Heroes In Crisis – Who Dies Part 2

Just seen this article over at Newsarama where the cover of DC Nation #4 is revealed, asking which of six characters will die in the forthcoming Heroes In Crisis:

A few weeks ago, I posted my guesses as to the victims and, I’m sad to say, one of them – Green Lantern Kyle Rayner – is on that cover.

The article says:

Booster Gold and Harley Quinn have long been identified as suspects in the murders, so they can likely safely be eliminated. Red Robin recently spent months imprisoned by Mr. Oz (and thought to be dead by Batman) which would make his death probably unlikely.

Arsenal was just revealed to possibly be returning as a cast member of a revamped Red Hood and the Outlaws … so there’s that.

So that just leaves Cyborg and Kyle; can we really see DC killing its major African-American hero instead of a guy who has multiple other people running around with the same power? Especially now Grant Morrison’s taking over Hal Jordan’s series.

Sorry, Kyle, I think your days are numbered.

Oh, and I got Booster right as being one of the accused, as well.

Monday Mash-Ups #3

Back on my old blog, I ran a series of related posts on Mondays – there was Monday Covers where I just picked out random, favourite covers; Monday Memes where I picked out covers that shared a theme; Monday Memories when I looked back at random comics from years gone by; and Who Was Who Is Who during which, just after the launch of the New 52, I went through every issue of Who’s Who and tried to predict whether they’d appear in the New 52 or not.

I’ve been thinking about doing something else for a Monday post and so, HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis, I’ve mashed up a few comic covers.

I randomly generate two years and two months and then compare the titles I own from both those dates, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together.

Experimenting with adding dialogue – you remember when there used to be dialogue on covers, don’t you?

(Shame I forgot to get rid of the bar code!)

Heroes In Crisis – Who Dies?

Last week’s DC Nation magazine had a two-page spread about the forthcoming Heroes in Crisis event:

and among other things, it asked three questions which I thought I’d take a stab at answering:

So three characters in that two page spread will be accused of murder – here’s my guesses:

Lex Luthor and Deathstroke seem fairly obvious choices to me – they’re both villains, neither of them are above killing so why not? Booster Gold – he’s there as a wild card. He hasn’t been seen around the Rebirth DCU so if he comes back just at the point someone’s been killed, he seems likely to be blamed for something.

So who gets to die? Because it’s not a big event unless someone dies, is it? And preferably someone people care about – that makes the event even bigger. Here’s my guesses:

When it comes to Kyle Rayner particularly, I hope I’m wrong. Pretty much every other character on that board is much too big a name to get rid of – even Damage who’s one of the stars of this new wave of heroes in his own title so I can’t see him getting killed. Kyle and Ray Palmer, though? Both of them have other heroes carrying the same names so, sadly, I think they’re expendable.

But again, especially with Kyle, I hope I’m wrong.

If a couple of heroes get killed by a villain, where’s the shock in that? That’s why I think it’ll be a hero who ends up being revealed as the murderer, and my guess is one of the two characters on that board that use lethal weapons as part of their heroics:

I don’t know what Arsenal’s up to lately, but I’m putting him forward as the killer.

Why? Who knows?! But if Tom King can suddenly make Kyle Rayner a devout Catholic as he did in Omega Men, he can probably come up with some crazy-ass reason why Arsenal becomes a killer.

Heroes In Crisis

News broke about the next big DC event, Heroes in Crisis by Tom King, dealing with heroes in “a sort of trauma center where [they] can go when things get overwhelming” called Sanctuary.

There’s more to it than that, of course, as it includes a murder mystery and is “also about what happens when Sanctuary fails, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the DCU

The cover doesn’t give much away, although that might be the Medusa Mask of the Psycho-Pirate that Superman’s holding, along with the figures in white who also appear to be wearing the same style mask, but among the many characters in the crowd, I noticed Power Girl, just behind Hal Jordan’s head. That’s more evidence that that the original PG’s coming back.

I’ll be picking this up, though it sounds more akin to Identity Crisis than any of the other Crisis events, and we all know what a bundle of laughs that turned out to be. My only real knowledge of Tom King is the much acclaimed Omega Men miniseries from a few years ago; while it was good, I disliked the abrupt change in Kyle Rayner as King suddenly made him a devout Catholic, something that was never mentioned before and hasn’t appeared since.

Still, I guess we wait and see.