I’ve been …disliking… this series. I know, everyone likes it. I don’t. Mostly because Ultraman is an over the top goon (blocking out the sun like a giant Monty Burns, being abusive to his girlfriend, Superwoman). Also because Lex Luthor’s opening scene had Luthor fondly remembering killing his sister’s pet.
But, last issue Catwoman and Batman stepped back into the picture…
Batman returns and quickly learns what has happened to Nightwing. Despite the rift between them, he calls Nightwing a friend and rushes off to help him out.
Lex Luthor is having his “I told you so” monologue. He told everyone that they relied too heavily on Superman. And now Superman is gone! And Metropolis, Gotham and everywhere else is screwed! He’s also hanging out with Bizarro, who picks him a flower instead of picking up a satellite dish so he can track the Crime Syndicate.
Eventually Luthor and his undercooked FrankenSuperman get it online and he tracks Ultraman, who is having a battle high above the ocean with Black Adam (who?) his head gets squished til his teeth break and Ultraman drops him into the ocean, but the Ultraman’s nose start bleeding and he asks for Metallo’s location.
In Central City- former home of the Flash- the Rogues have “failed” to level the city (you know, the hospitals and schools). Heat Wave is threatening the Rogues but Power Ring freaks out at them and is delusional thinking that the Rogues are trying to kill him. So they have a battle. I have no emotional investment or really even general interest in these characters…
Black Manta crawls up out of the water before Luthor and Bizarro with a very crumpled Black Adam. The way Manta sees it, the Crime Syndicate killed Aquaman The only thing he EVER WANTED! Soon after, Captain Cold (of the Rogues) hops through a portal and tells them the sitch.
So now Lex and Bizarro are joined by the Rogues, Black Manta and Black Adam. Is this a team?
An egomaniac in a mechanical suit + a band of misfits + a pissed off villain + a half dead 2nd rate hero?
Better development this time, although I really need to know what Batman is going to do to free Nightwing! Not enough Catwoman. In fact, not enough ANY FEMALES. And this is the cover:
Not even close to what happened.