Eclipso Annotations Nearing Completion

Almost finished the notes on the tie-in annuals – only three more to go, then a detailed look at Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2 and that’ll be the main annotations completed. I also plan to have a look at the solo Eclipso series that followed it, as well as how things got wrapped up in the pages of The Spectre.

Having to read (or in some cases re-read) the annuals has been kinda fun on the whole, as I remember the early 90’s DCU with some fondness. However, having just re-read the Justice League Europe annual, I’ve been reminded of how terrible Power Girl was written back then – she was portrayed as constantly angry, a state put down to being allergic to artificial sweeteners in diet soda. So, in the annual, having been annoyed by her team mates, what does she do?

Power Girl Soda

Yep, she binges on diet soda and gets angry. No prizes for guessing who from the JLE gets eclipsed…

Crisis House Ad

Came across this house ad for what was then titled DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths in Green Lantern #186, cover dated March 1985:

GL 186 Crisis Ad2As the first issue of Crisis was cover dated April ’85, just one month later, I can only guess that the ad was done months in advance which is why it still had the original series title.

Sill, it’s sort of nice to see that even at that early stage, the tag-line of “The DC Universe will never be the same” was in place.

New Bloodlines?!

A few weeks ago, I finished transferring all the annotations I’d done from the old site to this one and then thought about which DC event to start afresh. If I’m honest, my choices were either Eclipso: The Darkness Within or Bloodlines mainly because I already owned all the annuals and book ends for both of them. Knowing Bloodlines would be a little less enjoyable due to the – shall we say, weaker – storyline, I went for Eclipso and am currently about half way through the write-ups.

Now, in a wonderful example of sod’s law, I read that DC are going to be revisiting Bloodlines with a new six-issue mini series in April with the following details:

When a meteor crashes to Earth, bringing with it an unspeakable alien presence that terrorizes a nearby small town, the lucky ones die first. As for the rest, they find themselves locked in a hellish struggle for control of their bodies and their minds. This isn’t just an invasion. It’s an infestation. What would you do if the greatest threat to humanity was hidden away inside you?
Award-winning writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Jirni) and superstar-in-the-making V. Ken Marion (All New Soulfire, Jirni) bring you their dark and horrifying science-fiction epic about tortured souls who are cursed to a fate worse than death…much worse.

Here’s the cover to the first issue:


That looks like an updated Razorblade on the left, Gunfire or maybe Ballistic behind her, Loose Cannon in the front and – a real maybe – Geist in the background?

Given the original Bloodline parasite’s were and obvious rip-off homage to the Alien xenomorphs, I wonder if the floating ball things with hooks are a more subtle reference to the face-huggers?

Either way, it seems I need to get my skates on and finish the Eclipso annotations because – obviously – the whole of the internet will be wanting to find out more about the original Bloodlines series now this has been announced.

Are You Joking


Double Dialogue In The Precinct

The Precinct is a sort of follow-on from Bill Willingham’s Legenderry series and the mini-series that followed that – at least it’s set in the same world even if it’s not featuring any of the same characters. Issue #2 came out last week and there’s a scene where members of the Alchemy Academy (surely Alchemical Academy would work better?) appeal to the Royal Senate to be allowed to have a representative on the Senate. They ask this because, they believe, the Senate relies too much upon steam powered mechanical inventions, whereas the Academy deal with the divine and the spiritual.

During the debate, this happens:

Precinct Full Page

There’s a couple of things that jumped out at me reading this. First, the top panel:

Precinct Classified

Classified? Who the hell mentioned anything about classified things? That piece of dialogue comes out of nowhere.

The other thing is the first speech bubble on the page (in the panel above) and the last one spoken by a different character. Here they are, side by side:

Precinct Double Dialogue

This is either sloppy writing by Frank J Barberie or sloppy editing by Rachel Pinnelas or Joe Rybandt.

Either way, it doesn’t fill me with a great deal of confidence for the forthcoming Dejah Thoris series which is written by Barberie.

Green Lantern Corps Redefine “Priority”

I picked up the first issue of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion this week and, on the whole, it wasn’t too bad – certainly no better or worse than Green Lantern: Lost Army which it follows. However, being the nit picking kind of guy I am, one thing did jump out at me.

Towards the start of the issue, the Corps members led by John Stewart are gathering to discuss what happens and this conversation takes place:

GLC Priority 1

First glance that’s nothing unusual – they need to find the other Corps members and look for a way back to the universe and time they left behind.

But hang on, let’s take a closer look:

GLC Priority 2

Guy Gardner says they’ve been exploring the dying universe for six months.

GLC Priority 3

John Stewart says finding the missing Corps members needs to be their first priority.

First priority?! If that’s the case, why have they spent six months exploring? Why haven’t they spent six months looking for the rest of the Corps?

It’s a situation made all the more absurd because Graf Toren comes up with the idea of asking Mogo to shine like a beacon and what do you know? The rest of the Corps see it and head towards it!

Six months of not bothering to look for the missing Corps members then, when they decide to, they find them in five minutes!

Suffering Sappho, this does not bode well for the rest of the series!

Supergirl News

For The Man Who Has EverythingWhile I watched the final two episodes of Supergirl before Christmas, with work and family and everything else I didn’t get the chance to do any write ups of them which is a shame – the final episode in particular was a cracker. The Kryptonian assualt, Cat Grant figuring out Kara was Supergirl, and Henshaw revealing he was the Martian Manhunter all fed into a great mid-season cliffhanger.

Still, there’s news today that a new episode is going to be based around Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ story For The Man Who Has Everything where Kara will wake up on Krypton as though nothing has happened. As the linked article says, there’s no word on any other heroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman or Robin appearing and – to be honest – those roles are likely to be taken by Supergirl’s supporting cast. It’ll probably be Jimmy, Winn, Alex and maybe Henshaw as J’onn J’onnz who find her with some sort of Black Mercy attached, but it’ll be nice to see some form of the story on the screen.

And hey, it’ll give Alan Moore another opportunity to lambast TV and film writers for not being able to come up with anything original.

There’s also other news about a possible crossover between Supergirl and The Flash which I would love to see. Both shows, while dealing with serious moments, have a freshness about them that would make them an excellent fit. Fingers crossed this comes off.

Flash Supergirl