I often really enjoy stories that explore the world of Apokolips. I am fascinated when the authoritarian nature of Darkseid’s home is treated as an outgrowth of the character himself, his will commanding every element. Mark Evanier and Scott Kolins provided exactly what I was hoping for in this special.
Kolins does a great job on Darkseid, and fills the terrible world that is home to three young people who escape from Granny Goodness’ orphanage, setting out on a spree to mock their leader and cause him as much trouble as they can.
Each of the three has a very different personality, and Darkseid deals with each one differently. There is little hope in the tale, but there shouldn’t be. And a wonderful twist ending caps it perfectly.
The second story features OMAC and Brother Eye, and serves as a resolution to Kirby’s series, which ended very abruptly. The payoff to the story is perfect, but does require that one has actually read Kirby’s run. Very satisfying, but perhaps not that full of meaning to anyone who didn’t know the character.
There are two Kirby reprints. The first is a Young Gods of Supertown story from New Gods, which features Big Bear and Serifan, from the Forever People. The other is a fun science fiction story from Tales of the Unexpected.