Remake/Remodel: DC Rebirth so you don't have to

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Oh Aldo, thank you, blessings, but are you up for it?

H in Addis, Monday, 30 May 2016 19:06 (three years ago) link

i guess one of the underappreciated benefits of being invulnerable is that you don't have to bother looking where you're going: you can just blithely fly along sideways staring into the middle distance, consequences be damned

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 19:22 (three years ago) link

also, since when can aquaman fly?

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 19:26 (three years ago) link

I'd like to see a super who flies in an upright standing pose because the usual horizontal thing gives them a crick in the neck.

pleas to Nietzsche (WilliamC), Monday, 30 May 2016 19:29 (three years ago) link

pretty sure there's some upright flying in jrjr-drawn issues of star brand, ironically enough

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

DC Universe Rebirth
By: Far too many people for output this low quality.

Page 1 is the most homage-y Watchmen homage since whenever. 9 box grid, really? And it's about a watch, man. GEDDIT?! One broken cog has ruined the watch and it's broken. CLANG goes a plot point I reckon.
The narrator then looks at the world and zooms in on Batman, who he knows is Bruce Wayne. Maybe I slept through something in Batman but I'm sure it's still pretty much a secret identity at the moment so this is either Luthor or a mega powered deus ex machina. Either way, a panel helps us out by telling us Supes is missing at the end of Superman #52 (which saves those of us that aren't me from reading it). Then Bats explains what Metron's chair told him about The Joker (ditto) and very strangely we see on the Bat-computer that Batman has a photo of the Joker taking the picture of Barbara Gordon during the Killing Joke.

This totally confuses me. Did Batman always have a camera in there to spy on Babs, and if so just did nothing while it happened? Did Babs have a webcam or something going while it happened and either Bats hacked it off her computer or Babs shared it with him? Or Joker had a henchman take photos of him taking photos and Joker put it on Instagram and Bats had to thumb it to save it? Seriously, ZERO SENSE.

Aaaaaaand it turns out the narrator is Wally West, the ginger Kid Flash version. Darkseid dying has let him use the speed force to change dimensions/times/Earths/something (wherever the parts of the DCU that Flashpoint broke are, basically) to give plot spoilers to Batman. As ever, however, he doesn't just do the straightforward thing and tell Bats; he makes an oblique reference to a letter from Thomas Wayne. Seriously dude, those sorts of clues are worse than useless. You've told the World's Greatest Detective and he looks more confused and ashamed than anyone who paid actual money to see Dawn of Justice. And if you thought you didn't have time, why didn't you go straight to him rather than deliver your big eulogy? Piss poor decision making Wally. I'm glad you're dead.

So Wally summarises CoIE and Flashpoint then tells us that a magic hand stole 10 years during Flashpoint and that he's the Psycho Pirate of Flashpoint. The hand changed everything by not letting the completely different world be completely different by making it completely completely different different. Somehow. In a way he doesn't understand.

Wally then tries Johnny Quick but he's kind of vague there too and Johnny is NOT A WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE so it doesn't exactly pan out well at all and Wally gets sucked off by the Speed Force. Result.

One of LoSH has come back to tell the police that Superman either is or isn't dead. It doesn't seem to add anything to the plot at the moment but early days I guess.

Ray Palmer/Ryan Choi and Jaime Wossname/Ted Kord make little pre/post Johnsiverse couples laying plot seeds along with some other Johnsiverse heroes (including the new Power Ring GL, presumably to prove JL #52 happened) before Pandora (the one Johns made out was a really, REALLY big thing in the Johnsiverse before she turned out to be nothing) gets exploded EXACTLY like Rorschach at the end of Watchmen. OH SNAP DING DING DING

Darkseid's Daughter summarises the remainder of JL #52 before Wally watches everyone being sad at Dead Supes. 80s Supes is confused he's alive and a Spooky Dude In A Cloak tells him he's right to be confused because Johns is involved in this so it's a natural state.

Disembodied Wally perves on Linda Park for a bit. Maybe he took the photo of the Joker and gave it to Bats. That seems like the sort of dick thing he'd do, he could call it a clue and it would clear his conscience without ACTUALLY HELPING. He then exposes himself to Linda who has no idea who he is, which makes him sad until he gets sucked off again.

Wally then fails to speak to anyone else he knows until he sees Johnsiverse Wally who it turns out is his cousin. He sees Johnsiverse Wally be the Flash so decides to give up. But not before he sees Barry one last time and after delivering the Bat-Clue again Barry remembers who he is and pulls him out of the Speed Force. Now they are both Psycho Pirates. As they discuss which Flash villain is behind it, Bats digs out a smiley face badge from the walls of the Batcave. It appears to be actual badge that the Comedian wears when he hits the tarmac at the beginning of Watchmen, which only exists for a very short period of time as we see Nite Owl chip the blood off while Rorschach makes the 'human bean juice' joke. But surely MASTERS OF CONTINUITY DC would know that.

The epilogue mends the watch from the beginning and monologues about Veidt's plan to destroy the world then ends with a clock/blood stain image which is all too obvious.

Controversially, I'm going to stick my neck out and proclaim this NOT AWFUL. Things which come next will no doubt make me choke on those words but this isn't any worse than bits of 52 and is probably most like Final Crisis. I very nearly enjoyed bits of it.


suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

oh god aldo's broken already ;_;

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:16 (three years ago) link

wait, so now there are two lois lanes and two wally wests in the same universe? jesus h christ

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:22 (three years ago) link

Glad you guys liked the JRJr cover as much as me. Horizontal Superman will never not make me laugh and might even be a new DN.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:22 (three years ago) link

There might even be more other things, it's not clear who else might still around Post-convergence. As a basic example, the Green Arrow and Black Canary that we briefly see are not the Johnsiverse ones so they may well be duplicates too (or lol continuity).

I've just realised I forgot to mention the Aquamarine segment. Nothing happens in it really but forgetting about Aquaman feels like one of the most DC things I can do.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:27 (three years ago) link

*Aquaman* Fkn autocorrect

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:28 (three years ago) link

does aquaman demonstrate the ability to fly at any point?

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:30 (three years ago) link

No, he just wants to marry Mera but has no idea why.

Couldn't Blue Suit Aquaman fly?

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:36 (three years ago) link

i dunno, but in googling to find out i discovered i'd overlooked the fact that there was recently a series called aquaman and the others, which might be the limpest-sounding title in history

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:48 (three years ago) link

Oh it was dreadful, an attempt to gritty up Aquaman with a team book whose remit was 'be a less epic Aquaman'.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 20:54 (three years ago) link

JRJR Supes reminded me of

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:14 (three years ago) link

Out of curiosity I read Rebirth #1, and as I predicted, Johns doesn't seem to get Watchmen's symbology at all... The comic ends with an image of a yellow clock, where big hand is pointing at fifteen to midnight on the left side, while the Comedian blood stain is on the right side of the clock... This completely misses the point of the original comic, where the blood stain on the smiley was in the same position as the big hand of the Doomsday Clock in the beginning of the story, i.e. twelve to midnight. So the Comedian's death and the resulting bloodstain symbolize the beginning of the countdown towards the end of the world, but apparently in Rebirth the world already ended 12 minutes ago? Or maybe that's exactly what Johns wants to say, and he's being more clever than I thought? The bloodstain on the smiley Batman finds is in the same position as in Watchmen though.

Also, when the tattooed lady ("Pandora", according to Aldo) is blown to pieces, unlike Gibbons the artist for this section does not bother to draw the resulting stain of blood in the same shape as the smiley blood stain, so the recurring motif is lost. So lazy.

Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:21 (three years ago) link

But yeah, I agree with Aldo that some parts of it were quite okay, especially the scene where Barry helps Wally come back. And it wasn't as incomprehensible as I feared, given that I haven't really read any DC comics at all after Flashpoint, save for Multiversity.

Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:24 (three years ago) link

Would also agree with Aldo that, while it is an essentially worthless comic, a product of the problem it purports to be a solution to, exhibits a dunce understanding of Watchmen, and I won't pay for a DC comic until Berg4nza is fired... I enjoyed reading DC Rebirth more than any other 52 comic I've read - low bar indeed, but still.

Perhaps they should just go the whole hog, pulp all existing copies of Watchmen and relabel it BEFORE DC REBIRTH

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:25 (three years ago) link

It's just that the inclusion of the Watchmen themes and characters feels utterly gratuitous, their role coul've been replaced by any number of DC universe cosmic players that would feel less out of place in a story like this.


Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:27 (three years ago) link

Also, the funniest bit by far in the comic was Johns' sad attempt at writing Constantine's Britishisms:

Constantine: "Your missus is long gone, chief. Abby Arcane is lost to the dark side and whatnot."

Swamp Thing: "You asked for my help against the capes, Constantine... That is my price."

Constantine: "You've always been a pain in the arse, you bloody turnip."

Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:31 (three years ago) link

I half expected Constantine to call him guv'nor and ask for some blood sausage...

Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:32 (three years ago) link

If it came from literally any other creator than Didio or Johns or Berganza, stealing the Watchmen characters might have been, at the very least, endearingly cheeky. But this is pretty gross. I mean, Moore has been kind of a dullard lately, but it's still gross.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:33 (three years ago) link

I found Morrison's Watchmen pastiches in Superman Beyond 3D and Multiversity to be quite clever and intriguing, but of course Morrison A) actually understood what Watchmen is about, and B) was sensible enough to just homage Watchmen instead of trying to integrate it to another universe where it just doesn't fit.

Tuomas, Monday, 30 May 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link

Especially since the JT Krul version of Captain Atom actually did end up being Doctor Manhattan, out of time and space and all powerful. See? Reading those comics was SOME use.

Weirder though was the Ted Kord stuff and some of the angles used looking down on him and the beetle ship...

Guys, I've had a horrible idea.

10 years missing due to an unseen force. There's a line which is misdirected to Oldie and Dinah but says something about "alliances not made" and "teams unformed".

What if we've got it wrong and this isn't about incorporating Watchmen into the DCU. What if this is the story of how it didn't happen to the Charlton heroes but another universe.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 30 May 2016 21:43 (three years ago) link

bookmarked this thread, munching on imaginary popcorn

Nhex, Monday, 30 May 2016 22:49 (three years ago) link

bookmarked this thread, praying for u, aldo.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:07 (three years ago) link

Is there going to be a ReBirth issue two, or will the storyline now just continue across all the DC titles (I'm morbidly interested in how they will develop the Batman scene at the end of issue one)?

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:37 (three years ago) link

I thought there would a separate Rebirth miniseries, like there is with most of these crossover events, but apparently Rebirth #1 is all we're going to get? And AFAIK there isn't any info on where this whole Watchmen/Dr. Manhattan is gonna continue? Presumably in Batman at least, but there are like a kazillion different Bat-titles nowadays. I guess it's no suprise, but seems like DC doesn't really care at all about casual readers (like myself) who might just want to read this one story arc and not every one of the 50+ titles they produce.

Also, apparently this'll be the last DC comic Geoff Johns will write for a while, as he's gonna focus on the live-action adaptations. So I guess there's a good chance this whole thing will never be resolved, and it'll be swiped away in the next inevitable reboot.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:50 (three years ago) link

I think they've said something something this is a story that will last two years, all over dc titles, we will see it again, don't know how, don't know when, but we know that we will see it agin.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:52 (three years ago) link

Well I'm not gonna start randomly reading their books just in case some of them they might follow this plot, so I guess it's back to Marvel for me. Great job at attracting new readers, DC!

Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:59 (three years ago) link

apparently this'll be the last DC comic Geoff Johns will write for a while


as he's gonna focus on the live-action adaptations

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:00 (three years ago) link

I *think* the initial plot/premise concludes at the end of the Rebirth issues before the numbering changes/reverts/restarts, so just the 22 books to read. Of course, these are spaced out across 4 months so some books will be nearly 6 issues into their regular continuity run before Rebirth gets resolved or explained.

I should have realised earlier of course, that Titans Hunt has also been required reading. As a basic and confusing plot summary, the 60s Teen Titans (Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash etc) were removed from history to protect them from Mr Twister which means all the versions of those characters since are effectively different ones - i.e. the Dick Grayson from the Titans never goes on to be Nightwang etc, making them kind of like the JSA I'd guess. Anyway, they come back into continuity as their own preserved in aspic versions during Titans Hunt except Wally, because everyone forgot about him. Which has now been retconned (already, less than one year on) as being kept by the Speed Force.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:05 (three years ago) link

And GJ won't just be doing films, he'll also be continuing with Green Lantern (the Simon Baz version, at least).

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:05 (three years ago) link

hold up - there are more duplicate heroes in continuity now in the form of the old-school teen titans?

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:07 (three years ago) link

In terms of books to come, Rebirth specials are Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns (Simon Baz/Power Ring), Superman, Titans (Wally/Dick/Roy etc), Wonder Woman (all June); Batgirl & the Birds of Prey, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, The Hellblazer, Justice League, Nightwing, Red Hood & The Outlaws (all July); Blue Beetle, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Trinity (Bats/Supes/WW) (August); Batman Beyond, Teen Titans (Damian Wayne, Johnsiverse Wally etc) (September).

Then after the specials come:

Batman (twice a month), Detective (twice a month, Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Clayface), Batgirl, Nightwing (twice monthly), All Star Batman (twice monthly), Batgirl & The Birds of Prey

Action (twice a month, 80s Superman, Lex Luthor), Superman (twice a month), Wonder Woman (twice a month, odd numbered issues tell one story and even numbered issues another), New Superman (Chinese Superman), Superwoman (Lois, presumably 80s Lois), Supergirl, Trinity.

Aquaman (twice a month), Flash (twice a month), Green Lanterns (twice a month), Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps (twice a month), Justice League (twice a month), Titans, Cyborg, Justice League America (twice a month), Teen Titans.

Green Arrow (twice a month), Deathstroke (twice a month), Harley Quinn (twice a month), The Hellblazer, red Hood & The Outlaws, Suicide Squad (twice a month), Blue Beetle, Super Sons (Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent), Batman Beyond.

Who knows how long that'll last.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:24 (three years ago) link

Yes, and they're going to have their own separate book going forward. xpost

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:25 (three years ago) link

Also, according to this interview, the reason Johns is using Dr. Manhattan in the story is meta-criticism: he's the stand-in for all the creators who thought the way to move superhero comics "forward" was to make them more grim & gritty. While that's not a bad idea in theory, it raises a few points...

1) Morrison has already done the same meta-self-criticism of DC at least three times (Animal Man, Seven Soldier, Final Crisis). so maybe come up with some new ideas?

2) Dr. Manhattan's story in Watchmen ended on an optimistic note: he'd come to appreciate life and its beauty. How does he go from that into making everything dark and depressing?

3) Hasn't Johns himself been the main architect of the DC universe for the last 10+ years? So if he felt DC has become too dark, why hasn't he done anything about it before?


Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:28 (three years ago) link

So wait, if there's the 80s Superman in Action and Chinese Superman in his own book, who's gonna be in the regular Superman book?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:30 (three years ago) link

Yes, and they're going to have their own separate book going forward

fucking hell. at this point it's probably easier to ask who doesn't have at least one doppelganger in this exciting new universe.

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:36 (three years ago) link

Superman will probably turn out not to be dead. Or we might get Electric Superman, or Mullet Superman.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:36 (three years ago) link

Hasn't Johns himself been the main architect of the DC universe for the last 10+ years? So if he felt DC has become too dark, why hasn't he done anything about it before?

exactly - he's the guy behind the dcu's weird dismemberment fetish and already the architect of numerous reboots. at this point it's like letting a builder who's managed to accidentally burn down your house three times to take one more crack at getting it right

benzarro ghazarri (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:40 (three years ago) link

I would actually be enthused about some of these titles, with the knowledge that they weren't made to start spiralling down a Johns drain, but DiDio still means that they'll probably mostly suck, or the good ones will wink out of existence for no reason.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:59 (three years ago) link

Such a depressing list of writers -- with maybe one or two not-terrible, but also not-that-exciting exceptions.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:20 (three years ago) link

Total anecdotal side note: although my general DCU dilettantery ended abruptly with the advent of Flashpoint, it should be noted that I've bought Swamp Thing and Hellblazer comics as long as I've been aware of their existence (since like 1990) and that also abruptly ended at the same time (although I do intend to read Snyder's Swamp Thing at some point, as I've heard good things). It's mildly distressing to see that those characters are still mired in this convoluted garbage that I don't foresee ever wading through. I did look through an issue of the recent (and I guess now cancelled) Swamp Thing by Wein and Kelley Jones and it was easily the worst issue of Swamp Thing that I've ever seen (and I lived through the Nancy Collins run). Congratulations!

I Have A Hot Dog Stuck To My Neck (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:27 (three years ago) link

And, yeah, with few exceptions their writing roster has been underwhelming. I'll never understand what pulled, like, Greg Pak and Ann Nocenti to the Darkseid.

I Have A Hot Dog Stuck To My Neck (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:28 (three years ago) link

What I was told at the roadshow leading up to rebirth is that Johns isn't writing because he's overseeing all of the Rebirthverse, not focusing on live action. That could have changed.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:35 (three years ago) link

This is a fairly recent development in the wake of Superman v Batman's underperformance and what is probably Zack Snyder's quiet demotion.

I Have A Hot Dog Stuck To My Neck (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:40 (three years ago) link

So that he can bring that Green Lantern magic to the movies.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:41 (three years ago) link

Speculation Bendis is behind all this. He calls himself the creator of the Ultimate line remember.

So, your CV says you're a (checks notes) DJ and stand-up comedian (aldo), Monday, 7 October 2019 21:51 (four months ago) link

Having read the Ultimate line start to finish, I don't know that I'd brag too much about that.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Monday, 7 October 2019 22:03 (four months ago) link

Rebirth was only 3 years ago, right? At least that was kind of a soft reboot.

I'm not gonna grumble about Luke Fox Batman or Jonathan Kent Batman. New generations, new stories hopefully, definitely prefer that over bringing back a dead Flash for the gazillionth time

Nhex, Monday, 7 October 2019 22:32 (four months ago) link

Feels like longer, but multiple #1s and biweekly books will do that.

So, your CV says you're a (checks notes) DJ and stand-up comedian (aldo), Monday, 7 October 2019 22:38 (four months ago) link

Having read the Ultimate line start to finish, I don't know that I'd brag too much about that.

Having read Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Ultimate Team-Up #1, The Ultimates and four or five issues of Ultimate Adventures, I don't know that I'd brag too much about reading the line start to finish

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:03 (four months ago) link

By that logic you must consider disclosure of a syphilis diagnosis 'bragging' as well.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:18 (four months ago) link

Penicillin won't cure a compulsion to read Bendis.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:19 (four months ago) link

Hey now, we're all comics readers, we're all up to our waists in crap.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:26 (four months ago) link

[looks at reading pile to right of laptop]

Bad Gateway hardcover, an issue of Meat Cake, Schizo #4, The Cheque Mate, the Bounty Law issue of Mad, an issue of Dash Shaw's Cosplayers, Love & Rockets vol II #20, kus! #30 edited by Gabe Fowler, a Hunt Emerson book on Rip Off, eleven different Simon Hanselmann minis, a stack of New Yorkers, the new TCJ, an issue of Lucky Peach with mini-interviews w/ John Pham, Sammy Harkham and Xaime in, and one Millar/Quitely floppy set in Sydney that I'm trying to bring myself to write a snarky blog about.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 7 October 2019 23:36 (four months ago) link

comics: a friend of mine

comics: an abusive boyfriend of yours but if you keep giving him another chance he'll hold your hand in public once, on your next birthday, as long as you don't say anything stupid with your dumb mouth during the week beforehand

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:07 (four months ago) link

Why do you make me do this. Why.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:15 (four months ago) link

Sic, it is possible to be too much of an arsehole.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:30 (four months ago) link

:( I’m sorry for disparaging the dude that gave OL syphilis

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 01:04 (four months ago) link

Y'know tbf it's really a fool's errand to try and pin it on one solitary dude.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 02:15 (four months ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 02:32 (four months ago) link

Lois Lane #4 starts out incest-y and only gets more so.

So, your CV says you're a (checks notes) DJ and stand-up comedian (aldo), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:52 (four months ago) link


Nhex, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 22:28 (four months ago) link

Took a look at DC's books in a shop for the first time in ages because of this thread, and am predictably mystified and enraged. What is a Year of the Villain? Why is Event Leviathan? The fucking Legion of fucking tedious fucking Super-heroes again?

I tried reading Tom King's Batman a while ago on the strength of his Vision series. It was extraordinarily purple, with a plot that lurched like a drunk falling down stairs, but aside from the 1-page reintroduction of Kite Man, it was not very good.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 23:39 (four months ago) link

King's Batman is pretty wacky and they seem to be playing up the 'high tech' angle of everything. I thought it was ok fun. I'm I've read up to #48, so I am a couple arcs behind where it is at now. They did a Superman and Batman double dating with Lois Lane and Catwoman issue, which was cheesy but super hero comic catnip. The New 52 Batman is a pretty emotional creature compared to the ole' Miller Batd1ck.

I'm kind of skipping around catching up on some Batman comics. I am reading the last part of the Tomasi/Gleason Batman and Robin series and up to when the teams changed on the first N52 Detective series. I've read the whole VOL.2/N52 Snyder Batman run.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:24 (four months ago) link

King's run has some slow stretches, but overall I admit love it (and its purpleness)

Nhex, Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:09 (four months ago) link

once the wedding passes tho, woo boy.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 October 2019 03:29 (four months ago) link

I'm back to enjoying King's run in a read-it-as-soon-as-its-out (but for free) way

With respect to the crap vs. indie discussion, I like both, but I'd pick a bad Tom Taylor comic over Simon Hanselmann any day, yikes

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 11 October 2019 12:49 (four months ago) link

Some would have us believe that the world of indie comics is less crap-filled than the mainstream.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:20 (four months ago) link

sturgeon's law as always applies

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:15 (four months ago) link

What that a Tom King comic is an indyref trigger?

So, your CV says you're a (checks notes) DJ and stand-up comedian (aldo), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:10 (four months ago) link

A law established at federation restricted us from having more than one half-decent cartoonist every half-decade, and while I respect the gag of making this guy a clone of Wolverine, Tom Taylor cannot be it.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:03 (four months ago) link

Looks like Nite Owl is in the Justice League now:

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 03:19 (four months ago) link

I was going to say "as much as the Kingdom Come Alan Scott", but apparently that's just what he looks like these days?

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:48 (four months ago) link

and the red son superman, looks like

expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:11 (four months ago) link

Led by Kamandi? Yeah, probably some multiversal crossover.

Go-Gurt Ops (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 12:05 (four months ago) link

So, having not really followed DC at large but strategically holding Doomsday Clock at arm’s length:
Did they really fuck up the timing with it so much that the culmination ties into crap that did or was supposed to happen in the main line of comics a long time back? And I’ve also read that they’ve already introduced a couple celestial-level characters capable of screwing around with all of reality that makes the whole deal kind of redundant?

mh, Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:49 (three months ago) link

they're called "the editors" but they answer to the awesome power of "THE SHAREHOLDERS"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:18 (three months ago) link

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