Some things I've read in the yesteryear were truly awful (which
could probably account for my tendency to review largely the good
stuff as often as possible), and here is a rundown of some of the
worst items I've read, so you'll know what's best to avoid.
Haven't we seen this all before? Of course we have, and this
dingy, derivative connection to the equally dingy, derivative Bloodlines
merely an excuse to wallow in senseless bloodletting and
introduce a whole bunch of forgettable would-be crimefighters
(here, it's Argus), was just one of a couple of ghastly and
artistically bankrupt entries in one of the worst crossovers of
the 1990's, enough to justify a cease in publication of all
crossovers for good. Read more to know just how bad this is, and
keep in mind that the gem parts here (namely, Linda Park West)
are very few.
You think it wasn't bad enough that the Morrison/Austen era of
2001-2004 was as limp and pretentious as it was, even this story
arc that preceded it was simply horrendous and insulting.
Magneto, written more to resemble how he was portrayed in the
overrated movie of 2000 (and by extension the sequel from 2003),
threatens the world with destruction and death, and it's up to
our heroes from the X-Men, in this case a bunch of clowns
cobbled together by Jean Grey, written so vacuously she comes
off as a virtual zombie, to stop the Master of Magnetism's
latest menace. Unfortunately, they were unable to do the same
regarding the editorial stranglehold on the books, nor Scott
Lobdell's botch job in the writing department. Read on to see
just how lumpy this one is overall.
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Another crossover, namely, Joker's
and another flub, this time involving Lex
Luthor. Joker, having escaped from Arkham Asylum for the
umpteenth time, goes on a spree of "Jokerizing" various other
villains in the DCU by turning them into grinning nutcases
themselves, including president Luthor, who then tries to
initiate nuclear warfare, and little more than just laughless
hijinks ensue here as the DC superhero community, Superman
included, goes through the motions trying contain all the chaos.
In fact, the way it was handled here reminded me of the abortive
Superman 4: The Quest for
from 1987 at the movie theaters, and I shouldn't
have to point out that to mimic a movie as pointless as that is
erroneous at best. Read on to see just how bad it all gets here.
I'll never really figure out how some things of this sort turn
out to be as overrated as they are. But that's pretty much the
case here with what Grant Morrison did with the X-Men during
2001-2004, turning it into a crude, bloody, and potty humor
pastiche, replete with subliminal messaging to poor effect, that
was by far one of the crudest abuses of Marvel's already long
abused franchise. And if that's not bad enough, Emma Frost was
touted during this run in a pretty unappealing way. It all led
me to realize why she simply isn't as well written a character
as Marvel and the establishment would like us to think. Read on
to know how lowbrow this can be, with its penchant for
sensationalistic violence and crudelence.
The Flash: Blood Will Run
There may have once been a time when I could stomach the work of
Geoff Johns. Not anymore, and when I look at this particular
story today, I find it one of the most grimy, disgusting,
slovenly excuses for a script to litter the DCU in quite some
time. A murderous cult that worships the Flash (no joke)
executes almost all people Wally West ever helped during his
career, and to make matters worse, Frances Kane/Magenta, Wally's
one time girlfriend who developed magnetic powers and went
insane is among the cultists. And the Weather Wizard figures
into what follows, but not in a very good way. Read on to find
out why I consider this one of the ugliest atrocities ever to be
forced upon the Scarlet Speedster.
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