There was a time in comics when the creator pool was a much smaller, and much tighter knit group, and when editorial control was pretty much limited to “Hey, Marv wants to use your guy next month.” Creators might travel back and forth between the various publishers (though there was a Big Two, even then) and carry concepts and characters with them, as Steve Englehart did with Mantis and her various counterparts throughout his work. Eventually, this would lead to unofficial crossover stories (one of which birthed the concept known as the Squadron Supreme.) And then, there was the case of writer Steve Skeates, who single-handedly created what may be the first inter-company crossover with issues that came out nearly two YEARS apart! You KNOW you wanna read ‘dis…
A trope is a recognizable theme used in storytelling. The kidnapped princess, the final battle, the training montage, these are all tropes we have seen again and again. Usually recognition of a familiar trope is a good thing, it lets the audience know how they should feel about things and sets them up either for a satisfying conclusion or an excited twist. But what happens when a trope goes stale? When you can’t watch two hours of TV without seeing the same situation over and over, like the writers just emptied their cliche bladders all over the place? Some themes have suffered this fate, through excessive use now they accomplish the opposite of what the writers want. They take the viewer out of the experience. What follows is a list of tropes that I find tiresome, troubling and most of all, trite.
I don’t think the Wonder Woman costume thing is going to go away anytime soon, so we’ll continue to poke and prod around to find other takes on the event. Such as today’s Art Appreciation Moment of the day featuring the work of Chris Samnee.
And if you think the above image is all there is, you really need to take the jump.
When Mattel released Green Arrow, the first figure in the Retro-Action DC line, it quickly sold out as the figure had the look and feel of the old MEGO figures from the 1970s. The company posted photos of the Wave 2 collection that features Batman, Two-Face, Aquaman, and Black Manta. Will they sell out as well?
Following the announcements that NECA and WizKids were venturing into the realm of Blackest Night for its DC HeroClix line, the companies are now donning their shades for Brightest Day, with announcements of Aquaman and Osiris figures.
The DC HeroClix Brightest Day Action Pack, available October 2010, is the follow-up product to the highly acclaimed DC HeroClix BlackestNightStarter Game. Tying in with DC Comics hit Brightest Day year-long series, the DC HeroClix Brightest Day Action Pack includes seven highly detailed HeroClix 3D figures ripped directly from the pages of the Brightest Day comic, plus an all-new, double-sided HeroClix map.
There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the brand new Aqualad that will show up in Brightest Day #10, and now that discussion has reached a fever pitch on many message boards and forums, DC Comics has released more information about Jackson Hyde – Aqualad.
In a time when the planet is going through one of the worst man made ecological disasters of all time, Greenpeace is really sticking it to Big Petroleum by having a contest for graphic designers where they can show their hatred for BP.
Aquaman isn’t the only one to succumb to the company who wouldn’t know their asshole from a hole in the ocean spewing millions of gallons of raw crude into the ecosystem, another beloved character is dead as well.
Specifically issue #2 of the series, according to Geoff Johns.
â€œBrightest Dayâ€™ is about second chances. I think itâ€™s been obvious from day one that there are major plans for the heroes and villains from Aquaman to take center stage in the DC Universe, among many others, post-Blackest Night. â€˜Brightest Dayâ€™ is not a banner or a vague catch-all direction for the DC Universe, it is a story. Nor is â€˜Brightest Dayâ€™ a sign that the DC Universe is going to be all about â€˜light and brightyâ€™ superheroes. Some second chances work outâ€¦some donâ€™t.â€
Last I check, the fishman was trying to steal the hearts and souls of his loved one as parts of his body decomposed. For those who would rather remember the King of Atlantis in his hey day, check out the cover to the upcoming Brave and the Bold #32.