War of The Gods Annotations Continue

Into the home stretch, now.

Finished the notes on issue #3 of the main series, as well as all the crossovers between #2 and #3. Only things left are three crossover issues between #3 and #4, then the final issue of War of The Gods itself, then a possible epilogue.

I’m thinking of doing something else as well, that I tried with Blackest Night – a timeline and/or character map showing how the various crossover issues dovetail with the main series.

Still, one thing at a time, eh?

New Dark Matter Titles

DC have revealed that after the forthcoming Dark Nights: Metal event, there’s going to be a new family of titles under the Dark Matter heading. Over at Newsarama, there’s some preview art and descriptions of the series and here’s my level of interest:

THE SILENCER
· Debuting in September
· Written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita Jr.
· Honor Guest was the world’s deadliest assassin, until she traded it all for a chance at a “normal” life in the suburbs, free from the constant death and destruction. But as her former life comes back to haunt her, Honor must strip away her suburban persona and protect her family as THE SILENCER.

Not for me, I think – the whole deadly super assassin thing just doesn’t appeal.

SIDEWAYS
· Debuting in September
· Written by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort
· Forever changed by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a teenager struggles to live through high school as he comes in contact with Dark Matter and gains the power to teleport through the Dark Dimension. But each leap brings the new hero one step closer to succumbing to the allure of his new power and its dark origins.

Definitely not – every comic I’ve read that’s been written by Dan DiDio has, frankly, been awful (I’m looking at you, Phantom Stranger, in particular) so that’s enough for me to bow out.

IMMORTAL MEN
· Debuting in October
· Written by James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee
· Born at the dawn of time, five siblings find that with eternal life comes eternal war. As the forces of destruction march into the modern world, they operate from the shadows, recruiting the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon. They are humankind’s hope sprung eternal….they are the IMMORTAL MEN.

This sounds interesting to me although we’ll probably get four issues with “art by Jim Lee” before a fill-in artist has to take over!

DAMAGE
· Debuting in October
· Written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel
· Ethan Avery only wanted to serve his country, but promises of becoming the ultimate weapon leave the new recruit living a nightmare. Cursed with the ability to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time, Ethan only wants to live out his life in peace. But if he can tame the monster inside, it might just be able to do more good for the country than Ethan ever expected.

It’s a possible – I like Venditti’s writing and Daniel’s art but there’s only so many pennies to go around.

NEW CHALLENGERS
· Debuting in December
· Written by Scott Snyder with art by Andy Kubert
· Characters live on borrowed time, running from death toward the greatest mysteries, wonders and terrors of the universe! It’s a new cast, new mission, but in conversation with the history and greatness of the original Challengers of the Unknown. The story starts with Challengers Mountain returning after having been missing for years, and only gets wilder from there…

This is the other definite for me – I like the writer and the artist and the concept sounds intriguing.

War of The Gods Annotations Continue

Blimey – hadn’t realised it was about eight months since I’d last looked at doing the annotations for War of The Gods. With the mass of renovation and decoration Mrs Earth-Prime and I had done on the house last year, plus being stupidly busy in work, it really knocked my schedule out, but even so, that’s a long time between updates.

Anyhow, issue 2’s notes are done, and I’ve started on the crossovers between War… #2 and #3.

Let’s see if I can get this done and dusted over the next couple of weeks, shall we?

More Dark Nights: Metal News

Despite my slight reservations over the title – seriously, Dark Nights: Metal just sounds like the worst 80s heavy metal album ever and I should know, I owned more than my fair share of them – the more I’m hearing from Scott Snyder about DC’s next big event gives me a great deal of hope.

This article reveals that it’ll be six issues long, starting in August and with no need to read any tie-ins. I have no doubt DC will have other series cross over with it as well as spin off vaguely connected miniseries like they did with Final Crisis – did we really need Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape? – but it’s good to see a distinct event planned.

He mentions in that article that “Metal is a DC wide event … It’s not a bat family book. It’s Justice League+” which is reassuring for me as I’m not a Bat-book reader so have missed everything he’s done on the Batman books over the last few years, though I hear it’s very good.

Again, though, the thing that gives me the most hope for this series, is the overall tone that Snyder’s pushing as he says here:

And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. Dark Nights: Metal will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.

With a bit of luck (and if I can pull my finger out) I can finally finish the War of The Gods annotations and be ready for this series.

Not Oriental

In the same week that Roy Thomas was taken to task for using the word “Oriental”, I came across this classified ad in an old issue of All Star Squadron from the early 80s:

This is the AMERICAN WAY” it proudly says, “not oriental

Who needs a collections of fast, athletic moves when you can simply deliver a poorly drawn left-handed punch to the bearded face of a man in a yellow onesie?

Is there anything more American than that, my friends?