Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Behind the Eightball

Batman gets a parking ticket. Six-Pack left. This riff s on Batman getting his back broken by Bane back in the early 1990's. 

All-Star Section Eight: written by Garth Ennis; illustrated by John McCrea (2015): Ah, Section Eight. A bleakly satiric yet weirdly idealistic parody of superhero teams that first appeared in Garth Ennis and John McCrea's great Hitman series of the 1990's, Section 8 returns here in a jolly, piss-taking miniseries. Well, team leader Six-Pack returns with an all-new Section 8. Everyone else died in the pages of Hitman

So far as one could tell from Hitman, the only superhero Garth Ennis likes is Superman. Trust this series to bear that out. While every other superhero Six-Pack contacts in an effort to fill the eight vacancy in Section 8 gets roasted (though not as horribly as the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern and Lobo did back in the day), Superman shows up to offer words of encouragement to the perpetually addled Six-Pack. 

This book will probably be more enjoyable if you've read Hitman. Nonetheless, it's still very funny, especially if you're dubious about the world we live in now, where super-heroes rule the box office while making less rational sense than they did when they were just for kids. Recommended.

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