100 Issues Ago September 2013

Teased for months with the Trinity War crossover in the JUSTICE LEAGUE titles, the first big, line-wide crossover event since the launch of the New 52 landed – FOREVER EVIL, where the bad guys would win and take out the League, leaving the handful of apparently honourable bad guys (principally the Flash’s Rogues) to strike back and take over.

Of course, that’s all months down the line – this issue is simply the aftermath of the arrival of Earth-Three’s Crime Syndicate where they take out the world’s communications grid, and assemble Earth’s villains as their Secret Society, their army to take over the world. Oh, and they unmask Nightwing on live TV for . . . reasons, I guess. Maybe showing they can find anyone and everyone connected to the heroes, so telling them not to bother to retaliate.

It’s grim, and dark, and not much fun at all.

Elsewhere, the rest of my DC titles were all about showcasing the villains – each series had issues of x.1 or x.2 this month where the heroes were side-lined and their bad guys got the spotlight because of FOREVER EVIL.

Outside of DC it was still FATALE from Image and THE STAR WARS from Dark Horse, the adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough draft.

The Snyder Cut Being Released

Okay, I have to admit, I did not see that coming.

Zak Snyder’s long called for (by some, not me) version of his Justice League film is to be released on HBO Max next year, possibly as a complete film, possibly as a broken apart mini-series.

There’s a follow-up article over at the Beat which talks about why this might not be such a good idea from the point of Warner Bros being seen to give in to some of the worst elements of the internet.

For me, not having liked any of Snyder’s work in the DC world, this is more of a curiosity thing. Will four hours of a miserable Superman; a grim, grey, washed out world where heroes have no regard for anything like the safety of civilians; and a Batman convinced Superman is the enemy, even be enjoyable?

I doubt it, to be honest.