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Young Justice: Season One

The original Young Justice comic was the perfect source material for an animated series. It sadly never came to happen, but the Teen Titans cartoon was a good substitute. It still would have been nice to see Tim Drake’s Robin teamed up with Impulse and Superboy in an ongoing animated series.

A couple years ago an announcement was made for a Young Justice cartoon, featuring an Aqualad of color and a lack of overall humor. The latter was a deal breaker for YJ purists with the former being a deal breaker for DC purists. I was of course interested in the series, and it did not disappoint. Read the rest of this entry

Red Robin #26

I have to say that DC Comics is full of writers who don’t really know what they’re doing, which is why they remain the number two comic book company. Sure, the Batman movie franchise basically prints money, but what about everything else? The 52 initiative will have to be absolutely stunning considering some of the more recent output. Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts on the DCnU

I get a surprising number of hits here because of the thoughts I shared on Tim Drake as Red Robin two years ago. I haven’t had much to say since then because the book started taking a nosedive shortly thereafter. Need I also mention that the book got even worse after Bruce Wayne was recovered from his trip through time? The character has stayed strong throughout, but everything around him hasn’t been worth reading.

Of course I can only say this after having read it, which is unfortunate…

I am beginning to think that this is DC Comics to a T. By that I mean that they have strong characters in stupid and uninteresting storylines. Look at it this way: DC characters are iconic and incredibly well known, but how many must-read stories have they published in the past decade? Aside from Identity Crisis and the epic Green Lantern stories, nothing.

This week I learned of DC’s plans to reboot their entire universe in the Fall. Read the rest of this entry

Identity Crisis

Cover of the collected edition, with a special introduction by Joss Whedon - who later tapped author Meltzer to write for the Buffy Season 8 comics (yes, random trivia is available)

In 1994, writer Brad Meltzer attempted a story concept that DC Comics had not tried since Watchmen – the superhero murder mystery. It is true that characters are murdered in mysterious fashion in superhero books, but the books are still primarily about action and fighting. The hero does solve the mystery, but at the pace appropriate for a mystery story. Usually, the last ten minutes of that sort of storyline are relegated to the hero mentioning clues and a number of other items that were kept obfuscated from the reader due to either poor writing (no one can prematurely solve the crime if the clues are kept out of sight) or poorer writing (no one can prematurely solve the crime if the solution was not decided until the last ten pages were written). Fortunately Meltzer avoided that in writing DC’s Identity Crisis, but the reader would need to both completely ignore the well written red herrings presented as well as have a strong familiarity with all of the characters involved in order to jump to the appropriate conclusion. Read the rest of this entry