100 Issues Ago October 2013

While a large part of the DCU was off dealing with the results of FOREVER EVIL as mentioned last month, the Green Lantern family of titles started Lights Out, a multi-part story that told the arrival of Relic and his determination to stop all the Lantern Corps, not just the Green, from draining the well of the emotional spectrum. Here Relic arrives on Oa having already kicked the collective behinds of White Lantern Kyle Rayner, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris, and the Templar Guardians. Despite the Corps attempts, and Hal Jordan stepping up and actually acting like a leader, it’s not long before the Central Power Battery is drained by Relic and the Corps left powerless.

My recollection of Venditti’s run on GREEN LANTERN is mostly positive, and the Lights Out storyline was one of the stand outs, I think.

Elsewhere in DC, FOREVER EVIL smears itself across multiple titles; Power Girl copes with a loss of powers in WORLDS’ FINEST; Jim Starlin continues ignoring everything that’s ever happened in STORMWATCH and writes his own stories, paying no attention to the DCU; SWAMP THING‘s villain Seeder is revealed to be an old adversary; and it’s the last issue of EARTH-2 written by James Robinson who was (if I recall correctly) rather unceremoniously dropped from the title.

Outside of DC, Dark Horse continues it’s adaptation of George Lucas’ original draft of THE STAR WARS, while Oni Press launches LETTER 44 by Charles Soule which I picked up as I was impressed by his writing in SWAMP THING.

2 thoughts on “100 Issues Ago October 2013

  1. “Jim Starlin continues ignoring everything that’s ever happened in STORMWATCH and writes his own stories, paying no attention to the DCU.”

    That pretty much also describes Starlin whenever it comes to writing Thanos as well.


  2. October’s a slow month for me. Think I’m in a bit of a transition phase; lots of books ending, nothing yet starting up to replace them. From DC, still just Katana, which I think is on at least its third artist (ChrisCross) by now. Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur returns for its third issue.

    Everything else is Marvel, but there’s not much. Hawkeye actually shipped (I think this was the issue that retold the time around Grills’ death from Hawkeye’s brother’s perspective, sigh), but Captain Marvel didn’t. Avengers Arena is almost over, X-Men is in the middle of some X-Books event involving the original 5 X-Men, brought from the past by present day Beast, and I think two different teams of X-Men from the future, one or both of which were evil? Only reading the parts the story that were in this book meant it didn’t make much sense. Daredevil’s fighting the hate group Sons of the Serpent, who are deeply entrenched in the New York justice system. Racism, in America’s courts and police departments? Gasp.

    Things’ll perk up a little next month.


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