GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1, INJUSTICE 2 #34, & MORE! [Mini-Reviews]

aquaman annual 1 cvrAQUAMAN ANNUAL #1/ Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON/ Art by MAX FIUMARA/ Colors by DAVE STEWART/ Letters by DERRON BENNET/ Published by DC COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

In a distant future, Aquaman and Mera welcome their friends in the Justice League to the city they build to house Atlanteans and Humans alike. Yet, evil troubles this new paradise in which everything Arthur Curry has longed for as King has come to pass. This annual is a harmless yet ultimately forgettable “Elseworld”, whose surprise ending will likely be figured out by most readers within a few pages. Unfortunately, Phillip Kennedy Johnson does a poor job of hiding his inspiration for the story and Max Fiumara’s artwork is oddly misshapen at times.

 

green arrow annual 1 cvr

GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1/ Written by BENJAMIN PERCY/ Pencils by ELEONORA CARLINI/ Colors by HI-FI’s BRIAN MILLER/ Letters by TOM NAPOLITANO/ Published by DC COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

It’s Christmas time in Seattle, but there’s visions of doom and gloom dancing in the heads of Team Arrow rather than visions of sugar plums as Count Vertigo comes to town seeking revenge. Black Canary fans will want to check this one out for the awesome action sequences and Dinah’s development of a logical secondary superpower for her to have that makes her an even better foil for Count Vertigo. The artwork is a little shaky in spots but not enough to distract from a great story.

 

INJUSTICE 2 #34/ Written by TOM TAYLOR/ Pencils by BRUNO REDONDO/ Inks by JUAN ALBARRAN/ Colors REX LOKUS/ Letters by WES ABBOTT/ Published by DC COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

Ra’s Al Ghul and his allies release their latest secret weapon on an unsuspecting Arizona town and a new villain is created as Batman explores the wreckage left behind. A decent place-holder issue, though little happens to advance the main plot and the ending comes out of left field. The artwork by Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran and Rex Lokus is largely excellent though Redondo is better at drawing people than he is animals. This isn’t a bad comic but Tom Taylor and company have done better.


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About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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