Mixing in a ton of social commentary that's relevant towards today's
focus on women's rights in light of the controversy raised in American
politics over the statements made by various US Congressmen concerning
the "definition of rape," Darwyn Cooke (most likely coincidentally) uses
the aftermath of The Comedian's attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, The
Silhouette and Hooded Justice's homosexuality, and the dichotomy between
Hollis Mason/Nite Owl's views on the homosexuality to powerfully move
along one of the best issues of a Before Watchmen series that we've seen yet.
Like National Comics: Eternity, National Comics: Looker is
the kind of comic book story that DC Comics needs more of. Excellently
written and paced by Ian Edginton and beautifully and captivatingly
brought to life by Mike S. Miller, the story of one of DC Comics older
and near forgotten characters is given a new lease on life that should
be explored more fully in a monthly title.
The story is actually a pretty good one except that its main theme is
summed up in one word: alone. It is the favorite word that the New 52
likes to associate with Superman these days. All the changes that were
made to his character (the wiping out of existence of the Lois and Clark
marriage, the killing off of both of Clark's Earth parents, and his new
moody outlook) were designed to make him more alone and isolated, and
therefore able to be half the perfect emo couple of the new
Superman/Wonder Woman super pairing.
Of course, Superman and Wonder Woman get together because they both
feel so alone in their adopted worlds. "I have never felt
more--useless...more...alone. For the first time since I became
Superman...I don't know what to do next," bewails Superman at the end of
Superman Annual #1. It's not
without reason, but every single alien that is tapped by Hellespont's
agents in this issue has some "lonely" issue that they are dealing with.
If this moping keeps up, these superheroes are going to need a good ole
fashioned support group for those suffering from depression.
Two solid stories, not unlike what we'd get from a Nolan Batman film, fill Dectective Comics #0.
Hurwitz's story is a tauntly paced exploration of love and its dangers
as Bruce's mentors meet a fate that not many readers will see coming.
Tynion's short, but sharply paced and executed "The Long Wait," gives
readers a little insight into the types of challenges that Alfred
endured while Bruce was away.