The Naivete Of Youth

Okay, maybe not youth…

I’m in the process of copying over my notes from the old Annotated Infinite Crisis site and had honestly forgotten how much stuff I’d put into that; not just the seven issues of the main series but a whole bunch of tie-ins and other odds and sods. It’s going to take me a while to get all of that over here, re-do some images, put correct links in to new pages and so on, but it’s getting there.

The reason I mention this now is because I was working on the notes for issue #4 and came across this:

Page 24 – Panel 7    From out of the Speed Force, grabbing Superboy-Prime around the neck comes Flash (Barry Allen), grandfather of Kid Flash. Barry is rare in the world of superheroes: a character who died and, to this day, remains dead. He has appeared occasionally (usually in The Flash during a time-travelling storyline or as a flashback) but in the present day he is still dead, having given his life during Crisis on Infinite Earths.

You have to bear in mind that I wrote the above in 2007 when Barry Allen was indeed “a character who died and, to this day, remains dead“. The idea of bringing him back at that point and basically negating his hugely heroic death in Crisis, was just unthinkable.

And then they went and did it just a year or so later.

Death – it just doesn’t stick, does it?

Flash Sacrifice

Image’s December Solicitations

I’m getting a darn sight more Image titles than I was this time two years ago when I used to blog so it seems only fair that as I looked at DC’s yesterday, I have a look at Image’s December solicitations today.

Birthright #12


Birthright #12 – really been enjoying this from issue #1. I think me and three other people liked Josh Williamson’s work on the quickly cancelled New 52 series Voodoo, and it was on the strength of that and the premise of Brithright #1 that I gave it a go. Haven’t regretted it since.

Black Magick #3

Black Magick #3 – at the time of writing, #1 hasn’t landed in my local comic shop but I’ve high hopes for this. And hey, Nicola Scott art is always a winner.

East Of West – not one I’m getting in the monthlies but I picked up the first trade a few weeks ago just because it looked interesting (faux-Wild West with apocalyptic overtones gets me every time!) and I’ve got the second trade to read soon.

Goddamned #2

The Goddamned #2 – another series where issue #1 hasn’t arrived yet but I have hopes for.

Basic CMYK

Mythic #7 – John McCrea art and Phil Hester writing; this is shaping up to be really good.

Nailbiter #18

Nailbiter #18 – the other Josh Williamson title I get which is even better than Birthright.

Conspicuous by their absence was Copperhead (possibly my favourite Image title at the moment) and Rasputin.

DC’s December Solicitations

Honestly, it’s always baffled me why DC release their solicits in about five or six different posts; thank goodness Newsarama habitually collate them all into one. Here’s December’s; let’s see what we’ve got, eh?

Harley’s Little Black Book #1

Harley’s Little Black Book #1 – not something I’ll be picking up monthly, but will probably grab in the trade; long been a fan of Palmiotti’s writing and Conner’s art is never less than gorgeous.

Justice League #47

Justice League #47 – I’m enjoying the Darkseid War storyline so far and the use of the Anti-Monitor and the Crime Syndicate is always a plus.

Earth 2 Society #7

Earth 2: Society #7 – the solicitation mentions Dr Impossible – is that Jimmy Olsen on the cover and is he Dr Impossible?

Secret Six #9

Secret Six #9 – if I wasn’t already getting (and thoroughly enjoying) this title, the solicit of “The team’s attempt to defend the Earth from invasion by the Elder Gods takes them to a creepy New England town, inhabited by one very nasty creature.” Secret Six vs Elder Gods? Sold!

Green Lantern #47

Green Lantern #47 – Sonar’s back! What do you think, Bito Wladen or the guy from Kyle Rayner’s run with metal sticking out of him? My money’s on Bito.

And conspicuous by its absence is Green Lantern: The Lost Army #7 which should be out in December. Another title biting the dust?

The above isn’t everything I’m getting (there’s Aquaman and Justice League of America for example) but that’s what caught my eye.

Justice League United We Fall

Justice League United 00Read news today that Justice League United is finishing in December and I find that I’m not too disappointed with that.

Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone’s first few issues were good and even after McKone left, Lemire’s writing was enough to keep me on board, but post-Convergence, I’ve struggled with the title to be honest.

Jeff Parker’s Aquaman writing is good but on JLU he seems to be struggling. The new set-up has Adam Strange trapped in a Zeta Beam, communicating to his team mates about anomalies across the world and who they need to recruit to deal with them. The revolving membership of the team and being sent on missions instantly put me in mind of Justice League Task Force which started out with a similar brief and we all know that didn’t end well.

This will bring my DC ongoing titles down to seven which is the lowest it’s been for a good few years. And, unless something outstanding appears in the December solicitations, I’m not sure that number’s going to increase.