I was at HeroesCon last weekend and got to sit in on a great panel discussion about the Legion of Super-Heroes with three artists that worked on the Legion, Joe Staton, Greg LaRocque and Keith Giffen. I got the opportunity to pose a brief question to the three of them. So, I asked, "Other than your own work, what's your favorite Legion story?" LaRocque and Staton both answered with classic Silver Age Legion stories. Staton liked The Moby Dick of Space and LaRocque loved the story where Star Boy was expelled for killing. Giffen responded with the time they made Element Lad crazy and into a villain. I'm paraphrasing, but he was referencing the Legion Lost twist where the all-powerful Progenitor was revealed to be their lost teammate Element Lad. I can agree with the first two, but the mention of the Legion Lost story really impressed me. It was a great time when the writers did something uniquely different with the Legion. It shouldn't have surprised me to come from Keith Giffen, who was one of the architects of one of those times.
There are a few iconic characters not owned by Marvel and DC. Red Sonja is one of those. If there is one creator's run that is more recognized with the character other than Frank Thorne, it's writer Gail Simone's time writing the sword and sorcery title. Dynamite is collecting her entire 19-issue run.
I hadn't intended following up Pantheon #3 with another Bill Willingham comic. However, the rumors of Vertigo's demise got me thinking about a mini-series that came out just before Fables started. It was an idea that came out of Willingham's time as a poker player for a casino. Casinos have players that fill seats at poker tables until other customers come in to play. They play with their own money. Willingham had a job to make ends meet in between projects. The premise of the series is that a proposition player named Joey Martin has over drinks with friends, jokingly bought 36 souls for the price of a drink. Now he finds himself as the focus of a struggle between Heaven and Hell. As the forces of Heaven attempt to force his hand, so to speak, his friends begin to die and he finds their souls arriving in his apartment.
It was just yesterday that we highlighted the DC Millennium teases put out by Brian Michael Bendis. Today word came down that DC Millennium will be a two-issue prelude to put various well-known DC futures into a cohesive, continuous timeline. It will all culminate with a new, ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes.
All week on Instagram, Brian Michael Bendis has been teasing something called DC Millennium. Early in the week, it started with some teasing images for Legion of Super-Heroes and OMAC.
Bleeding Cool reported that according to multiple sources, DC Comics is planning to close down the Vertigo imprint. Vertigo was the brainchild of DC Editor Karen Berger.
It was a history-making list of nominees this year. The history comes from Image Comics who swept the Best New Series category. Bitter Root, Crowded, Gideon Falls, Isola, Man-Eaters, and Skyward took all six spots in the category. Overall, Image Comics took 30 nominations, including 11 shared nominations. DC Comics took second place with 24 total nominations, including 7 shared nominations. The comic with the most nominations is Tom King's Mister Miracle with 4 nominations.
I've been reading Doomsday Clock primarily because I feel like I have to, for this web site. With Before Watchmen, I felt like it was an unnecessary cash grab from DC Comics. There were some fine creators that tried to the best that they can with it. However, I'm unclear on the reasons for Doomsday Clock except to fix problems from DC's biggest marketing scheme of the past decade, the New 52. Watchmen is being rolled into it for some indiscernible reason.
I spent a week of looking at the week's releases for something good worth reviewing, I was thrilled to see Giant Days #51 coming out next week. The last issue left on a very serious cliffhanger, so I was really eager to read this issue.
I always strive to review old comics that you may not have thought about. Heck, you may not even know that they even exist. This is sometimes hard to do, especially in these days when some of the most obscure titles are available with a membership. Many creators got their start in unlikely places. Some have their careers go into areas that may seem unlikely given their past. Bill Willingham is one of those writers that became very popular with his Vertigo series Fables, and it reached into other works for DC and of late, has been working for independent publishers. This is not uncommon ground for him. Bill Willingham first rose to prominence on his creator owned series for Comico, Elementals. Eventually, as the comic market saw the publisher fall, Willingham sold the rights to Andrew Rev,who had bought Comico. After putting together a bible for the direction he had been taking the series, Willingham saw it ignored and eventually used as a doorstop, according to an editorial in an issue of Ironwood. Word has it that Willingham retooled many of those ideas and put them together for a mini-series that saw itself published, albeit irregularly, by Lone Star Press.
While it may seem that we've cooled a little over Archie Comics, there's still a little excitement. The newest Sabrina the Teenage Witch looks fun, updated for modern audiences, and gorgeously put together. Just look at that double page spread! Here's a few preview pages of the third issue, on sale just after Father's Day.
I've come to love Giant Days, the wonderful slice-of-life comic series from BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. I love getting the newest issue, but with any character-driven series that has been running a while, I wish I knew the entire history. That's why I've started the Giant Days Project.