Months ago Funko announced a new line of action figures based on those old bulky He-Man figures. Yeah, those really cool ones that can barely move and looked clunky as hell are making a comeback and I couldn’t be more happy, especially with DC and Funko releasing DC versions of these. After waiting months after the initial release the local Target in Alaska finally received the toys and with it a DC Primal Age 100 Page GIANT, I thought to myself, “Why not grab this? It has some good names involved.”
The Primal Age
(w) Marv Wolfman (a) Scott Koblish (c) Tony Aviña
The main chapter in this 100 page GIANT is the meat of the comic clocking in the most pages introducing us to the idea of DC Primal Age. Written by comic vet Marv Wolfman the story is straightforward and a safe to read story for the kids that want a beginning point to build their own stories upon. Nothing new, nothing groundbreaking, and nothing bad, just a basic story. Scott Koblish art reminds me of a mix between Walter Simonson, and Scott Kolins, albeit it’s nice to look at it it doesn’t make the story any better, or any worse. In one page I did notice that the morning star like weapon Superman has connected on his left hand switches to his right in one panel, looking back at his other scenes I was confused and came down to the thought that it was just a small mistake. The colors by Tony Aviña act as the art does adding nothing spectacular while also not bringing the story down.
Born on a Monday
(w/a) Jerry Ordway (c) Wendy Broome
Born on a Monday written and drawn by Jerry Ordway is a quick story revolving around Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy. As I make my way through this giant this story stands out above the rest showcasing Wonder Woman’s great compassion and Jerry Ordway’s understanding of the character and what she represents. Plus we get Solomon Grundy who feels underused in comics. Ordway’s art looks great and reminds me of the work he did years prior for DC Comics and how he is also underused in this age of comics. The colors by Wendy Broome help amplify the characters and their environments making the story feel grounded with a hint of fantasy.
Ice & Fire
(w) Louise Simonson (a) Phil Winslade (c) Carlos M. Mangual
As the GIANT progresses so does the quality in the comics, they may be short in page count but they make up for it in compelling stories. Aside from the great Batman Animated Series episode Heart of Ice this may be my favorite Mr. Freeze story, being a ice mage Freeze uses his powers despite his love asking him not to thus losing control and engulfing her in ice. Louise Simonson gives us a new unique take on a classic Mr. Freeze origin story that works surprisingly well and makes me want to read more of his story to save his wife. The art by Phil Winslade gives a grand sense of fantasy with the ice looking fantastic on each page which is helped by Carlos M. Mangual’s colors.
(w) Louise Simonson (a) Brent Anderson (c) Wendy Broome
Moving on from Mr. Freeze Louise Simonson tackles a primal Batman and does phenomenal! Simsonsom seems to have a good handle of the Batman lore and his rouge gallery, crafting a new Batman/Bruce Wayne story and making me crave for more of her Primal take on Batman. Sadly this story falls short on the art and color side by Brent Anderson and Wendy Broome, it isn’t bad per say, but it doesn’t add anything towards the story and feels like it would’ve flowed better with Simonson’s previous artist and colorist.
The Joker’s Wild
(w) Jerry Ordway (p) Chuck Patton/Tom Derenick (c) Kelly Fitzpatrick
Jerry Ordway writes an okay Joker story, but for such a short story it loses momentum fast and quickly becomes a drag, making this the first story I wanted to drop out of midway. As with much of the art and colors in the DC Primal AGE it may not be the greatest but also not the worst, the one plus I would give it is the transition between Chuck Patton and Tom Denerick’s art is seamless.
Not A Bird…
(w) Marv Wolfman (p) Keith Pollard (I) Fiz this name (c) Carrie Strachan
In the final story Marv Wolfman gives us a Batman and Superman team-up as they fight Bizarro, this being his second story in the GIANT it follows the trend of being safe with nothing new and feels like previous Bizarro stories. The highlight of this short is the world-building Wolfman presents with Metropolis Shire, Village of Gotham and Arkham Dungeons. The art is still the weak point in this final story with it ending in a whimper and not a fun bang.
Final Thoughts: Although the book is geared more towards the kids it is still a fun read in spots, but not worth the money. Instead of selling all these stories in a 100 page GIANT DC should have included the main comic and the mini-comic pertaining to the character inside of that character’s action figure, or add this in with the purchase of the bat-cave or the mountable animal. As it stands DC Primal Age 100 page GIANT feels like a cash grab that should have followed its predecessors idea of bundling comic with said toy.