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Christian    805

DC Nation #0-Well, that Tom King Batman story was worth the 25 cents! That was a great little Joker short story, tying in to the up-coming Bat-wedding. I haven't been reading King on Batman, but this story worked. It's the best take on the Joker I've seen since Snyder got his hands on him (more on that guy below).

Otherwise, I can't even see myself paying 25 cents for those stories.

The Bendis Superman story definitely did not do anything to make me more interested in reading Brian Bendis Superman stories. I had zero interest beforehand, and I continue to not have any interest in reading anymore Bendis on Superman.

The Snyder Justice League prologue was just a mess. I read Dark Nights: Metal (yes, it was a mistake, outside of the Morrison written issue), and I still found this impenetrable garbage. I don't know why DC is allowing Snyder to take control of their Justice League franchise, but he seems to have made a royal mess of it.

I'm glad Bendis and Snyder are staying away from Marvel. I'm glad that King is being allowed the freedom to tell his Mister Miracle story for DC.

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Justice League: No Justice

This was a weekly mini published this month, written by Scott Snyder (Tynion and Josh Williamson, writers of the other two upcoming Justice League books - Dark and the space-themed Odyssey, have story credits) that functioned as a prelude to his Justice League run.

The gist is that Superman villain Brainiac recruits the Justice League (except for Aquaman cause I guess there's no fish in space) to stop the "Omega Titans" from destroying his homeworld. The League gets split up into special color-coded and themed teams (if you ever wondered what Etrigan and Dr. Fate looked like running around in purple, yay), with various supervillains and b-listers joining their ranks. There's more to it, I suppose, but I found it hard to care what was happening.

A series that features a mish-mash of characters forming impromptu leagues to stop giant celestial types from destroying the Earth shouldn't have been this dull. Feels like Snyder & co. just going through the motions - ideas are thrown about, characters are sprawled across the page, but the whole package just feels underutilized and underdeveloped. Francis Manapul & the other artists (Marcus To and Riley Rossmo) do their best to liven things up, but really it just feels like an overglorified advert for their upcoming Justice League books.

(rolled my eyes quite a bit at a conversation Wonder Woman and Zatanna had in the final issue, where the writers have them use the work DARK a couple times in conversation to remind you that they'll be in the upcoming JLD relaunch)

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Christian    805

Yeah, I'm adding Snyder to the list of Brian Bendis and Geoff Jones, as over-hyped sub-par talent that I no longer have any interest in reading. I'm glad I can blacklist them all together at DC Comics now.

Snyder captured magic in a bottle with his initial work on Batman, and it's been all hype and "fanboys" afterward.

Tynion is just all-around awful. The quicker he disappears from comics and is forgotten forever, the better. He's a DC fall-to-guy of the moment getting his 15 minutes of fame, and he'll fade away and people will ask, "Tynion who?" in a few, short years. I've seen them come and go multiple times.

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A. Heathen    1,170

Christian is TYNION SLAMMISTER !

My DCU seems to be Miracle Man and The Watchmen ("LOL")

 

Oh I might give Catwoman a go because the preview art looks gorgeous

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Christian    805

I am solely reading Mr. Miracle and Exit Stage Left from DC currently. If Exit Stage Left counts as "DC", and besides, the final issue is shipping next week. Still, a really great series. If DC can't do superheroes or Hellblazer correctly, at least they have the Snaggelpuss market cornered.

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Christian    805

Can Mark Russell make it three for three? This August, he writes the Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special. A down-on-his-luck Porky Pig takes a job with LexCorp, and works his way up the business ladder. However, when LexCorp is being investigated for corruption charges, Luthor decides to sacrifice a pig. Sounds like it could be another hit for Russell.

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Christian    805

And, yes, Exit Stage Left had the perfect ending. That last letter from Huckleberry Hound was simply beautiful and heart-rending. Who knew you could get so much emotion out of a pink lion and a blue hounddog with a southern accent?

Definitely one for the "best of the year" catergory.

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https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/06/07/dc-entertainment-announces-vertigo-returns-to-its-roots-with-a-line-wide-relaunch?adid=dchero2_Vertigo-Returns-to-its-Roots

So the Vertigo relaunch is official and the announced line-up is um... overall, eh...

Just seems to be the same thing Vertigo's been doing for the past few years, creator owned books that'll probably release to little fanfare and last for half a year, maybe a whole year if lucky.

Mark Russell does have a Jesus book called "Second Coming" in there, so I imagine Christian might get some mileage out of that one.

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Christian    805

Hopefully, Russell will be respectful to Jesus' message and teaching. Lord knows (see what I did there?), we need more people pointing out how far Christianity has fallen from Jesus' actual teachings. I just hope Russell respects those actual traditions.

I mean, not that I'm someone who would be offended by something like that. It's just that I'd rather read something that actually speaks "Truth to power". I probably wouldn't keep reading it if it ended up as something akin to Punk Rock Jesus' vapid interpretations.

