Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
When I decided on this comic for review, I realized shortly thereafter that is was from the same year, and only a month away from the previous Reviews of Old Comics article. So what makes 1984 so ripe for memorable comics to review? Yes, I know that technically, this and the previous comics were actually from late 1983, but in the zeitgeist, if the cover is dated 1984, we tend to view it as being from 1984. This was the year that brought us the first Secret Wars and DC's Super Powers, which were some of the first big crossover comics with toy lines. Alan Moore's first issues of Saga of the Swamp Thing are from this year, a definite turning point in comic books for more mature readers. This year also saw the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which vitalized an independent comics market with hope that a small book could become vastly popular with fans. It also saw DC Comics launch its prestige format Baxter line, available only through comic shops, which probably marked the beginning of comic book shops becoming a destination for fans of comics, eventually supplanting the newsstand as the preferred outlet for new comic books. 1984 was a benchmark year, as it saw significant change in the comic book market and industry.
I feel the need to review a comic that I never thought I would review, much less in this way.Doomsday Clock is DC's grand event that grows from the revelations in DC Universe: Rebirth that someone messed with the DC Universe on a cosmic scale. Of course it was heavily implied that this person was Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, the classic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that was most likely never intended to have a life past it's initial 12-issue run, much less crossover with the "regular" DC Universe. I went into this series, fully prepared to hate it. On the surface, it completely screws with the legacy of probably the pinnacle of what comic books are capable of. To adequately assess the series, it's necessary to take it for what it is, a comic book.
Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal started a deluge of accusations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, the comics industry has remained largely silent despite having its own poster child for sexual harassment in the DC editorial offices, Eddie Berganza. For years, DC remained silent as comics news outlets reported case after case of Berganza harassing staffers and freelancers, yet retaining his high profile and powerful position within one of the largest publishers. DC and Warner Bros. both remained silent about his status during all this time.
The news broke with a tweet from DC Comics that writer Brian Michael Bendis would be working for DC Comics. Bendis had been one of the driving creative voices at Marvel Comics for almost two decades.
I certainly love the concept of an unlimited Multiverse. Some people like their science fiction to explore time travel, or the future, I like mine to explore worlds that might have been existing somewhere alongside our own.This installment of Exploring the Multiverse looks at another favorite Elseworlds series, Kingdom Come.
At SDCC, It was announced that the Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette's Wonder Woman: Earth One will get a sequel. It will feature Paula Von Gunter as a Nazi superwoman that leads a Nazi army in an assault on Pasadise Island.
Tying in to the release of the first ever Wonder Woman feature film, DC Comics, and Diamond Distributors are working with local comic shops nationwide to hold "Wonder Woman Day." As with any celebration like this, I would recommend that you contact your local shop to see what they are doing special for this event.
Batman is by far one of the most popular super-heroes around. The reasons for that vary depending upon the source. I believe that Batman's humanity is what makes him more relatable than Superman. However, many aspects to Batman's character have been ignored over the years, forgotten by a large number of his fans. Important parts of his character have become parody. Despite his popularity, I don't share the feeling that Batman is the greatest super-hero. He's great, but there are parts that people forget that make him one of the best.
So I get this press release from DC Comics yesterday letting me know that we're finally going to get a follow up to the Comedian's button from Watchmen showing up in the wall of the Batcave in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. I have some thoughts about it, which follow after the release, complete with animated GIFs. Here's a hint to publishers; I love when you take the time to make an animated GIF.
DC Rebirth has been a success for the most part. It stopped a run of market dominance for Marvel, even if only for a little, and some of the comics have been critical successes. Given my limited time, I've had a hard time keeping up with all of the Rebirth titles, so when DC Comics gives me a review copy of one of the trades, I'm going to give it a shot. Initially, I was going to go with The Flash, but then Nightwing came across my desktop.
As I mentioned last time, I love the concept of an unlimited Multiverse. The exploration of alternate histories makes for a plethora of interesting stories. This installment of Exploring the Multiverse looks at one of my favorite stories from DC's Elseworlds series, Superboy's Legion.