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On this episode, we’re discussing:

  • All-New X-Men made waves this past week when founding X-Man Bobby Drake aka Iceman was revealed to be gay. The writing though was controversial concerning statements around bisexuality. We talk about what happened, what we like vs what is still really troubling.
  • DC Comics revealed that Frank Miller will be penning Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Miller will be joined by Brian Azzarello on writing duties. We discuss the unfortunate name for the new series.
  • DC Comics’ Convergence is wrapping up its first month this week. The two month event consists of a main series and a bunch of tie-in series. We discuss what we think so far. and what we hope to see in the second month.

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Review: Convergence #2

convergence #2 coverAs Telos, the Planet Incarnate, easily defeats the survivors of Earth 2, Thomas Wayne and Dick Grayson set off to find help in the pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. The emotional implication of these worlds colliding comes crashing down when Thomas Wayne confronts this world’s Batman, as father meets son!

Plus, Alan Scott’s attempts to connect with The Green yield unexpected results, setting our team on a quest to escape the planet. And the cyborgs of Futures End engage in a battle to the death against the reimagined heroes of the Just Imagine Universe, while the city of Superman Red and Blue takes on the opposing forces from GENERATIONS!

The second issue of Convergence focuses in on the viewpoint of Dick Grayson and his views of what’s happened and what’s happening. This would be an interesting “everyman” point of view, but Grayson isn’t very likeable. After a brief intro to Grayson’s experience, we’re quickly pivoted to mostly a fight between the Earth 2 heroes and Telos. The fight is somewhat lame, and entire segment rather boring, but you need to get these heroes off on their mission. That involves exploring the world and trying to get some allies to help them.

The big emotional punch is supposed to be the meeting between Thomas Wayne and a version of Bruce Wayne. What should have been an incredible emotional punch comes off as cold, distant, and about as touching as a wet fart.

Convergence so far has a feel of a cheap event, thrown together from ideas we’ve seen before in previous comics and other media. The story so far is just not interesting or entertaining, it’s just rather bland and recycled. What has succeeded is some of the tie-ins, so it might be best for those interested to start there.

The second issue gets the comic moving, but it’s not enough to get me excited to see what happens next. Generally the characters aren’t likeable, and the villain is so detached, I just don’t care about him.

For a hyped event, Convergence has me waiting for it to be over to get back to our regularly scheduled program.

Story: Jeff King Art: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Convergence Supergirl – Matrix #1

consupergirl001Convergence has been a bizarre spectacle so far.  Treading on the excellent ground of some of the great comic book crossovers that have come before, this series is searching the multiverse for characters, time and places that are worth saving, all by way of an unrevealed scheme by Brainiac.  In the continuity of the stories, the characters are fighting for their lives, but the real world experience for readers is something else entirely.  The characters which are being revisited are those which represent for some stalled ideas that never really caught on (Captain Carrot), other weird phenomenon (such as with the Extremists, rip offs of Marvel villains) or just simply experiencing what was on offer for comic fans in a different time and place.  Supergirl Matrix definitely falls into the latter.

As has been shown in other Convergence titles, the heroes are stuck in domed cities, but they are on the verge of having to battle for their existence against others from other domed cities.  Supergirl Matrix is paired with a not-so-evil Lex Luthor who is trying to find a way to escape from the domed city before they are eliminated.  Supergirl ends up with a high-tech device that she is trying to use to determine something which Lex needs to know, but she can’t get on to it before she is faced off against two of the combatants, Lady Quark and Lord Volt.

As opposed to capturing something fun from the past, this issue caught something undesirable.  Certainly the past of comics has a lot of great stories which have been told, but there are also a lot of stories which should remain stuck in some back issue bin, and this unfortunately captures that essence above all else.  It is reminiscent of the 1980s, when comics got a bit darker, but some responded with an attempt at humor for heroes, most of which fell flat.  The humor in this issue is mostly a misfire, the heroes feel out of place, the plot unnecessary to the overall story of Convergence, and all that this issue manages to capture from the past is that it too should probably be buried in a back issue bin.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 4.3 Art:  7.5 Overall: 4.3  Recommendation:  Pass

Review: Convergence #1

Convergence #1 CoverDC Comics‘ big event brings the entire DC Universe, from the dawn of time through The New 52, together. They must fight to survive against a threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Brainiac has collected cities of doomed and forgotten worlds, who must battle each other – and the losers will be destroyed! But why is he forcing this conflict? Join the refugees from Earth-2 as they unlock the truth behind this world that exists outside time and space and is very much alive! Is Brainiac really in control – or is this planet named Telos an unparalleled force of evil?

In the lead up to Convergence I personally have been back and forth as to my interest in the series. Having read Convergence #0 last week, my interest turned towards the positive, as the set-up was intriguing at least.

