Justice League #0

I'll admit that I picked up Justice League because of the Captain Marvel/Billy Batson storyline. I felt a bit guilty for skipping through anything that didn't mention anything Trevor-Diana, but I think my guilt is totally validated by this 0 issue on the origin of Captain Marvel.

The orphaned Billy FINALLY finds himself in the Rock of Eternity and comes face to face with the last of the Council of Wizards (the Wizard Shazam, I presume?), who has spent a loooong ass time trying to find someone who is pure and good to which he will bestow the powers of the Shazam.

For me, the best part in the comic is the exchange between the unconvinced Wizard and Billy about the qualifications for he-who-should-wield-the-powers-of-Shazam. Billy waxes on idealism vs reality and the unfortunate truth that humans are sadistic and imperfect. So the Wizard and perhaps the reader as well, believe him and settle for the next best thing: one who possesses the potential to be good.

THE BOTTOM LINE:: Apart from the meta-connection that tickles me to death, the many hilarious panels of Captain Marvel reveling in his newly-acquired powers make this my favorite issue to come out this week. 

Daredevil #18

Foggy takes the spotlight for a moment when he is approached by a man seeking counsel advice so he could defend his wrongfully accused sister in court. Though it pains him to admit it, Foggy has been so influenced by Matt, that he takes the case even though his new client has no way of compensating his services.

Meanwhile, Matt, on a date with  Kirsten McDuffie (yet another hottie who falls for the lucky redhead) is about to score when he senses that something is amiss. After brushing Kirsten off, he is flabbergasted to find his insane wife, Mila, in his bed. She's supposed to be in an asylum, so he phones Foggy asking for his help to check up on her. Foggy, even though he's still broiling with anger, relents to do so, and, in turn, asks him to check up on a lead for his case.

Which is where Matt, now donning his Daredevil threads, discovers that he's probably, most definitely INSANE.

What? Matt Murdock is insane? Could Doctor Doom's torturing experiments have anything to do with Matt's seeming hallucinations?

THE BOTTOM LINE:: The Eisner was rightfully awarded. Glad that Mila's back because that means the shit is about to hit the fan.

Peter Panzerfaust #6

I have a small confession to make: I have a weakness of reinterpreted stories especially those that take me back to my childhood. It tickles me when my favorite plots or characters are transposed into contemporary stories. Growing up, I always had my nose in a book, which is probably the reason why people always gifted me books for my birthday or for Christmas. It sucked, because I totally wanted more toys, but somehow, everyone thought that I was pretty one-dimensional when it came to my interests. So I accumulated quite a few books, mostly volumes of children's classics. And I read and re-read all the good ones, filling my head with adventures.

Another confession: I have never read Peter Pan. I suppose it's because it wasn't popular enough to consider as a part of children's classics collections (somehow, Heidi was, and that book bored me to painful tears). Plus, the same people who gave me books probably figured that since there was already a Disney movie out about the boy who never wanted to grow up, why the hell should one read about it? Tsk, tsk.

It's a good thing I was a Disney-whore back then, or else I would never have been introduced to the non-stop adventure story of Peter and his assorted gang. It definitely adds layers to my reading experience of Peter Panzerfaust. However, even if you didn't have a clue what Peter Pan was all about, this comic will totally blow your mind.

Issue 6 is narrated by Curly, and we follow the story of how Peter and the Lost Boys attempt to save Felix from his German captors. Curly unfurls their daring strategy of infiltration and deceit by pretending to be Nazi sympathizers. Then-- the unexpected (or expected) happens: Tiger Lily.

First thing's first: the art is consistently spectacular. And fitting for the time period and French  "feel." Tyler Jenkins makes following the story and reading through chunky pieces of dialogue easy to follow and pleasant to the eye. Next, and most importantly, the story is just really a delight to read. It's filled with action but also a lot of character building and introspection through the interviews with the grown-up Lost Boys. I'm never quite sure how characters from the book will fit into the story, and I definitely can't wait to see how what role Tiger Lily plays in WWII.

THE BOTTOM LINE:: Always full of excitement. A Native American lady in WWII France? Wha? How? Can't wait.