Mash-Up #146 Strontium Dog vs Stardust

I think I’ve mentioned before that when I was a kid here in the UK, I read the short-lived STARLORD comic before 2000AD – it was only when the former was cancelled and merged with the latter that I started reading that. Thankfully, they continued the excellent Strontium Dog stories illustrated by the late, great Carlos Ezquerra.

DC’s New Timeline

At NYCC last week, DC unveiled their new timeline – or rather put it up on a big projector very briefly without letting anyone get a real good look at it.

The Hollywood Reporter article has some more info on it, but not much beyond some basic headlines. Apparently there will now be four generations in the DCU:

  • “Dawn of the Heroic Age,” which DiDio explained begins with the arrival of Wonder Woman in Man’s World, before the Second World War
  • “The Space Age,” which begins with Superman’s debut
  • “The Age of Crisis,” which spans the period between the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book series and 2011’s Flashpoint
  • “The Flashpoint,” which was characterized as the current era of DC’s output.

There’s mention in the article about DOOMSDAY CLOCK finishing in December and how that “might formalize a new continuity for the company’s comic book universe” but I doubt that, for reasons given in my post a couple of weeks back.

There are vague rumours of something big happening next year – could it be a company wide crossover that results in time resetting again (ZERO HOUR, anybody?) and introducing the new timeline? I wonder if they’ll go down that route given Didio’s quote from the Hollywood Reporter article:

“We’re starting to figure out how continuity works,” DiDio said about the process, noting that reboots and complicated retcons are what happens when “things stop making sense.”

Wait, you’re only just NOW figuring out how continuity works?

Sunday Reviews

“There is nobody out there, the whole town is falling apart, and it’s hot as crap!”

The Trip Advisor review of Dangerfield, Arizona, from INFERIOR 5 #1

BIRTHRIGHT #40

Mikey and his family face off against Mastema who wants to create a whole new world from the ashes of both Earth and Terrenos and isn’t going to take no for an answer.Her plans are waylaid, though, which leads to a whole new set of problems.

Just ten more issues to go in this excellent fantasy/modern age mash-up that’s been consistently good in both writing and, especially, the art. Seriously, it’s gorgeous art work.

DARK ARK: AFTER THE FLOOD #1

Khalee attempts to keep the monsters in order following her murdering her father Shrae, while her Dark Lords order her to bring Noah’s Ark to the island.

We’re back in the post-diluvian world with monsters and magic abounding. A straightforward first issue of book two about the Dark Ark, setting things up for the future.

THE GREEN LANTERN #12

Hal Jordan faces off against the Anti-Matter Man (or Qwa-Man) for the final time, only to be amazed when everything he’s fought for turns out to be part of Controller Mu’s plan. It was all a set-up and a trap to force Jordan into using the Miracle Machine to recreate the universe according to Mu’s will.

This is the last issue of GREEN LANTERN for now as there’ll be a three issue miniseries called BLACKSTARS from next month. Morrison’s scatter gun approach of dropping items and characters in left, right and centre was apparently deliberate . . . but it didn’t really work for me as everything seemed so piecemeal, the reveal of a grand master plan was a little underwhelming.

INFERIOR 5 #1

It’s shortly after the INVASION! and Justin and his mother have moved to Dangerfield, Arizona. It’s a quiet town populated with strange people and it clearly has a secret that needs to be revealed. Unfortunately for Justin, that secret may have just killed his mother.

This actually came out a couple of weeks ago but my comic shop forgot to order it for me. Written by Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire, I had high hopes for this and, sure enough, it’s well worth a read. The art by Giffen is excellent, the writing is crisp and economical, and there’s enough of a mystery to want me to find out more. No-one seems quite sure whether this is actually set just after the INVASION! or whether there’s some sort of experiment going on, but I like this.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #33

One third of the League face off against Perpetua and Luthor in the Promethean Galaxy; another in 1941 face the Legion of Doom in Atlantis; the last in the far future face Brainiac. Can they all get together to defeat Luthor and his team before the end of everything?

Probably, I’m guessing, but by god they’re taking their time getting there. It’s another bombastic “It’s the end of everything!” type issue where nothing much seems to happen. Considering this title has been produced twice a month for the last few years, there’s been a hell of a lot of pages spent talking about how dangerous and cataclysmic everything’s becoming without actually getting anywhere.