DC Comics 2021
Written by Dan Jurgens, Robert Venditti & Andy Schmidt
Illustrated by Mike Perkins, Marco Santucci, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund
Bernard Chang, Joe Prado, Colleen Doran, Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie,
Dan Jurgens & Kevin Nowlan
Coloured by Hi-Fi
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
Dispersed through time by the villain Dominus, our ragtag team of generational heroes-featuring 1939 Batman, Kamandi, Superboy, Steel, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, and Dr. Light-must find a way to restore the timeline…and what they ultimately discover is something far, far greater. You’ll have to read it to believe it as time dies…and generations rise!
This is so not fair! While I am thrilled with this I really wish it were a six to twelve issue limited-series. The idea behind this really should’ve warranted a lot more time and exposure on stands. After all this kind of team-up just doesn’t happen and with the diversity of the characters of whom many were a mistake to begin with, Kamandi is amazing that way, it just reminded me of the past and how awesome, fun and interesting it was. This shows me that it’s possible to do this again and have it be something that fans can rally behind and enjoy alongside the current mishegas that is also on stands.
I love the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how htea reader learns information is extremely well presented. While he isn’t named I still believe that’s a Luthor and his family who somehow managed to create a slice of universe for himself. The character development we see throughout this is utterly amazing as we really do get see them behave as they were when they were taken. The personalities are incredible to see as they interact with each other. The pacing here is fantastic and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story takes us on a great journey.
With the way that this is structured and how the layers within the story emerge is really nice to see and it does open the door for more stories along these lines. I really do like seeing how everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow and with more than one writer to see each segment flow so perfectly with each other is a real testament to the talent we see here.
The same goes for the various art teams here. The segments might be done by different teams but it all feels like one cohesive book. The linework throughout is sensational and the way the varying weights are being utilised to create the detail work is phenomenally well achieved. How we see backgrounds being utilised and how they work within the composition of the panels do more than enhance the moments they bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story. Just the way we see the creativity and imagination here and how we see the different worlds in different era’s being showcased is really pretty brilliantly done. The colour work is gorgeous! How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work really showcases an great understanding of how colour works.
I really do wish this were more of limited-series than a one-shot as I feel there is so much that can still be done with the premise and the characters or any variation within the DC Universe. I love seeing that we can still enjoy the universes as they were and not worry about the whole dark and angst ridden stuff that’s currently happening now. Innocence isn’t always lost it’s just forgotten about.