This week had it’s share of comics, but as almost always, it come down to my having to decide which were my favorite. Starting off with Blackest Night: Adventure Comics # 5, Featuring Superboy Prime. The fact that I chose yet another Blackest Night title is not that shocking, considering almost every other week DC Comics has presented some issue of it that is worth paying attention to. At the same time, to cheat the system, I’m also incorporating Blackest Night: Booster Gold # 27.
In Adventure Comics we have Superboy Prime, who for those of you that don’t know, is a sociopath to the most extreme levels with just enough of a teenage angst complex along with near God-like powers, to make him infinitely interesting. Funnily enough, Prime is lost to a metaphysical quandary. Unlike most heroes/villains, he knows that he’s a comic book character, kind of like Deadpool, but also reads the comics he is in. Prime doesn’t know how to change his fate, for the writers of the DC Universe keep on throwing life-altering situations right into his face. This issue is no different, except that he’s facing off against some black Lanterns while existing in what is supposed to be our dimension. As things go from bad to worse for our young villain, he’s made to experience every emotion of the Lantern spectrum, which as you might imagine, takes quite a toll on him. The book is differently worth looking into, and if you take the time to read what is being said carefully, you might be startled to notice that comics have once again become complex.
In Booster Gold #27, Booster is forced to face his best friend, now turned Black Lantern, in a fight to the death. The situation presents a horrible situation for Booster, for he already feels responsible for Ted Kord’s death. Ted Kord, as in the 2nd Blue Beetle. Now Booster is having to fight him, when in truth, there isn’t anything he would less like to do. I enjoyed this book, because I can respect Booster’s love for his friend, the fact that they were practically brothers, yet are forced to turn on each other. It’s a horrible premise, but one that ends reasonably well.
Marvel’s The Invincible Iron Man # 21, took the prize home this time around. Normally I’m not that big of an Iron Man enthusiast. Sure, I saw the movie like everyone else and had a read a comic or two, but not until just recently, more notably the last few issues, have I become interested. To catch everyone up, Norman Osborn is in charge of the world. He wants Tony Stark’s secrets about tech and stuff and so hunts him down. In response Stark LOBOTOMIZES himself in order to make sure Osborn doesn’t find out anything. The plan works, except that now Tony is in a vegetative state. But that’s not all, Stark, being the man that he is, formed a plan around that situation and thereby had a contingency plan to surround it. What happens you ask, well you’ll just have to find out yourself.
And don’t worry, it’s not your imagination, the Iron Man cover IS that cool.