Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2
Greg Rucka (w), Nicola Scott, Eduardo Pansica (p), Jonathan Glapion, Eber Ferreira (i), Nei Ruffino (c). DC Comics.
If you were able to get it, Blackest Night #6 came out last week, and its story would spoil the ending of this issue, so it’s too bad these two books weren’t released simultaneously. Then again, this really isn’t an important issue. A fight breaks out between evil (but struggling to be not evil) Wonder Woman and Mera, aka Mrs. Aquaman. The art is pretty good, though I wish Mera didn’t have such pronounced green eye shadow. It’s just not the time to accessorize. HOWEVER, some kind of dreamscape vision of Batman just shows up and makes out with Wonder Woman, because the ladies love Batman and every comic just needs some Batman in it. It ends with Wonder Woman getting the worst designed Star Sapphire costume ever, which is really saying something. — Isaac Mills
Isaac’s rating: 3 out of 5. Crossover rating: Adds nothing
A bearded lady and a midget walk into a bar — and so begins the Deadpool Team-up. This issue features the Ghost Riders (I always thought it was singular… but what do I know). Adam Glass writes a decent one-shot, where a carnival town enlists the help of the Merc with a Mouth. The mayor of the carnival town is possessed by a demon, and looking to form a massive army, or something. By coincidence, the Ghost Riders (insert names here), just so happen to be stopping by for nostalgic reasons, and are thrown into a melee against the demon spawn alongside Deadpool. Glass keeps up the pace with catchy one-liners. Art’s done by Chris Staggs. He seems to be under the impression that Deadpool has a mouth on top of his mask. Which is a little… strange. The panels are a bit busy, though that could probably be better attributed to the textures the colourist frequently layers on top of the colours, and lack of contrast in colours between panels in some pages. I particularly enjoy how the Ghost Riders are portrayed as being a bit campy, outdated. Deadpool sees them as the Ponch and Jon of CHiPs. In general an enjoyable issue that was fun and not heavy, with no long-term plot developments. — Sarah Burt
Sarah’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5