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Moore and Farmer continue a strong and more “mature” LOSH in their final Convergence tie-in.
Superboy is written like an actual teenager, and the Kents while still nurturing and kind also impart actual life lessons to him about making tough decisions in life. Some focus is given to the Atomic Knights, but not enough to form an emotional attachment.
Their world has been much further on the brink than the LOSH Earth, which makes them more desperate and determined to survive. With this being a DC story with a Silver Age bent, the LOSH and Atomic Knights decide to work together to save the Ak’s Earth, potentially condemning both to be destroyed by Telos.
Peter Gross provides layouts in this issue, smoothing out the art and making it more reminiscent of the 1980s LOSH comics. Farmer’s style is still visible, but Gross’ layouts give him more mainstream consistency. Overall, easily one of the best Legion stories that have been published in the last few years despite Convergence’s limitations. Moore and Farmer seem like natural handlers of the LOSH’s mythos and make feel interesting again whereas previous writers lacked magic in their portrayal. Hopefully we see them again in the future.
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Three weeks in, the plots of DC’s Convergence tie-ins are getting rather formulaic: character trapped in city under dome is confused and trying to make sense of the situation, dome falls and hero rises to confront the new challenge. Superboy pretty much follows the same pattern, yet, delves deeper below the surface. Last week, Keith Giffen used Supergirl to highlight the absurdity of the Event; this week Stuart uses Superboy for pathos. In the process, Stuart gives readers a touching portrait of who Kal-El is and what he represents to others.
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So in addition to the Original Sin series Marvel will be releasing an anthology of tie in mini series including a Young Avengers series from Adventure Time Ryan North, a Lockjaw series (?!?!?!?!?) from EGOs Stuart Moore and OG Heavy Metal illustrator Rick Geary, a Jonah Jameson series from Spiderman Dan Slott and The Ultimate’s Cataclysm (and a whole lot more) Mark Bagley, a Dr. Doom series from Fantastic Four current series writer James Robinson, Hulk vs Iron Man from current series writers Mark Waid and Keiron Gillen, a Deathlok series from Nathan Edmundson of Black Widow, a Howard The Duck story (c’mon man) and a Black Knight story in addition to tie in issues of Avengers, Deadpool, Mighty Avengers, All New Invaders, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spiderman and Nova. Select series from the anthology will be spinning out as ongoings. More details at Marvel
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EGOs #5 by Stuart Moore & Gus Storms
After a several month hiatus, EGOs returns with a new story-line. Deuce, leader of the troubled EGOs squad, has been called in for a consultation regarding a threat to universal stability. However, he is meeting not with any random bureaucrat, but The Commander, veteran of the original EGOs and Deuce’s childhood idol. While The Commander briefs Deuce on the nature of the threat (related to money disappearing without a trace from galactic currency exchanges), Duece’s wife Pixel leads a clandestine “strike force” to the planet Tortuga in order to gather intelligence.
Tortuga is a former prison planet, where both sides of a conflict sent their unwanted captives. The legacy of its origins are clear through the dilapidated manner of the city-scape. Pixel’s meeting with a former prisoner/possible informant does not go smoothly, seeing as half of what he says is mumbled gibberish. Then of course, a bar-room brawl breaks out. Meanwhile, Deuce’s meeting with The Commander is not running quite as expected either, especially once The Commander’s son shows up to offer his opinion. This causes some disagreement between parent and child which comes to a rather abrupt conclusion.
All in all, this issue is an intriguing set-up for the new arc. In the back-pages, Moore explains that in the process of scripting this story it ended up feeling more like a crime narrative than a science-fiction tale. The crime elements are present, however, a strong sci-fi vibe remains as well. Moore is building on the first arc, maintaining the same tone, while expanding the canvas. The initial installment of this new direction is quite promising.
What a rush! I promised we’d hit you all with some amazing content this week. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Boy did NBC! deliver! From Patrick’s fantastic interview with Michel Fiffe to Dean’s amazing audio review of Ghosted #6 and his video review of A Voice in the Dark #3, we’re kicking ass and taking names.
EGOs #3 by Stuart Moore & Gus Storms
EGOs has been, at least around NBC, the biggest surprise hit of the year so far. I suspect I speak not only for myself when I admit that this book was not on my radar when the first issue came out. I did not have much experience with the creators while the concept, as digested for the synopsis, sounded generic. Then the reviews started pouring in, one rave after another after another. I thought, “hmmm, I’ll give this a shot in trade.” Alex conducted a NBC interview with Moore. “OK,” I admitted after reading it, “I’ll pick up the first issue if they still have it at my store.” They did, only, well, it sat in my apartment for a couple weeks until I finally read it. My reaction? “Damn, they were right, this is great.” The next time I was at the store, I snatched up #2 so that I would be all caught up in time for the next installment.
The series centers on Deuce, a man with persuasion and “light” empathic powers. He used to lead a team of heroes called EGOs, only that’s in the past. Presently, he is building a new group of heroes. Well, cobbled together might be a better term, and in a more literal sense than is usually the case. With two exceptions, every member of EGOs 2.0 is a clone Deuce. This fact does not sit well with Deuce’s wife/team-mate Pixel. Besides the many obvious ethical issues raised by cloning there is also the fact that the technology which Deuce is employing was designed by Repliqa, his mother-in-law. Pixel and Repliqa have a strained relationship, what with Pixel being opposed to her mother’s schemes to conquer the universe. For Repliqa’s part, she is severely disappointed with the path her daughter’s life has taken. Meanwhile, the narration for the series is provided by a son of Deuce. We know few other facts about the narrator so far; however he is already one of the series’ most fascinating characters. This complicated family dynamic is an intriguing aspect of the book, as well as one of the ways that EGOs reminds me of Saga.
Issue #3 brings to a close the first arc, which centers on Deuce trying to prepare his new team to face an old enemy: Masse, a living galaxy perpetually on the hunt for new energies (ie other star systems) to consume. In some ways, Masse resembles the concept of Galactus, but magnified in scale. Both are forces of nature as much as personalities; they are constructs within the design of the universe. Just as Galactus serves his part in the never-ending cycle of birth/destruction/rebirth (recall that part of his origin is having survived the universe which existed previous to the Big Bang), Masse is caught in a loop. Where Moore varies the characterization is by presenting Masse as more conflicted about his role in the cosmos. Without giving away too much about this week’s issue, let me say that Masse reveals a weariness that Galactus would never betray. If Galactus is the all-mighty deity indifferently exercising his powers, then Masse is worn down by his own nature. The result of this weariness is surprising and successful.
Looking back over the first three issues, Stuart seems to be laying the groundwork. After the heavy casualty rate of the first two issues (this is a series where someone important dies three pages into the debut issue), I have the feeling that the team line-up has more or less solidified. Of course, those guesses could be as off-base as were my assumptions about Masse’s motives. Time will tell.
Regardless, I’ll be sticking around to see what happens next.
Pros: It’s an Image #1, was there any question whether or not this would be awesome? Other than knowing the high-quality Image Comics consistently pumps out, I had no idea what to expect from this issue.