Rating: 4.5/5 – Darkseid Doesn’t Like It When People Escape His Prisons.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
This past month DC has been celebrating the birthday of Jack Kirby by releasing a handful of one-shots starring Kirby creations like the New Gods, OMAC and the Newsboy Legion. I’ve read all of them with mostly positive but some mixed satisfaction, but this last issue was definitely my favorite of the bunch! Written by longtime Kirby partner Mark Evanier with art by Scott Kollins, Darkseid Special tells the story of how Darkseid feels about someone escaping from his prisons, and the expectations he has of his army to get them back.
Evanier makes the smart choice to tell the story through the eyes and thoughts of the escapee, providing insight on what it’s like to live on Apokolips… and it’s not pretty. The main character is a strong one and we’re shown just how determined she is to defy the god that has made her planet the place of despair that it is. While there are a couple plot holes, it’s an entertaining story that ends with a bit of insight into the character that I loved. I also loved seeing Kollins’ art on this issue as well, definitely influenced by Kirby and there are plenty of nods to the King’s work. We see the Omega Beams, Kirby dots, and characters like Granny Goodness and Desaad. There is also a short story about OMAC by Paul Levitz and Phil Hester as well as a couple back-up tales that are reprinted from Tales of the Unexpected and The Forever People.
This was a fitting tribute for Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday and in a one-page letter that closes the isseu, Mark Evanier provides a bit more insight into Darkseid that I really enjoyed reading. He tells a cute story of why some fans may get confused with the pronunciation of Darkseid, and shows just what type of guy Jack really was. I think you definitely get your money’s worth with this issue and think DC saved the best for last with this issue that capped off the month long celebration of Jack’s 100th!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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