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November 11, 2018 6:09 pm As for the DC Crises, I have a somewhat different view on them so I'll throw my 2c in for Andrew's question. First, shockingly, I still haven't gotten round to Crisis on Infinite Earths despite having been reading comics for 25 years, regularly. I will say this, though, along with being like 500 pages long, Crisis is probably like most '80s mainstream superhero comics in that it is extremely verbose and the dialogue pretty stiff so, while I do agree that it is the most logical place to start, it's a huge investment time-wise. Zero Hour is the next Crisis - and it is a far closer follow up to CoIE than some of the other comics with Crisis in the title. I loved the hell out of it when I was a kid but I haven't gone back since. There's a very strong chance that the story has not aged well at all but a) the art was undoubtedly pretty great being peak Jurgens and b) the Zero Hour tie-in comics (including both #0 issues and those with Zero Hour somewhere on the cover) were often exceptionally good. They seem to have started collecting those #0 issues in affordable trades so they might be worth picking up. Skip a bunch of years to Identity Crisis. This series stands almost entirely alone and I would recommend it as the perfect place to start if it wasn't so, ya know, terrible. Great Rags Morales art and some decent craft in the writing don't change the fact that it's one of the most cynical, ugly and wrong-headed DC comics ever. It ushered in a new age of "grim and gritty" DC comics that proved to be more resilient than the one in the early '90s and quite a bit more mean-spirited too. Plus, it has nothing to do with any of the other Crises so, meh, avoid it like the plague. Infinite Crisis has some nice art but is mostly largely disposable as it did play a bit too heavily on the "continuity porn" that Geoff Johns was criticized so often for at the time. It also (re)introduced the fairly unbearable Superboy Prime and pretty much screwed up the Flash for the last decade-plus. It did have its moments, though, and there were so good tie-ins, especially those by Rucka and Simone. Also, it led into 52, which was pretty great. Final Crisis. It largely ignored all the build-up to it (Death of the New Gods anyone?) but it's probably the most impenetrable Crisis, just because of how Morrison wrote it - though it's much easier to come to grips with ever since it was collected (in a surprisingly cheap trade paperback edition) and all the issues and tie-ins were put in the correct reading order. It does suffer from inconsistent art, though, as JG Jones was unable to keep up with its schedule and the fill-ins by largely really good artists were often rushed. This was apparently also at least partially fixed in the trade, with some pages redrawn and recoloured. I say all this because it is, for my money, by far the best Crisis comic that I have read, with Morrison's high-imagination, experimentation with format and on-point characterization (not to mention further embellishments on the themes that he has been exploring in superhero comics since Animal Man) elevating Final Crisis beyond most Big 2 events, which, even at their best, tend to largely be an excuse for fan-service above all else. Reading some other Morrison first is probably the way to go, though.
November 11, 2018 4:42 pm Interesting to hear Conor talking about Nightwing because that's exactly how us Wally West fans feel about our favourite character. And, to be clear, I don't think he will be dead by the end of HiC - but I do think it's a strong chance that he will be a villain.Wally is probably the one character that Didio hates more than Dick Grayson.
November 11, 2018 2:55 pm I haven't read Green Lantern yet but I'm with you on the rest. Not that there isn't a place for "widescreen", cinematic comics but I don't like that it became the default. There was a certain literary aspect to many comics in the late '80s, early '90s that just isn't being used enough today. It's probably why something like Mister Miracle is a standout - I mean, aside for it just being a fantastic comic book, of course.
November 5, 2018 4:25 pm Wow, that sounds like an awesome song that you started the show with. Very Dr Feelgood-ish. Definitely gotta check out this band - and, ya know, the rest of the song.
October 28, 2018 8:06 pm Ah, so it was you, Paul!
October 28, 2018 4:18 pm Yeah, I didn't vote for Lodger because I am actually with you guys on this. Lapham's stuff, or whatever little of it I've read, does absolutely nothing for me. Don't even really enjoy his art. As you say, his work is not bad but it leaves me entirely cold. I actually didn't realize that it was only Ron who didn't like his stuff, though. Though, come to think of it, I do recall either Ron or Paul describing almost every issue of Stray Bullets and at least one of you just responding with utter bewilderment that anyone would want to read something so relentlessly bleak. I'm actually not sure what I did vote for this week, weirdly enough. It really was one of those weeks where I had nothing that I really wanted to hear your guys' opinion on. Well, except for Action Comics but I knew there was no way you wouldn't talk about it. I've been really enjoying Bendis' Superman but I do have trouble buying Lois' reasoning. Oh and I just realized what Goldrush reminds me of: Dry the Rain by the Beta Band! Cool song, though.
