Posts tagged DC comics
Posts tagged DC comics
I’ll just squeal at how cute he is.
(New 52 Green Lantern - New Guardians #25)
Brad Walker is killing it with his art on New Guardians. This comic was a joy to read, both story-wise and with respect to the art. It reminds me of Walker’s spacefaring days on Guardians of the Galaxy. And it helps that Kyle is super-cute. Always my favorite Lantern.
Green Lantern New Guardians #24
I thought this page was very poignant for one reason, and it’s the text box at the top. Poor Kyle Rayner has spent nearly his entire existence as a Green Lantern under the influence of at least one or more wellsprings of tremendous cosmic power. Geoff Johns and other creators seemed to imagine this constant possession of Kyle as a sort of honor; he is the chosen vessel for some of the most powerful beings in existence and maybe even a Messiah figure for the Corps. However, it’s a more complicated and tragic story for Kyle himself, as he struggles to maintain his own identity as an artist and as a person while under the constant onslaught of vast and ancient forces.
This moment - the moment that he realizes he can still be in control - feels both monumental for the character and yet also somehow too easy. The fact that Kyle can so quickly come up with a strategy for holding the entities back is a sad testament to how often he’s been possessed by them. It’s cool that the last entity that he confronts is Ion, the spirit he’s had the most interaction with.
Also, Brad Walker and Justin Jordan are really great on this series.
If DC published the adventures of a working dad Black Lightning and his two girls, I’d buy it in a moment.
THIS IS TOO CUTE!
I have a feeling that the Relic storyline in the Green Lantern comics will end in a massive kaiju battle. Because let’s be honest, Relic is clearly Jet Jaguar.
At our library, we recently received a donation in the form of a personal comics collection. One of the single issues was Superman #168, cover-dated April 1, 1964. The issue was to have featured Superman encouraging America’s youth to participate in President John F. Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative, but after JFK’s November 1963 assassination, the story was pulled and replaced with a Lex Luthor yarn. The letters page explained the reasoning behind the decision to pull the story, as well as a tribute to the fallen President. It’s a fascinating glimpse of history playing out in surprising ways and unexpected formats. Looking at these comics was a bit like opening a time capsule of American culture.
To learn more about the missing Kennedy story (later published in issue #170), check out Dial B for Blog's article here.
So apparently today it was announced that Tim Drake was never Robin in the new 52 universe despite the fact he’s been mentioned as being a former Robin numerous times.
Also in Batman and Robin Damian is currently fighting all who held the Robin title before him (Tim included).
Even Scott Lobdell himself has referenced Tim’s past as Robin a couple of times.
How could they screw up this much ¬¬.
I think the main problem with the new 52 is that the editing department in charge of overseeing this massive new direction is, frankly, shite. I mean, rebooting the comics’ universe was supposed to be a way to avoid major continuity errors that could potentially confuse new fans. The panels above refer to the fanrage caused by the revelation at Comic-Con that Tim Drake was never Robin (Batman’s sidekick). This despite the fact that Tim Drake has been referred to as a former Robin several times in the comics. Clearly, there’s been a lack of communication which is, inevitably, confusing both old and new fans alike now.
It seems to me that the new 52 idea was an exciting idea that, in practice, has been much harder to organize on both a large-scale and small-detail level. Individual issues have been plagued by typos and other obvious spelling and grammar errors, solicits for new comics remain consistently inaccurate, and continuity errors and omissions abound. Clearly, no one in the editing department is speaking to anyone else, and what communication is taking place is obviously not remaining consistent from month to month.
I’m not that attached to continuity; I read comics for the raccoons with bazookas and Batmans miraculously pulling themselves out of jet engines. However, a lot of comic fans are bothered by continuity, and inconsistencies like this can be extremely confusing, especially to new fans. Another month of planning might have avoided this whole mess. Basically, DC: GET THEE TO AN EDITOR!
Krypto: Alex Ross
I love it when a drawn picture of a dog in a comic actually looks like, well, a dog. Even if Alex Ross’s cover is obviously photo-referenced, I love the expression and the fact that he seems to be standing on one of the New York Public Library’s lions. Are those feathers swirling around, though? Did Krypto just displace (or consume) a pigeon?
The fallout from this - I don’t know if it was a purposeful attempt at misinformation or an actual mistake on the part of the editor and publisher - is beginning to creep across the internet. Basically, a popular character who hasn’t yet really appeared in the Batman family’s DCnU shenanigans (Tim Drake, formerly Robin) was supposed to be the guest star of the struggling series Batman: The Dark Knight’s ninth issue as part of a larger crossover. It was advertised as being his first major reappearance in Batman comics since DC Comics’ reboot, and his fans were super excited about this. Would major questions be answered? Would we get clues as to his current role in the Batfam? Well, neither, as it turns out. Tim Drake’s not in the issue.
I know that as a public librarian, I try to deliver quality products to the patrons I serve, and I’m disappointed and embarrassed when those programs and products don’t turn out as advertised, even though they are FREE services to the public. DC Comics provides a product to PAYING customers, who have budgets to consider, in the form of monthly serialized periodicals. When one of those turns out to be not as advertised, it’s way unprofessional and kind of a big deal. It also makes your customers question your trustworthiness and competence. Tim Drake is also slated to appear in Batman & Robin #10. Is he really going to appear or is that another mistake? The original solicit advertising Tim Drake’s appearance was written three months ago. If the content has changed since then, why wasn’t it updated for paying customers? If we advertised a guest speaker who doesn’t actually show up at our library, or if we don’t have part of a program ready, I would expect similar questions to be asked of library staff.
I know that if a mistake as big as this were to happen at one of my free programs, or in one of my newsletters, I would be mortified, and I’d like to think that I’d make sure that it was corrected well in advance of the release date. Failing to do that sends a clear message that you simply don’t care enough about your patrons to keep them updated with correct and quality information. And I’m not even working with paying customers. The issue here isn’t whether someone’s favorite character is in a comic. The issue at hand is that a company that can’t afford to offend its customers has provided a flawed product to their buyers. I didn’t pick up this issue, so it was more of a negligible issue to me personally, but I was just sort of baffled by a pretty large and completely unprofessional mistake from a company that can ill afford it. Paired with the nearly ubiquitous spelling and grammatical errors that are slipping through the cracks in every title, it makes me think that the editing department over there must be a gigantic mess.
Article in the link is by ThanosCopter for Caveat Emptor.
With so many excellent examples of teen literature on the market today, the young adult publishing world has blossomed, attracting many adults who find within YA books an intellectual and emotional satisfaction sorely lacking in much of adult fiction. Is there an adult series as beloved and discussed as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson? Is there an adult book that can reduce you to the same satisfied, sobbing mess as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars? Since when have we had characters as alive and iconic as Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Weetzie Bat, Huckleberry Finn, and Octavian Nothing in adult fiction? My point is, now more than ever the caliber and craftsmanship of YA fiction has reached a seeming Golden Age, with authors such as M. T. Anderson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Maureen Johnson, Ransom Riggs, and David Levithan writing with a mastery little seen in the sphere of adult publishing. There are plenty of fantastic examples of how teens might talk, act in usual and unusual circumstances, and interact with adults and their environment in the realm of a story. Which is why there is absolutely no excuse for the DCnU’s aggressively mediocre teen-oriented comic books.
Just found out Rob Liefeld is going to be on 3 books come May.
Every time I see a comic drawn by Rob Liefeld, I burst into debilitating giggles. I just can’t get over how everyone looks like they were cobbled together with deformed radishes and carrots. With the occasional onion for a head.