01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Final Crisis: Aftermath: Dance by Joe Casey, ChrisCross and Eduardo Pansica. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $17.99 (US), $22.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2605-3).
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When I started ‘Dance’, I was kinda thrown into a new team from the six-part mini-series of the same name mostly because I chose it purely because it was related to the ‘Final Crisis’ series. Having said that, what do we have here? A Japanese super-team brought together under the auspices of publicity and promotion that would make the likes of Maxwell Lord with the Justice League look tame in comparison. This group also have mixed feelings about this celebrity status as it gets in the way of them going after super-villains.
With the Justice League demolished, the Super Young Team are seen in Japan as the team to step in to fill the gap, mostly because they have somewhat comparable abilities and names like Most Excellent Superbat, Big Atomic Lantern Boy, Shiny Happy Aquazon, Shy Crazy Lolita Canary and Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash. No doubt the names would be shorter in Japanese and it’s a good thing that they don’t call each other their full titles. The series follows their lives where even a team break-up is seen as a career promotion. Totally crazy with a serious over-tones balances everything out even if you don’t really get to know the team that well. The oddest thing, though, is for a Japansese team is that they don’t look particularly Japanese. That might be purely me cos I suspect I haven’t seen any earlier tales featuring them and not sure just how much growing pains is going on here.
Their publicist Justine Hanover is ambitious and scary in his intensity but also the humorous foil. The team definitely feel at a disadvantage and even their leader, Superbat, who twitters whatever he is doing barely keeps on top of everything. Ultimately, it becomes a roller-coaster of reading what is going on and coming away with only an inkling of deep thought. Don’t read it expecting any connection to anime or manga, this is strictly in the American idiom. I should point out that they face a super-villain or two at the end with a novel surprise.
I’m still a bit undecided about this particular book, mostly cos none of it sticks in my head. Sorta like eating a rice dish and not remembering what you’d eaten afterwards. Whether this would appeal to the younger generation you’ll have to decide. For my generation, recognising the cynicism towards marketing, one can see the sly satire, just a shame it couldn’t be applied to the older characters again who must sorely need some decent PR after recent city thrashing.
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