Just noticed this is my 200th post on this blog, not counting all the pages of annotations and what-not so thought I’d celebrate with the 200th issue of Justice League of America from all the way back in 1982.
I’ve seen a couple of articles on the net following this exchange in Justice League of America #7:
It shows that Ice and the Justice League International are back in the DCU; they’re part of the Rebirthed history although, to be fair, it doesn’t say which JLI. Everyone’s jumping to the conclusion that it’s the classic Giffen/DeMatteis era but it could just as easily be the Dan Jurgens written JLI from the New 52.
While I admit it’s a nice development, this wasn’t what caught my eye in this issue.
As you can see above, Atom and Killer Frost are in the wonderfully named Museum of Unnatural History trying to find a cure for her condition when they’re attacked by a guy who hasn’t been seen for many, many a moon – Terrorsmith, one of the villains created in the original Bloodlines event from 1991. And it is that original event, not the Bloodlines series from last year that had next to nothing to do with the 1991 crossovers as Terrorsmith himself explains:
Yep – aliens, necks, and spinal fluid, all the classic Bloodlines ingredients. And if there were any doubt left, here’s what he was looking for in the Museum:
Glonth, one of the original Bloodlines parasites.
So yeah, JLI and Ice are back in the Rebirth DCU . . . but so is the Bloodlines event and all the terrible, terrible metahumans it created.
I’m no fan of Snyder’s work and under pretty much any other circumstance I’d be happy to see him leave Justice League particularly as Joss Whedon is finishing it off . . . but deciding to quit because one of your children has died – man, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
My sympathies to the Snyder family.
Now 20% as great as it was in the 70s!
I kid, mostly – the new Justice League of America #1 wasn’t bad although some of the dialogue felt forced and the whole “we’re a new team who fight each other more than the bad guys” thing has been done to death.
Nice to see the Extremists again, though, as I don’t think they’ve been around in the DCU since 2008 or so and the whole Countdown thing. They appear to have a couple of new members as well, and Lord Havok seems to be wielding Wandjina’s axe which doesn’t bode well for him. Chances of Silver Sorceress appearing to save the day? Slim, I guess, but we can hope.
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.
Mrs Earth-Prime and I go to London quite often so some time back we bought our own Oyster cards – travel cards which you can top up with cash that let you ride the Underground so you don’t have to worry about having change.
Just for the hell of it, I bought us both some Oyster card wallets from Ownster, hers with a photo from a holiday we had as well as one of our cats, and for mine I chose this:
I am such a nerd.