Who is Pandora?  The purple cloaked mystery woman who appeared at the end of ‘Flashpoint’ then in every first issue of the New 52 has been something of a cypher, only popping up occasionally here and there in the new DC Universe.  With this issue, we do get a bit more insight into her character, dating back to prehistoric times.  She finds herself cursed with having unleashed the seven deadly sins of man (see the Shazam backups in Justice League).  She, a along with The Question and the Phantom Stranger, are punished by a counsel that also has something to do with Shazam and she spends her immortal life learning new skills to use  to wipe out the sins that regard her as their mother.

Unfortunately, I think I was expecting more from this issue, seeing as how Pandora has been positioned as possibly the most important figure in the new DC Universe.  I mean, she was seen in every first issue of DC’s biggest relaunch in its history.  The first issue of her own comic wasn’t bad, but it was kind of low key and sad.  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse for a comic book character.  She seriously got the shaft from the elders!

The art is by multiple illustrators, so it’s a bit uneven.  But over all, it’s not bad.  It’s a bit “sketchy” but it was good and suited the story well.  It gets a thumbs up from me.

Honestly, my reaction to this book is that it’s really anti-commercial.  It’s sad.  It’s not particularly exciting.  The art isn’t “commercial.”  It certainly isn’t bad, but I think I was expecting more.  This story continues in Justice League as part of the “Trinity War” storyline.  But you could seriously just start there and avoid this issue entirely and not really be missing much.


Written by Ray Fawkes
Art by Zander Cannon, Daniel Sampere, Vicente Cifuentes, Patrick Zircher
Cover by Ryan Sook