Patriotically yours – Capt. Freedom
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Time permitting, I might fit in a couple more posts before I go, but no promises. Look for a return to regular service no later than June 13th. Wouldn't want to miss the 13th.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
'Cause that's how they rolled back in tha GA, yo.
All images were obtained from Pure Excitement Comics, packed with much Golden Age goodness.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Iron Man: Yeah, I always liked you guys, even when we were fighting and stuff. We can still be friends, right? Peter! You still hangin' cool, son? Whoa! ...Dude, don't even worry about that now. We need...We need to all fight as one, because the Hulk and the innocent bystanders, you know? Avengers Assemble! So yeah, let's just hang out here, and if the Hulk don't start none, there won't be none, right Luke? Yeah!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Now, Where are my Marvel Zombie Minimate Bobblehead Limited Edition Holographic Pogs, damn it?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Yes, the best part of all this is, we got the multiverse back. I was around for the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and I never did like the elimination of the parallel Earths. Twenty-one years ago, the concept was an albatross for DC, and they felt that the multiverse was too hard to explain, and that having one timeline would be for the best. To be fair, I think it did work to improve sales and increase readership, but the cracks started to show early, and there were plenty of ‘em. The problem of explaining the multiverse was quickly replaced by the problem of trying to explain how various pivotal stories could or could not have “happened”, and as characters like Hawkman and Wonder Woman were reintroduced as if they were new, the problems multiplied. Today is very different from then, though. As pop culture caught up with and embraced the comics, it’s probably fair to say that the concept of multiple earths has become more common in our entertainment, and even my 5-year old son understands that the animated, movie, and comic book Batman are three different stories, each with their own rules and timelines.
So the multiverse is back, and we’re jubilant over the return of something that probably shouldn’t have been taken from us in the first place. Of course, when hostages are returned, it’s unseemly to complain about the time and cost of freeing them. It leads me to wonder though: Were the last twenty-one years a waste? For all the continuity troubles that CoIE caused, DC had only just recently finished ironing out most of the problems caused by that event, only to turn around and render all that work unnecessary. Or so it seems. Was all of John Byrne’s work rewriting the Superman legend in vain? Were all the Legion reboots for naught? I’ll argue no, for the post-CoIE landscape did allow for the molding of a singular, all-inclusive DCU, one that folded in all DC’s character acquisitions and their classic characters. It also allowed for a legacy-centric DCU, with a JLA that formed from the JSA, and a rich tapestry of character dynasties that never would have happened had the Earth 1/Earth 2 JLA/JSA division stood.
Now, many Earths that became one have become many again, albeit with some retooling. Costume designs hint that these are not the same infinite earths that disappeared 21 years ago, allowing for many, many possibilities, but with a bit more structure. Fans can now have their cake (charming classic Captain Marvel) and eat it too (Trials of Shazam), and if someone wants to do a Vic Sage Question series, they can, and it “counts”.
The only caution I would extend (like they're gonna ask me) is not to get too anxious to catalog everything. Half-a dozen or so Earths introduced is enough, and there's no need to rush in there and close off all possibilities. I do hope that the DC Animated Universe is one of the 52 Earths though-that would be great.
Whatever the case, color me tickled pink to see the DC multiverse back in action!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
That said? this thing is fat-packed with insanity. About half of the 200 pages looks like it was drunkenly traced from comic book panels, with badly-drawn, over muscled Spidey, his villains, and activities. With so many pages to fill, the rest gets kinda weird.
Others, like this young lady, look suspiciously like they had their genesis in a Sears catalog:
Strange and mystifying stuff. Further proof, if any were needed, that entrusting your child's education to a Dollar Store Spider-Man Coloring Book is not a good idea.