Jude Terror reviews DCU Online Legends #1 and Deus Ex #1 in this special DC Video Game Comic edition of Quick and Dirty Comic Reviews!
In this very special edition I look at two DC video game tie-in comics. While I am an avid gamer, the properties these books tie-in with are not ones I've played or plan to play, not out of any kind of malice toward them, but out of, in the case of DCU Online, lack of thousands of hours of free time to dedicate to an MMO, and in the case of Deus Ex, no interest in the franchise. However, I didn't dislike either book, and in the case of one, I was very pleasantly surprised. Read on!
DCU Online Legends #1 (of 26)
Written by TONY BEDARD & MARV WOLFMAN
Art by HOWARD PORTER & LIVESAY
Wraparound Cover by ED BENES
1:10 Variant Cover by RYAN SOOK
The DC event of the year begins, coinciding with the release of the wildly anticipated DCU MMO! Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with this immense, 26-issue biweekly series!
In issue #1, Lex Luthor's obsession with destroying Superman reaches fever pitch when he cuts the ultimate Devil's deal with Brainiac...but with the shake of a hand, has Luthor consigned humanity to genocide?
Comic book legend Marv Wolfman joins fan-favorite writer Tony Bedard and artist Howard Porter to tell the ultimate DC Universe Super Hero tale of good versus evil!
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* $2.99 US
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My expectations for this book weren't high. I'm lukewarm on alternate universes to begin with, and I certainly wasn't expecting an alternate universe comic that also happens to be a video game tie-in to change my mind. Boy, was I wrong.
DCU Online Legends #1 jumps right into the action, as Lex Luthor has just murdered Superman, which tells us immediately that this is one of those "dark future" stories. Luthor is quickly betrayed by Braniac, who sets about destroying the entire human race and uploading their consciousness to his databases or something evil like that. Luthor is forced to gather together a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, who will presumably spend the rest of the series saving the day.
The plot here is event comic 101, but sometimes the classics are all you need. I've always felt DC is very strong when their stories focus on less exposed characters to tell an epic story, as they did wonderfully in 52, and this book reminds me of that. I was so pleased that I actually want to follow the rest of the series despite not playing the game, and if Amy Terror weren't likely to leave me, I might even be interested in trying out the MMO as well.
26 Issues. Bedard. Wolfman. This book could be a sleeper hit, to be honest. If you're looking for some old-school popcorn-comic goodness, give DCU Online Legends a try!
Deus Ex #1 (of 6)
Written by ROBBIE MORRISON
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JIM MURRAY
The legendary video game franchise, which PC Gamer called "The Best PC Game of All Time," comes to comics in advance of the highly anticipated new installment in the series!
Adam Jensen is a cybernetically enhanced security operative for the powerful Sarif Industries in a future where biological enhancements have become commonplace, yet fanatically opposed by many. While recovering the kidnapped niece of the founder of Sarif Industries, Jensen unstitches a mystery that goes all the way back to his fully human SWAT origins in Detroit – and an adventure of violence and betrayal that will span the globe!
* DC Comics
* $2.99 US
* Mature Readers
On Sale February 9, 2011
I've never played a Deus Ex game, and to be frank the genre really isn't my style, so when I picked up this book, I was going in blind. Deus Ex #1 is grim and gritty, with a lot of violence and smart, tough dialog, which I'm guessing comes as no surprise to fans of the game. The story deals with quasi-racist themes in the interaction between the cyborg and human characters, which is more than I would expect from a licensed title.
At the same time, this comic does nothing for me, as I have no attachment to the world or the characters. However, I can appreciate the craft that went into the book, which is sleek and moody, and packed with nice touches that merge the art of video games with that of comics, such as the captions which read like they're popping up on a HUD.
Fans of the game will probably want to pick this up for the added backstory before the game's release, but if you're not into Deus Ex, you won't be missing anything by skipping it. Not for lack of effort on the part of the creators though.
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