Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Jerry Ordway and Prentis Rollins
Publisher: D.C. Comics
Readers of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" might want to give this issue a look, as a plot element from the "Doll's House" arc makes a reappearance in the pages of this arc, and while it's does make Morpheus look a bit fallible that he wasn't able to deal with this potential threat to the Dreaming the first time, I have to say part of me was rather pleased to see this element make a return if only because it gave me an excuse to sit down an read the Sandman issues that related to this arc, which in turn reminded me how effective a storyteller Neil Gaiman is. Of course after reading those issues this issue reads like a decidedly inferior sequel, and the simple fact of the matter is that this was not one of Geoff Johnsí strongest efforts, as the crisis is resolved in a manner that reads a bit like Geoff Johns realized that he only had a couple pages to resolve the pair of situations that he developed.
This in turn results in a climax that is decidedly underwhelming as all that the JSA have to do to achieve their victory is acknowledge that they've encountered this threat before, and presto Sand is freed from his mental torment. As for the action in the real world, Power Girl gets a moment the show off her powerhouse levels, but again this sequence isn't nearly as exciting as it could've been as the scene is over so quickly, and delivered in such a perfunctory manner that one never gets the opportunity to be impressed by what Power Girl accomplished. Plus, one is also left to wonder why Alan Scott simply didn't grab Sand in a giant oven mitt and race to the surface, as there's no real reason why Power Girl had endanger herself, when there were other less risky options available.
Jerry Ordway has a style that is nicely reminiscent of the style that I grew up with, and while it might not be as flashy as some of the present day styles, it does a very effective job when it comes to the basic elements of comic book art, which many of today's artists can't claim. The action is clearly rendered, and the big impact visuals like Power Girl's physical effort to bring Sand to the surface are effectively presented. The emotional power of this issue's final page is also worth a mention, as the look of surprise of the woman's face to this development does a wonderful job of carrying readers into the next issue. There's also a nice bit of visual deception as we see Sand's dream romance clashes with the reality of the situation.
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