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Old 08-20-2021, 09:51 AM   #2121
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Neither are the reasons comics are failing. Cape comics fail because they're boring, the reading order is confusing for newbies, it requires years of multiple backlogs to understands, and they offer no variety in storytelling ironically enough because they don't want to "scare" new readers.

Pretty much most comics are superheroes, while mangas got stories about sports, board games, relationships, fantasy, sci fi, in ADDITION to superhero stuff. No wonder Manga sells more than comics in the US and worldwide.
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Old 08-21-2021, 11:24 AM   #2122
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I switched out Detective Comics for Nightwing. Nightwing's arc makes it look like three different volumes in the same volume. This direction is definitely for the better with obvious reservations. So Dick and Barbara are back to will they/won't they probably will. Alfred is still dead and him being dead serves the direction the writer is going for since Alfred left the stocks he received in Wayne Enterprises for raising Bruce. An interesting note is the Wayne Foundation started as the Alfred Pennyworth Foundation during the three years Alfred was dead last time before changing its name to the Wayne Foundation when Bruce and Alfred relocated there in 1969.

Maroni seems to be an underboss of Blockbuster II so I wonder if Two Face will surface in Bludhaven before long. Maroni, Blockbuster II, and Bludhaven are all back from the dead so when Alfred comes back for a second time I wonder what Dick will rename it, The Grayson Foundation?

So Heartless has some connection to Dick Grayson, he somehow inspired Heartless and is the villain's next target. With this whole Melinda Zucco, paternal half-sister bit getting more personal connections right after it seems a bit much. Especially since we are going to focus on the next Bat event for the next 4ish issues.

Melinda seems to be a gray area that will be explored with a solid idea behind. What concerns me is a writer being taken off a title before their story is told and it will end up not fully fleshed out. That being said I hope that editorial interference will not happen and the writer does not drag things out too long. Not just with Melinda, but anything he has planned.

The Graysons targeted not just the example for a protection racket? I am sure there are people who don't like it. I will just go with it.

I like where its going, I just don't know how long it will hold because Dick Grayson can go in drastically different directions in a knee jerk instance. If he cannot be Robin or Batman this is a pretty solid direction.
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Old 08-21-2021, 12:30 PM   #2123
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Old 08-21-2021, 01:25 PM   #2124
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In the various cameos in Nightwing#83 Superman asked Dick if he would look in on Jonathan while he is away for a while. Where is Superman disappearing to? It reminds me of how those of us who don't read Wonder Woman would not know why her mother is holding her spot on the Justice League.
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Old 08-21-2021, 01:45 PM   #2125
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In the various cameos in Nightwing#83 Superman asked Dick if he would look in on Jonathan while he is away for a while. Where is Superman disappearing to?
Clark's headed off-world to deal with Mongol and Warworld. It's a big story that'll bleed over into 2022
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Old 08-21-2021, 02:17 PM   #2126
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Clark's headed off-world to deal with Mongol and Warworld. It's a big story that'll bleed over into 2022
So is War World intergalactic gladiatorial arena or is it the Deathstar? Will Hal be involved by any chance?

Also, is it Mongul or is it his son?
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Old 08-21-2021, 04:01 PM   #2127
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So is War World intergalactic gladiatorial arena or is it the Deathstar?

Also, is it Mongul or is it his son?
I think the current Mongol is his son, yeah. The one Bendis introduced.
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Old 08-22-2021, 06:10 AM   #2128
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Turns out Marvel recently tried to re-sign Bendis. He turned them down

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Old 08-26-2021, 03:24 AM   #2129
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Tynion reveals more about the early plans for the Bat-books when 5G was still being prepped. He confirms the Joker epilouge in Tom King's final issue was intended to lead to the 'last' Joker vs Batman story resulting in Joker's death. Bruce's face would have been permanently scarred, which would seemingly make it easy for people to connect the dots with his identity and force him into a permanent retirement.

He had suggested to other writers that each of the core Bat-books could focus on the end of a particular era. Nightwing would end the Robins, Catwoman would end Gotham's organized crime, Batgirl would close the door on the Gordon family etc.

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Old 09-03-2021, 01:37 PM   #2130
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Dark Knights of Steel is coming from Tom Taylor.


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Written by Tom Taylor (Nightwing, Injustice) with art by Yasmine Putri, Dark Knights of Steel takes place in a new DC medieval fantasy world where Batman isn't even the only familiar resident. This world will be changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. But what seems like the end of the world for many is only the beginning of this story. So yes, Superman and Wonder Woman will also be a part of this, along with Harley Quinn, Black Lightning, and more.

