"I swear if I don't get off this abominable sinkhole of a planet soon I'm going to lose my mojo altogether." – JokerI think Joker's sentiment sums up how I feel about this issue and the miniseries as a whole. There are a lot of villains here who seem to have lost their mojo. For example, Lex Luthor is definitely not at the top of his game here, and Joker is lacking a little of his insane edge.
First, however, let me back up and try to point out what I liked.
I loved how well written the conversation between Shadow Thief and Joker was, as well as the character Vandal Savage. Savage knows how to make the best out of a bad situation. I also enjoyed the fight between Joker and Lex Luthor. The savageness gave us an insight to Joker that I found refreshing for this miniseries. It managed to be better than the Grodd vs. Mallah fight earlier in the miniseries, which is impressive since it is hard to top two talking gorillas fighting it out.
I'm not sure what happened to this miniseries; the core concept sounds interesting, but the execution has been mediocre. This should be the villains' fight for their lives. Lost meets Prison Break, except with superpowers.
Why does the government dump these villains on another planet with their costumes and weapons? It just feels like a shallow plot that was made more for a video game, complete with a vast army of characters moved around like chess pieces and mostly predictable deaths (the C list villains). And the deaths of better-known villains seemed so pointless. Would you really want a major villain like Joker or Lex Luthor to die like this?
Imagine a miniseries where the villains are out of costume and those who had to rely on gadgets are now at a major disadvantage. Imagine said miniseries with dark and gritty art, perhaps more narrowly focused on the major players. Imagine a real mystery with a dark twist as to the origin of the planet.
That, I imagine, would have been a must read miniseries. I sometimes wonder if what George R. R. Martin originally pitched to DC was closer to that rather than what we got.
I mean, you really can just skip this whole thing. All you need to know is that some villains got stuck on a planet and a few died. Oh, and it is flimsily tied into Final Crisis, because... well everything in DC is right now.
Final Word: If you have always wanted to see a Joker vs. Lex Luthor fight, then you will probably want to check this issue out. Otherwise, I'm not sure if it is worth it.
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