Last week, I talked about change in the comics industry, how the repeated rebooting of franchises has finally started to wear me down. Well, there are other changes that happen because, truly, nothing lasts forever, even in comics.
This week’s Major Spoilers Podcast included an extensive (and kind of inexplicable, but that’s half the fun of the MSP) discussion of the various Clayfaces of the DC Universe. It’s the kind of thing that sends you to your back issue boxes so that you can reread those stories one more time. (I just choose to share…) Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #298 awaits!
Now, more than ever, comics companies are paying attention to what fans like or want. After all, they’re trying to sell as many copies as possible to stay afloat!
With the first month of Convergence nearly done, can Pre-Crisis Earth-Two Metropolis heroes save the day, or will they have to fight it out with another city to see who survives? The answer just might surprise you in Convergence: Detective Comics #1.
Readers of James Robinson’s epic run on ‘Starman’ may recall an arc exploring the mystery of the Starman of 1951, who turned out to be a familiar face. One might be surprised to find out that he was NOT an original creation, and that the original face under that mask was even more familiar… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #247 awaits!
The month of September is Futures End month for DC. All titles will be getting one-shots set five years from now, showing the changes the characters have gone through. What has Batman been up to in Detective Comics? Find out in the review! More importantly, 3-D covers! The month of September is Futures End month for DC. All titles will be getting one-shots set five years from now, showing the changes the characters have gone through. What has Batman been up to in Detective Comics? Find out in the review! More importantly, 3-D covers! DETECTIVE COMICS: FUTURES END #1 Writer:
With the advent of Batman, Inc., Bruce Wayne has turned his masked alter-ego into a worldwide franchise. With Batman all around the world, each using their own unique skill-sets, it’s as though the Caped Crusader is in 15 places at once. Of course, this isn’t the first time such an arrangement has occurred (and Grant Morrison knew it, thank you very much.) Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Detective Comics #215 awaits!
Comics are a cyclical game. From the very earliest days of the industry, stories and concepts have been recycled, reused and generally repurposed on a regular basis. This explains why, for instance, Quality Comics’ Midnight was essentially The Spirit (and also why I laugh every time someone declares the latest incarnation of any given comic to be “the greatest ever”, but that’s another story.) Superman had been plagued by other-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk since the mid-40s, the world’s greatest detective waited a few years before getting his own, presumably to make sure that the phenomenon was worth his time… Your
First, the bad news. Rumor has it that John Layman is leaving this title to work on Catwoman for DC. I’ve been greatly enjoying his stories as well as his focus on the “job” aspect of being Batman, so we got a lot of tales about the Dark Knight versus his foes, which I always love.
Or – “Batman! Always Batman! Always Driving Us Bats!” The saddest part about the popularity of Batman comes in the fact that the various incarnations of the Dark Knight (from Dick Sprang to Adam West to Deidrich Bader) get short shrift in favor of whatever is the latest and most badass. (Witness the Major Spoilers Podcast’s inability to talk about Batman without mentioning Christopher Nolan.) While I like Batman, I think that one of the most awesome parts of the character is his flexibility, and how he is as much at home fighting Ras Al Ghul as he is dog-fighting