Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JD, Aug 30, 2011.
^ Yep and who were given their powers by a God or in Captain Planet's case...a Goddess
Well, you gotta give Johns credit for being original...
Today: All Star Western, I Vampire, JL Dark, and I might catch up on Aquaman or GLC.
All Star Western
Also Captain America and Ultimates from Marvel.
Still more original than doing nothing, but complain about it on an internet bbs.
Just Aquaman today...this talk about Captain Planet makes me want an ongoing or mini-series
The Justice League Dark/I Vampire cross-over leaves something to be desired, largely because JLD 8 was very scattered and weak (I mean, what the hell happened with Shade there?). I Vampire 8 was good though, with a hint that the title might be more involved in this big Pandora event than we might have thought.
Aquaman, The Flash, Superman, TDK and last week's Supergirl.
Aquaman, The Flash, and New Guardians for me. By this point, I've pretty much narrowed down to the titles I'm gonna stick with long term. Some lasted a lot longer than others (it took me a while to decide to drop Justice League, just because I was holding out hope it would get good) but I'm finally done. So, as far as DC goes everything I'm reading right now is:
Batman and Robin
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern New Guardians
I want one starring this Captain Planet.
Somehow, I ended up 3 months behind on Nightwing, a title I think I might have been close to dropping. Those three issues brought everything together and tied it nicely into "Night of the Owls." Well played Kyle Higgins, well played.
Aquaman #8: Another decent issue, not the best issue of the book so far, but it was still fairly interesting as we go back further into Arthur's past. The art is still very good as well. Another thing that bugs me about the 52'Verse is this attempt at introducing distrust and hatred between the mainstream human population and the superheroes. To me this is take directly from X-Men and doesn't really fit in the DCU. Would we really react to Superman and company the way the population is being written by Johns in Justice League and Aquaman? I understand mistrust, and even hesitation, but not outright hatred and acting like ass holes. I feel a lot of this new "attitude" is forced upon the part of the writers. Other than that though I still continue to enjoy this book.
I don't think I agree. Humanity tends to react one way and one way only when they feel threatened, and once superheroes went "realistic" rather than straight on wish fulfillment, the only logical narrative arc is this one. If one superhuman showed up (say, Superman), that's one thing; in the shared universe, something like a hundred show up in a space of two years? That's terrifying - even the unfolding of human law is threatened by a wave of god-like beings who routinely act against it or (at best) above it.
One of the entertaining aspects of the new Superman is seeing him deal with considerably more resistance and suspicion than the old Boy Scout. Even the Daily Planet's close association with him is viewed as opportunistic.
Oh believe me, I understand what they're going for...just since it is Johns and we've discussed the issues in Justice League with his writing, it seems like he is going overboard with it. I understand mistrust and hesitation like I said, but there was a comment from a dude standing outside of his door and mouthing his dad's funeral is today, he has to come out. I thought that was a little bit over the top. I dunno. I just don't like this particular aspect of the book. Their attempt at "edgy" feels forced to me.
I just hope they explain how he did it with a mermaid this time around.
Aquaman: I still enjoy the hell out of this book and it continues to have some fantastic artwork. We get a touch more backstory on this version of AC/Aquaman and more progress in the current arc. Still an enjoyable book.
Flash: Another good book with fantastic artwork but the "comic book physics" it's laying out is getting tougher and tougher for me to chew. The introduction and discussion of the "Speed Force" is just getting more difficult for me to buy into as it seems it's some power/molecule that exists in the universe that occasionally "overloads" and causes random bullshit to happen, be pulled into a null-time dimension and The Flash is somehow able to provide as a relief valve for this and.. bah! The book is still good and, again, with great artwork but I think it's trying way too hard to explain and justify the Flash's powers and limitations. It'd be like if Superman was talking about how Superman's body cells absorb solar radiation and how it can exert it in certain ways to provide him with heat vision on whatever. Bah!
Superman: This used to be my favorite of the two Superman-based books but AC has picked up a lot more, but this one is still good. I still can't say I'm 100% sold on this idea of Superman, I'm more a fan of the Silver Age version but this book is still been pretty good.
Supergirl: I still like this book but it's taken it 8 months to pretty much get through its first major arc and we still have a Supergirl who has yet to have a formal introduction to the world as a hero and one who doesn't yet speak English and only just now has started to don a secret identity. This book also brings us Silver Banshee and I wonder if she's going to be used as a straight-up villain in the rogues gallery, an ally or an anti-hero. They did give her the "power" to speak any language she hears meaning finally someone can communicate with SG. Along those lines I've never been a big fan of books trying to "write in an accent" so reading SB's Scottish accent is hard and I wonder how she speaks in and parses speaking English in a Scottish accent into Kryptonian. I think we're dividing by zero in there somewhere.
The Dark Knight: Yes, I'm still reading this one and I'm still actually liking it. At first it was my least favorite of the Bat-books but now I may rank it second, or at least a less distant third. This month we deal with the Mad Hatter. Again an okay book and the artwork and dialogue in it has been a touch less extreme.
Aquaman and Mera? The books have pretty firmly established she's a "mermaid" but still a completely human form and not the half-woman/half-fish we think of when we think about mermaids.
No, Superman and Lori Lemarr.
Y'know, the man of steel and the woman of tail?
You plan on getting some tail, but talk about the catch of the day!
Ah. No idea there.
Makes me think of this, though.
Okay, I guess Aquaman is on the pull list now. (Anyone else get a kinda Martian vibe about Vostok? He seems to struggle with Russian, even though he's supposed to be Russian.)
Fuck Captain Planet!
This is nothing new and has been part of the comics for some time now.
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