on 1 April 2008
Okay, Ive recently come into the DC world and realised that they do big events better then marvel (house of m and civil war combined are nothing compared to crisis on infinite earth). This book is one of many that are leading up to the infinite crisis, DC's big story of 2005 (if im correct, dont quote me).
The problem here is not that its absolute rubbish, its just not really that good in comparison to all the other lead-ins. its a rather average lead-in compared to the omac project, villains united and day of vengeance. The ending wasnt really that shocking either.
Anyway, if you are really interested in the characters in this book or are a person who wants to collect all the lead-ins, then go for it.
Rann-Thanagar War is another step on the way to DC's Infinite Crisis event and details the conflict between the Birdmen of Thanagar and the citizens of Rann. When the planet Rann knocks Thanagar out of its orbit and puts it in an orbit that will destroy all life on the planet, a fanatical death cult take the opportunity to start a war between the two old foes. As things go from bad to worse when the war spreads to neighbouring worlds, an ancient god is resurrected and the Tamaraneans use the chaos to farther their own ends. Only Adam Strange, Champion of Rann and the small number of heroes he has gathered have a chance of stopping the genocide before it means the end of the universe.
If I am honest then I probably wouldn't have read this if it hadn't been part of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis series but I am glad I did as I really enjoy it. The artwork throughout the book is great and the storyline, if somewhat simple was entertaining enough to keep me reading. With the exception of the Green Lanterns (who were barely in it) I know little about many of the characters involved but this book has inspired me to look for more stories involving Hawkman and Captain Comet, although I am still not sure about Adam Strange. Overall this part of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis was interesting and enjoyable but would probably be of most interest to fans of the characters involved more than casual readers.
This volume reprints a Countdown to Infinite Crisis story - the six-issue Rann-Thanagar War. There is a lot of back-story which happened prior to this, and the end is to be found elsewhere, I assume in the main Infinite Crisis volume.
In a previous Adam Strange adventure, a villainess's final act of revenge was to use a super-Zeta beam, the Omega Beam, to teleport Ran into the Polaris system, where it knocked Thanagar into a close encounter with its sun. The displaced inhabitants of Thanagar, under the control of a doomsday cult, attempt to seize control of Rann, while the demonic head of the cult is reborn on the burning Thanagar and sets out to destroy all life in the universe to power his undead empire. Adam Strange recruits Hawkman and Hawkgirl to help stop the threat; many alien races are drawn in to the conflict, including Khunds, Dominators, Okaarans, Tamaraneans, Coluans, Durlans and L.E.G.I.O.N.; and guest heroes include Starman (of Throneworld), Captain Comet, Tigorr, Shayera Thal and Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Killowog. Big battles ensue, planets are ravaged, and villains trounced, but then purple skies appear, and a new threat is revealed. If big well-drawn battles are your thing, then this is the story for you, but, although the war is resolved, the story is left open to run into the Infinite Crisis.
on 10 January 2011
In the scheme of things, this book lags behind 'Villains United' and 'Day of Vengeance' but ahead of 'The OMAC Project' in terms of the Infinite Crisis preludes. The plot is sound, the art is excellent throughout and the writing is also very strong. The general impression is of a high quality piece of work.
The problem is that this book features a large number of characters from a number of different planets all containing convoluted and interconnected backstories. Consequently it is difficult to enjoy the story without occasionally pausing to try to recollect who is from where and who they are fighting for/against. I generally enjoy the vast continuity of the DC Universe and find it a much better setting for large scale cross-overs than the Marvel universe. However, this is a good example of where DC's complicated cast can interfere with accessibility of the story for readers who are not intimately familiar with the characters involved. If you are a fan of DC's cosmic aspects however, this is probably right up your street.