For a while now, the number of DC titles I’ve been getting has slowly been decreasing.
Yesterday, though, I mentioned the new Plastic Man mini-series that will be arriving soon, and now there’s news of a new Hawkman ongoing written by Robert Venditti whose writingI’ve enjoyed for a while now.
Good work, DC – that’s another series I’ll be picking up from you.
So, it’s 1975 once more and the Justice League is fighting the Injustice League of Earth Two. Or the Injustice Gang. Or the Injustice Society. Or some bunch of villains that’s teamed up together and called their group the Injustice Something Or Other.
As always, the groups fight each other one on one:
Hawkman’s legs are being tied together by the Huntress; the Wizard’s thrown a huge banana in the path of the Flash; Green Arrow’s been blinded by the Shade; Batman’s been blinded by Icicle; Aquaman has (somehow) been distracted by the Gambler; and Black Canary is being attacked by Sportsmaster.
Let’s take a closer look at that last one, shall we?
Black Canary has stayed still long enough for Sportsmaster to draw a three part target on her belly in to which he’s ready to throw a dart.
Sportsmaster has no super speed powers, no ability to do that quickly – although all credit to the guy for doing a very good job left handed – and yet Black Canary is just standing there, letting him do that, instead of either blasting him with her canary cry or using one of her Judo moves
Or even just kicking him in the balls, which might be more appropriate for the Sportsmaster.
Man, heroes were so much more polite and accommodating in the 70s.
And when I say “assembled” I mean literally put together by my own fair/gnarled hands:
We all know the minifigs are the best part of Lego sets but to get a full set of Justice League figures would cost hundreds of pounds, which is money I don’t have . . . at least not to spend on myself. Sure, over the years I could buy sets for my nephews to get hold of the figures . . . but then I’d have to steal the minifigs from them and that would put a serious dent in my cool/weird uncle status.
Instead, I headed to ebay and found numerous sellers selling “custom” figures which makes me think they’re not entirely authorised but what the hell, eh? Twenty quid later and I have the Justice League in Lego minifig form stood on one of my shelves – not to mention the bonus Blue Beetle, Hawkman and Darkseid figures I picked up as well just for the hell of it.
I fear I may have inadvertently started a new collection . . . Justice Society next, maybe? Or the Secret Six for Mrs Earth-Prime?
Either way, I can take comfort from the fact that I can always blame my mate Spike for last year’s Christmas present. It’s all his fault.
Oh happy day! A new title featuring two of my favourite (okay one favourite and another I quite like) characters is coming: Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time
The details over at Newsarama read:
“Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a ‘normal’ life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again as a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead, he finds the once great city of Ranagar in ruins with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen.
“Sensing something is amiss, Strange enlists the aid of Thanagarian policeman Katar Hol, aka Hawkman, who is also trying anything possible to avert war. Together the two try and uncover who’s really behind the destruction of Rann while at the same time preventing Rann and Thanagar from marching into interplanetary armageddon!”
Rann vs Thanagar isn’t exactly new, but it’ll be good to see Hawkman back in action – although it’s interesting to note we’re looking at Katar Hol, Thanagarian policeman rather than Carter Hall, reincarnated Egyptian prince. Does DC post-Rebirth mean we’re back to the potentially confusing Hawkmen scenario?
And as to “who’s really behind the destruction of Rann” – anyone who’s read an issue of a Justice League title over the last fifty years or so should recognise Despero in the art above.