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The Spectre Vol. 2: Wrath of God Paperback – December 23, 2014
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John Ostrander is a renowned comics writer who co-created the science fiction series GRIMJACK with artist Timothy Truman. With his late wife, Kim Yale, he wrote DC's SUICIDE SQUAD and MARTIAN MANHUNTER. With artist Tom Mandrake, he wrote a lengthy run of DC's THE SPECTRE. Ostrander has also written for Marvel Comics and Warp Graphics' ELQUEST series. Recently Ostrander has been writing for Dark Horse's line of STAR WARS comics.
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The Spectre is basically every human's desire to wonder why people aren't punished for the bad things they do. Where most people ask the question, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? The Spectre is the follow up question of, why aren't they punished afterwards? Why does humanity and God let these people get away with their atrocities? He's a look at the anger that mankind feels toward its self for injustices.
In the first volume there is a very nice 12 issue arc of smaller stories that really are about three larger issues that will be dealt with across the whole series. The first question, are guilt and evil the same thing? The second question, are vegence and justice the same thing? And the final question, can there be justice without mercy or forgiveness? Whoa! These are heavy questions for a comic book! Yet these issues are what drove the book. Don't get me wrong, this is a superhero book. But it asked the question of who we are as people, as humans, and as souls on a planet where there may be a higher power.
This volume two has two separate parts to it. The first arc deals with the main character having to deal with the injustice of humanity. And is humanity worth saving? By the end of this arc, the Spectre finally begins to understand what his true mission in being the Wrath of God is, and the inherent danger of a mortal soul taking in that task. The second story arc is not nearly so heavy. It has John Ostrander again trying to fit all the pieces of the Spectre's backstory into one nice neat package while at the same time showing how our government tends to want to control or bandage problems versus understanding them first.
At the time I am writing this, our nation is undergoing some trials concerning equality and justice for all its citizens. It is interesting that 20 years after this comic book came out, we are still dealing with these issues, and people must still come to grasp with the rage they feel for others and themselves. It is because of this, that I feel this book is as relevant today as when it is written. I can only hope that DC continues to release this series as it might be a way for some audiences to assess their feelings and realize that rage and vengence are not the answer, but only add to the problem. We as people must understand why others act the way they do, so we can understand how to respond to them and ourselves, best.
Again I state, this book can be very heavy! But it's well worth it!
there’s also a lot more heroes that make appearances. I loved the team up of The Stranger, Etrigan, Dr Fate, Zatana and Madam Xanadu it was almost the 90s Justice League Dark before that was ever a thing.
also not spoiling anything but at one point Bill Clinton gives Superman a spear cursed by Adolf Hitler book is all over the place in the best way!