Saturday, October 27, 2007

Doom Patrol

Superman Doomsday
Directed by Lauren Montgomery,Bruce Timm
and Brandon Vietti
Written by Duane Capizzi

Let's piss on a sacred goat, why not. The Death of Superman was a turd - - - the infantile nadir of deep continuity superhero eventmaking. You do sign up for Bruce Timm making a 75 minute OAV out of it because he seems to think so, too- - - and his design sense's got dynamic game. You get to dip your eyeballs in candy at least. Supercompressed like this means it's crisper for having the flab cut out but does crank its pitch to a hyper only nerds in advanced stages of ADD would find soothing - - -don't kids breathe at the movies anymore? Upgrades still boom, though. Freeing themselves from feeding an event marketing brief and the ramifications of the outcome, Superman dying here is just another trope for Timm and cohorts and less didactic for it, less in the grip of the buildup , more with the aftermath, where the story is anyway - - - the co-dependencies bred by superheroes in the real
- - - and the resurrection engineered feeds everything of Dan Jurgens and cohorts to the sharks. Doomsday gains a measure of pulpy arcana, who'd have thunk? Gives good skirmish and carnage at that. And Luthor as reptilian git emits hard crackle. No buffoonery here. The moment when he whips out a gun to shoot his assistant out of just feeling like it trumps everything the movies did wrong . The geek in me just wet himself. * * *

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