Maid of Steel
(DC) Directed by: Lauren Montgomery Produced by: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Bobbi Page Voiced by: Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Andre Braugher, Summer Glau, Susan Eisenberg and others
Fresh on the heels of Batman Under The Red Hood and following up from last year’s Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, is this star-studded adaptation of The Supergirl From Krypton story-arc. The original comics-based adventures (see Superman/Batman # 8-13) by Jeph Loeb and the late Michael Turner notched a few milestones during its initial run, namely the introduction of a “new” supergirl in Kara Zor-el.
But most of all it was also unexpectedly Turner’s last full comic book work. hence, while Superman/ Batman: Apocalypse may stand out as one of the many animated flicks in DC’s stable, it holds a special honour by paying tribute to Turner’s undisputable talent, particularly his uncanny ability in illustrating women.
If you have read the comic book, then this action-packed adventure (78-mins) would have more of a trueto-label storytelling feel (artwork, pacing, etc).
You also get a couple of “must watch scenes” here that go beyond what comics can offer – namely the Dark Knight’s shrewd negotiations and the impact of Darkseid’s omega blasts!
As for newbies, S/B Apocalypse offers a truckload of characters (apart from the Big Two, there’s also Wonder Woman and the best/worst from Themyscira and Apokolips) to the depth in characterisation.
set right after Public Enemies, Gotham City unwillingly plays host to a Kryptonian visitor.
Meet Kara Zor-el, the niece of Jorel – making her the Man of steel’s biological cousin. While she “shares” the name and heritage as the original supergirl (introduced in 1959’s Action Comics # 252 and died in Crisis on Infinite Earths # 7), this (re)introduction offers a new lease of life for the Maid of steel.
Kal-el showers more attention on Kara than Lois (who is left out from this movie). his newfound “devotion” is certainly not shared by the Dark Knight or Wonder Woman.
Despite the initial resistance posed by Kal-el, both Batman and Wonder Woman succeed in persuading Kara to undergo her “induction” at Themyscira, where she meets her soon-to-be best friend in Lyla @ harbinger. Kara’s presence does not only rattle the heroes’ fraternity but also the forces of evil (as far as Apokolips!). There’s a job vacancy at Darkseid’s organisation as he is in search of a leader for his Female Furies since Big Barda defected.
With Granny Goodness scraping the bottom of the barrel for a worthy candidate, they’ve expanded their search to cover earth. The tough act comes in terms of “snatching” Kara from the combined might of superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – but that feat becomes easier when you have an army of Doomsday clones at your disposal. What follows is the classic act of redemption as our heroes journey to Apokolips to reclaim Kara – with a few twists and turns awaiting.
# 641 (One Moment In Time Finale) (Marvel) (US$3.99) Writer: Joe Quesada Artists: Quesada, Paolo Rivera, Danny Miki and Richard Isanove WhILe the first two issues of this four-parter disappointed me, the finale to the event that promises a “proper closure” to the Peter-MJ relationship has got me reconsidering my earlier view.
The creative team delivers a touching explanation on the couple’s status – covering past, present and future. # 1 (of 5) (Marvel)(US$3.99) Writer: Bryan J.L.Glass Artist: Tan Eng Huat WITh the countdown to next year’s movie debut already started, expect the house of Ideas to follow through with the build up. This title re-enacts the Thunder god’s origins. While the original Jack ‘King’ Kirby’s Journey Into Mystery issues (# 83) may not be accessible (or affordable) for most of us, what we have here is a modern tribute to the King’s thunderous work.
One more important point to note is that the artistic honours go out to a fellow Malaysian – Tan eng huat – who draws a wicked Mjolnir!
Thor’s debut is very much tied to Dr Donald Blake’s encounter with alien stone creatures during a Norwegian vacation. With a bum leg, Blake sought refuge in some caves and comes across a stick – which happens to be Thor’s uru hammer @ Mjolnir. The rest is history. But why this five-parter is worth a visit is the re-introduction of major characters (Loki, Odin, Balder, sif, etc) in the Thor Universe and of course, eng huat’s art! n Comics courtesy of Earth 638 (Lot 2.13J, 2nd Floor, Atria Shopping Centre, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor), Hotline: % 037729 6380. Email: (earth638@ streamyx.com).