It’s a classic last Wednesday of the year in this edition of What Looks Good: The Big Two, as Marvel and DC are releasing far fewer books than usual, and since only a portion of their regular output is really noteworthy in a regular week, we’re left with just a handful of books to look forward to. But there are some gems in here!
Doctor Fate #7, $2.99
Here is my monthly reminder that you should be reading this book. The covers alone should make you pick it up and give it a shot. The stories feel very real without feeling forced. The slow exploration of the mythology is great, particularly for those who may not know much about Dr. Fate. It’s also giving us a more fully realized version of the character and its (yes, “its”) history. This book has been one of the winners of the DCYou relaunch and more people should be reading it.
Omega Men #7, $2.99
Almost the final issue! This was, of course, the issue this series was supposed to end with, but the book was saved by a devoted fan base and some non-evil corporate behavior. This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a “clean” book. There are no clear cut lines as far as who is good and who is bad, but that’s part of what makes this so great. This is the best kind of sci-fi story and it’s probably the best use of Kyle Rayner that we’ve seen in years.
Superman Lois And Clark #3, $3.99
Okay, so 1) this book is beautiful, so buy it for the art alone. And 2) it’s nice to see the old Superman back. I feel like maybe this is where they’re headed with the New 52 version once the current story line is up — he’s supposed to meet this Superman, after all. I can’t help it that I’m old and I like my Superman up in the sky, colorful and inspiring. That’s the guy who defined so much of the DC universe for so long and I miss him.
Squadron Supreme #2 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
The first issue of this series was not good. The dialogue was overwrought and the basic hook has been done to death. Hey, these heroes are proactive and they’re not afraid to kill people! Great. But I like the cast and I like the art and I really, really want it to be better than it was. So let’s pretend the first issue was a matter of editorial stepping in and messing about. Let’s pretend that it was as unnatural feeling to create as it was to read. And let’s see the real Squadron Supreme, the real version of this series, show up in this issue. Please.