Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Black As Black Manta's Soul

If there's anything more quintessentially Black Manta than the picture below, I don't want to know about it.


Costumed. Blowing things up. Running away from said thing he just blew up.

You know there's a smile going on under that helmet. You just know it.

Black Manta, starting sh*t...

This me looking forward to Aquaman: Rebirth #1 by writer Dan Abnett and artist Brad Walker.

Friday, May 27, 2016

My Thoughts On DC: Rebirth

Jose Luis Garcia Lopez would be proud.

Well... DC: Rebirth, the comic I'd been waiting for nearly five years was read and you know what?

I didn't know just how much I missed these characters.

Just so much to take in but my greatest takeaway is that hope has returned to The DC Universe. 

Legacy has returned. Heck, even the term, "DC Universe" is back in use again!

I smiled wide at the return of Ted Kord. I missed his stupid grin.

I laughed my ass off as writer Geoff Johns exploded his sensational character find of who-gives-a-crap, Pandora.

I was heartened by the vast numbers of youthful legacy characters gently easing themselves back into the fray.

The Batman dealing with the revelation that his greatest enemy may have pulled the greatest long con of all time.  Explains a lot and a little bit of brilliance.

I gasped as Johnny Thunder is still causing trouble in this DC Universe.

I gasped as I saw Johnny Thunder in this DC Universe. There will be a Justice Society of America again.

In DC: Rebirth, we saw love return to DC Comics. Ray Palmer is still in love with a crazy person but the heart still wants what it wants. Black Canary and Green Arrow. It is a thing again and I'm looking forward to seeing them see each other again with new eyes. 

Thank God, The Hawks were left out. They need a lot of fixing and Rebirth just ain't the place for that.

And Wally West. Yeah. 

He's back. The Flash of a generation is back and I genuinely got a bit choked up as he accepted his fate in returning to limbo. I caught myself smiling when the one person he needed the most to remember him drew him back into being. Was just a very sweet, long-awaited moment.

New life and love he has to earn all over again. A fresh start worthy of a Scarlet Speedster.

All of this and nothing brought me more joy than the shorthand of showing a ring from the future and the hope it brings to the present.

And that ending... many will debate its merits but its the rare circumstance where you can point to one thing that changed so much. I'm looking forward to where The DC Universe is headed.

I haven't thought that, much less said that, in nearly five years.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New DC Comics Logo



Classic clean lines; no guessing as to what it is and would look good in just about any color, I reckon.

Harkens back to DC's 1972 pre-Bullet logo.

Solid thumbs up!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thank You, Darwyn Cooke.

Got this beautiful piece of art from Darwyn Cooke at Baltimore Comic-Con a little while back; standing in line three hours before the convention opened and four before he arrived.

I wound up being fifth in his line and some guy comes up counting like a schoolteacher counting heads, "One. Two. Three. Four." and puts himself in front of myself and a friend.

We just stared at each other like, "WTF?!?" and proceeded to basically declare in no uncertain terms that we were there first and would f*%k this guy up for even TRYING this nonsense.

Darwyn Cooke had a penchant for leaning towards writing and drawing tough guys and gals such as Batman, Catwoman and Wonder Woman. On top of that, he was sort of known in quiet whispers as kinda "ornery," himself.

As we helped this man learn which hills to die on, the look on Darwyn's face was priceless.

Absolute bemusement!

I can legit say that I stood up for myself in front of the man known for drawing a Wonder Woman who absolutely towered over Superman.

Telling him, in no uncertain terms, that if he didn't like the way she did things, well...

"There's the door, spaceman."

Thank you for all you've done and more, Darwyn.

Monday, May 09, 2016

The World Isn't Ready For A Captain America Movie...

 
About a decade ago, I went to a talk at the Smithsonian where one of the producers of the Batman movies, loudly proclaimed the reason there'd never be a Captain America movie was because the world didn't want it.

China wouldn't want it.

It was deemed "too American."

This weekend it opened with the fifth largest box office in history and a 96 million dollar box office opening in China alone.

Three movies later and two Avengers flicks later and it's safe to say, he was wrong.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Latest Bleeding Cool Article: A Thank You To Comics Creatives

The one in which I simply thank the creators, writers, artists, letterers, colorists and editors for making me a comics fan. Check it out!