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Over at the Beat, there’s a picture of Batgirl’s new costume:

How many things in a costume can you make into bats, kids?

Okay, the symbol on the chest is a given – you can have that one.

It’s a utility belt! C’mon!

Because the chest symbol isn’t enough?

Sure, put one on her heel – everyone will be looking there.

Seriously? The sole of her boot has to have a goddam bat shaped tread?

Will someone please tell Sean Gordon Murphy that sometimes less is more?

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Heroes In Crisis

News broke about the next big DC event, Heroes in Crisis by Tom King, dealing with heroes in “a sort of trauma center where [they] can go when things get overwhelming” called Sanctuary.

There’s more to it than that, of course, as it includes a murder mystery and is “also about what happens when Sanctuary fails, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the DCU

The cover doesn’t give much away, although that might be the Medusa Mask of the Psycho-Pirate that Superman’s holding, along with the figures in white who also appear to be wearing the same style mask, but among the many characters in the crowd, I noticed Power Girl, just behind Hal Jordan’s head. That’s more evidence that that the original PG’s coming back.

I’ll be picking this up, though it sounds more akin to Identity Crisis than any of the other Crisis events, and we all know what a bundle of laughs that turned out to be. My only real knowledge of Tom King is the much acclaimed Omega Men miniseries from a few years ago; while it was good, I disliked the abrupt change in Kyle Rayner as King suddenly made him a devout Catholic, something that was never mentioned before and hasn’t appeared since.

Still, I guess we wait and see.

The (Not So) All Powerful Spectre

A common complaint for years about the Spectre was that he was just too powerful to relate to, something that Superman faced as well in the 70s when he was routinely throwing planets around.

By the late 80s, the Spectre had been depowered and forced to hang around with Jim Corrigan as a separate entity. He currently plays a small role in Millennium that I’m working my way though which led me to find this panel.

Behold, my friends, the Spectre – spirit of vengeance, hammer of God, one of the most powerful heroes the DCU has ever had – reduced to getting around like the rest of us:

Of course, they didn’t show his next words:

 

Or the other things he asked Corrigan to do:

Man, the 80s were rough for him.