Bruno Premiani should not ink Jack Kirby. I don’t know who Premiani should ink, or if he should ink at all, but he should definitely not ink Kirby. I couldn’t even tell this issue–a Challengers story–had Kirby pencils. It looks like someone imitating Kirby. Poorly.
As for Dave Wood’s story, it’s decent enough but shows the big problem with his Challengers writing. The more involving the plot, the less important the characters. One of the Challengers goes missing for the entire fourth chapter of the issue and I didn’t even realize he was gone. Wood brings in two supporting characters to help out and they’re just as vibrant of characters as any of the Challengers.
Except, of course, for the outfits.
The plot involves aliens trying to take over the Earth with some cool technology. At least the Kirby layouts are good.
It’s a breezy, fun, disposable read.
The Day the Earth Blew Up!; writer, Dave Wood; penciller, Jack Kirby; inker, Bruno Premiani; editor, Jack Schiff; publisher, DC Comics.