Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DC is Losing Me.

Photorealistic Bouncing Boy is TERRIFYING.

Remember when the Legion of Superheroes was notoriously the DC book that was way too complicated to understand? Let's just admit that we've gotten to the point where the entire DCU is in a constant state of Legion-Level migraine inducing complexity, shall we? A DC Universe that has been through the infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and who knows what else is about to jump into yet another a reality warping event, which seems to be as good a jumping-off point as any.

Okay, I'll be buying this one.

My pull list for DC Comics is taking a massive hit in the next couple of months as my beloved Doom Patrol gets canceled again for the fifth time along with, well, a slew of books I wasn't buying either. All this to make way for a 50+ book Flashpoint  bonanza that leaves me cold. I'm also dropping Booster Gold as it jumps into Flashpoint. I may or may not get the core series when it comes out; but so far, I'm unimpressed with what I've seen. I guess I resent it for elbowing my book off the field, but Flashpoint looks dull. I love parallel world stories, but there have been a glut of those at both DC and Marvel; and at this point, I may be all alternate-realitied out. What with Brightest day still wrapping up,the lantern Wars going on, and Doomsday running around, I assume Flashpoint is meant to Rock the DC Universe to its Core FOREVER for a period of approximately Two days, Seven hours and twenty three minutes in overall DC History (only to be retroactively erased from history by the events of next year's Ginormous Time-Twisting Crossover.)

Its not as if I'm "boycotting" DC, though. I follow creators, and thus I continue to follow Grant Morrison's weaving Batman epic through Batman Inc. The Dick and Bruce and multiple Batmen deal has been a cool twist on the old formula. I've been reading the Legion of Superheroes and Adventure Comics again, enjoying both as a longtime Legion reader, though I'm leery of Green Lantern related elements intruding recently. I read Secret Six each month, though it feels like its headed toward a bad end lately. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is so doomed it was barely worth typing, and the same could probably be said of fellow outlier Zatanna. Basically, it seems like if I like a title, and it kind of stands off to the side doing its own thing, DC will cancel it.

I like the DC Comics characters, but lately, I don't like the DC Comics so much. Luckily, there's always Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A Jar Jar Binks Comic By Peter Bagge!

Jar Jar Binks may have had a reduced role in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, but he wasn't completely idle. Ten years after Phantom Menace, the Gungan had Dilbert-principled his way into a job befitting his intelligence and skill set, becoming a Galactic Senator. Late in the film, for once in his life, Jar Jar managed to gather his wits, marshal all of his oratory skills... and delivered the speech that handed Chancellor Palpatine sweeping emergency powers. Powers that arguably led to him becoming the Emperor, which led to the Clone Wars, which led to the whole damn evil Galactic Empire! Way to go, Jar Jar! If you liked Tony Millionaire's George R. Binks, you're gonna love this:

"Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks"
"Anakin & Padme in: Nobody's Perfect!"
Story and Art: Peter Bagge
Story scanned from: 
Star Wars Tales #20 (Dark Horse Comics - June 2004)