15 July 2015

Faster than a DC Bullet: Project Crisis!, Part XXXII: 52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen

Comic trade paperback, 144 pages
Published 2008 (contents: 2007-08)
Acquired December 2012
Read August 2014
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen

Writer: Keith Giffen
Pencils: Pat Olliffe
Inks: John Stanisci
Letters: Pat Brosseau, John J. Hill, Travis Lanham

This is one of those comic books that has no narrative reason to exist. You know, someone's like, "52 was popular, let's do a book with '52' in the title. People will buy it!" And the joke's on me, because I did buy it and I even read it, too. Even at six issues, though, this is pretty substanceless; the Four Horsemen were one of the less interesting aspects of 52, and I did not really desire to see them face down against Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Nothing of what made 52 work-- the rich tapestry that is the DC universe-- is present in this banal spin-off. Which is a shame, because Keith Giffen can do so much better!

Coming to the end of the Infinite Crisis tie-ins marks a switch in Project Crisis!; I'll be reviewing Batman: Year One comics next before coming back for Final Crisis and its tie-ins. Though first, on Friday, I'll be hitting up a bonus story...

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