Convergence #1 quickly got rid of that interest presenting a comic that felt more like a choppy set of ideas as opposed to a coherent narrative. The comic is especially cumbersome for those who might not have been reading DC’s weekly comic Earth 2: Worlds End. The issue kicks off with the heroes of the Injustice pocket of the Multiverse dealing with an unknown assailant, and it would seem getting a quick beatdown. It’s a setup that’s supposed to show that anything can happen, and that there’s actually high stakes here. Instead, without any interest or connection to the characters, and really no introduction as to what is happening and how it connects to the bigger narrative, I found myself not caring about their fate. It was a cheap move for shock that failed to deliver an impact.

The majority of the issue is the heroes of Earth 2 attempting to figure out what happened and the Brainiac of Telos attempting to figure out why they have no city attached to them. It’s then declared a battle of heroes will commence and that they will actually have to fight. It’s a cool concept, if it were a video game, but feels like a bad cut-scene before I get to battle it out myself. Also for those who might not have read Earth 2: Worlds End, I feel like a lot of what is said by that group of heroes would be lost or just not understood. There’s just a weird disconnect.

The art for the issue is just ok. It feels like it was a “B” team a bit, not featuring a DC heavy hitting artist as you’d hope for a big event such as this. Much like the story and concept as a whole, it just doesn’t feel like DC is bringing its “A” game here.

Convergence rests in nostalgia from those who have followed DC Comics throughout the decades. As I’m not one of those people, it needs more to bring me in. While the zero issue had my interest perked up, this first issue quickly drained all of that. Here’s hoping the tie-in series will bring more excitement.

Story: Scott Lobdell and Jeff King Art: Jason Paz and Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Convergence Titans #1

titans001Of all the characters to receive a makeover in the new 52, it is perhaps the original Teen Titans that have fared the worst.  The team was replaced almost completely with newer versions of older characters, and those older characters were left behind in part in the old continuity.  This Convergence title focuses on three DC heroes that have been trapped in Gotham City under the superpower nullifying dome – Donna Troy, Starfire and Arsenal.  The choice of these three is interesting as their histories are full of some controversy already.  Donna Troy had her origin story told and retold numerous times since the post-Crisis Wonder Woman was introduced, to the point that her own character’s history is confusing.  Starfire didn’t live as much controversy until she was introduced in the new 52 as a purely sexual creature (though the writers have backed off from that since) and her fans yearned for a return to the pre-Flashpoint version of the character.  It is perhaps Roy Harper who was the most controversial though, as fans had found a favorite in his daughter Lian, and when it was revealed that she had never existed in the new 52, they got the opposite of what they wanted.

This story focuses mostly on that of Roy, still trying to deal with the death of his daughter.  The heroes have moved on since the imposition of the dome, although Roy is ready for the return of something vile.  They get this return when the Extremists show up on Gotham’s doorstep after being gone for so long.  The Extremists are an interesting footnote in DC history.  They formed one of the main villain groups which fought the Justice League and Justice League Europe, but the group of villains were all loose facsimiles of Marvel villains (Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Magneto, Sabretooth and Dormammu).  Thus while other heroes or anti-heroes from this same Gotham are facing other foes (such as the Zoo Crew) this group of heroes is facing villains from not only a different place, but also kind of from a different company.

The main problem with this (and many other Convergence titles) is that it is hard to see exactly where it is going.  At the same time the concept is not really gripping, and doesn’t really draw the reader in to its world.  It is still interesting to see where this can go, but this interpretation of the cherished and missed characters feels like they have forgotten what made them popular to begin with.  It is after all likely that every single group of characters will prevail against the somewhat random selection of foes it has to face, most of whom are not relevant to modern readers, even those from before Flashpoint.  Therefore this kind of feels like a fluffy but also mostly fun interlude before we find out what exactly is going to happen to these other characters

Story: Fabian Nicieza  Art: Ron Wagner 
Story: 7.7  Art: 7.7   Overall: 7.7  Recommendation: Read

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Review: Superman Wonder Woman #17

sww17With the onset of Convergence, DC Comics’ newest Crisis level event, it is interesting to look at the progress of this series in particular.  The romantic union of Superman and Wonder Woman is after all one of the biggest changes post-Flashpoint in the new 52, where readers were promised a lot of changes but mostly got a lot of new costumes.  The pairing of these two was hinted at even before Flashpoint was over, and while it took about a year to realize, the two were destined for each other.  The concept at first was even one of almost childlike execution, with the two falling in love with each other over flimsy reasoning, and the application of their feelings for each other was often presented in what wouldn’t make it past the editing room for a Harlequin romance knock-off (for instance the Young Romance Valentine’s Day special).

With Convergence promising to come back into the DC universe and to shake things up again, it kind of remains to be seen whether this pairing is one which should stand after the event, or if it is an experiment which is failed and should be removed.  The inherent problem with the association has never been Superman.  He has Lois, but a different route is being taken for him and her romantically.  The problem was and is Wonder Woman, how one of DC Comics’ strongest heroes is reduced to knee shaking quivering schoolgirl at the sight of Superman.  This presentation is one which has been more evident in the Superman focused titles.  The opposite approach has been that of the Wonder Woman monthly which has barely addressed the romance at all (even going so far as to suggest a better pairing of her with Orion.)  The middle ground of course is this series.  The series can be said to be somewhat of an evolution of the pairing, with Wonder Woman in the first few issues being presented as a damsel in distress and not so much of a hero, and even less of the person behind the tiara.  That there has be a shift in the attitude is evident in this issue as it ties into Wonder Woman’s history more than Superman’s, as they battle Circe and one of her agents Magog, with a mind controlled Superman to boot.  It is Wonder Woman that is left to save the day, as Superman is left as a mostly helpless bystander.

