Finally, Saga #14!
Seems ages since I read the last one, but finally we get the next chapter. Saga maybe the one title from Image I’m following for every number. I’ll be honest, I tend to shift between Alana, Marko and co. and their pursuers leaded by The Will. I’m not always entertained by both parties, but there’s always one that is making the issue interesting.
And right now, it’s The Will, Gwendolyn and the silent advice from the vision of The Stalk. I’m glad that they brought her back somehow because that was way too rich of a character to leave for dead. Of course, indications so far is she’s just a hallucination dreamed up by The Will. However, this is not a comic that you know for years. You don’t know what’s going on for sure.
In the world of mainstream comics you know it’s a matter of time until the heroes win and the villains get defeated and left for dead to return one day for another story arc. In Saga, you don’t know. More than that, the story remains fresh and interesting.
On the other hand, DC Comics‘ Forever Evil’s one shots are – pardon the pun – a shot in the dark. There’s a few brilliant in there, but I’m leaning towards considering some unnecessary.
I did like Justice League #23.4 / Secret Society #1 for a few reasons. A view behind the enigmatic Owlman is one. I was expecting someone made a connection between him and the Court of Owls already. There is one – Owlman’s partner is called Talon instead of Robin. That is NOT a coincidence. There’s tons more, but I don’t want to spoil the issue altogether.
Alfred Pennyworth / The Outsider from Earth Three is the narrator and leading villain of this tale. It’s not flawless. The story jumps around a lot. Although it is a jarring way to show it, it makes perfect sense and seems to fit in but it does get a little frustrating to understand who from which world is actually the person in the conversation.
Still, I’ve always thought Alfred is a lot more than a recurring background character and it’s nice to see his evil counterpart play mastermind. Recommended with limitations – the story can be all over the place at times.
They did get it right with Green Lantern #23.4 / Sinestro #1 which goes deep into explaining Sinestro’s origin.
I don’t usually follow Green Lantern. Sinestro has always been a bit of a curiosity though. If you’re a fan, you might already known the story at great length. Even then, this is a gorgeous issue and a crystal clear retcon of Sinestro’s past.
The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a big one, but it could be made big if done correctly. Recommended.
In other news, Injustice #36 closes the series for now with quite an ending. As a matter of fact, there’s been a few parallels to the Forever Evil story that makes you feel that the writers from both events/arcs had to dodge each other constantly. Injustice has proven itself a worthy storyline more than a fighting game premise. The last issue is very heavily recommended, specially if you’ve been following so far.
That will do for now.