100 Issues Ago April 2013

This month’s 100 Issues Ago post is . . .

This must have been the shortest time between DC releasing to the press the plans for an “event” and then cancelling it! Each of the main New 52 series this month was to be branded with the above logo and have a fold out cover which would reveal a guest star or shock surprise that would make you say “WTF!”

Despite the assumption of comics being just for kids having been thrown out decades before, the press and retailers still rounded on DC and non-ironically asked “WTF are you doing?” figuring that somewhere down the line a parent would have to explain what those letters meant to little Johnny or Janey. So DC ditched it as quickly as they could.

The fold out covers went ahead though and, for the titles I was getting, most of them made me go “meh” rather than the desired response.

For ALL-STAR WESTERN #19, the big reveal was that Booster Gold had time travelled and ended up hanging out with Jonah Hex:

And it worked – the series as a whole was enjoyable and having Booster appear wasn’t as jarring as it could have been.

Elsewhere, the Green Lantern titles were still running the Wrath of the First Lantern storyline which was enjoyable enough; EARTH-2 was introducing its new Dr Fate; and despite Dan Jurgens’s best efforts, FIRESTORM was limping towards its final issue.

The biggest shift, though, was with STORMWATCH where DC gave the title to Jim Starlin and allowed him to remove the current, established team, and replace them with one of his own. Some of the main characters would remain but they were different versions than the ones we’d been reading about the month before. It did not bode well for the title.

Outside of the 17 DC issues this month, it was just FURY MAX from Marvel; have to wait until 2014 before DC was challenged by independent titles in my collection.

Untold Tales #406 Captain Atom vs Hex

Time for a summer event, I think – “Timestorm” pitting past and present characters against each other. $100* if you can guess who’s behind it all (revealed next Friday!)

Or maybe it’s an excuse for me to not worry about finding fancy backgrounds for a few issues . . .

*That’s $100 in Monopoly money, okay?

DC Meets Looney Tunes

Back in December, DC announced a number of specials where their heroes would meet characters from the Hanna Barbera cartoons.

As I’ve never been a Hanna Barbera fan, I didn’t bother with them, but I did write at the time

Now if it was Green Lantern/Marvin The Martian I’d be interested . . .

Looks like I might have to put my money where my mouth is, as DC have now announced a number of specials where their heroes would meet characters from . . . the Looney Tunes cartoons. While Lobo/The Road Runner nor Batman/Elmer Fudd particularly interest me, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam and Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian may well end up in my collection.

jonah_hex_yosemite_sam martian_manhunter_marvin_martian

If only I’d been smart enough to go with the obvious Martian crossover instead of Green Lantern . . .