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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray]
THE JOKER, LEX LUTHOR, CATWOMAN, DOOMSDAY, BANE. What makes them so thrillingly watchable? So terribly wonderful? So extremely vital to our super heroes and their worlds? This new feature-length documentary explores these questions across seven decades of DC Comics' hallowed Rogues' Gallery of infamous evildoers.
Cover date: September 2012
Writer: Art Baltazar and Franco
Artist: Art Baltazar
Reviewed by: Marc Pritchard
But wait! It gets worse!
Aliens invade! Jimmy uses the watch. Again, no Superman, but Streaky the Super Cat instead. Then Comet the Super Horse, Krypto the Super Dog, and finally Fuzzy the Super Mouse! Jimmy is confused but the Super Pets defeat the aliens (!) and all is well. Then Superman appears and explains to Jimmy, in front of everyone, that he, Superman, had made a mistake and given Jimmy the wrong watch.
Next up, a powers lesson for Streaky from Krypto with a dark secret!
Finally, here's why only the pets arrived to repel the invading aliens: Clark says something that Superman has said before to Lois, and Lois gets suspicious. To correct his mistake, Clark initiates "Operation Pink," which involves the assistance of Superboy and Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude and the deployment of a Superman Robot. Except, oops, two robots are deployed!
Chaos - and hilarity! - ensues.
Story - 5: Evidently, opening these stories in exactly the same way each time continues to keep Baltazar and Franco in high mirth. Fair enough. I'm ready to move on, despite the grown-up "inter-textuality" this time out in Perry's "that's how stories should start" remark. That stuff isn't so very cutting edge anymore.
Beyond that, well, frankly, this whole issue had me chortling genuinely out loud - especially the third "act" and the chorus of "Golly gee, Lois" from the multiple Clarks. Also, the Donner film references were very well-timed. Forrester, I think, was entertained more by me than by the book, but as I keep saying, he's only three. I perform it a bit when I read it with him. Wouldn't you?
Anyway, I'm still finding the lack of proper titles for the stories a little peculiar, but at bottom my thing is just the formality built into the review format, which includes a title. I'm otherwise cool with a series of unnamed individual adventures under the umbrella title of "Superman Family Adventures." Indeed, given the target audience in particular, that's probably enough specificity. Thus, no decline in score.
Art - 5: "This work is exactly what it's supposed to be - iconic, expressive and simple. And all of those things consistently.©"
(See last issue's review.)
Cover Art - 5: This issue was different from the previous two in that the captioning on the cover has no special embellishment to it, which, when combined with the continued exclusion of a proper title page, confounded my determination of what to call this chapter in the Adventures. But see above. As far as the art itself is concerned, it's both everything it has to be and everything it should, as usual.
What more can I say?
Forrester's Final Word(s): "Look at me, Uncle Marc... I am Super Pets!" (Yeah, all of them at once. I wasn't allowed to be one; I had to be "Uncle Marc" or "Big Alien.")
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2012.