With JUSTICE LEAGUE having been the tentpole book for the launch of the New 52, you had to wonder why there was a need, just over two years later, for the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA to be launched. Turns out it was just a vanity project for Geoff Johns to lead the charge towards the upcoming Trinity War storyline. This iteration of the League was put together in order to keep tabs on the main Justice League which, along with the Justice League Dark, would form the three League teams in Trinity War.
The team’s raison d’être never really rang true with me, plus I never cottoned to David Finch’s art, but I stuck with the series, sucker as I was for anything labelled Justice League.
Of course, as I type this, I remember that Trinity War led directly to Forever Evil . . . oh boy, I am not looking forward to revisiting that in the coming months.
The GREEN LANTERN titles were finishing with Rise of the Third Army and gearing up for the surprisingly enjoyable First Lantern storyline; SWAMP THING was still struggling to get out of the never ending Rotworld crossover; sundry other stuff was happening in other DC series.
Outside of DC, it was just GHOST, FURY MAX, and FATALE.
4 thoughts on “100 Issues Ago February 2013”
Just goes to show you that unless it’s not about the main iconic 7 (or 8) no one really cares.
God this was such an awful period. The only thing I liked out of Forever Evil was how much the Criminal Syndicate of Amerika got such a spotlight from it. That’s all. Whole thing aged badly, as did A LOT of that era.
Yeah, this period doesn’t look good in retrospect.
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DC: Katana starts. As usual, I enjoy Nocenti’s writing, but like with green Arrow, DC did not do her any favors with the artist. Alex Sanchez just made some bizarre choices when it came to page layout and what information needed to be emphasized. Other than that, Dial H and Batman Beyond Unlimited.
Marvel: OK, Secret Avengers actually ended last month. The fact I couldn’t remember tells you something, although Remender certainly wrote a better Hawkeye than Bendis. Avengers Arena, Captain America, Daredevil, Captain Marvel. One new series, Fearless Defenders by Cullen Bunn and Wil Sliney. This was when Marvel was trying to be more “diverse” by having more books starring female characters, but still written and drawn by dudes. Turns out Bunn’s writing does not work for me at all. Like another Dan Jurgens, just nothing about it sparks anything in me.
Other: Angel & Faith, and another Rocketeer mini-series, Hollywood Horror. This one is a little sillier than Cargo of Doom, plays with the idea of the series being in Hollywood a little more.
Like you, looking over the DC titles I had from that month, so many of them had blurred in my memory which isn’t a sign of good storytelling. As I get to 2014, we’ll see the number of DC titles starting to fall.
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