Review: Secret Origins #3

Review Of Secret Origins #3

By Christopher Rekitzke

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Character origins can be a pain in the ass. Conceded and often over complicated it’s hard to know who’s who. “Secret Origins” makes things simple, telling the stories of DC’s most renowned heroes. Bundled in this high flying issue is the origin of Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Kate Kane (Batwoman), and Tim Drake (Red Robin).

If you’ve ever wandered into a comic shop, you’ve taken a step towards the fresh new comics and gazed in awe. Seeing sleek covers of ultra bad ass art, and you’ve likely found yourself wondering things, like “Who the hell is that guy? He looks pretty bad-ass.” This time pretend you’re wondering who Hal Jordan is, or who the hot red-head lesbian Bat-chick (Batwoman) is, or who the lame-ass luchador Robin (Red Robin) is.

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First up is Hal Jordan, Green Lantern, one of my favorite characters. I’ve personally been waiting for this issue with high anticipation. Even with the New 52 reboot, as awesome as it is, nothing is definitively perfect. Some things were left out during the massive origin retelling. One of those being along the lines of, “ who the hell is Hal Jordan.” When you jump into the New 52, Geoff Johns has the reins to “Green Lantern”, and its a blazing chariot. Johns gallops in and  wins the triple crown, but you have to some background knowledge of what the frig is going on. It was ultimately frustrating and confusing for new readers. But alas! Finally bringing clarity to the New 52 is the current “Green Lantern” writer, Robert Venditti. As I read this section I grew in awe, goose bumps rose from my hairy arms and I was suddenly overcome with joy. Venditti does an absolutely awesome job. The writing is sharp, Hal’s internal monologue is tear jerking and rather inspiring. Martin Coccolo provides art on this supercharged origin, packing a very modern style and displaying emotions perfectly amongst the characters. I’d like to see more work from Coccolo. Stunning work on “Secret Origin: Green Lantern.”

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Grappling in next is Batwoman. I’m an avid reader, and an avid DC reader at that. But I know little about Batwoman, only the whispers I hear from my comic shop. One of the only things I knew was that there was some ridiculous controversy surrounding Batwoman  spawned from her sexuality.  Batwoman,to happens to be a lesbian. O.K. so what.

 But I digress, I know less than jack about Batwoman. This issue provides some key insight in a simple and straightforward manner like it should. As far as entertainment goes, I’m not amused. It’s not the storytelling, not the script, and it’s not the art. All that is stellar. It’s the origin itself and the character of Kate Kane. To put it simply, it’s generic and overly perfect. And yes, I understand that comic books are unrealistic and are simply meant for entertainment. However, I found myself rolling my eyes and huffing “seriously” under my breath.  Despite the unrealistic and Lego fit story, I found some minor tribulations arise during my reading, although very minor and have little to no effect on the story. Other than that everything is peachy. Jeremy Haun does his best to bring some excitement to an ultimately boring story, while Trevor McCarthy brings some sleek and bad-ass art to the table. Batwoman looks insane! A valiant effort on this section of the issue, but it’s really just “meh.”

Last is Tim Drake. Possibly the worst origin in the issue. Of course it doesn’t help it was written by *Sigh* Scott Lobdell. I’ve always maintained that Robins a lame character, no matter which one. Always just constantly get in the way. Tim Drake is no different! Tim is too smart, way too smart. Drake thinks too much too, the pages are full of internal monologue that no teen would ever think up. Even more irritating is the fact that he’s not even Robin! He’s “Red Robin” you start throwing colors in front of things and suddenly you’ve got a new name. To say the least I’m disgusted. The more and more I read the story the worse it gets. Tim Drake, or whatever his real name is, is an arrogant little prick, who believes he’s clever. He portrays himself to be something of a prodigal son, thinking himself to be the proper heir to Batman’s partner, he grows obsessed with this cause, and nearly gets himself killed. This is an absolutely ridiculous story. The writing supplied by Lobdell  is contrived and annoying. The art  may be the only good thing about this book, well done Tyler Kirkham.

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Overall this is a decent issue, there are parts I love, and parts I hate. I can’t bash it as a whole, you pick and choose with it. “Secret Origins” is a brilliant idea, and a much necessary one as well, for the most part I’ve been enjoying it dearly. Telling the origin of DC’s beloved heroes is a useful and great way to get readers of all ages intrigued. This issue is not as stunning is saved by Robert Venditti and Martin Coccolo, without them it’d be pitiful. Bravo to Jeremy Haun and Trevor McCarthy, they maintained my interest in a boring origin. Don’t even get me started on Lobdell, cheers to Tyler Kirkham for some decent art. This is a good issue to gain some simple background info, as all issues in “Secret Origins” are. I recommend the series as a whole. The choice is yours.

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