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"Sir, you are violating Intergalactic Law 2471 which prohibits tourists from using a levitation ray to pick up roaming cattle. Place the deathray on the ground and raise your tentacles where I can see them!"
Edited by kkhohoho on Jul 14th 2019 at 11:26:00 AM
That's cool. I guess that solves that. Guy seems even cooler in this universe than previously.
Edited by HandsomeRob on Jul 14th 2019 at 10:32:38 AM
It also fits his character better. Guy being a social worker was fine when his character amounted to little more than 'Some Dude', but after he became the smug Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold we know today, it didn't make a lot of sense.
Edited by kkhohoho on Jul 14th 2019 at 11:36:57 AM
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch team up again for The Batman's Grave. I know it's another Batman project, but fuck, Ellis and Hitch together? Sign me the fuck up.
But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to?
Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.
I just read Batman Universe #1 and Superman: Up in the Sky #1 and, like, both of them are really good. I know Bendis is doing good on his Superman books, but...can we also get him to do a Batbook? Because his writing and Nick Derington's artwork are fantastic. Also, Bendis should just write all of Alfred's lines, because his snark is top notch:
Superman: Up in the Sky has less good artwork, but Tom King's writing is top notch on it. It's basically about a kidnapping in Gotham, but the girl was taken "up in the sky," somewhere in outer space. Clark tells Hal Jordan and gets the Green Lanterns on it, but ends up feeling like only he can do something to find the girl (she was taken by a Zeta beam, which the Lanterns say can't be traced). So he goes on an intergalactic trip to find her. As usual for Tom King, it includes a lot of heavy, depressive moments...but they actually fit in with Clark's character and make sense.
Bendis wrote a Batman story that was fun and inventive and King wrote a Superman story that was dark and depressive...and both are great. What sort of bizarro world is this?
Edited by alliterator on Jul 17th 2019 at 2:03:03 AM
So I've been reading Peter David's Aquaman run. I'm still enjoying it, but it's really starting to try my patience. Objectively it's actually very good, but for someone who's supposed to be one of DC's Big Seven, it basically turns him into a mutilating edgelord. In the course of seven issues, he throws a man into a river full of piranha, leaves another man to be eaten by sharks, stabs someone in the shoulder and angsts about it, and lobs someone else's hand off. Which isn't what I want to see.
Edited by kkhohoho on Jul 17th 2019 at 8:25:41 AM
DC Unveils New 'Birds of Prey' Comic for October
Edited by windleopard on Jul 17th 2019 at 6:38:24 AM
Of all the writers they could've had for this... :(
Aquaman#50 wasn't as bad as I thought it was gonna be.
Arthur and Mera are still on the rocks, but her choice of husband was amusing and definitely a troll on the Widowhood. Nice to see some Arthur and Diana chatter. Much missed since the pre-flashpoint days. I get Arthur and Mera are hurting over one another, but this whole he'll call/she'll call is so...ordinary and far beneath a love like theirs
Edited by Zarius on Jul 17th 2019 at 8:41:49 AM
So Batman/Superman now joins Doomsday Clock and Shazam in the ongoing delays
Major Delay Strikes Again
Can anyone stop this villain's reign of TERROR!!!
Edited by FrozenWolf2 on Jul 18th 2019 at 8:57:06 AM
At this point, the world will come to an end before Doomsday Clock finishes.
I wonder which of the following will come first:
Hey, hey, Doomsday Clock only has two more issues to come out. It should definitely be over by...2021. 2022 at the latest.
But talking seriously, what's with all the delays? Are they getting too lax or what?
Doomsday Clock and Shazam are both written by Geoff Johns, who has a pretty busy schedule (he's also the showrunner, I believe, for the new Stargirl show). He might not have enough time to rewrite some of his drafts, but he still wants to get them right, so they delay them.
Or the artists take a long time to draw, ink, and color. Doomsday Book has had some very intricate artwork.
Tom King talks about the backlash to Heroes in Crisis.
"It all made sense," Gerads added. "When bad things happen to characters, it's earned, in a way. Everything led to that moment and it had to be that. That's the point of that story — when you break, you do it out of character. You don't break in character."
"Wally was my Flash growing up," King continued. "He was the Peter Parker of the DCU. It was tough on him because it was like the symbol of Rebirth killing people. First of all, Wally doesn't murder anyone, that doesn't happen. There's heroism in being vulnerable. To always say I'm strong is not to be strong, it's to be arrogant."
I'm not sure his message actually came through in the book. It seems the books was less about how "it's okay to be vulnerable" and more "If you are vulnerable and give into your emotions, everyone around you will die."
I also think that Wally breaking might have been earned (he was certainly suffering, although we don't get to see much more than one issue on that), but none of the other character deaths were earned. I know that was probably nothing to do with King himself — he was probably given a list of characters to kill off — but dammit, DC needs to stop having killfests and just let characters live.
Edited by alliterator on Jul 18th 2019 at 3:21:04 AM
It's all Dan Didio's fault for hating Wally West for no good reason and trying to get rid of him
Tom King pls leave
Well, then, this should be alarming.
His other stuff ranges from good to great.
Edited by alliterator on Jul 18th 2019 at 3:32:35 AM
Meh. This tactical missing of the fucking point when it comes to depicting mental illness and trauma has basically sworn me off of wanting to read any more of his work than I already have. You know why no one talks about Alan Moore these days? Because Watchmen was over thirty years ago and all he does nowadays is write weird porn and League where Harry Potter is a school shooter.
Call me when CIA Man does another uplifting and beautiful story about Superman worrying Lois was shot dead or another traumatized dude murders a bunch of people and then tries to kill himself.
Edited by RodimusMinor on Jul 18th 2019 at 6:38:37 AM
That was a Walmart comic.
That was part of Superman: Up in the Sky, the first issue just came out last week and was damn good. And I still say the response to that was overblown — he's extremely worried about her and thoughts of her death are racing through his head, but when he finally calls her, she's perfectly fine. It's a pretty common situation in real life among loved ones who have dangerous jobs.
Edited by alliterator on Jul 18th 2019 at 3:41:35 AM
Honestly it sounds like a typical cartoon plot.
Like that episode of Spongebob where Squidward leaves Spongebob alone in the Krusty Krab & starts imagining various scenarios of him messing up.
Edited by slimcoder on Jul 18th 2019 at 3:44:51 AM
Lois also seems to have no self preservation instincts, and jumps on stuff that should by all rights leave her splattered.
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