Year Of The Villain – Hell Arisen #2 (2020) – Lex vs the Sinister Six… well some of them.

January 22, 2020

Lex Luthor's greatest asset has always been his mind. And in this issue we get to see him demonstrate that he doesn't need super strength to overcome his foes. From using a red sun to take down Supergirl to having an answer to Donna Troy, Lex shows not only how clever he is, but how well he knows his opponents.

Case in point: the greatest weakness of Shazam is that Billy Batson is only ever one word away.

Now of course this series would not work unless Lex found himself pitted against a foe that can offer him a challenge when it comes to plotting. And the Joker Who Laughs is one such evil genius. While Lex has been concerned about the other members of the Sinister Six, Jim Gordon was perhaps fulfilling the most important role: recruitment. Trapp in a cell inside the Justic League's headquarters, secured in a straight jacket and seemingly helpless, old Jim still managed to infect those around him when they entered to feed and attempt to cure him.

Now the ending of the issue sees Lex's agent approach the Joker for assistance. Seems a sensible idea, but I can't help wondering if the Batman Who Laughs would really fail to see that coming and if he did what measures he took to give Lex a little surprise.



 




Justice League / Power Rangers Crossover

October 16, 2016

I've just seen the news that there is to be a JLA and Power Rangers crossover. In the past DC has accomplished crossovers with He-Man, Marvel Comics, Thundercats and many other franchises, so I suppose bringing in Power Rangers is not that big a stretch.

But I do have a problem with such crossovers and that problem is Superman. You see Superman is depending on the writer, powerful enough to shift planets on his own and the rest of the JLA are often portrayed as his peers, each with a level of power that grows and diminishes according to how powerful Superman appears. So against the likes of Machine Empires or space pirates it would raise the question of why do we need the Power Rangers?

Of course the good thing about Power Rangers is that there are different types of villains. There are the machines, and pirates and aliens, but there are also the magic users. And there perhaps lies the type of villain that would cause Superman to ask for help. After all he is known to have a slight... weakness when it comes to hocus pocus. Now the JLA does have its own magic users, but I'm not sure many of them could be described as warriors, which when facing an invading army is probably a useful thing to be.

And then I can't help but wonder how they will meet. If they were meeting with Turbo or RPM I could have seen the Flash blundering his way into a crossover by vibrating a bit too much around the barriers between dimensions. And then of course there are always the possibilities of external influences drawing the two worlds together for ulterior motives. It should be noted at this point that I'm assuming the JLA will find their way to the Power Rangers' world when it is perfectly possible that this is all the results of an evil spell or one of Billy's inventions gone awry.