The Great Ten
Or – “Do You Know How Many Captain Americas There Actually Are?“ As part of my Major Spoilers Star-Spangled Weekend™, I’m going to be periodically checking in with you, the Faithful Spoilerites to talk a little pop culture during my long weekend off. (Vacation from two out of three jobs is the best I’m going to get.) This time around, Captain America, American Son, as well as the greatest heroes of China and Russia take center stage as we look at the best and worst of last month with our monthly Rapid-Fire REVIIIEOOOOOOOOooOOOOOEWWWW!
Or – “April Showers Bring May Flowers, But Mayflowers Only Bring Religious Dissidents…” Man, it has been a LOOOONG month of May. The comics industry seems intent on moving to $3.99 price points, The Eleventh Doctor got hit on, and Scarlett Johanssen looks great in skintight stretch fabrics. In any case, since another month has come and gone, and it’s a three-day weekend for many in the United States we’ve got time to look at a couple dozen things that have come out in recent weeks, Rapid-Fire Style!
Or – “Named For The Roman God Martius, God Of War…” Not to be confused with famed Martian general Marvin, whose computers are so complex and naughty… Traditionally, this month has signaled the beginning of the season of military campaigns, and also the time when college basketball generals lead their troops unto the field of battle. For me, working in small-market TV for as long as I did, it’s a month which signals mighty pains in the butt, which explains why this is technically the FEBRUARY edition of RFR. We apologize for the inconvenience… Better to just press on.
Or – “There Are Old Pilots And Bold Pilots, But Few Old, Bold Pilots…” I saw recently that a clinical study proved that January 25th is the most depressing day of the entire year, scientifically and unequivocally. While I don’t disagree with that sentiment (especially as it regards the attendance of employees in Midwestern United States call centers) I find it fascinating that somebody actually got paid to try and figure out something that silly and (let’s be honest, here) banal. Still and all, it’s the kind of story that you read and go, “Yeah, I can see that.” Thus,
Or – “ç«™ç«‹åå°ç½ªæƒ¡æµªæ½®çš„è‹±é›„…” It has long been established that the United States isn’t the center of metahuman power in the DC Universe, despite the presence of Superman and Batman here.Â Other heroes predated the JLA, notably the Global Guardians, Japan’s Big Science Action, and more.Â In the heart of China, the greatest “super-functionaries” of the state work together (whether they want to or not) under the auspices of the government in Beijing.Â But what happens when a threat is bigger even than their combined abilities?
Or – “More Morrison Madness Through A Glass, Darkly?” Many attempts have been made to make the DC Universe more “international,” from the Global Guardians waaaay back in Superfriends, to Doctor Mist and the Dome to taking the Justice League International, but most have been about as realistically multicultural as the International House of Pancakes (home of the Frawnch Toast Stix.)Â In 52, though, Grant Morrison introduced China’s national super-team, The Great Ten, who have bee in the background of the DCU every since.Â Now, these heroes take the center stage, and get a chance to prove that they’re more
After their appearance in 52, the Great Ten have been scarce, showing up occasionally in Checkmate, but otherwise keeping their hero antics in their home country.Â In November DC Comics will release a 10-issue mini-series putting the Great Ten in the spotlight. Take the jump for the full, spectacular cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and more info on the series.