Anyway, since it's written by Russell, it is a guaranteed first issue buy.

Otherwise, yeah, this is underwhelming even by my standards of "this Vertigo relaunch will end up disappointing anyone who expects a return to mid-1990s levels of creativity".

Second Coming is the only book I have any interest in reading.

It does look like they just got a bunch of books that Vertigo would have published anyway, throughout a 12-month period, and said, "Hey, let's just launch them all at one time and call it the big Vertigo comeback!". I can't see any of these books lasting, and most of them will probably end up being mini-series, and I'm sure everyone will have forgotten about Vertigo again by the following month.

Image is doing all of this so much better.

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A. Heathen    1,170

How many Jesus comics are there now?
Do any of them do better than The One?

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Tom King's next limited series has been announced: Heroes in Crisis -> a murder mystery exploring the emotional cost of heroism.

I'm a fan of King's writing but that murder mystery angle is kind of rubbing me the wrong way. Last time DC did that we got Identity Crisis so I'm hoping that this doesn't turn out to be Identity Crisis 2.0!

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JasonT    456

Snagglepuss: Exit Stage Left actually turned it up a notch in its final issue. (When it went meta it blew my mind.) It's an easy best of 2018 for me.

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Yeah, Snagglepuss did not go where I was expecting in that final issue.  Brilliant mini-series on the whole, though I can't imagine what the approval process Hanna Barbara must have in place for their comic adaptations.  "Flintstones as social commentary?  Sold!  Snagglepuss as a look back at McCarthyism?  Go for it!"  At this rate, the inevitable Captain Caveman series will be the next Dark Knight Returns.

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dogpoet    496

Just gone through that Mystik U thing. Pretty quick read, but rather fun, even if the contrivance to shoehorn Zatanna into teen angst story takes up most of the first issue and the whole thing seems to have been setting up a series that hasn't appeared as yet.

 

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I read the first two issues of Mystik U but didn't bother with the third.  It was okay, nothing special but not offensively bad either.  I doubt we'll see any kind of series spinning off from it, wasn't it a relic from the DC You relaunch that brought us such classics as the Ming Doyle Constantine and rock star Black Canary?  I'm surprised Mystik U got published at all, to be honest.

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dogpoet    496

So am I, but if it's got Zatanna in it, it's more worth a look than slightly pompous Harry Potter rip off would normally be...

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dogpoet    496

Actually, now I think about it more, the end was a rip off the original Buffy film rather than Harry Potter, as

it ends with Zatanna and the gothed-up Felix Faust riding off into the sunset together on a motorbike looking for trouble, like Kirsty Swanson and him out of 90210 did

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Christian    805

No one has mentioned anything about the Big Two's "wedding of the century" events. I mean, I don't blame anyone for ignoring the hype.

I can't really comment on the DC version, as I didn't read it, but I did read the spoilers. What stood out to me is that I know the issue sold really well. My local comic book store sold out of their copies within a few hours, and they ordered a good amount (I think the owner said 40). I'm guessing that a lot of people bought the book based on the idea that it was going to be a hot collector's item issue that they could resale on EBay soon. I'm guessing they're going to be disappointed, as nothing of note actually happened in the comic. It's hard to market a comic with "nothing actually happens in this issue".

Marvel's version, on the other hand, I did read in the X-Men issue. It featured a bait and switch. That issue didn't sell anywhere near as well as the Batman issue.

I just found it funny that both of the Big Two marketed a comic as the "wedding of the century" and both failed to deliver on the promise of said set-up for their story.

Not that Colossus and Kitty getting married was ever going to be a "wedding of the century", mind.

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Lou K    1,097

I don't want to read comics about people getting married.

I want to read comics about people getting their heads punched clean off their shoulders.

 

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Christian    805

But....But....Where's the love, Lou? The love!

You're right though, superheroes getting married is icky. I like it when you have a manly man doing his job with a bunch of other guys in tight outfits, and you have some simple-minded female outsider who is always trying to get with the guy, and the guy is like, "No way, sweetheart! I'm going to go hang out with a bunch of other sweaty, muscly men....and maybe even a few underage boys in tight outfits too!". Wait....is this sounding somehow homoerotic on my part?

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Christian    805

Remember how good Hellblazer was when John Constantine was bisexual, before he got married to that chick? Marriages ruin everything! Good thing Batman got out of that tricky trap.

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A. Heathen    1,170

I really liked the Batman one, but then I read it as a #0 for Catwoman.

And also I recently split up from someone for exactly the same reasons as Catwoman.

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Christian    805

Dressed up like a bat and had daddy issues? I can understand.

The X-Men one wasn't horrible either. It was just the whole nature of the bait and switch. It ended up as a preview for an upcoming comic series also. One that I probably won't be bothering to read.

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