Well colour me surprised – I honestly thought the long awaited BATMAN: THREE JOKERS was never going to appear, that it was consigned to the bin following Geoff Johns essentially leaving DC comics to go and write/produce in the movies/TV world.
Turns out I was wrong and the first of three issues is due to land in June and, according to the article, all three issues are already complete so no more months long wait between issues as happened with DOOMSDAY CLOCK.
While I’m not a Batman reader – I’ve got a bunch of trades over the years, but don’t bother with the monthly titles – I’m sort of tempted by this.
I can’t say I’m particularly surprised by the news that INFERIOR FIVE‘s final two issues have been postponed.
The series was originally going to be twelve issues and, around the third issue’s solicitation, that got dropped to six.
As much as I like Keith Giffen’s writing, it’s not for everyone and setting a story in a never heard of before town, at the time of the original INVASION! crossover from 1988, featuring characters that clearly weren’t what people were expecting from a series called INFERIOR FIVE . . . all that was going to be a tough sell.
That said, I was enjoying it and it’s a shame we may not get to see the story behind the cover of #5, shown above, where original Inferior Five member Awkwardman is clearly having a very bad day.
The news story does say the issue may be resolicited later but I wouldn’t put too much money on that.
People have been describing this as ‘the end of an era’, which it is. But that isn’t the “DiDio Era”; it’s the “DiDio versus Johns Era”. Like some sort of real-life Anti-Monitor and Monitor, DiDio and Johns have been waging a barely disguised universe-threatening battle over whether the DCU would be positive or negative.
You can trace it through nearly everything that’s happened in the last 10 years. The New 52 versus Rebirth. Wally West the symbol of hopefulness versus Wally West PTSD-crippled mass murderer. Dark Multiverse versus the Metaverse. Eventually, Johns, realizing that his power over DC’s characters in mass media gave him greater influence than DiDio’s power over them in comics, left DC Comics for DC Entertainment. And without Johns to counterbalance DiDio’s negativity, DC Comics became sour enough that readers finally started to spit it out rather than swallow it.
Johns has his problems – he seems to blame Alan Moore and WATCHMEN for the whole grim and gritty problems in DC, but let’s not forget he was the one who gave us FOREVER EVIL where the Justice League were defeated and the bad guys – Lex Luthor and the Rogues – had to save the day.
That said, I’ll take a Geoff Johns led DC over DiDio any day; maybe the forthcoming 5G thing will actually pick up and run with the Rebirth refresh?
Man this is going to be interesting over the next few days.
Plenty of people have picked up on the similarities between the current Year of the Villain pseudo-event running through most DC titles and things like UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED or FOREVER EVIL, and now it turns out they’re releasing acetate covers “depicting DC’s villains as they take over each comic“:
Have they forgotten the lenticular covers that were run during the FOREVER EVIL month when “villains took over the comics“?
I mean . . . come on, DC . . . just try a bit harder, would you?!