DC this week’s Roundup – Power and Resistance

Green Lantern # 10 variant cover, via DC Comics.

Green Lantern # 10 – Geoffrey Thorne, author; Chriscross, Juan Castro, Marco Santucci, artists;
Mike Atiyeh, Colorist

Ray – 8/10

Ray: We’re on our way to the end of the first year of stories, and Geoffrey Thorne is gathering a lot of elements for the grand finale. John Stewart has been the focus of the arch in great style, and this edition finds him on the verge of divinity. Tempted with the chance to bring someone he loves back from the dead, and witness several possible future versions of himself – including his variant of the Future State mini – he is forced to choose his fate with the universe at stake. The visuals in these segments are particularly breathtaking, and the segments on Oa are no less exciting. The main villain behind the arch, the mad guard Koyos, has finally been revealed and they have brought a dark force back with them. With allies and potential enemies lurking overhead, a high-octane problem with the fate of what is left of the corps and Oa himself at stake.

Icon and Rocket # 5 cover, via DC Comics.

Icon and Rocket: First Season # 5 – Reginald Hudlin, Leon Chills, author; Doug Braithwaite, Penciller; Andrew Currie, Inker; Brad Anderson, Colorist

Ray – 8/10

Ray: Surprisingly, with only one track left this season, this penultimate track is in a way laid back. After Raquel’s apartment is destroyed in the last issue, and the mysterious deformed alien Benedict is revealed as the main villain in the series, Icon desperately tries to track down his old enemy – no matter who he scares. While Rocket’s mother relaxes in a safehouse, Rocket faces her own challenge – going back to school. This segment has the most interesting scenes of the problem, including a class confrontation about what superheroes are actually doing in Dakota, a return of an unwelcome face, and a surprising guest appearance from another Dakota hero. When the problem ends, both heroes face new threats. While the cliffhanger ending was very clear, Icon’s stand on Dakota’s largest bridge was one of the best action scenes in this series so far.

Robins # 3 cover, via DC Comics.

Robins # 3 – Tim Seeley, author; Baldemar Rivas, Artist; Romulo Fajardo Jr., colorist

Ray – 8/10

Ray: Tim Seeley is very good at lulling us into a false sense of security. After the last issue’s flashback-heavy look at the glove, this part of the digital first book seems almost routine. Robins fights an army of Batman’s most deadly villains – except that it’s a series of fools dressed as the elite scoundrels. Seeley also digs deep into the files for these characters. Then the title takes a sharp turn as one of Robins seems to have lost faith in their mission and makes a shocking decision that creates division in the family. But there’s one last twist, as it has revealed exactly what Jenny Wren’s game is – and I did not see it coming. This book can have an almost chaotic feel at times, and its characters have a harder edge than they have in other books. But as this issue proves, it always makes us guess, and the second half of the book will carry a lot of weight if its revelations turn out to be genuine.

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