Well, now we have seen the start of the long-awaited (by me at least) Justice League Of America/The Ninety Nine, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. These teams ups are better designed as mini-series rather than one off specials, as the many crossovers of the Nineties will remind us. It allows space to really establish each character for the reader, especially if that reader is new to the characters. Let’s be honest, this is a shameless marketing ploy on the side of both companies and I thoroughly approve. DC wants and in on Teshkeel’s domestic market, and Teshkeel wants to use the JLA’s fame to draw attention to The Ninety-Nine.
Well, the Ninety-Nine, as standard superhero fare goes, it is worth the attention. After only six issues this is hardly a masterpiece such as have been seen by Alan Moore or Grant Morrison, but then it is also aimed at a slightly younger audience, and fits comfortably into it’s niche. I don’t criticise Booster Gold for not being ‘deep’ enough when it is a thoroughly enjoyable romp. It’s always nice to see a new company do well, especially one in my opinion with cross-cultural leanings, mainly because I get to learn new things. I really hope that this is the start of a tradition, and soon DC will also do a crossover with Raj Comics. I can’t wait to see some of those in English!
Meanwhile, the Thanos Imperative concludes today, and although I suspect I am wrong, I rather hope this is not the end of the story. It’s not exactly an official crossover, but to see this Lovecraftian influence on the Marvel Cosmic stage has been an absolute pleasure. Even if we can see the ending of the Imperative coming a mile off, that Thanos’ death will break the power of Life Incarnate in Cancerverse, the whole saga has maintained Abnett’s momentum (following Annihilation and the War Of Kings) and makes me want to know what’s next.
I still hope I am wrong though. Let it be something more than just Thanos dying. Don’t let me down Dan.