Rann-Thanagar War mini-review

With four Countdown to Infinite Crisis mini-series to choose from, one of them had to be a dud, and for me it was the Rann/Thanagar War. Now I know a lot of people liked this one, and I did admire the many fronts from which the story was told; ditto on the appearances of Hawkwoman, Komand'r, Vril Dox, Captain Comet, Tigorr, Starman, and others. But there was still far too much pseudo-science for my tastes--fancy words and theory that ultimately just translate to "hit the bad guy"--and far too much shoe-horning to make this story fit the end of Adam Strange: Planet Heist and the beginning of Infinite Crisis--the first issue is taken up almost entirely by trying to whittle out a reason that Thanagar would be at war with Rann; in the end, it's nearly impossible to tell who's attacking whom as the great Infinite Crisis rift opens up in space. But in all, I thought comics legend Dave Gibbons' writing held up well, and he did a good enough job with Adam Blake that I'm eager now to read Jim Starlin's upcoming Mystery in Space, as well as the Omega Men miniseries.


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