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The annual is stand-alone from what Morrison's been doing in the proper monthly.

From what I gathered reading it:

 

Hal and his cousin Hal Jr. who is the d-list DC hero Air Wave wake up at a family gathering where everyone but the kids are knocked out cold. They discover that the culprit is an alien criminal made of radio waves (whose species Morrison first introduced in the brief Flash run he co-wrote with Millar). Shenanigans ensue but to cut a long story short, the heroes ave the day, but at the end Morrison reveals that the entire annual was just a story Hal made up and is telling the adults to cover for the kids spiking the drinks at the family gathering to explain the destruction that ensued while the adults were under the effects. Hal finds out the jerk cousin got the kids to do it and gives him a good smacking, but Morrison ends things on a bit of a cliffhanger as an alien can be seen in the cousin's phone before the annual ends.

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It's a nice tip of the hat to the framing narratives some of the old "imaginary stories" from the '50s and '60s used to have as well.

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Yeah, I'm of two minds about it. I mean, on the one hand, Morrison's grasp of realism seems to have completely escaped him. It's not as if he cannot write normal scenes (at least he did well with it in the past, at times), but in this book, it came across as very awkward. Maybe Morrison should avoid that going further with the Green Lantern book.

It had a hint of being a rush job, in that Morrison needed to turn in a double-sized story in between two monthly issues of Green Lantern. He might have not put as much time in to this annual as normal.

However, I do feel that the story was redeemed by the ending. At least Morrison was going somewhere with that story.

If it weren't for the "surprise ending", I'd probably have to feel that this story was close to being akin to the level of a Howard Mackie plot. Yikes! However, unlike Mackie, Morrison was doing his own thing, making this story stand out in a way that Mackie's stories can only stand out as "an illiterate person trying to plot out a coherent story".

So, who knew that Howard Mackie was just really fucking high his entire writing career?

Still, I would say this was one of Morrison's weaker moments on Green Lantern. It still had some problems, even though the issue needs to be re-read after figuring out what was really going on with the ending.

There's more going on than at first seems, and it isn't the mess that you might think it was if you missed where it was going with the "surprise ending".

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It seems like Morrison's run on Green Lantern comes to an end with issue #12.

Morrison says that his run is leading to something else, but it won't feature a Green Lantern. No word, as far as I'm aware, of what Morrison is planning after Green Lantern #12.

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Sinestro: Year of the Villains #1 (by Mark Russell)-It's another winner from Mark Russell!

Man, a Hickman X-Men comic, a Grant Morrison comic, and a good Mark Russell comic all in the same week? This is a good comic book week, to be sure.

Let's face it, this was a filler tie-in issue with some sort of DC cross-over. It'd be easy to just phone it in. Why bother putting any effort in to this story? Throw some action at the page, call it a day, and collect the paycheck. Simple.

Instead, Mark Russell turns in another great comic story, if you dig his politics, and I do.

What starts out as a simple Sinestro versus "space gods" plot quickly turns in to a not-so-hidden commentary on religion and freedom. Impressive.

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Sold. Thanks for the tip.

The first issue of that Jesus thing was great too.

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Oh yeah, it was cute, is how I'd describe it. I don't see how anyone could read it and think it was controversial. Well, fundies, I guess, but they find just about everything to be controversial!

I mean, we have mainstream TV shows like Family Guy on FOX Network,  which had an episode about "Jesus losing his virginity". Even I found that episode offensive. I kept thinking, "Do I really want to be watching this?". Yet, Family Guy got away with it and is still on the air.

Yet, a "mature readers" comic book imprint like Vertigo, which is much less visible than a TV program, balks at the idea of even touching a series like that, which has a good message.

No wonder Vertigo is closing shop.

On the plus side, I've seen that the first issue of Second Coming sold out and is hard to find now. I'm sure it was due to all the negative publicity in the media. It made readers want to find a copy.

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https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2019/08/14/grant-morrison-rewrites-reality-in-green-lantern-blackstars

Grant Morrison's follow-up to his Green Lantern run will be the three issue mini, Green Lantern: Blackstars. Liam Sharp will be replaced by an artist named Xermanico for these issues.

Given that Grant has referred to his twelve issue run as Season One of his Green Lantern, I wonder if this mini will be an interlude that will both lead into whatever his Season Two is and give Sharp some time off before he returns to draw Season Two.

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Let's hope that's the case, rather than this being a second season that gets cancelled and replaced with something else mid season...

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Finished Morrison's Batman & Robin last night and thought it was ace. 

Damian, the pint sized hate machine is such a fun character - his evolving relationship with Dick Grayson was charming and funny in equal measure.  Not really familiar at all with Dick as a character but his respect for Alfred was super sweet and the cops liking him more than Bruce was another good running joke.

 

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I felt that Morrison's run on Batman kept improving until the second Batman Inc. series (New 52).

His stories with Bruce Wayne were very hit and miss (probably with more disappointing stories than great ones too). It always seemed like he was too in awe of the character Bruce's history to really allow himself to tell the sort of stories that you'd want to see with Morrison on Batman.

Then, with Batman and Robin, I thought that Morrison started to tell those sorts of Batman stories. He made the character feel more like his own. I think he felt freer working with a character like Dick Grayson over Wayne.

Batman Inc. was just crazy, fun stories. Those Morrison-style updated Silver Age stories.

