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Review Group Week 232 - TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #1

Postby ****** » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:32 am

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Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1
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Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS & NORM RAPMUND

"The Search for Batman" starts here! Vanishing Point – where time ends – is tearing itself apart, and one of the keys to keeping reality from being torn asunder is finding exactly where Bruce Wayne is in the time stream! Rip Hunter puts together a high-powered band of Time Masters to travel throughout history in search of the World's Greatest Detective, but can even the combined might and skill of Superman, Green Lantern and Booster Gold help the Time Master pinpoint where Batman went at the end of FINAL CRISIS?

DCU fans won't want to miss this 6-issue companion series to the highly anticipated BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE (see page 77)!

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US


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Justice League: Generation Lost #6
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Written by JUDD WINICK & KEITH GIFFEN
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO

DC's biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues here! Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice and Blue Beetle track a mysterious villain to Russia only to find themselves face-to-face with an angry Rocket Red Brigade! When one of the Rocket Reds decides to defect and join our heroes, they all soon realize that the Justice League International is once again complete…but why, and for what purpose? The mystery deepens as this BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in continues!

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US


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Postby Chubbles » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:49 am

I think I ordered this in my dcbs shipment and I won't be double dipping so my review will probably be coming next week for this

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Postby Hermit_Sage » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:22 am

I will get this tomorrow on a break from WoW

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Postby Starlord » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:07 am

I am really looking forward to this.
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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:49 am

eh... another Batman book that is a companion to a series I am already not reading ... I may skip this week especially since my tab is gonna be 12 bucks more at my LCS because of Scott Pilgrim 6.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:50 am

48THRiLLS wrote:eh... another Batman book that is a companion to a series I am already not reading ... I may skip this week especially since my tab is gonna be 12 bucks more at my LCS because of Scott Pilgrim 6.


But time is being torn asunder! At the end of time!

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Postby doombug » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:07 pm

starlord wrote:I am really looking forward to this.


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Postby Eli Katz » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:53 pm

TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #1, written and illustrated by Dan Jurgens, is a boring, cliché-filled book that's connected to a silly, overly long Batman event. The premise of TIME MASTERS is pretty simple: A group of heroes, headed by Rip Hunter, travels through time in search of Bruce Wayne, who disappeared mysteriously at the end of FINAL CRISIS. Because this is issue 1 of a six-part series, and because this is merely a companion piece to BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, nothing interesting happens in this 3-dollar, 22-page throwaway book. And when I say throwaway, I mean my copy is already in the recycling bin.

Early on, there is a scene with Superman and Rip that illustrates just how unoriginal this book is. Rip has led the heroes back to the fifteenth century, where they come upon a shipwreck. Inside the badly damaged boat are several sailors, who are covered with skin sores and dying of scurvy. Superman wants to intervene and save these poor men from an easily preventable death. But Rip tells Superman the obvious -- that they can't intervene because saving these men would change the course of history irrevocably. Superman protests, saying that it goes against everything that he stands for to let innocent men die. But eventually he realizes the importance of remaining an outside observer.

How many times have we seen this kind of exchange in a time-travel story? Are we supposed to think that Superman is so stupid that he doesn't understand the consequences of interfering with history? Hasn't the Man of Steel traveled in time before or at least watched an old episode of STAR TREK? Is Jurgens so uninspired, so bereft of ideas, that he has to recycle overused sci-fi scenes to fill this miserable book? And, more important, do the editors at DC have such a low opinion of readers that they think we'll enjoy something this unimaginative? Sadly, it seems they do.

As for the art, Jurgens' pencils are adequate but hardly exciting. He tells a clear, straightforward story, but his style is conventional, if not old-fashioned. Reading this book is like going back in time and looking at art done by some forgettable illustrator from the 1970s. It's dull, and it only makes a bad story harder to read.

TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #1 is not the worst thing I have ever read. Hardly. But it is certainly a bland, unnecessary book that reinforces why I avoid collecting superhero comics. I'd rather stare at a blank wall for 30 minutes than read this book again.

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ART: 5
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Postby 3MJ » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:59 pm

Oh no, why am I going to read this book :(

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Postby GLX » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:00 pm

Jubilee wrote:Oh no, why am I going to read this book :(


Because you're willing to buy something that you don't want to own?
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Postby 3MJ » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:01 pm

GLX wrote:Because you're willing to buy something that you don't want to own?


Because I'd feel bad on Doombug if I didn't give it a chance.

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Postby GLX » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:03 pm

Jubilee wrote:Because I'd feel bad on Doombug if I didn't give it a chance.


You could always Byrne-steal it.
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Postby 3MJ » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:03 pm

GLX wrote:You could always Byrne-steal it.


Oh I will do.

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Postby Eli Katz » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:04 pm

Jubilee wrote:Oh no, why am I going to read this book :(

You might disagree with my assessment.

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