Thursday, June 23, 2011
Bullet Review: DC Universe Online Legends #9
A hat tip to blog friend Talos who let me know a while back the Supergirl made an appearance in the DCU Online Legends #9. Knowing that this was Supergirl written by Marv 'Crisis on Infinite Earths #7' Wolfman, I wasn't expecting Kara to be treated right.
I admit I really have no idea what is happening here. I had no interest in this book. But it seems that Luthor and Brainiac have teamed up and have also created some power-draining exobyte robot things that are running rampant throughout the DCU. Also, Luthor has made the Daily Planet and all it's workers (including Lois) disappear. Superman seems on edge as Luthor does some effective psychological warfare without ever tipping his hat that he is involved.
Now this must tie into the DCU online video game. As such, this book might be the entry way for some new readers to come to comics. I can imagine gamers looking for a tip, or eager to read more about the universe they are gaming through picking up this book.
As such, shouldn't this be at least slightly in synch with the comic DCU, at least from a costume and power point of view, so that if the new readers want to branch out they won't be confused?
Not that I am complaining mind you. The DCUO Supergirl is wearing a modified movie/Matrix version of the costume. The full shirt, red skirt look is simply my favorite version of the costume.
In the story, Luthor needs to scan a Kryptonian so he can customize the exobyte to effect Superman. Rather than try to scan Superman, he scans the 'spare' Kryptonian on Earth. While Supergirl might look good in that costume, she is treated pretty shabbily.
Here she appears to be running away from Livewire.
And then she gets taken out by Livewire, knocked unconscious by an electric bolt.
And then scanned so Luthor can develop his evil weapon.
In an interesting moment, after the scan, Brainiac disintegrates Livewire. She served her purpose.
And then, as if being taken out by Livewire wasn't bad enough, she gets taken out by an 'enhanced' Killer Croc.
I guess I shouldn't expect much from Wolfman.
But I have to assume that this is what Supergirl will look like in the Online game. I don't play the game ... can anyone corroborate? I think it is great that the Matrix look continues to show up. I doubt we will see it soon given the relaunch and the new costume Supergirl will be sporting come September.