Time will tell if the romance between the two will endure or just be a flash in the pan of comic history, but at the very least if this is the route being taken for their time together then at least it is one which does the characters justice.  Instead of this being the Superman comic featuring Wonder Woman as his main squeeze as it started out, it is now much more balanced between the two, and that it has reached this status by the time of Convergence is an indication that maybe the gamble worked to put these two together.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi  Art: Doug Mahnke and Ed Benes
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: Convergence #0

convergence 0 coverWorlds live. Worlds die. And nothing will ever be the same.

Where do worlds go when they die? Crisis, Zero Hour, and Flashpoint all saw characters and timelines suddenly disappear – gone, but far from forgotten. They’re all still there, and they’re fighting for their lives.

The Earthquakes felt round the Multiverse, Superman’s lost days after “Doomed,” the World’s End – all these points will converge as the history of the DCU is spun from a new perspective, the perspective of a mad god and his arrogant child. The biggest story in DC history ties into literally every DC story ever told – and it all begins here.

Kingdom Come, Red Son, Wild West Justice League, Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew – all the worlds you remember can still be found on Telos. Everything matters. Every story matters.

The entire DC Universe, from the dawn of time through The New 52, must fight to survive against a threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Your favorite characters from every era are all here! But are you going to say hello again just to say goodbye forever? The stakes have never been higher as the heroes you love are brought together and it all starts here with Convergence #0.

Kicking off the April/May event Convergence #0 lays the ground work of the battleworld story that’s set up, as if it’s some sort of secret war that’ll be fought. We find out about the mysterious being behind all of this, as the mystery is uncovered by us the reader, and Superman, who is in the center of it all.

Already there’s some confusion for me as it has a bit to do with the Doomsday storyline and some missing time, but I just ignored that and moved on to see what’s up.

What really drew me, and what will draw me into the numerous serious spinning out of it, is watching the various versions of Superman rendered by artist Ethan Van Sciver. There are lots of iconic moments, some I thought happened in the New 52, but I guess not? All of them rendered solidly by Van Sciver. And that’s the best part of the issue.

The story is a lot of set-up, lots of discussion, and not much else. It’s the moments before the credits role on a film, setting up what’s coming ahead. Is that a bad thing? For a first issue yes, for a zero issue, it’s not so bad. This zero issue is set-up and lets us know what’s to come. That’s its purpose.

Does the Convergence series have potential? Yes, looks like this could be a fun event for fans of DC’s very iconic history. For others, it’ll be mixed. I’m in the middle somewhere as to what I expect. The first issue is drawn out a bit and could have done with more of plot infusion and used some storytelling elements from Archaia’s Tales of Sand, but it did what its goal was. It got me to understand what Convergence will be about. It got me to get a bit excited to see some of the new series, more so than I was at least. So, mission accomplished.

Story: Dan Jurgens, Jeff King Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Flash #40

theflash040That Convergence is coming is perhaps the most ironic for the Flash of all DC characters.  It was after all Flashpoint, the company wide crossover, that took the old DC into the new 52.  This crossover focused somewhat on Barry Allen and his attempt to stop the effects of the Reverse-Flash on destroying the continuity of the DC Universe, which had left millions dead and Earth without its true heroes.  The move left many series somewhat hanging as the abrupt cutoff forced some stories to be condensed and versions of characters to be erased.  It is now Convergence’s turn to exact this fate on this series, even if its effects are not as drastic.

This issue picks up where the story arc had left off.  Future Barry was on the verge of becoming a homicidal maniac by killing or maiming every villain that he had ever failed to catch, while present Barry was still stuck in the land of the Speed Force.  With the end coming, at least until June, it was time to wrap up this story and to move on, and this was done in this final issue before the break, only perhaps in an overly efficient way.  As with many stories condensed into such time frames, it feels as though the series would have done better with a couple more issues to deal with the heavier issues involved, but here they were disregarded in order to wrap up the plot.  The plot serves as a way to introduce a major villain as well as to reintroduce another, and even yet another that might be back at some point (though might simply be forgotten.)  In the process the two Flashes resolve their dispute in a spectacular way, and there is even some closure for present Barry.

If that seems like a bit much for one issue, its because it kind of is.  The series is not really well done by with this wrap-up, especially as this story arc started off with such an interesting concept, even if that concept was an abandonment of the focus put on science throughout the first three years of this series.  This is a wrap up but it leaves the character a bit too contained, with no stories to directly follow.  Two months of Convergence will dominate and it is likely that the Flash will figure in prominently, but for now this is left on a bit of a mediocre low.

Story: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen Art: Brett Booth
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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