Maybe I need to re-do my banner image and remove FOREVER EVIL from the list of Coming Soon annotations, as the more I look back on it for these 100 Issues Ago posts, the more I dislike the series. Maybe that’s why I’m focusing on this issue of WORLDS’ FINEST because it was one of the few tie-ins that I had this month? Who knows?
Either way, while not the best writer, Paul Levitz tends to manage straightforward heroics with Power Girl still suffering from her on again – off again powers (she starts the issue hoping her invulnerability has worn off so she can get a tattoo – it hadn’t) and trying to kick start them by buying a ride into Earth’s orbit on a space shuttle so she can go bathe in the sun’s rays directly. Trouble is, that gives her an uncontrollable boost and sends her hurtling back to Earth where the Huntress tries to help.
Elsewhere in the DCU, it’s mostly FOREVER EVIL as I said, so everything feels like it’s coated with an extra layer of grim and gritty this month. Outside of DC, Dark Horse continue their adaptation of THE STAR WARS (including stormtroopers – with lightsabers!), Image continues the excellent FATALE, and Oni Press LETTER 44 starts to pick up.
5 thoughts on “100 Issues Ago November 2013”
Kind of an interesting month for me. Avengers Arena, Captain Marvel and Katana all ended. The first two will sort of return within the next six months.
I added two things to my pull list. One was the #0 issue of the Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti Harley Quinn book, where a bunch of different artists drew pages, and it kind of established their take on the character. This is going to be the main thing I buy from DC for about the next year plus.
The other was a 4-issue mini-series, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, written by Chris Hastings, writer of Adventures of Dr. McNinja, and drawn by Jacopo Camagni. It double-ships in November and December, so it wrapped up quick. It’s one of the few stories about Longshot that follows what Nocenti established in the original mini-series, namely that Longshot’s good luck comes at the cost of someone else having bad luck, and kind of runs with the consequences of that.
Outside those, we’ve got Rocketeer/Spirit, now with J Bone as artist, X-Men, Daredevil, and Hawkeye.
I picked up the collections of the Conner/Palmiotti Harley books – they were fun on the whole.
Totally up to you, but I can see the lack of appeal. Aside from the Earth-3 CSA, Forever Evil was basically a retread of New Year’s Evil, Alex Ross’ Justice League, and the basic pessimistic & unnecessarily grim n’ gritty attitude DC had adopted ever since 2004’s Identity Crisis. Forever Evil truly was the last gasps of a dying reboot before smarter heads prevailed and the whole cursed experiment was aborted. That’s not to say there weren’t some good things to come out of the Phew52 reboot, aside from the positive initial sales from that first year. Not to mention the various DC characters that got the attention & exposure they weren’t getting before. Overall though, it was just a bad thing that I dread seeing future generations of readers inevitably becoming nostalgic for.
“I dread seeing future generations of readers inevitably becoming nostalgic for.” – sheesh, there’s a depressing thought.
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Sorry, ha ha. But you know it’s eventually coming. It really is inevitably. Hopefully on the plus side, the better elements of that era will also be appreciated & hopefully return in some form that makes sense.
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