July 25, 2010
In all fairness, both Superman 701 and Wonder Woman 700 left me ice cold - there are other online denizens that can go into the same amount of detail as I could why neither of these stories worked. For me, in summary, both felt a little too overwrought and over done, as if Straczynski was trying way too hard to "leave his mark" without really telling a compelling story.
Then, there's Brave and Bold #35, which concluded a slightly clever time travel story.
Granted, part of it is that it involved the Inferior 5 (and given some of the dialogue, I wonder if JMS has been trolling my blog for ideas), and automatically went for humor...but most of this is a tale that, well, has some degree of cleverness about it.
Doom Patrol really aren't all that obscure) and leavened with liberal amounts of humor reminiscent of the DeMatteis/Giffen run of Justice League.
Now, let's get one thing straight - the "reminiscent" part should be taken in context. Comparing these to that run of Justice League is like saying that Richard Hurndall made a great, almost perfect duplicate of William Hartnell in Doctor Who: The Five Doctors. However, given the usual tone of JMS' work (and all you have to do to see him at his worst - and best - is randomly select some Babylon 5 episodes), these are a nice, pleasant diversion.
All in all, these aren't comics that are going to change the world, nor are they Straczynski taking characters in new directions...but they are nice, pleasant reads from a guy who isn't taking himself so seriously in these issues.
At least, I hope he wasn't taking himself too seriously when he was writing these issues....