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I know I shouldn't do this, but screw it. I'll review every issue no matter the cost to my sanity the idea of not having done an issue by issue event review ever is something appealing. That said, out of the three issues released so far, this was the best issue of them. Though that really isn't saying much because the issue at times still made me roll my eyes, not simply because we get more deaths revealed in it, other things which I will discuss later.
First thing, I have to confess the good being anything Booster Gold this issue. Even if I'm not a fan of the reason Booster being here, his tour, and "therapy" I liked. Lagoon Boy's masochism and his questioning on why he lived (more on that later). The art is damn pretty still with Lee Weeks giving a major assist to Clay Mann this issue.
And that's about all I can say that's positive of this issue. Because everything else I absolutely despised. So, while I enjoyed Lagoon Boy's little page on "the beam" and masochism for repeatedly being shot by said beam. What gets me is basically Titans East Special #1 is in continuity again, which makes absolutely no sense to me since Cyborg wasn't a member of the Titans, and that's just the tip of that mess. Why of all things was that brought back?
Speaking of things brought back. Oh hey! Two Teen Titans I loved back in the Pre-New 52 era-- and they're both dead (in fact, ironically enough one Teen Titan was brought back to life for this series only to die again). Like seriously, what the hell does DC have against the Teen Titans? Oh, sure this event comic spreads that "love" around, but what the hell did this team do to these writers? Did they not like them enough to die horrible horrible deaths? That they felt that their death wasn't heroic enough so they had to brutally kill them here?
The other is Wally West.
I got a feeling where this comic is going, and I don't like the angle if it's true. So far, given this issue, my guess is the program that "helps" the heroes in Sanctuary has inadvertently pulled a "Westworld" and made Wally think that all reality is "silly" and a "dream". Which explains some of his reactions toward the end, and his motives on why. But.. said theory then makes Wally West and if that's the point of all this. To make Wally West the murderer. Fucking hell. Then what kind of message is "Rebirth" then if Wally was the symbol for it? Likewise, the obvious tossing out of all the character development in the Titans ongoing during Rebirth is thrown out the window as well (namely he had his secondary family of the team to be his rock).
But this is comic books. The idea of somehow someone else sabotaging the system and tricking Wally into murdering these heroes still feels wrong (i.e. Psycho Pirate or his mask). The character still murdered these others on the theory that this was all a silly dream. It's going to really taint this character, and make fans of said character ill of DC itself for building all this hope then pulling the rug out from under them and say, "HA HA! Your favorite character is EVIL NOW! HOW DOES IT FEEL?!" Basically, pulling a modern Hal Jordan, which benefits no one in the end. Just disgusted readers. Readers who then become writers who then reset the cycle anew. This ain't a healthy thing.
Then again, this is just a theory. But it still doesn't explain a few things. A certain item in Citizen Steel's body that made the Trinity think it was Harley in #2. the position of a few bodies from where they are this issue to #1, and of course Harley/Booster meeting this issue when we know in #1 both think each other is the killer. Kind of doesn't make sense for one of them at least given what we see in this issue unless... Again a missing puzzle piece.
No matter what though, it's just the overall depressing theme the comic that gets me. The idea is sound, of a place for superheroes/villains to get rehab for their mental problems they have to deal with. This could have easily been told without all the problems of death. But I digress.. it seems death is the only tale the Big 2 know how to tell in the last twenty years.
Also, for the love of Godzilla, that the Psycho Pirate isn't the one behind all of this. Because it's too easy for him to be behind this. TOO EASY. Even with his name not being mentioned the symbolism and the character having the ability to do all this is just-- too simple. That, and it would all be part of the keikaku won't it? If he's involved in this then that will mean HE'S INVOLVED IN IT AND THIS IS ALL PART OF HIS PLAN TOO?! Regardless, in the shadow of "Rebirth", this comic just feels so wrong to have. I can't be the only one who thinks this. That this comic just feels wrong to have and counters everything against "Rebirth".
There are eight more issues to go and you just know this shit is gonna get delayed.