Writers: Dan Jurgens, Robert Venditti, and Andy Schmidt
Artists: Mike Perkins, Marco Santucci, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Bernard Chang, Joe Prado, Colleen Doran, Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Dan Jurgens, and Kevin Nowlan
Color Artist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Review by Steve J. Ray
It’s been six weeks since we got the previous chapter, but the wait was well worth it. This is a book filled with nostalgia, but jam-packed with freshness, and planted with seeds that will bear fruit for years, and decades to come.
The stellar writing team of Jurgens, Williamson, and Schmidt have delivered something that feels like Crisis On Infinite Earths, but with an ending ripe with even more possibilities. This is a vintage comic-book, but with real depth. Yes, the action, bluster, and bravado are all there, but we get real character too.
Starfire is the fierce warrior I loved in the pages of the 80s New Teen Titans run; Steel is the gentleman hero from the legendary 90s Superman titles, and Batman is, well… Batman (i.e. he’s friggin’ awesome). It feels like these writers have entered my brain, and sucked out some of my favorite moments, eras, and characters, from DC history.
This is such a clever book. Not only do we get heroes and villains from the Golden Age (the original Kane/Finger Batman), the Silver Age (Sinestro), the Bronze Age (Kamandi), and the Modern Age (Steel), but the talents creating this book span generations too! Legends like Dan Jurgens, Kevin Nowlan, Colleen Doran, Hi-Fi, and Tom Napolitano, are joined by the next wave of hall of famers, and fresh rising stars. This book is a fun read, and lovely to look at.
The villain Dominus (former Lord of Order, Tuoni) is a classic comic-book villain, but he’s truly been given a new lease of life. However dastardly his plan – he’s definitely a bad guy – but he’s also a loving father and husband. That’s a real revelation!
Seeing the inspiration behind Sinestro’s yellow power-ring was also a lovely touch.
The heroes are noble, their enemies are nefarious, and every one of them is given character, and personality. I really want to see more Kamandi, and tons more John Henry Irons. Are you listening, DC?
The Generations have been shattered, and now re-fused, so the future now is now set to have Infinite Frontiers (see what I did there?) From the front cover (with Miller’s Dark Knight and the seminal Batman: Knightfall front and centre), to the original Superboy, classic Starfire, and Steel, right up to every Batman from the 30s to the present, every DC era is represented, honored, and shown real affection.
It’s comics like this one that make me proud to be a DC Comics fan.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment