Posts Tagged ‘ Justice League ’

Woozy With Hunger and Comic Book Love


Hello, loyal readers! It’s Yom Kippur, and I am fasting. Thus, I ask that you excuse any typos or general loopiness. I haven’t eaten in 22 hours. However, the show must go on, and there are comic books to discuss!

I am extremely behind on my reading (and also my blogging), so you’ll all have to forgive me, I’m still reviewing the first issues of some of the DC new 52. But don’t worry, I’ll catch up soon enough! And no, I won’t review every issue of every comic I read.

Anyway, let’s start with Justice League International #1!  It definitely accomplished more as a first issue than Justice League #1 did, but there’s a balance between action and exposition that I’m not sure either Dan Jurgens or Geoff Johns struck particularly well.

I was much more impressed Nightwing #1, which I felt did a great deal in terms of kicking off Dick’s story without inundating us with information. Of course, Nightwing is written from Dick’s perspective, and his narration really helps set the scene. I can certainly understand how this isn’t an option for ensemble pieces like JL and JLI.

My only complaint was that some of Dick’s interior monologue was written a bit stiffly, but then, Dick’s always been a bit uptight.

He is, however, quite the looker.

Last but not least, a short discussion of Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. I’m going to be honest, I’m completely on the fence about this one. I may be alone in this, but I’m a huge fan of Jason Todd, especially as Red Hood, so I have high hopes for this series. It’s witty, appealing, engaging, and it struck that balance I mentioned earlier between action and exposition really well–partially because of the humor.

However, I am a woman (see comment on Dick Grayson above), and I found the portrayal of Starfire to be a little bit offensive. I mean, seriously. She shows up in the skimpiest of outfits looking completely emaciated, and her first line of dialogue reads, ‘Is there anything else I can do, Jason?’ Excuse me while I vomit.  It seems to me she’s liberated sexually, but that’s about it. I find it a bit questionable, especially in a woman who was sold into slavery back on her home world.

But hey, fan service is fan service.

Enjoy your weekends, and happy reading!

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL!!


There are big things going on in the comic book industry right now. The internet is abuzz with news about the DC renumbering to take effect in September. Now, on a very basic level what this means is that 52 of our favourite titles will get shiny re-imaginings, starting off again at issue #1. On August 31st, we’ll see Justice League No.1 by Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

Naturally, this has sparked a lot of debate, and comic lovers are in a tizzy.

One of the prominent issues:  is this a reboot?

DC says no. Various official information from the publishers refers to this massive undertaking as either a “relaunch” or a “renumbering.” Fans hold that there is a vast difference between a relaunch and a reBOOT, and I agree. The spelling of the second syllables are hardly comparable. Yes, that was snark, because really, I think the two terms suggest the same thing: old heroes, new stories.

But that raises questions, too. What do I mean by new? Are we going to be reading about new villains? Different back stories? Again, DC has a response, but it’s pretty vague if you ask me. In an interview with USA Today, Justice League No. 1 artist Jim Lee (you know him from titles like All Star Batman and Robin) says, “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.” It looks like characters and costumes alike will be getting revamped (there’s another “RE” for you guys), but the basic origin stories will remain the same.

I think Booster conveys my sentiments about this pretty well.

The horror!

As my title suggests, I don’t know how to feel! This is big stuff, my friends. This is huge. And honestly, I can’t tell what the real motivation is behind it. Are DC really trying to help the fans? Are they just in it for more money (probably)? Are they sick of trying to keep track of multitudinous, convoluted story lines? It’s probably a bit of all three, but who knows? It could be that aliens controlling their brains in a twisted experiment to see how the comic book community responds to change. There’s got to be an easier way, aliens. There just must be!

Certainly, there are pros and cons, as Blastr attempts to outline in this article, but here’s the rub: I’m not really sure we can know what the pros and cons are. I’m impressed we’ve even reached a point where we can acknowledge their existence. Now, I don’t mean that as an insult. Comic book lovers tend to be intelligent people, and if they’ve stuck with the characters all these years (see MULTITUDINOUS and CONVOLUTED above) they must be pretty good at wrapping their heads around things, however, this is a biggun.

Never fear, gentle readers! I may not be a super hero, but I do have one on my shoes.

Thus, I feel qualified to give my opinion on the matter. And here it is: I’m excited.

Mercy!!

WAIT! STOP! Don’t stone me to death! (That picture’s really handy.)

Let me explain.

I love comic books, but I would call myself an amateur comic book reader. Is there really such a thing? I don’t know. What I mean by it, though, is that I haven’t read very many of the big DC or Marvel titles, and I certainly haven’t been able to follow the stories of my favourite superheroes. The comics I actively read are more along the lines of Sandman, The Ultimates, Buffy Season 7, and graphic novels like Watchmen and V for Vendetta. In other words, graphic literature with an expiration date. When I first read Sandman, I knew it would end, which was sad, but it also meant I didn’t have to scramble to read five hundred issues of a story that wasn’t even finished. And I’ve always been a little bit cranky about the fact that I can’t just pick up a Green Lantern comic and start in. I wouldn’t know where to begin with any of those big names. There are series and spin-off series and companion stories and alternate universes and it’s all a little brain-explody.

So, yes, it’s kind of nice that DC is letting me start at the beginning, perhaps in a manner similar to that in which the Ultimates gave me a comprehensive story about the Avengers. (Or perhaps not like that at all. We’ll have to wait and see.) I’m excited for Justice League No.1 and I’m going to keep an open mind about other titles as well. Maybe this will be my chance to up my nerd-knowledge when it comes to comics, maybe it’ll just put a strain on my bank account, but either way, trying new things is good for the soul. It keeps me interesting. And you guys would probably be the first to tell me, I could use all the interesting I can get.

Questions?

I know. I think I’m so funny. But if you do still have questions, here’s a handy dandy source list:

DC Universe: The Source: DC’s press release

The USA Today article referenced above

The Comics Reporter’s blog

Geeks of Doom’s post