Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

Wasn’t feeling too good, so I stayed home from work the other day with the boyfriend, Chinese take-out and the Justice League. Sick day well spent. Haha!

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths starts out a lot like Grant Morrison’s Earth Two comic: A Lex Luthor from an alternate universe shows up, asking the Justice League to save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate — an evil version of the Justice League.  The Crime Syndicate’s pretty much taken over, with the Government turning a blind eye to Ultraman looking like a guido reject from Jersey shore all their shennanigans.

Then it branches out about multi-dimensions and choices we all make everyday and Owlman wanting to destroy the universe. I thought all the talk about alternate dimensions and Earth “prime” was a little reminiscent of Turtles Forever, but could just be me. Yes, that was a little spoiler, but I’m trying to be as vague as possible.

Batman’s still the BAMF he always is, although I’m a little sad that these newer DC animated films don’t have Kevin Conroy voicing Bats. The upcoming Batman: Under the Red Hood doesn’t have Conroy in it either. But I digress, all in all, I thought it was pretty rad.  Great action sequences and Superman asking Luthor to put some pants on was hilarious.

Bang! Tango

True enough, Mike fulfilled my Christmas Wishlist Item No. 4 and gave me all six issues of Joe Kelly’s Bang! Tango.

Vincente Ponticello is an ex-New York gangster in hiding trying to make it big in the San Francisco Tango scene. His past comes to haunt him though, when an ex-flame comes to him for help.

Plot-wise, this mini-series is a little weak. Ex-mobster, fleeing from his associates, trying to carve himself a new life when a woman (I use the term loosely) from his past shows up out of nowhere — it’s a little cliché, non? I felt the violence and depravity were at times a little forced and was trying too hard to provoke you.

At the best parts though, the clichés combined with sex, violence and tango make for a campy combination that works. Mad props to penciller Adrian Sibar and inker Rodney Ramos because the art more than made up for the lukewarm plot. It’s sexy, fluid and the way the frames flow from page to page mimic a dance in itself. It is a comic that seduces you from start to finish.