Story and Art: Dan Jurgens
Finished Art: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Hi-Fi Designs
Time Masters Vanishing Point, a limited series from DC Comics, has come to an end. The storyline basically relates what Hal Jordan, Superman, Rip Hunter and Booster Gold and Skeets were doing to find Batman who, thanks to Darkseid, was hurled into different timelines.
This finale issue offers a couple of surprises. One, the Reverse Flash suddenly appears. Apparently, he’s also looking for Bruce Wayne so he can take advantage of the Omega energy that sent the Dark Knight into several eras in the past. Two, this issue heralds Supernova’s comeback and introduces a new character along the way. Lastly, this issue reveals what happens to the Black Beetle, who has been a constant menace to both Booster Gold and Rip Hunter.
- Comicbook readers who love suspense will have a field day here in Time Masters Vanishing Point #6. In the last page, a number of gripping occurrences or events in time are supposed to happen, as written on Rip Hunter’s chalkboard. These events involve many of the most popular characters in the DCU. Clearly, someone has messed up the timeline…again!
- The artwork by Dan Jurgens for the entire series has been remarkable and inspiring. It’s one of the reasons why I saw the series through to the end.
- Apart from Jurgens, the color work done by Hi-Fi is also impressive. The vividness provides a perfect backdrop for the storyline.
- The series effectively sets up the stage for Flashpoint, billed as the next big event from DC Comics.
- As a Batman fan, I was quite disappointed with the seemingly small part that the Dark Knight played in the entire series.
- I am particularly upset because this limited series was supposed to be a tie-in to Batman’s return. Well, not only did it show Bruce Wayne in bit parts, but the series extended well after Batman has already returned.
If you look at the series only as a part of the bigger picture, that of Batman’s return, you will surely think that all six issues are trite and downright unnecessary, that they would have been more appropriate as part of Booster Gold’s own series rather than as standalone. But I enjoyed reading Time Masters Vanishing Point because it uses a classic comicbook formula. You know, a healthy dose of good guys fighting bad guys, with the heroes ultimately and against all odds attaining their objectives. And for me, that’s the biggest reason why I love comics. So see you in Flashpoint.
Action Comics #894
Lex Luthor and Death. This. Is Happening. Right now. In this issue. Many people say that Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman gracing the pages of Action Comics is just one big marketing ploy. Whether that’s true or not, I honestly don’t care. Apart from the cover, the crunchy storyline makes this issue a good read. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Lex Luthor feeling vulnerable as he comes face to face with Death. I gotta tell you, the conversations—even if touching on the philosophical—are captivating, especially if you think like Luthor. The question is can Luthor talk his way out of Death’s grasp?
Green Arrow #5
This is one of the Brightest Day tie-ins that definitely hit the spot. Green Arrow faces off against a masked female assassin right on the streets of Star City which resulted in one of the bystanders getting killed. To save the man, our archer hero brings the dead body to the forest in an attempt to resurrect the man. But far from what Green Arrow expected, his noble act brought to life a horde of zombies, which include Oliver McQueen’s own father. Green Arrow fights side by side with Galahad to drive back the Black Lantern abomination. Again, I would also like to mention that the cover art by Mauro Cascioli for this issue is downright awesome!
Justice League Generation Lost #12
At first glance, you’d think that this issue is about a big clash between Fire and Ice. Well, no. It’s actually a retelling of the origin of Ice. Sure, there’s a lot of fight scenes between the two. But the meat of the issue is Tora Olafsdotter’s history and how her childhood experiences made her the Ice Goddess that we know today. The retcon portion makes this comic book issue enjoyable.
Time Masters Vanishing Point #4
I know what you’re going to say. You think that this story arc should have been titled Bonding Time with Rip Hunter and Booster Gold. Perhaps, somewhere in the series you even thought that Time Masters Vanishing Point is half-baked—no offense to Dan Jurgens—and has nothing to do at all with finding Batman who’s been lost in the time stream. But if you can only hang on to this issue for a bit longer, you’ll see the error of dismissing the whole series as rubbish.
As for me, I say that this issue is the turning point of the Vanishing Point arc. There are a handful of revelations that will literally open your eyes to why Darkseid sent Batman to the past. You’re wondering why the Vanishing Point was destroyed? It’s right here in this ish. Want to know why the heroes who are trying to find the Dark Knight are themselves lost in time? Well, grab a copy now. Also, cover art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund is very impressive. It gives me that vertigo effect…in a good kind of way. Definitely, 10-over-10.