Sunday, April 25, 2010
R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 - DC
Well . . Starro the Conqueror has been, well . . conquered. It happened last issue, when Vril Dox, with the help of Despero, finally took him down. Well . . there were more people involved, but . . of course Vril is going to take the credit. But the problem this issue is . . Despero has taken Starro to perform a public execution on his home planet of Maltus. Because of that, Starro is being hailed as the returning hero, and the savior of Maltus. While Vril . . Vril is lucky that somebody doesn't shoot him while he's standing on the sidewalk. Seriously . . even though this whole thing has been Starro's fault, Vril is taking the blame. Starro did strike here first. And he did use L.E.G.I.O.N.'s own robot army, and Silica to do it. So . . Vril, and L.E.G.I.O.N. take the blame. Which is too bad because Vril was looking to reestablish Maltus has the home-base of L.E.G.I.O.N. But with that planet being taken out of the equation, Adam Strange has another idea. He offers him Rann. Yes it was decimated by Synarr, but . . if Vril can bring it back to life, they'll both win. Vril believes that he can do so, but . . not where the planet is currently residing. He asks for Sardath's help . . building the biggest Zeta-beam he's ever attempted, and then he moves the planet to . . the space where Tamaran once stood. Which is kind of ironic because . . Starfire has just returned to space. She left Earth because she's tired of feeling so alone. But once she gets to this sector of space, she realizes that she has no place to return to. She doesn't know what's happened on Maltus, but . . it's to suburban for her. She thinks about Okaara, Euphorix and the Citadel. But it doesn't really sink in to her until she sees the empty space where Tamaran once stood. It was destroyed by the Psions. However, as she's floating there in space looking . . all of the sudden Rann comes Zeta-beamed into it's place. She doesn't know it yet, she thinks that Tamaran has returned. Oh, and back on Maltus, right before Despero is about to swing his blade and take Starro's head . . Storm Daughter and Smite come beaming in to take him away. So obviously, Starro is not quite as defeated as we thought he was. Tony Bedard is doing a great job with this book. I think it's great that all of our main characters are anti-heroes. Well . . some of them want to do good. But then they're lead astray by Vril. I also really enjoy Claude St Aubin's art. Not to mention the beautiful cover by Kalman Andrasofszky. I know that Starro has been defeated, but . . don't worry much. There's never really a dull moment for this band of characters.