After that point, I got sick of Morrison on Batman. I thought he overstayed his welcome. I had a hard time even reading that second Batman Inc. series. It was one of my least favourite Morrison comics.

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The first issue of Inferior Five was a bit puzzling: did DC reboot their continuity so that the big Invasion crossover took place recently, or have the clade of Dominators who are up to no good in the midwestern one horse town where the story starts been hiding out there for over twenty years?

That said, Giffen's obviously enjoying writing a sinister Icke-style conspiracy headed by said Dominator spies, and even if he's planning to take it into a grim and gritty direction there's some nice (and very turn of the '90s looking without being all Image-y) art as well. This is probably either going to be rather fun or absolutely godawful once it gets going and stuff starts to happen, rather than just being foreshadowed and talked about in an ominous fashion.

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Was there more Morrison Batman after Batman Inc ? 

I wouldn't hazard to guess at the reasons but I agree with you that his Grayson Batman was more interesting than his Wayne, Christian. 

I feel like as much as Morrison's X-Men run was blighted by some real inconsistent art, his Batman was blessed in that department.  

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Batman Inc Vol 2 (the New 52 relaunch) was the big finale to his Batman run, unless you count the various Batmen that he wrote in Multiversity as enough to count as part of his Batman run. There were reports a couple years ago that he was planning an Arkham Asylum sequel with Chris Burnham, but nothing has materialized since.

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Yeah, there were just the two Batman Inc. series. The first Batman Inc. was really fun, and read as a modern-day version of Silver Age stories. I liked that one.

It was Batman Inc. (vol. 2) that I didn't like. That was when I started to feel like Morrison stayed on the character too long. I didn't enjoy the second volumn of Batman Inc. I wasn't sad to see Morrison's long-term work on Batman come to an end, and see him move on to other projects.

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The Batman's Grave #1 - the first issue of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch's new Batman comic. Ellis focuses on a weary Alfred grappling with the possibility he might outlive Batman, along with a murder mystery Batman must solve after Ellis has him fill the obligatory quota of swinging around and punching bad guys. Ellis doesn't tread too much new ground here and in fact in one page has Alfred trot out almost word for word the pedestrian Twitter hot take that Batman is a rich psychopath who just likes beating up poor and mentally ill people.

I wouldn't say that it was a horrible Batman comic, and fortunately Ellis doesn't waste the entire issue making Hitch draw dialogue-less fight scenes, but for me it didn't distinguish itself enough from all the other Batman books DC has published/is publishing to make me want to follow along in floppies.

This is probably the best that Hitch's art looked in years, but I still feel that an Ellis Batman comic would've benefited more greatly from a collaborator like Shalvey or even the artist from The Wild Storm (Jon Davis-Hunt).

If you want a Batman comic that emphasizes the detective aspect of his character, this might be worth checking out.

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I don't know. I think it'd be interesting If a writer actually pursued the obvious about Batman living in one of the poorest places in the DCU, yet being one of DC"s richest people.

It's never really been fully addressed in the comics. At best, it's just made some writers somewhat uncomfortable. Like, Morrison mentioned it at times during his lengthy run, but never really went anywhere with the idea, even switching the narrative during his final work on Batman Inc.

Sean Murphy seemed like he was interested in the idea with his White Knight mini-series (which was even taking place in an alternate reality), but what was on the page was a complete mess and had nothing to do with the idea.

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So...umm....DC plans to reboot their universe, yet again, with the coming "5G" launch in 2020. They're hinting at another Crisis, I guess. The Finally Final Final Crisis, I'd have to suppose.

So., explaining everything about the "New 52", "Convergence", and "Rebirth" eras through Doomsday Clock (I think. I'm not reading that comic) will just settle in the readers minds, when it's time to reboot the entire DCU all over again. Also, instead of a "wizard did it", at DC the answer is "the Watchmen did it".

Oh good. I'm glad that DC took the initiative  with this to, possibly, explain why Batman seems to be a guy in his 30s instead of 80 years old, because that's something we need more of in comic books. Sounds like Bendis is getting more power at DC.... 

At least DC using a sliding time-scale isn't as much of a problem as Marvel's, because DC had a lot less usage of real-world events in their comics' history as compared to Marvel.

Thanks to Marvel's sliding time-scale all of the wars of the 20th century must have happened since 2002 now. The Marvel Universe is even more of a Hell than our world!

I'm guessing sales at DC are looking bad again, which seems to prod DC to reboot their universe yet again and launch all new #1 issues, which increases interest in their comics again for another six months. I'm glad comics are so sustainable as a viable medium for the 21st century.

So, 5G (unlike my initial guess of being an all-mobile phone comic book universe) seems to be DC planning to introduce all new heroes to replace their existing heroes.

I'm hoping that they're going to create an African-American Superman (no, Grant Morrison, not Obama!), a gay Chinese Batman,  a Muslim Green Lantern, and a lesbian Aboriginal Wonder Woman. I want to hear the alt-Right loose their collective minds again on the internet about how "diversity has once again ruined their very existence, and the pain must stop". Then, they'll take a hissy fit and say they're going to boycott DC Comics (which they probably didn't even read to start with) until DC brings back all white, straight, male superheroes.

Then, DC will have an excuse for the up-coming sales grab, err....reboot called "6G".

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