Stan Ford, here, writing my last article for Needless Essentials Online. Since I started in 2014, I have found it to be a huge pleasure to write for everyone that reads it. I have written a lot in the past six years, and I have chronicled a lot of change. I've discovered a lot of great comics and a lot of great creators. However, there always comes a time when things change and people have to move on. For me, this is that time.
It might be safe to say that the most popular LGBTQ couple in mainstream comics is Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer. Okay there is the on again - off again relationship with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, but people genuinely miss Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer. They were engaged and suddenly DC Editorial passed a blanket edict that none of their heroes were going to be married. As everyone knows, that ruling changed some time ago, which is perfect for their Valentine's Day special, Crimes of Passion.
I came to this particular Legion fan theory while listening to the Legion of Substitute Podcasters talk about the "Five Years Later" Legion. Fan Theories are something that gets really interesting as we have the natural wait between issues or episodes. I recall a scene later in the 5YL series where Chlorophyll Kid mentions that the Dominators' technology is plant-based. That brings to mind the first appearance of the Subs and what ever was up with the alien invasion that they thwarted.
After a two week delay it's time for another Legion issue. There were a lot of questions last time, so let's hope that there are some answers this issue. Yeah, I'm not optimistic, either.
Doomsday Clock, Geoff Johns' Watchmen sequel that brings back the Justice Society and Legion of Super-Heroes has finished after numerous delays. As Gerald Ford put it, "Our long, national nightmare is over."
The Judas Contract is one of those super-hero stories that consistently make the list of best comic stories of all time. It's amazing that it really hasn't seen a lot of alternate ending tales. Of course, it gets adapted into animation. With DC Comics suddenly embracing the concept of a multiverse, it has finally happened.
With Crisis On Infinite Earths, CW is getting me to watch their slate of shows again. I have fallen behind, having found many of the episodes hackneyed and stretching out stories. Too many times, the overarching plot gets in the way of telling a good story in an hour's time. This is one of those cases where the story is big enough to demand that kind of storytelling.
I remembered the X-Files comic as covering the Brown Mountain Lights mystery very early in the run. I was wrong. The Brown Mountain Lights were a mystery close to where I grew up in North Carolina. I remembered being really impressed with the issue. Of course, I was a really big fan of The X-Files when this issue was published in 1996. Of course, I studied this issue very intently since I was familiar with the area. I'm going to get into the areas that worked and didn't later on. The appeal for me with this comic was that it was based in the area that I grew up. As a kid, I was infatuated with the paranormal, especially when it was in my figurative back yard. There was the devil's stomping grounds, a ghostly hitchhiker that vanished whenever she got home, and of course, there was the Brown Mountain Lights. I saw them once, but was a little less than impressed.
I struggled with writing this article on online piracy. I've written an article before my time here at Needless Essentials Online on the topic. However, in the past week, it's jumped to the forefront on Twitter.
I didn't expect to be doing another one of these so soon after covering The Last Avengers Story, but Spider-Man: Life Story started showing up on Marvel Unlimited and I really enjoyed the first couple of issues. I've had the crazy idea to have characters to age in real time. It's apparently not that crazy of an idea, because we've gotten a view of the Marvel Universe if characters aged in real time. It's all centered around Peter Parker.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently did an interview with Rolling Stone and said something that a lot of comic fans can take issue with. Regarding the future of the franchise, Kennedy said, "There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels." She added, "We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be." Well, here's four comics they could use.