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DC Comics Has Done It Again!

1 Mar

March 1, 2015

DC Comics has another huge event coming up, and they promise that when it’s over we’ll have a new DC Universe. WOW! I CAN’T WAIT! Because as long-time readers know, (you know, those guys in the Ukraine jail) I’ve given up comics and in the last four or so years (since DC’s last reboot, Flashpoint) I’ve bought less than 4 or 5 comics, not counting Afterlife with Archie, which is just that good.

Anyway, in this event, characters from across all of DC’s history, regardless of era, dimension, or if they even exist in current continuity, have been brought together to battle it out.

And just by coincidence, Marvel is doing the exact same thing.

Remember when Marvel used to call itself The House of Ideas? Now they call themselves The House that Makes Changes to Match Whatever The Movies Do.

Well, the DC reboot has me excited- with a capital EXCITE!- because, if these leaked promo pictures I found online are true, they really have got it right this time! THESE are the comics and characters I want to read about! I have to hand it to DC- they are really making some daring moves!

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The Evolution of DC Comics

2 Oct

October 2, 2013

I used to be a huge comics fan. And like any fanboy, I was hooked on DC and Marvel. But that was back in the day, long before Marvel became the home of paranoia and dark inks. How anyone can read a Marvel comic today is beyond me. (To be fair, I do think that putting Doc Ock’s brain in Peter Parker’s body is brilliant.) Today I stick to the classics- subtly simple, like Carl Barks’ Ducks. Sequential image mastery, like Segar’s Popeye. But deep down, I’ve always been a DC guy, and more specifically, a Superman fan. Give me a big, barrel chested Wayne Boring Superman anytime.

But we’re not quite going back that far today, just to 1982.

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This was DC’s 1982 style guide, featuring their biggest stars and their color guide. A whooping 50 colors! This is Alex Ross’ worst nightmare- only 50 colors.

So let’s take a look at some of the characters. Superman has died and returned, Green Lantern died and returned, Supergirl died and stayed dead, one of the Robins died, Batgirl got crippled, and Hawkman and Hawkgirl got retconned over and over and over.

And now today.

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Check out those stats. 1050 heroes. 22 of them Superman!

While I may not be the biggest DC fan anymore, I am glad to see the medium is doing well. It may not be thriving, but it is still growing and evolving. Way to go!

 

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