Sunday, August 28, 2011
This Wednesday, the DC Comics' "New 52" begins with the launch of Justice League #1. The New 52, named after the 52 alternate universes said to comprise the DC universe, is a line-wide relaunch of all of DC's primary books with brand new #1s and continuity stemming from their Flashpoint event of the last 5 months. However, with the exception of Action Comics which will focus on Superman's early years, the books will not all be starting from the beginning. They will all continue on as if things had been going for quite some time, but the DC universe will have only aged 5 comic-years (as per the sliding timescale that allows characters to remain young despite existing for many years in real time).
This is DC's most radical relaunch since Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which a great deal of Silver Age continuity was either eliminated or revamped for the purposes of streamlining and unifying things. The decision is also most likely a hasty one in the face of dwindling sales, as indicated by an interview with Grant Morrison about being approached by DC to work on Action back in March. An issue of a comic usually has at least 3 months of lead-in time from production to publication. The result was many of the ongoing DC books had to have their stories modified in order to wrap-up by August, leading to some obviously rushed or disjointed conclusions. Other books, such as Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors were left to flounder with nothing but fill-in stories to wrap up their runs with the inability to do anything meaningful. New books just started, like Xombi, had to conclude after their first story arc. And series that are under a decade old, like Blue Beetle, are getting a new start. Then there were those few books who were able to adapt to the shift and go buck-wild, like Teen Titans, who had a massive Superboy battle that destroyed much of their base, Titan's Tower.
Success or failure? The coming months will decide.
Friday, August 5, 2011
|Wildstorm's ThunderCats update.|
The series is now two episodes in. After a solid and engaging premier episode, the follow-up felt like a filler story thrown in where Lion-O's quest for revenge against Mumm-Ra is called into question after meeting Captain Tunar and taking part in his obsession to kill the creature that stole his people's water (ala Moby Dick, or Jaws for you non-literary types). Of course, that makes Lion-O realize he was behaving foolishly and resumes his quest for the Book of Omens.
Some other things to note: Larry Kenney, the original voice of Lion-O, rejoins the franchise as Lion-O's father, King Claudius. Snarf, a cowardly nursemaid to Lion-O, is reduced to just a pet. Panthro has yet to be featured in an episode, appearing only as an illusion in the pilot so far (but, considering he's got an action figure based on the new design one can assume he'll pop up eventually). Also, like many shows these days, there's no proper intro beyond a brief title graphic and a few notes of the original theme song ending with the episode title (much the same way as Friedele's previous series, Batman Beyond). One also needs to wonder what the deal is with the blank orbs on their clothing, besides eventually (hopefully) bearing the ThunderCats logo.
How will the new ThunderCats ultimately compare to the old? We'll just have to wait and see.