CW’s Monitor Revealed

With the upcoming Elseworlds crossover between TV’s FlashArrow and Supergirl (still no word on why Legends of Tomorrow isn’t included this year) promising to be fun, DC have released the first look at the Monitor or Mar-Novu as he’s apparently known:

How cool is that?

The book he’s holding though – that’s a new element added to the character and I can’t help wonder if it’s just a prop for the photo or has some significance – like Destiny’s book of fate, or whatever it was called.

Although, judging by the size of it, maybe it’s the Absolute Edition of Crisis on Infinite Earths . . . ?

Even More Crisis?

As regular readers know, I’ve been annotating DC Comics summer events for the past few years, mostly the older ones that I read at the time, as well as some more recent ones. My favourite, though, has to be the grand-daddy of them all, Crisis on Infinite Earths which I annotated a few years back.

For the series I’ve done most recently, things like Eclipso: The Darkness WithinWar of the Gods and even Bloodlines I haven’t just focused on the main series, but have written up all the crossover issues in between. If I hadn’t done that for Eclipso and Bloodlines, they would have been very short and sweet.

And now, as I’m halfway through Millennium and am writing up summaries of those crossover issues, I find myself thinking back to my first annotations, Infinite CrisisFinal Crisis and, of course, Crisis on Infinite Earths. There’s a ton of issues missing from those stories which I never considered before. IC and FC both had spin-off miniseries which I’ve covered but the monthly on-going titles that crossed over into the series have been left out.

In recent years, when doing things like Eclipso and Bloodlines, I’ve bought back issues of the annuals which has meant getting them shipped over from the States which isn’t cheap, but now, thanks to technology and Comixology, I’ve mostly gone digital. For the Crisis crossovers, I already owned a bunch of them – I have complete runs of All-Star SquadronInfinity Inc and others, and a mostly complete run of Justice League of America – but for those that were missing I was able to buy 12 out of 17 from Comixology, including the first appearance of Superboy-Prime which cost £1.49 as opposed to around £10, not including shipping.

All of that is by way of saying I’ll be revisiting some of the earlier annotations over the coming months and including the crossovers; my plan (and yes, I have it planned out!) is to finish Millennium over the next four or five weeks and then get the Crisis crossovers done around late July/into August. Beyond that is the write up of Legends and the other series I haven’t yet done.

Stay tuned!

Updated Crisis 7 Homages Page

One of, if not the most visited pages here is my collection of homages to the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, the death of Supergirl issue.

I’ve added a few more to the page but also tidied it up, separating out those covers that are pre-Crisis from those that are post- as well as moving the interior art and others to their own sections. Check it out here and, if you find any others, use the Contact Me tab at the top of the site to drop me a line.

Crisis #7 Homage Page Updated

Over the last couple of months I’ve found a few new versions of the cover to Crisis on Infinte Earths #7, the classic death of Supergirl, as well as a couple of better resolution scans of some of them.

One of them, I admit, is a definite stretch but I had to include it for two reasons: first, it’s one of the original Star Wars covers from Marvel in the late 70s and that’s always a good enough reason to include it. Second was where I came across it.

Myself and a group of friends manage to get together for a beer once every three or fours months these days, talk about films and books and nonsense as we enjoy a few pints. The last gathering was in a pub in my town and at some point I headed down to the toilet to do what I needed to. As I walked through the corridor to the toilets, I noticed a collection of comic book covers as posters on the wall; there was a Star Trek issue and a Doctor Who but what caught my eye was this one:


Even slightly drunk and on a night out, I thought “That’s close enough for a Crisis homage, even if it does pre-date it” and took a photo so I wouldn’t forget.

I’ve included it in the homage page along with a bunch of new/better ones.