"I've spent the last two years creating a new epic fantasy universe for DC Comics, and Dark Knights of Steel is an absolute dream come true," Taylor told EW in a statement. "Despite being the writer of the DC horror series, DCeased, I'm actually a huge a fantasy fan. Combining two of my favorite things, DC superheroes and high fantasy, is my absolute happy place. I grew up reading Lord of the Rings alongside Superman. Terry Pratchett alongside Garth Ennis. Robin Hobb and Mark Waid. Dragonlance and Justice League. Now I get to bring all this together with the incredible Yasmine Putri, in the biggest story I could imagine. A tale of war and love, of despair and hope, of betrayal and improbable alliances forged in battle."
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Old 09-03-2021, 01:49 PM   #2131
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The Dark Knights of Steel might be fun.

Marvel did it with Iron Man through Layton's "Camelot" trilogy, then again in the first arc of Avengers vol 3 with Busiek and again later with Gaiman in Marvel's 1602 although that was more pirates and steampunk I suppose than pure "knights".

It's probably been done a dozen other times as well in other arcs that I can't recall to quote right now. Even DC has placed their characters in past-times situations before. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight for example.
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Old 09-12-2021, 02:15 PM   #2132
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DC are relaunching Batman Beyond again in April 2022

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Old 09-14-2021, 07:26 AM   #2133
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Over in Batman '89: We learn Robin's name is 'Drake', and he gets his name from a crook said to be 'robbin' a store'. Selina shows up too, tailing Bruce for 'fun' and beating up/clawing a bunch of hoods in an alleyway. A fire breaks out at Drake's garage and Harvey dashes in to save him, but he ends up falling down a flight of stairs with a fuel tank tipped over spilling it's contents all over the burning floor where he fell
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Old 09-15-2021, 06:20 PM   #2134
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https://www.cbr.com/dc-batgirls-cass...arbara-gordon/

Barbara Gordon will be a supporting character directing Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown in Batgirls. Unfortunately I will not be picking it up. Like Green Lantern series I read for Hal Jordan alone.


Due to a lackluster current offering I have been hitting the back issue bin. I picked up the actual issues of JLA(1997-2006) arc World War III. Thoughts on the Morrison finale?

Also, would you say Hawkman is finally fixed? Thanagarian cop married to his patrol partner Shyera. Earth-1 had it best. Though his status of inconsistencies in origin have kept him from being a notable hero in DC.
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Old 09-15-2021, 06:32 PM   #2135
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Barbara Gordon will be a supporting character directing Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown in Batgirls. Unfortunately I will not be picking it up. Like Green Lantern series I read for Hal Jordan alone.

Might pick it up. I like me some Steph Batgirl. Hopefully it won't be too woke.
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Might pick it up. I like me some Steph Batgirl. Hopefully it won't be too woke.
So long as Barbara Gordon can be reoccurring in Nightwing its fine.


It's odd how Nightwing (2016) volume feels like 4 different volumes since it started. I hope that the current direction can keep up. I need a comic on the stands that I can enjoy.
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Old 09-18-2021, 10:28 AM   #2137
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One thing that annoys me is when things just jump into it without any background. I just now figured out that this Synmar Utopica alien monster is a creation of Benis from his brief run on Superman. Also, he wrote a comic on the black girl. Now he is finishing his plotlines in two other books in a third one. Issues could be referenced or a page dedicated to explaining who those two characters are. Looks like he is feeding his other current project Checkmate into Justice League. Hopefully we won't be forced to assume we know what is going on in it. The first thing with Bendis name on it that I read was his first issue on this title. Though it might explain why Green Arrow and Black Canary are suddenly members while at least Bendis narrative gave a reason for Black Adam and what's her name.


Also, I was wondering, why did the Justice League title of Rebirth get cancelled after two years and restarted yet again? Was it a narrative reason? Sales?


I am interested in seeing if the reserves will play anymore role(s). It was interesting seeing Firestorm, Plastic Man, and Booster Gold. All underappreciated. There was Captain Atom( how different are his powers to Matchstick Head's?) and Vixen too.
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Old 10-02-2021, 09:19 AM   #2138
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Has anyone read the Wally West volume of Flash? It gets attention thanks to Waid and Johns back to back successful runs. However, I was looking at the earliest stuff. I always wondered what happened to his relationship with Frankie Kane. It seemed like a sweet childhood connection and both had to overcome a power that made them different. It was also better than Wally's unrequited love for Raven. Anyway, if I understand this right Wally West becomes a lottery winner and blows it all in 14 issues? During that time Kane thinks they are moving too fast( pun unintended) and Wally immediately moves on with an older married woman who will live with him? Am I getting this right? It seems like an odd choice for Wally to let Kane go and blow money and mess up someone else's marriage.
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Old 10-02-2021, 05:39 PM   #2139
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It's been a while since I've read most of it, but when I was a kid the original run of Wally as the Flash from the end of Crisis up through "The Return of Barry Allen" in 1993 or whatever was my favorite run of the character.

