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August 23, 2020 1:29 pm I appreciate you answering my redundant question. I have both the Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen trades on order through Amazon, so I can cancel them easily. Thanks for the insight! Also, quick note, that anti-Nazi Joker moment in Injustice you mentioned reminds me of a moment from John Byrne's 1996 Batman & Captain America crossover. There, Joker is shocked (SHOCKED!) that the man wearing a swastika on his chest was a Nazi and Joker is not into it. Some enterprising young stud mentioned that moment eight years ago. ;)
May 25, 2019 10:51 am Please excuse me while I jabber away into the wind. I don't know where else to post this. Man, but this Tom King BATMAN situation drives me a little nuts. While I might not like Tom King's run, it seems like the DC is doing it their greatest disservice. They're renumbering it and giving it a new title. Tom King is trying to liken it to Grant Morrison's run, which sort of did the same thing but Tom doesn't mention that DC kept doing that until it was run into the ground. Morrison got shuffled off BATMAN to BATMAN AND ROBIN with a new number 1, which was fine. Then, he wrote a miniseries about Bruce's return. Then, he wrote BATMAN, INC again with a new number 1. Then, the New 52 happened so BATMAN, INC got another new number 1 but not before it got a special which contained two issues of the old BATMAN, INC that didn't get published before the new BATMAN, INC. That special, titled LEVIATHAN STRIKES, also had a #1 on the cover. So, even though Morrison's Batman run was all one big story, it had its beginning in BATMAN #655 but also had five comics with a #1 on them that came afterwards. Trying to navigate this story afterwards is exceedingly difficult. It was even hard at the time. The same is true for Ed Brubaker's Captain America run. That started off great, but then went through the same situation. Brubaker saw CAPTAIN AMERICA get renumbered as he was writing it, a miniseries happened, the series got renamed, he wrote another miniseries, and the series got relaunched and given a new #1 but not before another writer took over the main title while Ed was writing that second miniseries. Once again, navigating these waters is difficult. So, will the same thing happen to Tom King's run? Will DC parse this thing out, relaunch it, rename it, short-term goose it to hell until people stop following it because it's no longer special? It's no longer BATMAN? History tells me that's exactly what will happen.
October 23, 2018 1:51 pm I finally read my copy of this and listened to this podcast. Man, I loved both. I'm such a sucker for this era of Superman. The melodrama, the craziness moored by sort-of emotional reality (unlike the Silver Age), the solid and consistent characterizations, the tight continuity, the supporting cast, the fun! Ugh. I still love it so. As of yet, DC hasn't announced the second volume of this series, which worries me a bit. I sure hope they release all four volumes, which would cover this entire storyline. And I hope you continue to check it out when it's released. I remember Adventures of Superman #550 being particularly good with art by Immonen and a trial of Lex Luthor. Glad you all dug it and I'm super glad you recommended discussing it here, Josh. As a guy struggling and mostly failing to connect with modern comics these days, I loved hearing you two fondly talking about this book. Thanks.
September 23, 2018 4:45 pm Close but no. Superman was already electric when Genesis happened. He’s electric on the cover to issue 1. As someone who read all the Electric Superman stuff a year or so ago, I can tell you that they literally never gave a real “this is the reason” expalanation for his power shift. It was weird.
August 26, 2018 9:24 am Well, this sounds so incredibly up my alley. Gonna keep an eye open for this one. Oh, and Conor? Imma gonna find a way to get this into your hands ASAP.
August 20, 2018 10:46 am Well, I'm pumped to hear you talking about Superman: Blue Vol 1. It's very much Of Its Time. Enjoy!
August 14, 2018 7:48 pm I feel like I could hear Josh's gears turning when Jim said that Hickman was the last writer of Fantastic Four. "Hmmm," Josh's gears said. "The last time this claim was made, Jeff Reid rightly pointed out in the comments that both Matt Fraction and James Robinson had runs on Fantastic Four after Hickman finished up. Is it worth it to pedantically point this fact out to Jim right now?" You're a bigger man than I am in that your answer was, "No." My answer would have been different.
August 9, 2018 8:05 am I can think of two paradigm-ish shifts I've seen lately. The first was caused by Ms. Marvel. After the critical and sales success of that series, there's been a lot more series, mostly at Marvel, starring female characters and made by female creators. Squirrel Girl, Unstoppable Wasp, Mockingbird, Hellcat, Moon Girl, etc have all followed in its wake and had various levels of success. Still, they can thank Kamala Khan for their existence. The other was the launch of the DC Super Hero Girls line. A girl-centric non-continuity line launched and others followed. As the dad of two young girls, I've been following this one closely. Marvel recentered it's all-ages line around Spider-Man with its current Marvel Super Hero Adventures and its tween Marvel Rising initiatives. Now, DC is expanding its publishing of these non-continuity stories in standalone books and comics coming soon both inside and outside the Direct Market. This initiative has me the most excited.
July 29, 2018 1:17 pm I’m glad to hear that Grand Design is still good. I’m now reading the first volume that I bought in that insane Kindle / Marvel dollar comics sale that made such waves. It’s wonderful. It reminds me of The Wolverine Saga and Untold Legend of the Batman and a little of what I was going for (but never quite succeeded at) with the DC Histories series.