Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: BIZARRO #1


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Heath Corson
PENCILS: Gustavo Duarte
INKS: Bill Sienkiewicz
COLORS: Pete Pantazis
LETTERS: Tom Napolitano
COVER: Gustavo Duarte with Pete Pantazis
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2015)

Rated “E” for “Everyone”

“America: Part 6”

Bizarro is a supervillain that first appeared in Superboy #68 (cover dated:  October 1958).  Created by  writer Otto Binder and artist George Papp, Bizarro was meant to be a “mirror image” of Superman, but he is also an antagonist of the Man of Steel's.

DC Comics' “DCYou” publishing initiative includes the launch of several new series, some of them are “all ages” titles.  One of those is Bizarro, a six-issue miniseries written by Heath Corson; drawn by Gustavo Duarte and Bill Sienkiewicz; colored by Pete Pantazis; and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Bizarro #1 (“America: Part 6”) opens with Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen, and Bizarro on a road trip.  It is all part of plan to get Bizarro to Canada and then, convince him that this foreign country is really “Bizarro America.”  Along for the trip is Bizarro's pet, Colin the Chupacabra, and alien visitors!  Plus, Regis “King Tut” Tuttle just wants to sell cars to Smallville.

The highly stylized art of the team of Gustavo Duarte and Bill Sienkiewicz is one good thing about Bizarro #1.  Anything else good about it, you might ask?  Well, Bizarro #1 is mildly amusing, but I did not enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the other “DCYou” six-issue all-ages miniseries, Bat-Mite.

I can convince myself that Bizarro has potential.  I don't know if I can convince myself to prove that by reading another issue.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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