October 21, 2018 5:17 pm Welcome back, Paul! Really nice show as always, guys. Interesting Nightwing chat. A couple of things, though. Didio doesn't just seem to have an issue with Dick but with that entire generation of sidekick characters. Honestly, if you think it's tough being a Dick Grayson fan, try be a Wally West fan for the past decade, Didio has tried in the past to kill Dick but he has admitted that he doesn't like Wally, left Donna Troy out of the New 52 and just killed Wally and Roy in Heroes in Crisis. Though, actually, I don't actually think Wally is going to be dead by the end of the series, I'm more worried that he's going to be the killer. As for Tim, if I recall correctly, Tom King put his foot down on killing Tim, despite Didio wanted him dead. Which is weird as he will be central to Bendis' Wonder Comics and Young Justice, in particular. I assume you guys know about all this but seeing as how you don't read comics news anymore, anything is possible. Re: Lucifer. I haven't read it and I have no plan to do so. I'm oddly perfectly OK with them carrying the story of Sandman through the Dreaming but I really have an issue with any new Lucifer series. Carey's excellent series ended so utterly perfectly that I can't imagine any continuation of that series and have no idea what the point is of a reboot when the initial series was so great and so easily available too. Finally, I'm not much of a gamer (I'm mostly all about Doom mods, old SNES games and Street Fighter IV on PC) and I don't actually like reading comics digitally but I'm enough of a fan of you guys that I probably will check it out pretty soon. Either way, congrats on getting it out there!
October 7, 2018 7:58 pm Damn, no Venom podcast? And I was so looking forward to an old-fashioned rant from you guys! Oh well.
September 20, 2018 4:55 pm Super glad you talked about this book. Surprised but glad. I can't say I've read this stuff since it came out but I did recently reread the Funeral For a Friend arc, which came out a few years before this with slightly different creative teams but was very much the same era, and I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. There are a few things about these comics that are worse than today's superhero comics - the dialogue, especially - but overall I totally agree with you that something has been lost over these past twenty (twenty?!? Holy hell, I'm old!) years. Quite what it is is hard to say but, in a weird way, I think it might have to do with what you said at the end there about Jeff Parker being the only modern creator who could pull something like this off. Most modern creators, including the ones of whom I'm a huge fan, just seldom seem to be at home in superhero comics or, at least, straightforward superhero comics like '90s Superman. Rucka, Bendis, Remender, King, Hickman, even the late and absurdly great Darwyn Cooke: they're fantastic writers who have written some great superhero comics but unlike still active veterans like Waid, Morrison or Busiek, there is a sense that they have to bend the superhero genre to fit their own styles, rather than the other way around. In many respects, these newer creators - and don't even get me started on the guys over at Vertigo at the same time who were just operating on an entirely different level - can write rings around the '90s Superman writers but I don't think any of them could ever write something like '90s Superman and that great mix of soap opera, classic superheroics and abject silliness. Also, and this is important, creators had extremely long runs during the 1990s and books followed a single direction for almost the entire decade. This allowed a certain amount of worldbuilding and character development that is hard to replicate in an age where the Universe is being rebooted, reset and mangled every couple of years and a run of twelve months is now considered a lengthy stay on a title. Obviously, there are exceptions to this (Batman by King and Snyder, especially) but there was a much greater trend to let things play out in the '90s then there is now where it seems like editorial does nothing but get in its own way. Finally, just a point about DC in the 1990s: you do correctly assert that there was some terrible stuff in that decade in comics but DC was actually pretty much on fire throughout the decade. Sure, the Justice League books got pretty bad before Morrison and there were some obvious attempts to cash in on the Image boom but compare those to the following now-classic runs: Wadi's Flash; Morrison's JLA; PAD's Supergirl, Young Justice and Aquaman; the "triangle" era of Superman; Grant and then Dixon's Batman line, Robinson's Starman, Ennis' Hitman, the end of Giffen and Demaittes' JLI; Kesel's Superboy; the Batman Adventures (based on the animated series) and, oh yeah, the establishment of Vertigo in 1993 with stone-cold classics like Sandman, Hellblazer and Shade the Changing Man giving way to Preacher, Transmet and the Invisibles. How often in this century has DC had a lineup like that - especially in terms of their ongoing series? Anyway, terrific show as ever. I was kind of hoping to have more "off the beaten path" and indie books featured in these Booksplodes originally but I've been loving your recent excursions into comics' (and your own) past. Keep 'em coming!
September 13, 2018 8:44 pm Oh, I don't have kids but I totally get it. Didn't stop it being really funny. Super-grouchy Josh is almost as funny as drunk Conor!