Monday, March 20, 2017

Kyle To The Corps

Ion. White Lantern, The Green Man.

Green Lantern.

After nearly a decade of downgrading, Kyle Rayner looks to be back where he belongs: in a crab mask and in The Green Lantern Corps and I cannot tell you how happy this makes me.

Yes, Kyle, initially, sucked at being a Lantern but that's because he was us.

He was us as a Green Lantern.

He wasn't meant for the ring but accepted the responsibility behind it. All the while doing so with no Corps or Guardians of The Universe to guide him.

He was us. He was the ultimate witness. He was meant to help us see The DC Universe with new and fresh eyes. He did the things we would do if we had good hearts and zero experience. He was doing the best with the tools he possessed. Kyle Rayner had impostor syndrome and I suspect many of us felt empathy.

Along with Wally West, Tim Drake, Dick Grayson, Conner Hawke and others, he made the DC Universe feel new again. It felt young again.

And with the return of Hal Jordan he was diminished. He was set aside and made other (Ion) in an attempt to make Hal Jordan THE Green Lantern.

He was diminished again and again and cast further and further away from the thing that defined him best until finally, his death seemed almost humane. If it weren't for Kyle holding the line by himself, there would be nothing for a Hal to come back to. More than any other, Kyle deserves the ring.

And now, he is back. Weird mask and stupid gauntlets and smiling in the green. It may not last but it's good to have him back.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Superman #6: The Comic I've Been Waiting Six Years For

Thursday, I read Superman #6 and felt something I hadn't felt in a Superman comic in a very long time: Superman.

As I put the book down, I realized something, I was smiling and then, I picked it up again and read it. It was better the second time around. It went deep into my heart. It had symbolism. It had heart. It had family. It had Superman.

Everything that has made Superman, Superman could be found in this issue.  It had hope. It gave a glimpse into the future while giving us the best of the past.

There it all was: Superman rallying the souls of Krypton to simply do what's right. Not just to save his son and wife, Lois but to fight against The Eradicator's singular eugenics.

In a bit of writing brilliance, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason present Superman to us through his son's eyes. We get to see Superman through the truest of eyes: the eyes of a child. As a kid, there wasn't a battle I didn't believe Superman couldn't win and with issue six, Jon Kent is us.

In an effort to defeat The Eradicator, Superman calls to one of his greatest allies and the minute he sprung into the page, I just... just... man. It's good to have him back and most likely as a faithful companion to the newest addition to the Superman family.

Maybe my favorite thing was seeing Lois Lane be amazing all over again. In the previous issue, to save her son, she donned the suit of armor Batman wore to face the fires of Darkseid's homeworld of Apokolips in order to save his son, Damian. That was deep. In that moment, her love for her family was shown as fierce as any in the DC Universe.

The final pages of this comic end with the corniest but most necessary of moments; Superman being presented with the Key to The City of Metropolis as Jon and Lois look on from afar. *sigh*

And on the final page, Superman presents his greatest creation to the two people, outside of family, who matter most. With a small "Hi," from the new Superboy and new Trinity assembled, Superman's Rebirth era, became something I went into wholeheartedly.

He is, again, a man who is sure.

He is here to stay.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Is It Fun To Be A DC Comics Fan Again?

Between a pretty successful DC: Rebirth, from-what-I've seen decent looks at the upcoming Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad flicks and now, Justice League Action featuring the returns of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to Warner Animation, are we seeing a return to glory for DC Comics?

Watch the trailer.

Swamp Thing. Plastic Man and Space Cabbie.

Space Cabbie.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Look At That!

That's six DC Comics in one week.

That's as many as I bought in all of 2015.

It's good to have DC Comics you look forward to reading again.

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.