THE ONE YEAR LATER SERIES
The five best . . .
A crossover, and the only home run of One Year Later: Clark Kent hasn’t been Superman for a year. An ingenious plot, and a great starting point.
Birds of Prey
The Birds, radically changed, try to bring in a defector from the villains’ team. Crammed with plot, and a treat for long-time fans.
Formerly Hawkman , now a horror title. Howard Chaykin’s grainy, stylized artwork is terrific. Too bad the plot makes so little sense.
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Considering this is a blatant contrivance to graft Supergirl onto the 1000-years-in-the-future team, it’s surprisingly fun, and the cliffhanger is very clever.
A crossover: Batman is back in Gotham City, and somebody is murdering his old enemies. Designed to restore the old status quo.
and worst . . .
Blood of the Demon
Sadistic, addle-pated horror that barely acknowledges a yearlong gap — or offers any means of access to new readers.
There are two Nightwings running around, one a murderous imposter. Insultingly stupid, violent, and, if you haven’t been following the “Red Hood” story line in Batman, confounding.
One of those Nightwings is leading a covert action team into Mali. Nothing but setup, bluster, and pose-striking.
Rote superdude action that gives away its “shock ending” on the cover: Green Arrow’s secret identity has been elected mayor.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
Firestorm has mysteriously merged with Firehawk, and all the explosions in the world can’t make us care.
Phoenix Literary Supplement
How to speak Yiddish: from the Talmud to tukhes and back. By Josh Kun
Med noir: the bloody Continental take on an American genre. By Dana Kletter
An icon's icon: death becomes all superstars. By Peter Kadzis