DC Nation Super Sampler/Superman Family Adventures Flip Book
DC Comics (June, 2012)
I didn’t list the Superman Family Adventures flip side of the book because it’s just the first few pages of issue #1 of regular series. Likewise Young Justice is just the first few pages of issue #16. Only the first story is a complete one…or at least feels complete as it’s just part of issue #9 of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which I don’t own, so I don’t know what happens in the other half of the story.
“Myrwhydden” (pages 1-10)
WRITERS: Art Baltazar & Franco
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Gabe Eltaeb
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
Based on the cartoon. Hal Jordan, Kilowag, Razer, and Aya are running from the Red Lanterns and trying to make it back to their ship. Suddenly Hal and Razer disappear when they’re sucked through a portal to another dimension. A being named Myrwhydden has been trapped there for years and was trying to open a gateway back to the regular universe. Hal offers to help, but when Myrwhydden sees he has a Green Lantern power ring, it’s revealed it was the Lanterns that trapped him here and he plans to leave them here as he escapes his prison. However, Hal is able to stop him…barring whatever happens in the other half of the issue.
What they got right: Unlike the others in the sampler this feels like a complete story even though it’s just a preview. Myrwhydden is a decent threat here. Translating the computer art style of this show into regular 2D comic art is a feat they pull off very well. It kind of works better but I wasn’t a fan of that style here or in Beware The Batman.
What they got wrong: This might have been an interesting moment for Hal and Razer, a…”reformed” is a bit strong at this point in the series…Red Lantern, to work together to escape and keep Myrwhydden trapped but instead Razer gets turned into some monster thing and Hal has to save him. And apparently that involved shooting Myrwhydden through the head with a ring beam? That’s what it look like and that’s a bit strong for a kids’ comic. I’m kind of curious what happens in part two, but not much since I tried watching the series and it just didn’t work for me.
Recommendation: Just get the full issue of these comics and don’t bother with the sampler unless you want all the Free Comic Book Day specials in your collection.