"Return" is still my all-time favorite Flash story; there's just SO much going on and so many themes being explored in that one. Feeling pressure to live up to a legacy, being confronted with the idea that maybe your heroes weren't exactly the people you thought they were, feelings of inadequacy and failure when it seems as if you're not needed anymore, all that stuff. It's a really poignant arc. I love it to the point where I never really accepted the real Barry's return in 2009; to me, they'd already explored what might happen (even though it wasn't really Barry in 1993) and fully cemented that Wally was the "true" Flash, and had fully earned it by then. And, the 1993 story explored all of the storytelling possibilities of "What if Barry ever came back?" in far better fashion than what they did in 2009, so it all felt redundant.

This cover right here was one of the first Flash comics to ever jump off the racks and demand that I buy it. It was just so striking at the time.

I wasn't really following the storyline before that, but when I saw that cover I just had to know what was going on. From that point I was officially a "fan" of Flash; I'd like him before that and I owned a couple of issues but that's where I jumped on and stayed on, buying up the back issues and everything.

For all time, "The Return of Barry Allen" is probably gonna be the one story I pick to suggest to anyone as far as, if you only ever read ONE Flash storyline, that would be the one. There's other good ones but I'd always swear that's the BEST one.

To be completely honest, though, that arc was so good that most of the previous stories in the book up to that point weren't as memorable for me. Although issues #1 through 75 do tell a really great story altogether of Wally growing into his role as the Flash, some of the individual pieces are less memorable because the ending of that run is so powerful. I think the second-most memorable story, for me, was the one leading into #50, when he fought Vandal Savage and ended up getting the "liquid metal" costume to replace Barry's, which had been wrecked. That was always my favorite Flash costume; it was close enough to Barry's but just "modernized" enough to look contemporary and "cool".

Point of fact, this Annual was the first Flash comic I ever owned, and it's one of my favorite single-issues of Flash to this day. Also of note, my introduction to Guy Gardner, who I later became a huge fan of. But yeah, another book I love to this day:


I was like 5, so I wasn't really up on all the various goings-on in the wider DC Universe outside of Superman and Batman. I had no idea that the current Flash wasn't the first one, or all the stuff that had happened before, so this issue was an incredible primer for a first-time reader, basically telling you all you needed to know about the Flash legacy up to that point, going all the way back to Jay Garrick and the JSA. Which is ideally what books like this Annual are supposed to do, but some do it better than others.

So that was another huge one, for me. If the "Return of Barry Allen" story is the one Flash arc I'd recommend for anyone to read, Flash Annual #3 from 1987 would be the one single issue I'd recommend. I could literally read either of those any time, any day, and never, ever get sick of them. Genuinely some of the best comics ever made, easily.
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As for some of the odder elements of the early Wally run, it was sort of generally established at that time across the DCU that Wally was sort of an immature jerk who was dealing with serious "growing pains", both insofar as stepping into Barry's legacy and just plain growing up in general. He wasn't always portrayed in the best light, either in his own book or especially in Justice League Europe where he spent much of his time drooling over Power Girl in ways that would never see print nowadays. But it all sort of fit the trajectory of his character's arc. He made a ton of bad choices during that time, but it definitely made it all the more satisfying by the time he "cleaned his act up" and fully matured. It's the kind of thing you don't generally see in super-hero comics, where characters are either almost-perfect or chronic screw-ups with very little in-between. For most of the late-80s and early-90s, Wally was sort of right in the middle, always having good intentions (even if many of his actions were still rather self-serving) but somehow always becoming his own worst enemy.

If you go back and look, those early Flash stories were definitely some of the most enriched stories DC as putting out for its flagship characters at that point. Which is really saying something, as the DC run from 1986 though 1994 was arguably some of the all-time best material the company ever put out across the board. It was a true Golden Age for DC, and Flash was easily among the best stuff they were putting out, at a time when almost everything they put out was already great to begin with.
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I have several issues of the Flash, about 3 dozen from the 1987 volume, however the earliest is #19 then jumps to Return of Barry Allen arc. Aside from one or two others the rest is Wally's wedding to the end or more precisely the intended end.


Vadal Savage seemed to be the big bad of the first 50 issues. I typically think of him as Jay Garrick's foe or the JSA overall so I find it interesting. Vadal being the first villain and the last of the volume too.

Even from what I know of Wally's character of the time, it must simply be Mike Barron's choice to remove the childhood sweetheart for a married older woman. I aso note how Wally's parents are sorry and why he would drift to Barry.Overall Wally's growth is notable throughout the run that other characters did not recieve in a solo title from characters I enjoy like Dick Grayson or those I don't like Kyle Rayner.
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