Over here in the UK we have a supermarket chain called Asda (or, if you live in Wales like me, it’s referred to as Asdas) and somewhere along the line, I came across some new products they’re selling:
Officially licenced Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman burgers, with each burger shaped like the hero’s logo.
And hey, look at the variation – Batman gets your basic beef burger; Superman gets beef and cheese; while Wonder Woman gets beef, cheese and bacon!
Sorry, Bats, I don’t care if you offer me a side order Bat-sausage:
Wonder Woman’s got bacon. I’m off to Asdas on Themyscira.
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.
A few days ago, I posted about an old Superman ad I’d found; it was a fairly harmless post, I thought, looking at a fairly harmless old advert.
One reader, however, took exception to that and posted a comment which just emphasised why I use comment moderation these days:
As you can see, the point the commenter was trying to make was that Superman sucks. The image above, though, was just the snippet I could grab of what was on screen; if I scrolled down, there was a lot more. A lot more:
That’s my screen zoomed out to 50%, the only way I could get his entire post to display without needing to scroll.
But you know what, Mr firstname.lastname@example.org?
When he can’t get hold of his favourite DC Comics titles?
He just heads over to see Carol Fein at DC, who tells him to subscribe to save himself the disappointment of his “favorite newsstand” selling out.
Reading this, I had to wonder – why don’t DC just give him the titles? He’s the most iconic character they have, the one that all other super-heroes spring from, and yet they force him to buy – potentially – the same titles that he’s actually appearing in! And sure, getting 38% off the price is a much better deal than a five minute pre-paid phone card, but come on, DC, this is Superman. Are you really going to make him pay for those comics?
Man . . . and Alan Moore thought he was treated poorly.
By the way, in the very next issue of Justice League of America after the one I’d found the above ad in, contained a similar ad with Batman which I was going to feature . . . and then found that snell over at Slay, Monstrobot had beaten me to it . . . by about six years . . .