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– by Tim Jousma

   I am not sure what to make of this title anymore. We had a one month delay for the fourth issue and the next issue won’t be out until the end of June! What about the final issue? Well that one has been cancelled all together to be resolicit at a later date. So why should I support a title so unorganized? With it only being six issues long, they should have FINISHED it altogether and then released it. Would have made more sense right? By the time the next issue comes out I am going to be deep into Rebirth and my interest in this is going to be at an all-time low. Well for now let’s talk about the issue we actually have in front of us.

   The hostile takeover of Earth starts by getting rid of Superman and Quar has the perfect weapon against him, his daughter Lara. Lara in her ignorance and confusion fights her father while he refuses to fight back. The whole world including Bruce and Carrie are watching this “fight” take place. It ends with Superman being consumed by black matter. Quar’s then demands Gotham City to turn over Batman or else. Bruce is once again forced to suite up and Carrie Kelly dawns a new colors. She is sent on a separate mission which you can read about in the mini book attached to the main title. We get a glimpse of the Flash getting ran over by what I think is a Kryptonian, leaving him broken on the pavement. Finally, at the end of the title we find Batman meeting with the commissioner on top of the GCPD. What plan could Batman possibly have? Aslo in the beginning as well as the end we got a look at Ray Palmer shrinking smaller and smaller, and at the end he seems to figure something out. We’ll have to wait and find out what he has in mind.

   It’s a solid issue, setting up a confrontation between Batman and the invaders. Also I am surprised to see Ray Palmer alive, I am very curious to see what his role is going to be in all this. My biggest question in this book is what is the deal with Wonder Woman? I would have thought that by this point she would have stepped in to smack some sense into her daughter. She is just standing on the sidelines and that is not the Wonder Woman that I am accustomed to seeing. It’s easy to see why Lara is siding with Quar, she is half Kryptonian and half Amazonian living among humans, that can’t be easy! It is going to be interesting to see what is going to be Aquaman’s role in story, I think he is going to provide the muscle to fight the Kandorian’s. Also at this point in his life what can Batman really offer in this situation? I guess we’ll find out in two months time!

   One outstanding part of this book is the artwork by Andy Kubert. Great facial expressions throughout the panels, one particular panel that sticks out is the one with Bruce and Carrie watching Superman get beat down. His face really displays a man that has seen it all, not really shaken by the violence. While Carrie’s face shows the horror of being fairly new to that environment. With this being such a good issue it really sucks that for a while (who knows how long) it is going to be incomplete. This is a title I would not recommend for readers to pick up since it really isn’t going to go anywhere for a while. It would be a lot better to wait for the trade whenever it’s completed.

 

Publisher: DC Comics

Written by Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello

Artwork by Andy Kubert

Inked By Klaus Janson

Colors by Brad Anderson