It is a Christmas miracle! George Perez has finally finished his six-issue story of Sirens!
The first issue came out in September of 2014 and the following books slowly dribbled out from Boom! over the next two plus years. Issue #5 came out this past May. I had honestly given up on ever getting to the end of this series. I’ll have to check with my comic book store to see if I still have this on my pull list.
The story is the tale of a group of super-powered women who… Umm. Hold on. I have to go back and re-read the series to remember what is going on. Oh yeah… So this team of ethnically diverse, super-powered women have regrouped after being on the run from the galactic government for destroying Earth and a vengeful remnants of a species of dragons who may have been killed off by the Sirens. They have been hiding in places across the universe and in diverse timelines.
The action flows from ancient Rome to the Viking age to New York in the 1980s to outer space in the future. The Sirens confront the threats to themselves and the universe in all these places/times.
Now they have returned to the soon to be burned out husk of Earth, confronting the government, dragons, old rivals and zombie versions of themselves. They have a cunning plan. The plan is so confusing that after reading it several times, I still can’t tell you what the plan is/was/will be. They have to frizzenfratz the timelines to coordinate the temporal whoawhatsits and…
Perez tries to pull off a Grant Morrison, Multiversity-style, does reality create art or does art create reality story. Perez is taking the opposite view of Morrison – that art is a reflection of reality translated through the imagination. While it is clever in its own way, it feel like a re-tread of ideas that Morrison does best.
But you are not buying this book for George Perez’s storytelling. You are buying it for his art. Perez’s signature, jam-packed, 80’s defining art. His line work is not what it was 30 years ago, but it is still gorgeous. There is a reason that many people go back to his art on Wonder Woman and Crisis on Infinite Earths. The designs of his spaceships and cosmic machines in this are classic. Few people will ever draw powerful women being flat-out as badass as he does.
The art doesn’t reach the level of his iconic style at DC, but it is still amazing. I love the way he uses panels to not only tell his story horizontally but vertically as well. He shows his skills as a master of the comic book page throughout this issue. He even manages to deftly insert some pencils sketches as part of the story.
This book is worth a read and it would pay to go through the bins to find the other issues of the series as well.
Writer: George Perez
Art: George Perez
Color: Vladimir Popov
Publisher: Boom! Studios