Gone in a Flash!

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So Bart Allen is dead, but apparently no one is very upset about this latest move by DC comics. The latest Flash series was considered DOA by many critics, but writer Marc Guggenheim came on board as a pinch hitter and really crafted a good tale to send Bart into the wild unknown. It’s just too bad he wasn’t given more time to develop his take on the character. Sometimes it takes more time for a book to find itself. After all, while the Wally West-era Flash book eventually received considerable critical acclaim and helped launch the careers of notable writers like Mark Waid and Geoff Johns, it was an absolutely abysmal mess when it started. The Mike Barron scripts were simply awful – read the first Flash annual to get a taste of just how bad it got when Barron gave Flash the din mak death touch.

Now DC has returned Flash to its original series numbering and to writer Mark Waid. It’s unclear who the title Flash of this series will be. Any guesses??


June 27, 2007 Posted by | Comics | 3 Comments

Who cares about Iron Man? Jeff Bridges is BALD!

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Actually, I DO care about Iron Man, though it has never exactly been my favorite comic – not by a long, long shot. However, I do like the casting of the upcoming film, and, unlike many fanboys out there, I think Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect choice for Tony Stark, substance-abuse problems and all. Likewise, Jon Favreau is a good choice for director. My only real concern is that Iron Man has never had a strong gallery of villains (the Mandarin anyone?); in fact, in light of this, it’s no wonder Marvel has pushed Stark to almost villain-like proportions in its current post-Civil War books. Who’s a better villain for Iron Man than Iron Man himself?

June 25, 2007 Posted by | Comics | 1 Comment

Everything Old is New Again

That is, as long as you’re DC Comics.  Yes, friends, the Multiverse has returned with a vengeance, leaving some of us old veterans of comics scratching our heads.  You see, WAY back yonder in 1985 DC had this plan to eliminate all of the confusion created by their multiple-Earth mess.  At that point, there were a ridiculous number of Earths co-existing in the DC universe, causing both new and old fans to either give in to the madness or just give up on reading DC.  Thus, Crisis on Infinite Earths was born, and while by today’s standards it looks and reads rather crudely (the visuals are certainly terrific, but the paper quality and coloring standards of the time neutered Perez’s pencils) the series certainly trumped the Marvel event that was happening at roughly the same moment (Secret Wars).  For the first time in ages, the DC universe had a linear timeline and ONE Earth.  Alas, it took another ground-breaking event, 52, to send us all the way back to the beginning.

To be fair, it doesn’t look as if things are going to be quite as confusing as they once were.  Instead of a limitless number of universes, now there is a definite limit of 52.  How this will impact storytelling, no one knows quite yet, but aren’t 52 universes just as potentially confusing as a theoretically limitless multiverse?  And, as is often the case, what happens when the writers who invented this new-old transformation either leave DC or move to other projects?  I certainly trust the DC universe to the more than capable hands of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, etc, but what about the teeming hordes of writers who will follow them?  Is DC condeming itself to this sort of contract-expand paradigm for the rest of its publishing life? 

What’s your take on the return of the multiverse?  Leave your message after the beep…..

June 4, 2007 Posted by | Comics, Commentary | 1 Comment