My fascination with a multiverse hasn't been to the forefront in a while. However, in going back over my coverage of the Multiversity Guidebook, I was really fond of Earth-38. That Earth is based entirely on the series of Elseworlds series Superman & Batman: Generations. The premise of the series is that Superman and Batman debuted in 1939 and aged in real time. Many of their adventures would mirror the stories as they were published. Of course, the fact that the characters and their supporting casts aged meant that some stories wouldn't be the same.
It's been talked about and now it's here. Jonathan Hickman's X-Men has started. House of X #1 hit shops and we start to get a lot of answers to questions we've had. We just don't get all of them. The first issue leaves as many questions as it answers.
Once upon a time, I put forth the crazy idea of having comic book characters age in real time. I decided that it was time to re-visit that concept with a group of characters that are a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe, The Avengers. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have a sense of this, although we see actors leaving not because they're too old, but because their contracts are expiring. Marvel is also exploring this concept with Spider-Man: Life Story. The rules, as I have done before, is that characters join in the year that the issue they joined was published. I'm also making an adjustment that any deaths in the pages of the Avengers will be permanent.
It looks like the comic that's really making waves with the speculators this week is Captain Marvel #8. Seriously, it looks like if you want to read it, you'll need to do so digitally. It's the first appearance of a new hero named Star, but it also really captures the political climate we're currently in. It's not planned that way, because it's impossible to make happen. Sometimes synchronicity just happens.
One of the comics that came out this week from Marvel was a preview of Jonathan Hickman's House Of X and Powers Of X. While it could be argued that any major shift in direction is technically a reboot, it isn't an entire relaunch, ignoring the history, especially with what led to this point in X-Men history.
The Black Terror is one of the Golden Age heroes that will never go away. Part of the reason for this is that he's so entrenched in the grim and gritty crimefighter mold.
The previous volume of Vampirella really started off well, in my opinion. I liked it and felt like it did a lot of things right. It took the character back to her thematic roots. When I saw a new volume starting and saw all of the various variant covers, I became skeptical. I didn't see the Free Comic Book Day issue, so I have nothing else to go on. However, Dynamite earned a measure of consideration with that last series. I'll give it a shot.
With all of the previews we get in our inbox, it's so nice when a really good one comes in. It's so nice when a preview makes me wish I had a review copy. You see, that's when you know the preview pages are good. When you get to the last page of the preview and you want the next one, that's success. Image's Coffin Bound #1 is one of those previews. Going through it, I immediately liked Izzy. The banter between her and the vulture is so good, I love it.
I've wanted to review a Golden Age comic for some time. The problem comes in the fact that during the Golden Age, much of the language of comics, and the techniques that we take for granted were being formed. This was also before the rise of the Comics Code Authority, so creators were trying things out to see what would sell. This is probably where the salacious aspect of Phantom Lady comes into play. Her costume reveals a lot of skin, especially for the 1940s. No doubt this was part of her appeal. Artist Matt Baker was very skilled at designing a cover that emphasized the visual appeal of the character. However, somewhere along the way, her effectiveness as a character came through. She's one of those public domain heroes that always gets noticed, and always has someone bring her back to use, despite DC Comics making use of the character and enforcing their version of the character. Erik Larsen might have been the most recent creator to incorporate her into his comics, but he did so only briefly.
I haven't even read the review copy sent by Titan Comics, and I'm excited about Blade Runner 2019 #1. Blade Runner is one of the best science fiction films of all time. Now, there's an ongoing series set in the neo-noir city of Los Angeles.
Details trickled out yesterday about Brian Michael Bendis's Legion of Super-Heroes. It definitely appears that Superboy, Jonathan Kent will join this new Legion. Of course, fan reaction is mixed.