If I am really enjoying a comic book storyline or event when the last issue comes out I like to gather together the series up to that point and a few key tie-ins. Then read it through it all again before consuming the final chapter. This does a couple of things for me the main one being that it really hypes up that final issue, the other that it allows me to look at the finer details and notice things I missed during my first reading.
So here are my favourite moments (in some sort of order) from across Dark Nights: Metal #1-6, Batman: Lost, Hawkman: Found and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt:
This mash up of the Dark Knight Trilogy and the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World trailer is awesome. Perhaps too awesome because it fits together so perfectly!
I feel a Nolan’s Batman re-watch coming from watching this…
The online narrative around Batman V Superman is that it is the worst thing ever committed to film and that by watching it you are a terrible person. Like the worst. Especially if you found yourself enjoying it. If that happened then you need to revaluate your whole life and consider changing your name to something like Hitler. The film is just that bad you guys! In reality though it seems there is a disconnect between critical and fan reaction that I have not seen before.
The short-ish version is:
If you enjoyed Man of Steel, Batman V Superman is a good followup. It continues to expand the somewhat darker take on the DC characters that DC Cinematic Universe is building in a fun and very different way to the Marvel Studios movies and their slate of characters. Like Man of Steel it has a slower pace than other superhero movies and a lot of it is dedicated to building up the big conflict at the end of the movie. Ben Affleck makes a great Batman, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is different in a good way (for me at least) and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman steals the show in the brief appearances she makes in the movie. The film also does a good job of building out the DC Cinematic Universe in a couple of cool ways. It is far from perfect and it has its flaws like Man of Steel had but it is still a good and entertaining movie.
Personally I really enjoyed it and would say it is on par with the majority of Marvel’s movies. For me it is a case of the critics and reviews being overly harsh with a lot of them boiling down to “This isn’t the same as a Marvel movie so I don’t like it!”, “This is not how I personally perceive these long established characters to be or behave, therefore this film is a crime against nature!” or “I hate Zack Snyder and everything he stands for so I hate this movie by default!” There is also the typical regurgitation without thought of certain lines of thinking that seems to plague all discussion on the internet these days. So much so that you could make a bingo card and have some fun reading through the comments and reviews for Batman V Superman. (FYI: “Zack Snyder loves Ayn Rand!” is the free space.)
If you are interested in the characters or the concept of the film, go watch it and crucially, form your own opinions on it because it has been given a bad rap by many.
The long version is a bit more complicated…
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“I love this world… but there’s something missing.”
That is the line that will be kicking off DC’s upcoming Rebirth event and initiative. In the above video Geoff Johns breaks down the general idea behind Rebirth. It looks like it is going to be a continuation of the New 52 but reincorporating the classic and iconic elements from the legacy of the older DC Universe. Pretty much what he did with Green Lantern and Flash Rebirth. However this is a line wide initiative that Johns is overseeing. Which is an interesting move.
At the centre of it all is a doubling down on DC’s most bankable properties. (Yay!) At the cost of loosing some of the more interesting side books and character. (Boo!) Lowering the price of all the books back down to $2.99. (Holding the Line once again!), Signing new teams onto books and gaining some new exclusive creator contracts. (Yay!) Taking Action Comics and Detective Comics back to their original numbering. (Yay!…I guess…) Then finally, shifting a large portion of their series into a biweekly release schedule. (Yay! but my bank account says nay!)
Every week I throw my money into the bottomless pit that is regular comic book reading.
Here is what I will be entertaining myself with this week along with snippets of my feelings towards said books prior to reading them:
- Action Comics #49
- The saga of powerless Superman continues!
- This crossover of sorts between the various Superman books is surprisingly entertaining and is paying off on the last year’s worth of stories.
- Batgirl #48
- Bright, colourful and always fun to read.
- Batman & Robin Eternal #18
- The answers are slowly coming! Some a good, some are a bit…boring.
- Detective Comics #49
- Robo-Batman minus the Robo equals some solid detective work from Jim.
- Amazing Spider-Man #7
- I love Dan Slott’s Spider-Man but so far this has felt like it is too big of a departure from classic Spidey for me.
- It is like Peter Parker is trying a bit too hard to be Tony Stark.
- Captain America: Sam Wilson #6
- This book is crazy in a good way.
- It is full of pulpy ideas and has great moments for both character and story.
- Invincible Iron Man #6
- Loving Bendis’ take on Iron Man, making him feel on the cutting edge again.
- It will be interesting to see the contrast between Mike Deodato Jr. art for this issue and David Marquez’s from the first arc.
- Nova #6
- I love this book.
- It is where the fun is at!
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin
- Issue one introduced us to an old fashioned adventure story that explores the Post Episode I Obi-Wan/Anakin dynamic.
- I’m interested to see how it plays out.
- + Steampunk airships in Star Wars!
- Spider-Man #1
- Miles Morales is finally getting his dues as a mainline Marvel Prime Universe character!
- Uncanny Avengers #5
- Its been a bit of a rocky start so far but I am willing to follow it for one or two more issues.
- Klaus #3
- It is the Secret Origin of Santa Claus!
- It is written by Grant Morrison!
- It is actually a good read!
- The Walking Dead #151
- After finishing another calm before the storm stage The Walking Dead is getting exciting again!
Later this year the books that are still around from DC’s big New 52 Relaunch five-ish years ago will hit their 52nd issues. Which is a perfect time for DC to clean house and have another big push at selling people a bunch of comics. Especially when you take into account the DC Cinematic Universe taking things to the next level with Batman V Superman.
I’ve always been a fan of what the New 52 stood for despite some of the more questionable changes it lead to. For me comics are at their best when big epic things and change happens. So teasing of a big relaunch always has me interested.
However I doubt that this will be a big reboot on the scale of Flashpoint to the New 52. More of a soft realignment of characters and stories that have gotten out of whack with the rest of the setting and maybe pushing the overall house tone and style to fit with the DC movies and TV shows a bit more. All of which I have no problem with what so ever.
Until we know more I will just have to enjoy the rage and collective gnashing of teeth from the anger side of the comics internet. Which is always entertaining!
So yeah #Rebirth
The next and I’m guessing last chapter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga was officially announced yesterday, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
There are lots of accusations that this is a cash grab on Miller’s part due to his increasing ill health but even if it is the case I am still looking forward to it. The Neoconservative Batman of Miller’s books is a weird and wonderful beast. Slightly twisted and hypocritical but yet you cannot stop routing for him. Also I have always found it fun to see Miller’s growing contempt for the younger generations get louder and louder as time goes on.
This time around writer Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman) is helping out so it looks like it could be a more focused story. I’m expecting some big crazy and incredibly stupid things from this book. I can’t wait!
Grayson #8 – Anyone else think that Kathy Kane is the new Agent Zero? That or it will be a huge red herring when the book comes back in June.
Batman Eternal #46 – This is why Ra’s al Ghul is one of my favourite Batman villains.
Batman The Cult #1 – There is penis imagery and phallic symbols. Then there is this!