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.
Or – “There Are Eight Million Stories In The Checkmate City…” I actually remember the FIRST time I read a number 12 issue of Checkmate (and I refuse to believe it’s been nearly 20 years, either), an Invasion Aftermath extra written by Paul Kupperberg, with art by Steve Erwin (not the late Crocodile Hunter, mind you) and Al Vey. I liked that series, with it’s attempt to meld the soopahero and spy genres, although I didn’t read it until years after it’s cancellation. (I was completing my run of Suicide Squad at the time, and the crossover issues were compelling.)
Or – “Y’know, I Loved Kingdom Come As Much As The Next Guy But, C’MON!” With this issue of JSA, it’s official… It IS just me. I’ve had long, involved conversations with the folks at work (including both my fellow counter monkeys, as well as several customers) and to a man, nobody but me is bothered by the amount of Alex Ross in the issues of JSA thus far. They DO agree with me that his covers are less attractive than the variants by interior artist Dale Eaglesham, but aren’t bothered by the obvious thumbprints of Mr. Ross all over
Fans of Lego Batman and video games have a reason to rejoice as Warner Bros and TT Games will bring LEGO Batman: The Videogame to consoles and the PC in 2008. Judging from the press release sent out by the company, this game will be similar to the LEGO Star Wars games that have shot up the charts. “Batman spans several generations as one of the most popular DC Super Heroes, and LEGO BATMAN will appeal to several generations of gamers who grew up idolizing the Dark Knight and playing with LEGO toys,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development
Or – “What’s In A Name? You Wouldn’t Ask If Yours Was ‘Hortense.’” In the DC Universe (or, to be honest, the streamlined and updated DC/Quality/Fawcett/Charlton/Etc Universe), the name “Manhunter” has carried with it a bit of a stigma, for some reason. The first Manhunter (from Quality Comics) was Dan Richards, a police officer who put on the mask to clear a friend’s name. He was retconnedly brainwashed, and later murdered by a later claimant to the name. Paul Kirk, the second Manhunter, had an abbreviated run in Adventure comics, was trampled by a Rhino, cloned, killed, cloned, killed, cloned,
Or – “Strange Days, Indeed… Most Peculiar, Mama.” Of all the mysteries left unsolved in the wake of the time-jump caused by 52, the question of what happened to the Outsiders has been the most maddening, partly because their change in status quo was so dramatic, and partly because Judd Winick has insisted on giving us absolutely nothing to go on, not even an oblique hint. Even now that they’re revealing the events that filled the one-year-gap, certain questions remain maddeningly unanswered (notably the whole “Grace isn’t what she seems” issue), and Winick is probably going to hell for it.
An interesting bit of info popping up around the comic blogosphere is the credit listing of Neil Patrick Harris over at IMDb. In addition to his work on Harold and Kumar 2, Harris is listed as doing voice work for Justice League: The New Frontier. New Frontier is the animated direct to DVD movie from DC adapting the VERY excellent series from Darwyn Cooke. Even before seeing the listing, I knew Neil would be voicing the part of Barry Allen’s Flash. Also joining the crew is David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan, Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris, Lucy Lawless as Wonder
Or – “The Secret of 52 Is… Gardner Fox Was A Frickin’ Genius.” There are those who find the Silver Age of comics ridiculous, and the situations laughable. They cite simpler art, weird stories, and a general lack of realism as sticking points, whereas I cite them as the main selling points. In those days, the language of comics was still in it’s formative years (after all, the time difference between the debut of Superman and the debut of Barry Allen as the new Flash was a mere 15 years), and every story essentially came from whole cloth. And nowhere is this
I’m still catching up in my reading, and just finished Tales of the Unexpected #6. As expected, Crispus Allen and The Spectre are getting to a very scary point in their relationship, and the Dr. 13 backup story continues to spiral to the weird. Which brings me to the Fun Panel of the Week; Dr. 13 and his entourage of I. Vampire and talking gorilla Nazi find themselves in a subway tunnel. As cars pass, we get a glimpse of those inside. Is it me or from left to right do we have Wolverine, Clark Kent, some fat lady, Matt
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.
DC Comics has announced Justice League of America #1 will be going back to press for a third printing. “This is totally awesome,” says Benes. “I feel like we did a great job and delivered a great story! I’d like to thank the fans for all the kind words on the message boards and blogs – and I also would like to thank Dan DiDio, Brad Meltzer and Eddie Berganza for all their faith in my work and . . . I still can’t believe it!” The third printing will feature a pencil only version of the Michael Turner variant
DC Comics has cancelled orders for the first two issues of Doctor Fate. The company says the issues will be resolicited later, but it brings into question what exactly is going on at the company. While it is able to deliver a weekly series with nary a problem, other titles continually miss target dates. While Marvel received a mountain of criticism over the delays with Civil War, readers don’t seem as upset with DC. What are your thoughts?
“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.
DC Comics has sent us cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in June 2007. Take the jump to find more about Countdown, Batman, Amazons Attack, and much more. DETECTIVE COMICS #833 Written by Paul Dini Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher Cover by Simone Bianchi Zatanna guest-stars in Part 1 of a 2-part tale of magic, murder and madness by Paul Dini! When her former assistant is killed in a dangerous trick gone wrong, the Maid of Magic turns to Batman to uncover the real circumstances behind the young woman’s death, leading them to a confrontation with