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Super Friends #10

Super Friends #10

Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 17, 2008

Cover date: February 2009

"Season of Light"

Writer: Sholly Fisch
Penciller: Dario Brizuela
Inker: Dario Brizuela
Cover: J. Bone

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Roll Call: Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern: John Stewart, Wonder Woman, Flash, The Batman

Chapter One:

The Super Friends are helping to spread seasonal cheer at the Wayne Foundation Community Center. All smiles and cheer the children teach them all about religious celebrations from across the globe.

The happiness is short lived as lights begin to switch off everywhere! The emergency lights don't come on and even Green Lantern can't bring light with his power ring! Arthur deduces this is no ordinary blackout. The candles won't light as matches don't work and even Superman's heat-vision is inept.

Realizing streetlights and traffic signals would be off also the team spring into action but when they reach outside they see a vision of a grimacing Doctor Light!

Game: The Shadow Knows - a Doctor Light game.

Chapter Two:

Doctor Light reveals that light will never return unless he gets what he wants and so the end of the season of light is at hand.

Flash points out that Doctor Light wouldn't be so cocky if he was there to fight them, at which point the good doctor begins to multiply with hologram doubles! At first intangible replicants, the Super Friends are shocked when they discover he can fire hard light lasers - that hurt!

Doctor Light has proven himself unbeatable, if they can't trust their eyes how can they fight? Superman responds with his ears! Using his acute hearing Clark homes in on the heartbeat of the real Doctor only for him to escape again!

The Super Friends demand an end to the madness and the blackout but Doctor Light responds with an ultimatum, either he gets what he wants or light will be gone forever!

Activity: Costume Corner - Green Lantern Insignia and power ring craft kit.

Chapter Three:

The only hope to stop the doctor is to create light he can't control, with only an hour to go the task is a daunting one but Diana takes the lead and asks the children of the community center to help.

Wonder Woman points out that lighting candles for their holidays isn't just about lighting a match it's about light from within... faith... in themselves, in others and in a higher power. If you pray hard enough and believe strongly enough then your cause will be just and light will be reborn.

Doctor Light is watching from the outskirts of the city and is astounded to see the lights return to the community center. His invention has been beaten!

Wonder Woman appears with the other friends and reveals to Doctor Light that he may be a strong villain with power but nothing is stronger than faith!

Making a getaway Doctor Light has one last trick up his sleeve. The Super Friends chase him or at least a hologram, while he sneaks away into the darkness! A perfect getaway if not for the fact one Super Friend loves the dark!

Batman de-powers the device and places Doctor Light in custody!

The Flash wonders if Diana had somehow used some amazon trick to switch the light back on, but the Princess points out again that faith can move mountains!

Aquaman reminds the team they have one last holiday mission and it's a special delivery... a delivery that turns out to be a holiday gift for Doctor Light!

Differences aside hero and villain call a truce for the season!

Activity: Super Diorama - Cut out and create kit.



2Story - 2: So aside from a light up toy we're also forced to swallow religion this month. It's a good story that will entertain but it's really hard to endure as an adult that can see past the artwork to what is really going on with this book on its many murky levels.

3Art - 3: One thing to say is it is always consistent, in fact coloring, pencilling, inking and composition is handled very well and in some cases far better than the DCU itself. It's still hard to grasp 10 months in but it's definitely the best part of the book for better or worse...

3Cover Art - 3: This looks very much like a screen cap of a cartoon show so it looks pretty slick, the jokey touches of Batman with ear muffs and the singing penguin are nice touches but the the whole scene just says 'it's the holidays!' but it doesn't say anything at all about the book, if Doctor Light had featured then it would have received a higher rating. Sorry gang!

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