Posted tagged ‘Godland’

Godland: Far Beyond the Bang

April 29, 2010

Joe Casey and Tom Scioli start moving towards a conclusion in the latest volume of their Jack Kirby homage, Godland.  

It’s a fantastic book, but this one hardly makes for a useful starting point.  Casey tries, but the story so far recap is so long and in such a small font that I dare anyone to read it without going cross-eyed by the end.  But if you’ve been with the book all along this book is pretty damn rewarding.  

Friedrich Nickelhead and his army of super-villains decimiate the US congress and start the beginings of mainstreaming their villain-culture ideas.  Adam Archer tracks down his missing sister on the other side of the universe and gets caught in a cosmic conflict with a godlike nihilist.  And then nuclear winter begins to set in on Earth.  

Casey doesn’t quite manage to juggle it all properly, but then Kirby never did either in his prime, and this book in particular feels like it came straight out of the King’s Fourth World.  Granted that’s partly because of a fairly blatant New Gods reference, but still.  Which pretty much makes it a foregone conclusion that I would love this book, but I can see others not being so taken with it.


Review: Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance

March 23, 2010

Joe Casey excells at two things in particular when it comes to superhero stories, characters with an awareness marketing concerns (Wildcats, the Intimates), and characters that owe a huge debt to Jack Kirby (Godland).  So now he’s been given what is essentially a dream job with Dance, a mini-series focusing on Grant Morrison’s Super Young Team.

The Super Young Team is a group of five Japanese teen heroes, who Morrison used as a replacement for Kirby’s hippie-radical Forever People.  With their publicity agent in tow they spend this series trying find a way to redefine the role of modern superheroes, although they never quite succeed, and sadly neither does Casey, although he does come fairly close.

There’s a lot to love here, but it’s all things that Casey has done better elsewhere.  For example Most Excellent Superbat’s (he of the power of being unbelievably rich) running Twitter feed along with the narrative works great, but not quite as well as the meta-commentary scroll bar Casey used in the Intimates.  More importantly considering the team only has five members, it’s an issue that one is entirely ignored and another written off as little more than a lush.

It’s still worth a read though, especially if you’ve never been exposed to Casey.  But he is capable of better.