-3 version has recently made a return in the New 52. Forever Evil, DC’s first major crossover in about 2 years (not counting crossovers between the Superman and Batman families), brought back the original group with a few exceptions.

In the event, the Justice League is taken out by the Syndicate. The Syndicate then takes over the world and tries to get all of the villains to side with them. Only a few folk like Batman, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, and Black Adam are left to stand against the team. The event was okay for the most part, but I might get to that some other day. Justice League #24 was a tie-in to the event and featured Ultraman as the main feature. The man known as Geoff Johns penned the issue. The awesome pencils (yeah, I liked it) is provided by the awesomeness known as Ivan Reis.

Justice League #24
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Eber Ferreria
Colors: Rod Reis
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
Editor: Kate Stewart and Brian Cunningham

"Forever Strong"
The issue actually starts out with Kal-il‘s (Ultraman’s Kryptonian name) origin. It mirrors Superman’s origin, but his parents and everyone on Krypton are complete tools. Even Kal-il’s father is brash toward the boy. He gets sent in his rocket toward Earth with recordings of his father’s horrid ramblings and Kryptonite. For those who missed out on Ultraman’s use of Kryptonite in Forever Evil #1, the stuff’s not deadly to him. He crashes on Earth at the Kents’ farm and they look pretty dreadful themselves. To anyone who complains about the Jon and Martha’s portrayals in the new movies, I say this: it can be much worse. Baby Kal-il comes out his ship talking and makes them be his parents. He ultimately kills them later on.
Now this is indoctrination!

We then see him form the Crime Syndicate with the others and have an “interesting” relationship with Superwoman. They do take over their world but it gets decimated by some powerful force. I’d tell you who did it, but I’ll keep that to myself. Because of the events in Trinity War, they were brought into the main DC universe which brings us to the present day. Ultraman and Grid (Cyborg’s counterpart) do some talking about an incident in Khandaq. Grid tells Ultraman to head over to Khandaq, but Ultraman has something he wants to take care of first.
Oh crap... 

He heads to our world’s Daily Planet and accosts everyone there. He especially puts Jimmy Olsen through the wringer and even breaks Jimmy’s hand. Lois and the others try to stop him, but Sir Douchey McDouchens won’t let up. Grid contacts Ultraman and tells him that the threat from Khandaq is coming right for him. The action starts up as Black Adam takes Ultraman out of the DP and starts wailing on him. Unfortunately, Ultraman isn’t too phased and the story ends there only to be continued in Forever Evil #3. Yay…
We better see something like this when that Shazam movie gets made! Bring it on, Warner Bros.!

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While that fight probably could have been here since Forever Evil’s art wasn’t that good, this was a good issue. In fact, all of the tie-ins from this book were pretty good. We get an idea of what made Ultraman be such a horrible person in a span of a few pages. We also get in his head a bit and see how he views his team, his lover, and this new Earth they’re ruling. He is truly the opposite of what Superman stands for right down to the addiction to green kryptonite. As someone once said, it’s “a hell of a drug.” It was nuts seeing him interact with Clark’s supporting cast.

The cameo of Black Adam was pretty cool and ties into the main book pretty well. The artwork was really good here. Ivan Reis and the rest of the guys always brought their best to the title and it shows here. The action is cool and the smaller moments are good as well. It makes me wish these guys actually did the artwork on the main crossover book since it wasn’t that good. I keep saying that, don’t I? Maybe I will look at Forever Evil one of these days.  

Overall, this was a nice tie-in. It provided some good insight to one of the big villains of the Crime Syndicate and had some good art to boot. Next time’s homage may or may not be this bad though. Who is it? You’ll find out later. Peace, God Bless, and don’t do Kryptonite, kids. It'll turn you into a psycho.
"I'm one of the baddest villains of all time! I'm the best-looking mutha sucka you'll ever see! Hold my drink, Superwoman!"
Now all we need is Lex Luthor in the role of Charlie Murphy.

NEXT TIME: AMERICA’S SUPERMAN?

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