This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: The Doctor is in the house, we take a six week look at DC’s 52, Xbox games are played, and comics are reviewed.
Man, I knew there was a reason Mark Waid was one of my favorite people.Â In an interview with Ain’t It Cool News, Waid spilled the beans on nearly every company he’s ever worked for.
“The biggest challenge [of 52] was actually, wisely, kept from us by [editor] Steve [Wacker]. EIC Dan Didio, who first championed the concept, hated what we were doing. H-A-T-E-D 52. Would storm up and down the halls telling everyone how much he hated it. And Steve, God bless him, kept us out of the loop on that particular drama. [Editor Michael] Siglain, having less seniority, was less able to do so, and there’s one issue of 52 near the end that was written almost totally by Dan and Keith Giffen because none of the writers could plot it to Dan’s satisfaction. Which was and is his prerogative as EIC, but man, there’s little more demoralizing than taking the ball down to the one-yard line and then being benched by the guy who kept referring to COUNTDOWN as ‘52 done right.’”
I think this is a fascinating look at the company, and actually puts a lot of what is going on into perspective.Â You’ll want to read the entire article, as there are enough quotes that can be pulled that would fill a month of Sundays worth of Quotes of the Week.
And if you are interested, we did our own little interview with Mr. Waid a while ago, where he hints at some of these things…
Make sure you look at the panel after the Parting Shot
A year ago, about the time Booster Gold was disgraced in the eyes of Earth-1, Dan DiDio said Booster would become one of the best loved heroes of 52. Turns out he was right, but I never got the impression Booster was the hero of 52. I really got the feeling there was more to the Booster Gold is THE hero of the DCU than was let on in that series. If 52 saw Booster Gold in the minor leagues, then Booster Gold #1 sees Michael Jon Carter get the call to call from upstairs. If you are looking for a jump on book, this is it.
DC Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover for the first trade of 52 arriving May 30, 2007. This is a great looking cover that I can’t stop looking at (mainly because I made it my new desktop wallpaper).
All I can say is this cover reminds me a great deal of the original Star Wars movie posters from the 70s. If this is indeed an homage, then I can’t wait to see the covers for the other trades when they come out.
“This is the end…the end my friend, the end…”
So this is it, the final bow, the big finale, the wrap up of the weekly series that has propelled some of the lesser known DC Characters to the forefront and engrossed readers for an entire year. This week, most of the unanswered questions get answered, Mr. Mind gets even more vile, the official return of the Multiverse, the return of someone we thought dead, and an appearance by someone who is apparently still dead.
Time to wrap up all the loose ends
Trips across the country to attend conventions, moving to new digs, trips to the hospital, and the rush to get caught back up with Major Spoilers pale in comparison to the traveling around the universe, trips through time and the rush to try and wrap up 52 in a neat and tidy package. This week my 52 review returns just in the nick of time.
Honestly, with all of the build up to DC’s World War III as part of 52, I was really disappointed with what I read. I think issue #50 was much better in telling the story than following emo Martian Manhunter around for four issues as we watched C-list heroes get killed by a Black Adam. And what the hell is up with issue #50 saying World War III Begins Here! when it actually began and ended making the four issue one-shots pretty much anti-climactic?
What did you think of DC’s WWIII event? Take the poll and cast your vote.
Where is Manheim!?
Renee and Nightwing know they have to find Kate Kane and they know they need to find her soon. This week is all about the quest to rescue Batwoman and how far Renee is willing to go.
DC has announced the final issue of 52 will be 48 pages long! That’s over twice the number of pages we would normally get. DC doesn’t plan on hiking the price to compensate, stating the issue will still be $2.50.
The 52 writing team of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid and breakdown artist Keith Giffen are joined by top artists including pencillers Mike McKone, Justiniano, Darick Robertson, Eddy Barrows, Pat Olliffe and Chris Batista and inkers Andy Lanning, Rodney Ramos, Waldon Wong and Drew Geraci. Also, this issue features a special wraparound cover by acclaimed artist J.G. Jones.
via DC Comics
Let’s take a breather for a minute
With all of the insanity that has been happening these last couple of weeks, it’s probably a good time for everyone to take a bit of a breather, come to grips with what has happened, and catch up with some loose storylines. Heck, there may even be a revelation or two thrown in for good measure.
How to bring a man-god down
Last week Black Adam discovered the Mads of Oolong Island were behind The Four Horsemen project that resulted in the death of his wife and brother-in-law. Having the power of seven gods should be enough to make anyone mess his lab coat, but not these crazy bunch of bastards.
“I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!”
There is a cliché in every action movie where the hero loses his loved one(s) and goes on an angry rampage seeking vengeance until he reaches the big boss. Black Adam takes on that cliché this week as 52 reaches a dark turning point in the DC Universe.