Thursday, February 11, 2016

Resurrection Man #26

Millennium Now!

Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning Story
Anthony Williams Pencils
Andy Lanning Inks
Carla Feeny Colors
Pat Prentice Letters
Frank Berrios Edits

Our cover shows Resurrection Man battling Vandal Savage in front of the robotic hand of the true villain of this story — although we don't really see said villain in this issue. The cover isn't particularly impressive, but it's not bad, either. In fact, it sort of has an old-fashioned charm to it.

So this issue is the penultimate issue of the series, which makes it a terrible jumping-on point. The story is epic and complex, but since Impulse's appearance is minimal, I'll just gloss over everything.

Apparently there is a massive reality warp in Antarctica, which has attracted the attention of Vandal Savage, Resurrection Man and a whole bunch of other heroes. We see the Ray with a group called the Forgotten Heroes, Arsenal and Jesse Quick with the Titans, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, and, of course, Young Justice.

Well, the boys of Young Justice, anyway. For some reason, there are still a bunch of creators at DC who haven't heard about the three girls joining the team. Anyway, Red Tornado flies in right behind the boys, hastily apologizing for their behavior. And that's all we see of any of these heroes because, in spite of their great powers, none of them are actually able to deal with this reality-warping event. The only ones who can are Resurrection Man and Vandal Savage.

So the two immortals strike up an uneasy alliance. Savage explains that the reality warps are being caused by a creature that crash-landed on Antarctica in a meteoroid. To help them battle this creature, Savage releases the only other person immune to the reality warps — the original Immortal Man, who has been Savage's prisoner for years.

And that's all I have to say about this issue. The story was alright, I guess, setting up an epic ending with tons of cameos and a crisis that can only be solved by the hero of the series. The art wasn't particularly good, but it didn't hinder the story. And it was refreshing to see a version of Vandal Savage that is much more interesting than the one in the current Legends of Tomorrow TV show.

Next time, Impulse and Young Justice will make their only appearance in the big Batman event No Man's Land, via a special one shot.

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