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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Top Of The Pile: DC Nation #0


Arriving on shelves just ahead of today's Free Comic Book Day - and with a low cover price of 25 cents - DC Nation #0 is a preview of three of the publisher's big storylines this year.

The issue opens with Your Big Day, a Batman story by Tom King focusing entirely on The Joker.

The Joker has broken into a random person's house and is holding them hostage until the mail arrives, as he is expecting his invitation to Batman and Catwoman's wedding.

As we've come to expect from King, this short - terrifying - tale is perfect on every level.

The banter between The Joker and his hostage is clipped, rhythmic, and increasingly unnerving as The Joker's insanity comes to the fore.

This is followed by Office Space, a Superman story from new scribe Brian Michael Bendis, that - like his piece in Action Comics #1000 - serves as a segue into his upcoming Man Of Steel mini-series.

The first thing that strikes the reader about this story is, depressingly, the snowstorm of speech bubbles threatening to mask several of the pages.

Bendis appears to have chosen Perry White as his "chatty character" for Office Space and, boy, does Perry go on.

Ultimately, it's a character piece about Clark losing his journalist edge, and introducing a new member of the Daily Planet team who - immediately - is revealed (to us) as a bit shady.

Got to say, I'm still not seeing yet whatever DC is seeing in their much-heralded poaching of Bendis from Marvel to pen their flagship character.

If Superman ends up being written like a Bendis Marvel character I fear The Man Of Tomorrow might get dropped from my pull-list (until, at least, Bendis moves on to something else).

The final story in DC Nation #0 is a prelude to the forthcoming No Justice series - featuring a quartet of Justice Leagues ("based on the four cosmic energies: entropy, mystery, wonder, and wisdom") composed of a ragtag assemblage of both heroes and villains.

These teams have been put together to fight the forces unleashed by the sundering of The Source Wall in the recent, mind-boggling Dark Nights: Metal mini-series.

I gave up on Justice League under Bryan Hitch's stewardship, but the prospect of Scott Snyder turning his hand to the League has my interest piqued again.

That being said, this prelude - by Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson - didn't really do much for me.

This was almost certainly a case of too many characters in too few pages.

But I like the idea of the League going up against entities from beyond The Source Wall (such an integral part of DC's multiversal cosmology), so I'm going to give this one a go and see if the story can hook me in.

The comic ends with a brief two-page tease for the new, free, magazine DC Nation, which hits comic stores on June 6, and appears, essentially, to be a promotional tool, mixing previews of forthcoming storylines with behind-the-scenes interviews etc

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