Zack Snyder’s The Ultimates
Zack Snyder’s Justice League reviews have been rolling in recently. The first issue raised many a furor, especially after a preview of the second issue was given away at San Diego’s Comi-Con. In the first article, we noted that Snyder’s Justice League had a much-deserved makeover. Now we look at the second issue to see if the new version holds true to the original vision. And we also look at what this second volume does to further cement Wonder Woman’s place in DC comic book history.
First off, let’s revisit the first major controversy of the DC comic book era: The New Rules. After an accident where Wonder Woman seemingly kills her own father, her powers are temporarily paralyzed. Her friend, the Superman, tries to convince her to use her new healing powers to at least temporarily restore herself, but she refuses. This causes her teammates to question her dedication to both their mission and her own identity as Wonder Woman.
In the second issue, “The New Rules” we learn that Wonder Woman is indeed immortal and that her healing powers can’t harm those she bonds with. This is both good and bad news, as it gives her time to deal with the death of her loved ones, but it also opens up a whole new level of conflict for the character. In issues #3-5, she teams up with Batman and other heroes to form the Justice League.
She continues to be a vital part of the team, but this time, her humanity is being tested as she deals with superpowered beings who pose a greater danger to her and the rest of the team. It’s a great debut issue, one that stands out amongst the rest of the Justice League comics.
In “Kang Dynasty” Wonder Woman is forced into hiding after an unfortunate incident in which her boyfriend, Kang, threatens to expose her identity if she does not leave town. This causes her to abandon her romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, though he remains her love interest in the comic.
Though it’s clear that she’s still deeply in love with him, and is only trying to hide from his pursuit, it also seems that her loyalties are wavering. This is the theme of all of Wonder Woman’s comic appearances so far, though it’s handled in such a delicately way that the reader doesn’t have to wonder if her loyalties will always keep her safe. It’s just part of her personality.
In “Kang Dynasty” Wonder Woman teams up with another new member, Superman, to battle the villain, General Iron Man. This turns out to be a team-up of two of DC’s biggest characters, and there’s no comparison between these two comic book team-ups. The chemistry between these two characters is incredible, as they complement each other’s powers and values to bring out the best in both of them.
No one else in the Justice League should have much of a fighting chance with Superman, but this dynamic duo quickly shows why. The chemistry between Trevor and Steve Trevor is also impressive, especially considering how long they’ve been together, and their chemistry is likely what helped make this comic book so successful.
There are some mixed feelings about the end of “Kang Dynasty”. Some fans are upset that the team got split up, while others are disappointed that they didn’t have a whole book devoted to the characters. For that matter, “Kang Dynasty” was a great book, with strong characters and an engaging storyline. It ends on a high note, with the team reunited, and Wonder Woman making her grand debut in “Lords & Kings” issues later this year.
If you’re looking for a lighter read than the gritty, action-packed “Kang Dynasty” and “Lords & Kings”, you might want to check out “The Ultimates” series by Greg Pak. This series focuses on the core members of the Justice League and gives a more inside look at the relationships and camaraderie among them.
Issues focus on the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman, how The Ultimates came together, and how The Fantastic Four were able to help the Justice League deal with villains and bad weather conditions. Issues also touch on the relationship between The Flash and Aquaman, and how Aquaman helped save the world via the lake world of Midland.
While this may be a smaller book than “Kang Dynasty”, it is still a fun and fast-paced read. For that reason, I would highly recommend “The Ultimates” to people who are looking for a lighter book, but who also love superheroes.
The book’s main conflict is a fight between Superman and Iron Man, and although it doesn’t really go into the larger scope of what makes Superman and the Justice League unique, it’s a fun and fast-paced adventure that picks up after “Kang Dynasty” quite nicely. There are also some excellent pages that take the concept of friendship and family in a whole new direction. For these reasons, I would encourage anyone who enjoys superhero fiction to pick up “The Ultimates” and see if it captures your imagination and excitement. It’s a book I definitely recommend.