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.

Monday Mash-Ups #1

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.

Here’s my first attempt – Ghost #18 from September 1996, and Salvation Run #7 from July 2008:

New Justice League Titles

In recent news, Scott Snyder will be taking over Justice League and starting up a whole bunch of different titles. From the article:

Justice League: No Justice will be written by Scott Snyder, Josh Williamson, and James Tynion IV with art from Frances Manapul, and will run weekly in May. In No Justice, Brainiac arrives on Earth with a warning for DC’s heroes about an impending threat that can only be stopped if the Justice League joins forces with some of DC’s worst villains.

Who’s teaming with whom? Here’s some concept art from Frances Manapul to answer that very question:

I’m calling this team JLAliens (which is completely a call back to the Justice Leagues mini event from 2001) and while it’s nice to see Martian Manhunter back with the League . . . Starro? Really?!

JLMagic (or maybe JLDark again?) with what looks to be Raven on the left, though I may be mistaken.

JLMoney (because they’re all wealthy – wasn’t Changeling/Beast Boy the adopted son of Steve Dayton at some point?). As I don’t keep up with the Superman titles, I hadn’t realised Luthor was still wearing the S-shield.

JLScience? JLNerds? And I guess they had to shoehorn Harley Quinn in there somewhere.

First impression – 5 women out of team of 20? That’s not a brilliant score, is it? Why not Batgirl instead of Robin? Scandal Savage instead of Deathstroke? Soranik Natu instead of Sinestro? Literally any female character instead of Starro?

Second impression – no Green Lantern or Aquaman? Are they not in the League any longer?

Third impression – the uniforms. Because that worked out so well the last time the League went in for that look:

Just saying . . .

Reservations aside, I will, of course, be buying these, as I’m a sucker for the Justice League.

Which is why I own a complete run of Justice League Task Force.

Lex’s Right Hand Man

New DC December solicitations are out and the two covers of Doomsday Clock #2 are revealed:

I’m not recognising the costume on the left – the black and white socks/leggings, the black corset with the red buttons and frilled collar. The only things that’s springing to mind is the Harlequin but I’m not convinced. The Nostalgia bottles and case in the bag labelled ….NITE aren’t clues either.

But on the left, his hand resting on Lex’s right shoulder? That’s clearly the armband of Ozymandias and as the solicitation says

DC and Watchmen characters collide at last!

it seems likely that at least one other Watchmen character besides Dr Manhattan is making their way to the DCU. Which makes me wonder if this bit of the solicitation:

And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.

is referring to Rorschach – is he the madman?