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

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Postby Eli Katz » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:57 pm

Jude Terror wrote:Anyway, you don't need to know much about DC - I haven't read any DC really since OYL. Basically, the premise is that Maxwell Lord comes back from the dead and mindwipes the entire DC Universe so that the only people who know he's back are the JLI. They chase after him but he beats them at every turn and eventually reveals in the last issue that

[spoiler]his motive has been to bring them back together, because he feels they will do the world some good[/spoiler]

But of course he's lying, but it's a very good story where a group of heroes has to face their former friend who has gone bad and the entire world think's they're crazy and now they're on the run.

It's fun and it doesn't take itself seriously.

So suck it, Spicy D!

Thanks for the summary.

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Postby Zero » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:44 am

Aw man, it's Northlanders next week. I'd hoped it'd be out my week. Oh well, I'm sure there'll be a bat book out for me to pick.

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Postby Punchy » Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:36 am

John Snow wrote::runs to see what I said that week:

Did I really say I liked Phillips art on Marvel Zombies better than I liked his art on Criminal?

:slaps self:

:smt011


Not so hipster back then were you!

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Postby ****** » Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:51 am

Punchy wrote:Not so hipster back then were you!


Yeah, I hadn't suffered through Civil War, World War Hulk and Secret Invasion yet..

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:51 am

Pretty shitty day of work coming. I'll probably read this today.
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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:40 am

Jude Terror wrote:
So suck it, Spicy D!


:smt102 Hey I just said it was one of your favorite books and let Eli Katz draw his own conclusions.

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Postby Punchy » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:44 pm

Two Booster Gold books in a row! Suck it haters!

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Postby GLX » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:05 pm

Bumping this back up, for those that still want to post their reviews.
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john lewis wrote:Everyone but GLX has no taste.

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Postby Punchy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:53 pm

Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1(of 6) - 'Passageway' - Jurgens & Rapmund

Story - For the past few years, Booster Gold has been one of my guilty pleasure comics, I mean, I'm the kind of fan who claims to hate continuity and that anything traditional sucks, but while I've been spouting that rhetoric online, all the while I've been surreptitiously reading a book which revels in DC continuity and solid, traditional superhero storytelling. I know, I know, what a terrible shame. But you have to admit, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund's work on the title was just damn good fun.

Which is why I'm glad Jurgens is getting to continue his story in some way. While Booster's own ongoing has been taken by Giffen and DeMatteis into more bwa-ha-haian Max Lord territory (and that's perfectly fine too), Jurgens is taking his more traditional take into this mini, and it's just as solid as Booster was.

The focus here has shifted however, we're no longer inside Booster Gold's head, but instead we're in that of the mysterious Rip Hunter: Time Master. And of course, Rip is actually Booster's son! Rip has been a great, mysterious character in the DCU all the way since 52, and it's awesome that we're finally getting some glimpses at his own past, and to how he thinks. I certainly hope we begin to get some answers about Rip, it's about time! (Heh, time). Add to this Booster, Skeets, Goldstar, and the return of Supernova and villains Per Degaton and Despero, it's like Jurgens' Booster Gold never went away, and that pleases me. I'm getting to enjoy 2 very different sides of Booster every month, and that's just fine with me, no guilt whatsoever!

Of course, this mini is about more than just Rip Hunter and Booster Gold, it's also a companion piece to Grant Morrison's Return Of Bruce Wayne series, expanding on what Rip, Booster, Green Lantern and Superman get up to in that book. I actually found this aspect to be quite useful in explaining what's going on in Morrison's book. Brilliant though he is, Morrison is often reticent to fully explain just what the hizzle is going on, so it's good that Jurgens is here to cut through the bullshit, if you will. If I did have one complaint it's that Green Lantern and Superman really don't have much to do here, and they seem remarkably ignorant about Time-Travel, but hey, it is Hal Jordan, he's ignorant about age of consent laws!

In the end, this comic is nothing really that special, it's not reinventing the wheel, but it is very enjoyable and well-told. It does what it says on the tin, it's an exploration of cool time-travel conceits, exciting mysteries, and all the odds and sods from DC you never expected to see, such as the last page appearance of Claw, a DC Conan rip-off. I know some reviewers here seem to have a problem with a superhero comic just being a superhero comic, but I see nothing wrong with that, Time Masters is an unassuming gem in DC's roster, I recommend it, and Booster Gold wholeheartedly.

Art - Much like the writing here, Jurgens and Rapmund's art is just strong and dependable superhero art. Strong jaw lines, muscles, good facial expressions. Jurgens isn't very stylish, and his style may not have changed since the Death Of Superman, but I still think it fits the tone of this comic. I think the comics world needs more writer-artists, so it's good to see Jurgens continue to get work.

Best Line - 'So says the man with a ring capable of creating anything from a paper clip to a submarine'

7/10

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Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:54 pm

GLX wrote:Bumping this back up, for those that still want to post their reviews.


I want to, it's hard to apply myself to re-reading this one.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:55 pm

Punchy's choice of best line underscores how blad this was.

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Postby Punchy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:56 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:Punchy's choice of best line underscores how blad this was.


Not all comics can have Bendis or Azzarello-level dialogue! This was at least better dialogue than Johns or Simone!

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Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:00 pm

Punchy wrote: This was at least better dialogue than Johns or Simone!


Yeah but--wait, I agree with that.

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Postby Punchy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:04 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:Yeah but--wait, I agree with that.


Victory!

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Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:07 pm

Punchy wrote:Victory!


Saying this book is one step up from Johns or Simone is not a victory for either of us!

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